Financial wisdom by Claude Hamilton, co-founder of LIFE

Here is some great wisdom on finances by LIFE founder Claude Hamilton.

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LIFE EDGE Series

Here is a great post from Orrin Woodward on the Edge Series.  This is something I truly believe can help children and young adults for generations to come.  Book smarts and good grades are important but LIFE skills are equally important.  As i mentioned in earlier posts, I wish I knew some of this stuff as a child! 

Chris Brady did it again. For months, he kept a torrent pace of emails, phone calls, and in-person meetings to influence me on the importance of LIFE skills training for youth. The results of his efforts have blown us all away. The Edge Series alone is surging past 6,000 subscribers! In fact, many of the kids are earning the money and paying for their own subscription. How do I know this? Because anyone 12 years old or above can attend a LIFE event, and the amount of adolescent boys and girls attending seminars has increased dramatically. When I speak across the USA and Canada, I routinely have multiple boys and girls, dressed in business attire, tell me their story as they ask me to sign a book or their Edge Subscription.

Leadership and life skills are crucial in a person’s life. Why wait until after the school years to realize this? Why not give your kids an EDGE? The first EDGE is parents who model the right behaviors, and the second is the Edge Series delivered directly to the home of hungry kids wanting to learn the principles of success. Packed full of stories from the successful men and women in the LIFE business, along with exclusive interviews with top names in athletics and business, the Edge Series has become one of the favorite products in LIFE. What the Mental Fitness Challenge is to adults, the Edge Series is for youth. A huge thank you goes to Chris Brady and all of the speakers who have made the Edge Series what it is. Below is a video that describes the Edge Series.

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward

What’s your Financial IQ?

Have you ever wondered why you can’t ever seem to get ahead financially? Are you looking to get out of debt but have a hard time making ends meet?  Are you worried about retirement and what your future holds?  Do you know what the future trends of our economy are and how to capitalize on them? Have you ever thought, there’s got to be a better way? You are not alone!

Today, we are in the information age. The rules of the game have changed.  Financial security has become more difficult based on today’s economics. What was painfully obvious, based on my results in life, was that what I thought I knew about money was not entirely true.  I violated every rule in the book and lived paycheck to paycheck, even after many years of hard work.

In retrospect, I realize that school never prepared or taught me about finances and unfortunately,  I never had solid role models in my life that understood solid financial principles.  I believe society is in trouble today because we only exemplify and preach what we learn and apply over time.

After plugging into some amazing information from LIFE, I learned that it’s never too late to change based on new information. The information contained on these Cd’s and books, were created by multi-millionaires who truly have results in life.  The founders of LIFE, Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady, among many other successful business entrepreneurs, have helped tens of thousands of individuals get out of debt and get their finances right based on the information they offer.  This information is vital for anyone, whether you are highly knowledgeable about money or simply looking to learn the basics.  Sometimes, being reminded of what we knew or have forgotten, can make a difference.

After learning some about the history of money, the what, why and how of finances, where we are and what to expect in the future, I realized how much I didn’t know.  As Chris Brady is fond of saying, “You don’t know what you don’t know, and what you do know sometimes just isn’t so.

Just like an Ostrich who buries its head in the sand, I overlooked the very things that could actually help me get out of the mess I was in.  One thing was for sure; Without the right information, knowledge and discipline, I would continue to struggle to make ends meet and live paycheck to paycheck. This information changed everything for me. When you apply the right principles and information to any given situation,  you can achieve significant positive results. The testimonies from others who loved the material are overwhelming!

I can honestly say that this information below changed my life forever. Try this information out.  It will inspire you, educate you, entertain you and most importantly, have a major impact on your life.  Get it here!

Maximize Your Finances and Today’s economy and your Money

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Three factors that set the course for success in LIFE

I picked out one of the many books in my library to read while on my overnight trip in Cancun, Mexico and came across a favorite of mine called, ” Leaders without borders“, by Doug Nickerson.

 This book is only a 100 pages long but it packs some powerful, thought-provoking teaching and ideas that can have a positive influence on you.  I’ve heard Co Founder of LIFE and best-selling author  Orrin Woodward say that “ideas have consequences”, so I wanted to share three “factors” from the book to help set the course for success in LIFE and in your leadership journey.

#1 The factor of a positive response You are in command of your response. Henry Van Dyke said, ” There is no personal charm so great as the charm of a cheerful temperament.”  As a leader, you set the tone not only for yourself  but for your organization by the way you react to the things that happen to you.

A positive response is not a willful denial of the reality that exists.  Your response, however, reflects the realization that whatever happened is only a snapshot of one moment in the larger picture of your destiny.  When you choose not to be defined by one negative moment, but rather re-define it for good, you have chosen a positive response.

#2 The factor of a positive attitudeI like Herm Albright’s  lighthearted observation: ” A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort”  A positive attitude in the midst of negative circumstances is exactly the right prescription to turn things around.

While certainly no one can deny that Thomas Edison was a man of accomplishment, he also suffered great setbacks.  Yet Edison said, ” I never did a day’s work in all my life, it was all fun.”  What a great attitude. The right attitude propelled him to unimaginable accomplishment, and it can do the same for you.

#3 The factor of positive perseverance- When you choose a positive response to negative circumstances, you begin to experience exponential growth as a leader.  Your reactions, positive or negative, set in motion the laws of reciprocity.  The choices you make have  a great impact.

Emerson said, ” That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that our ability to perform it has become easier”. Your reaction as a leader is charting a course for your future, so choose it wisely.

Some last thoughts. When it comes to your life and your business, what does your face say about you? Are you an optimist or a pessimist? A strong leader is one who does not shy away from reality , but looks through the lens of optimism when faced with challenges.

An optimistic leader confronts his fears

An optimistic leader gives others confidence

An optimistic leader looks for the good in all situations

An optimistic leader will certainly have moments of being tested

Doug Nickerson says,  “the next time things go haywire,  just remember that you are not alone. When times are tough and adversity strikes, let your confident words be,” I believe this is going to be our finest hour.”

Optimism does not prevent difficulties or make you immune from them.  Optimism, however, empowers you to face difficulties with a confidence that gives you an advantage to overcome them.

Robert L Stevenson said, ” You cannot run away from weakness; you must sometime fight it out or perish; and if that be so, why not now, and where do you stand? Now is the time to rise up with courage and be the optimistic leader you were destined to be.

This great book is an example of not only great teaching on the key principles of success but a great reminder of the factors we once knew but don’t apply on a regular basis.  Listening to one CD or attending one meeting does not build habits.  It takes little bits of information, energy, effort and application over time, to experience full results.  We cannot change our destination overnight, but we can change our direction.  The journey is certainly worth the destination.

Plugging into leadership training  and personal development material from LIFE over the last 5 years, has been one of the best things I have ever done, not only for me and my family, but for many others looking to Live the Life they’ve always wanted.

Lead on and may the wind be at your back.

Ben