Great video on the impact of Leadership

Here is a quick video that Orrin Woodward posted on the impact of Leadership conventions.  These are powerful weekends designed to inspire, motivate, teach what it takes to be successful in business and in LIFE.


A great LIFE testimony

Here’s some great testimony that Orrin posted about a couple who have been utilizing the LIFE material for the last year. This is proof that whether you build a business based on helping others or not, this material is life changing. Like Orrin said, the product in this business is a “Better YOU”. If the end result is not only a “better you” but a better relationship, better finances, better attitude or a better faith life, just among a few areas,  that alone is worth the price to pay, a real win-win.  God Bless and Happy New Year!

Private Achievements Lead to Public Achievements

by Orrin Woodward

I received the following email from Vivian, the wife of my good friend Michael Holloway. A year ago, they joined LIFE to improve their marriage, finances, and friendships. This emails confirms the first year was a HUGE success. Interestingly, what makes the LIFE Business so different than conventional network marketing companies is the product is a better you. This can be achieved even if the person doesn’t become a celebrated millionaire. In fact, the whole purpose of LIFE is to help people achieve personal goals, whether these goals revolve around having fun, making money, or making a difference is up to them. Michael and Vivian started the business with Mike recently out of work. However, they didn’t use lack of money as an excuse not to read, listen, and associate. Indeed, with the finance pack, family pack, and Mental Fitness Challenge, they transformed their home life, leading to rewards greater than any dollar figure.

Mike and Vivian are champions because they are leading their families based upon principles today. The LIFE Business didn’t change their lives, but they did by using he principles learned from the business. Mike applied the PDCA process to acquiring his GED and received his high school diploma, ending year of living with regret for not finishing school. Moreover, he changed his leadership methods and joined the coaching staff of the local soccer club. In truth, his leadership and encouragement of his team was nothing short of amazing and made me proud to be one of the LIFE Founders because I could see firsthand the effects it was having on Michael’s life, and through his changes, he changed his family and community. When a person changes his life, he changes everyone around him. Consequently, the LIFE Business is changing the world one person at a time! I am so proud of the Holloway family for living the Biblical principles that lead to real growth and change! Here is the email from Vivian.


Orrin Woodward

This email has been a long time coming. My husband Michael is an amazing man. I don’t believe I could have said that and meant it a little over a year ago. Last year he recommitted his life to Christ and through prayer we were led to you and LIFE. Today, Michael has his high school diploma, has read countless amounts of books and we couldn’t be more proud of him. Through the material he has learned so much that he now has a real relationship with our daughter. Who would have thought that a man that didn’t like to read would learn patience, understanding, about relationships and so much more through Books and CDs’?

As you know he was coaching Steven’s soccer team. Due what he has learned it turned out to be a wonderful season. It was great watching other coaches yelling and getting upset and my husband would smile and say something like “that would have been me a year ago”. He is continuously confronted with situations that he would have handled in a completely different way. We all saw the changes in the players and the team as a whole through the encouraging emails he would send the players weekly. He was able to use what he had learned to boost the teams’ confidence. Even the parents requested to be copied to the emails. It’s was amazing to see the mutual respect that they developed over time.

Riding in the car with him is no longer stressful because, I know that he is not going to yell at another driver. He now smiles and makes some funny remark. He no longer agrees with us to keep the peace he truly listens to us. Life at home isn’t perfect but through the materials we are able to see where changes need to be made and because of what Michael has learned we make adjustments. Instead of thinking that he knows everything he constantly tells me that he still has growing to do. One change that has really made a big difference in our marriage is that he no longer tries to fix things or find solutions when I tell him about a problem. He just listens and supports me and that means a lot.

FYI, we still have more PDCA on our family meetings but we do not give up. We thank you and Laurie for allowing us the opportunity to help ourselves and others.

Vivian Holloway

The Art of Listening

Here is a great article by Orrin Woodward on the Art of Listening.  Often, its helpful to be reminded of what we already know and should be doing. Applying some of these basic principles can make all the difference in both our personal and professional lives. Have a great day.


If I were to pick the most important art in dealing with people it would be the art of listening. Nothing increased my ability to lead people as much as learning how to listen. No matter how powerful a speaker you develop into, it is not as effective as powerful listening.

I am hesitant to share this topic because I am aware of how much I need to improve in this area still! With that said, I can still remember the day I focused on listening to others before drawing wrong conclusions and solving the wrong problems. What a break thru it was to realize that not everyone wanted the problem solved as much as they wanted someone to listen!

If I were to pick one area for all Team Leaders to improve in, I would pick listening over all others besides character. You cannot connect with others until you have listened long enough for them to feel understood by you. When a person feels you understand; you can work together to solve any issues that need to be addressed, in a spirit of teamwork.

Without listening to others, your solutions come across as domineering and not heartfelt. Remember, people do not care how much you know until they know how much you care! Do you care for your community? If you do, then close your mouth and actively listen to them. You have two ears and one mouth – please use in that proportion. Ask questions and listen – save the seminars for when you are asked to speak!

God Bless, Orrin Woodward

We all take talking for granted. Though you may occasionally feel your hands grow cold before giving a speech, you often talk without recognizing the simultaneous changes that occur in your body.

Research shows that while we speak with our words, we also speak with every fiber of our being. This ‘language of the heart’ is integral to the health and emotional life of all of us.

Blood pressure and heart rate elevates every time you speak, even when discussing the most neutral topic. Even those who speak through signing had the same results.

For people who are hypertensive, the rise caused by talking was much greater than for healthy people, and often well into the danger zone. How do hypertensive people handle this? After all, most do not drop dead during social encounters. Other studies show that they subconsciously maintain distance in their relationships and minimize what can be for them ‘lethal dialogues’.

What makes the cardiovascular system of hypertensive’s so vulnerable to verbal communication? Though the hypertensive’s studied were outwardly calm, many tended to talk intensely and breathlessly, interrupting and speaking over other people. This kind of speech is typical of Type – A behavior, an impulsive, hard driving life style linked to increased risk of heart disease.

Most normal talk is a seesaw. The rising of blood pressure when one talks is balanced by a rapid lowering of pressure when one listens. But the rhythm is out of sync in hypertensive’s. They frequently fail to listen; they are on guard, defensive. So their pressure stays up.

Learning to calmly listen to another person helps lower blood pressure. By learning to listen more, by breathing regularly while talking, and paying attention to what the other person is saying, you can learn to lower your blood pressure.

Since so few people genuinely attend to others, those who will learn to draw out the other person can be guaranteed all the friendships they can handle and can be assured of deepening the relationships they presently own.

The road to the heart is the ear. – Voltaire

Why are so many of us poor listeners? Much of our listening education was in the form of be quiet, listen and pay attention. Most of the people in our society are passive listeners, geared to react on trigger words, and shut out tedium.

Time spend learning in school: 

40% learning how to read

35% learning how to write

25% learning how to talk

1% learning how to listen or communicate

We can learn to be good listeners with some work and practice. The rewards can be great.

1. Know when you are not listening. 

Check yourself by asking silently: Can I repeat, rephrase or clarify what has just been said?” If you can’t, the sound may be on but the replay is broken.

2. Know why you are not listening.

As you define your excuses for not listening you will systematically eradicate the ‘watching someone talk’ syndrome. Check the following common reasons for not listening and begin to take silent control of the communication.

* We hear only what we want to hear.

* We consider the topic or information unimportant.

* We jump to conclusions

* Too many other problems on our minds.

* Radical departure from our own thinking.

* Waiting for our turn to talk.

3. Avoid judgments.

Nearly all the reasons for not listening focus on our own ego and our inability to grant equal attention to another person. As soon as the person speaking is elevated to a pinnacle of importance, the active listening process begins and we weigh each thought mightily as if our lives depended on a total recitation of the prior narrative. As you fine tune your listening skills avoid listening only when you deem the speaker worthy of hearing.

4. Match your thought process to the speaker’s words.

We think and hear about 1.000 words per minute. The average speaking speed is 125 words per minute. What then do we do with the time lapse? Human nature combats the problem with anything from boredom to rudeness. Good listeners use the time to clarify, validate and reiterate the conversation topic in their mind. Listen for ideas and emotions rather than facts. Fact listening is defensive. Emotion listening is offensive. Idea listening is progressive.

5. Know thyself.

Do words like difficult, stupid, revolutionary, or assignments shut off your listening process? Does a reference to love, food or fun cause your ears to perk and your antenna to turn in? Understand where your hot and cold buttons are and adjust your listening process to circumvent any sudden shut down because of an emotion laden word or phrase. (This seems to me to be what happens with communication with husbands and wives. We allow too many words to become hot or cold buttons and therefore we render ourselves unable to really communicate)

6. Conversation always moves from agreement to disagreement and then stops. 

Listeners who are involved in two way conversation and are prepared to repeat and clarify information will immediately direct the conversation back to agreement and then reach an understanding.

7. Keep alert.

Listening shuts down when both apathy and anxiety set in. Strive for enthusiasm in listening. Communicate with you body; lean forward, smile, nod, become involved by maintaining direct eye contact. If you are on the telephone; stand up, walk. The more attentive and alert, the better you listen. Listening is an acquired skill that is critically important to success in life. Adults spend about 75% of each day in verbal communication. 45% of this time is spent listening. Persons in a business or social situation who do not have good listening skills are ineffective. Mistakes due to poor listening skills cost organizations thousands of dollars each year.

Listening to another is the highest form of building personal self esteem. For only when we feel good about ourselves and the world around us do we go beyond ‘waiting for our turn to talk’ or ‘watching someone else talk’ to ‘passionate’ listening that elevates us to pinnacles of thought and action separates us from animals making noise.

The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention. – Richard Moss

A smile is the light in your face that lets others know your heart is at home.

Listening attentively to another is to pay the highest compliment to them.

You do not have to be witty to be a good conversationalist you simply have to know how to listen. The secret of being interesting is to be interested in the other person. Ask questions the other person will enjoy answering. Encourage them to talk about themselves. But don’t be the silent partner in the conversation.

Silence can be described as negative feedback. Like a failed monitoring system on a moon rocket, it tells you something is wrong, but it doesn’t go very far toward telling you what. “Respond to their questions and especially their comments that can open the emotional connection between you.

Conversation with your friends will indeed get sparse if you restrict yourselves to facts, but when you talk about your feelings there will always be plenty to discuss. It’s amazing the way a man listens to you. When you talk to him he looks you squarely in the eye.

He seems to shut out all other interests and hang on every word you utter. It is flattering to have someone give you that much of his attention. The eye lock is a powerful magnet for making contact with people. Look people squarely in the eye it is one of the surest indicators that you are interested in the other person.

Be careful not to give advice too quickly. Often people ask for advice when what they really want is for someone to listen to them. By listening to them you help them get the problem outside of themselves and on the table between you, the issues become clear and they are able to arrive at their own decision.

When people confide in you they are often afraid they have said too much. They will be watching you to see if you raise your brows or appear to have lost confidence in them. It is important to alley those fears by not over reacting to what has been said. To put them at ease compliment them on being able to share with you. By all means don’t reveal anyone’s private matters. When you tell something told to you in confidence you identify yourself as an untrustworthy confidant. So the way to be a confidant is to let no one know that you are a confidant to others.

That which is in the well of the heart is bound to come up in the bucket of speech.

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. Harper Lee – To Kill a Mockingbird

Seek first to understand and then to be understood. Most people do not listen with the intent to understand: they listen with the intent to reply. They’re filtering everything through their own paradigm, reading their autobiography into other people’s lives. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People – Covey

Leadership thoughts on Mental Toughness

Here is a great article I came across just recently from Policy Council and LIFE founder, Tim Marks.  This post talks about Developing Mental Toughness, something all of us should strive for in business and in life.  Mental toughness and Emotional Intelligence combined can help us endure the hard times and take advantage of the opportunities we are given.  Tim Marks is an amazing author and all the credit goes to him for this eye opening post.

Whether you are an athlete on the gridiron or in the boardroom, a certain quality is always found in the guys who remain standing when the storm winds blow.  When rejection hits these guys its bounces off them like spitballs off of a battleship.  They chuckle at groundless criticism.  They bounce back quickly from setbacks.  They feel energized to try even harder after a defeat.  That special quality these warriors are showing is something called “mental toughness”.  Wikipedia defines this as “a term commonly used by coaches, sport psychologists, sport commentators, and business leaders – generally describes a collection of attributes that allow a person to persevere through difficult circumstances (such as difficult training or difficult competitive situations in games) and emerge without losing confidence.” (Emphasis added.)

Each of us will receive a gut shot at some point in our lives that knocks the wind right out of us.  It’s not a matter of whether you will be struck by disaster, but when.  In my first book, Voyage of a Viking, I describe in detail many of the challenges I faced through my life.  I’ve faced my storms and I know that I have more storms awaiting me.  I also know that you do as well.  Rather than sitting around moaning and complaining when we are being pelted by chunks of hail the size of golf balls, we can put on a suit of armor to deflect whatever life throws as us.  That suit of armor is your mental toughness.

You can’t measure mental toughness; you measure its effect.  You can’t measure what’s going on inside a leaders head, but you sure can measure their behavior!  You see it when they lose their biggest customer one month, and it ticks them off just enough to go smash a sales record the next month.    You can see mental toughness when someone is running a marathon and they are gasping for breath, and the only thing keeping them putting one painful footstep in front of the next is their strength of will.  You see it when someone is totally exhausted, yet they keep throwing hundreds of shots into the basketball hoop to perfect their free throw (like my awesome daughter Mya!).  In fact, Mya had to make 1000 free throws; in order to reach that goal, she had to shoot a couple of thousand.   She wanted to quit many times during that experience, but she had committed to a number of people that she would reach her goal.  It’s amazing how a twelve year old girl will follow through on her committment more effectively than most adults.  Mental toughness is courage in action.  When you’ve got it, you cope better than your opponents with the demands you face.

How do we develop mental toughness?  Here are a few principles to get you started:

Principle #1: Realize Mental Toughness Can Be Developed.

Some people might be born with a certain personality, like a “Choleric” or “D” personality type, and maybe this personality type handles adversity a little more effectively than others.  But that’s not always the case, and either way, anyone can develop this side of their personality.  Don’t cop out on yourself by selling yourself any victim thinking, like “That’s just the way I am.”  Brothers and sisters, you can CHANGE.  How do you build mental toughness?  The same way you build muscles in the gym: by pushing yourself to new limits and increasing the pressure or resistance you are pushing against.

Principle #2: Mental Toughness in the Gym Correlates to Mental Toughness in LIFE.

The gym is the ultimate proving ground for “tough guys” and “tough gals”.  You really find out what you’re made of when you’re doing hack squats or leg extensions.  Most people get into the gym, start doing bicep curls, and as soon as it starts to get uncomfortable, they say, “Okay, I’ve done enough for now,” and they stop exercising.  This is actually the exact wrong thing to do, if your goal is to develop your muscles.  You see, when it starts to hurt, that’s the lactic acid burn in your muscles screaming, “Great job! Keep going!  You’re making progress!”  But when most people start to feel discomfort they choose to ease off.

You don’t become successful at anything by letting your foot off of the gas pedal when the going gets tough.  This includes the gym, your marriage, and your business.  When it hurts to do even one more rep of an exercise, that’s when the real muscle development starts!  (By the way, I’m not talking about pushing through pain when you are actually injured; I’m referring to the normal discomfort we feel when we are tearing down our muscles during a workout.)  If you throw in the towel on the bench press, you train your brain to quit when things get tough.  When you force yourself to keep pushing the weight even when you want to give up, you are training your brain to keep pushing.  Some people on my business team “run for the tape,” as my good friend andLaunching a Leadership Revolution bestselling co-author Chris Brady says.  That means that when there is a fast-approaching deadline to hit a business target, and things look grim, they keep pushing and fighting right up to the last minute!  They don’t give in just because it looks unlikely or difficult to accomplish… they pull a rabbit out of the hat by persevering despite all odds against them.

Principle #3: Champions Fall in Love with Discomfort

Winners know that the path to success is steep and rocky, and the path to defeat is like a sign pointing at a waterslide that says, “Slippery, Fun and Easy to Reach the Bottom in a Jiffy!”  Bad habits are easy to slip into, like a warm bed when you’re exhausted.  Good habits are pretty much guaranteed to feel tough for most people because you end up denying yourself luxuries and pleasures. You must learn to do what is uncomfortable for you. To develop the psychological edge, you must have extreme discipline to give up the comfort zone that you train and live in. Delaying immediate satisfaction is the ultimate sacrifice that all warriors must choose.

My mentor, New York Times bestselling author Orrin Woodward, recounted a story of arriving home one day in the wee hours of the morning.  He had been driving for hours from a business meeting, and had to get home to get to work the next day.  It was so early in the morning that he knew he would only get a few hours of sleep.  But Orrin’s viewpoint of this was a feeling of pride!  He actually said to himself, “I’m losing sleep!  I’m fighting harder to help my family than my neighbors, who are all getting a nice sleep right now!”  His brain normally connected feeling tired with unhappiness, and now his brain connected fatigue with a feeling of honor.  That’s what winners do!

RESOLVE to become a champion and develop mental toughness in your business, your health, your relationships and in LIFE!

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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LIFE Business Compensation Plan

Claude Hamilton, one of the Founders of LIFE and the new 90 day Mental Fitness Challenge, wrote a blog post on the LIFE Compensation Plan. This is a complete breakdown of the compensation available to business owners of LIFE.  It is mind-blowing to see how successful this has been thanks to a business model that works.

Personally, I have never seen a company do what LIFE has done with compensating communities of people who are looking to improve, help others and make significant positive changes in life. This is truly a purpose with a business wrapped around it vs it being a business with a purpose. There are reasons most business models fail to go from good to great. There’s a reason a good percentage of people never make any money and a reason why most automatically think scam or pyramid, when they come across any business. Its because 90+% of business models make it extremely difficult to prosper. ALL OF THAT HAS CHANGED, based on the LIFE business and the LIFE Compensation Plan . For years now, Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady have striven to change and fix what was broken in the industry and it took every bit of 18 years of success to bring the LIFE business to us today.  What LIFE is doing, has never been done in business history.

Orrin Woodward is a whistle blower because the facts and the truth are all that matter. The truth is that there are companies and individuals out there in business that refuse to change, who look to line it’s pockets at the expense of others. To get the facts and the truth straight, Dan Hawkins reveals some interesting information about business. Very Interesting indeed.

In my experience, the LIFE Compensation Plan is the best compensation plan out there and the rewards are incredible.  There is no comparison.  All of us get into business to make money.  I can honestly say that for those struggling or looking for more in life, including better finances, you will get way more than you bargained for.   As Orrin and Chris have said, “The LIFE Company was not designed to make a lot of money but to PAY OUT a lot of money”.  Just look at all the testimonies about LIFE. Certainly you will make money but just as I soon realized, LIFE’s mission is to tangibly change a million lives in a positive way.

LIFE focuses on helping people in the areas of their life that matter the most.  If the end result of this business is a better marriage, better Faith life, better finances, becoming a better parent, a better friend, having a better attitude, learning more about business, leadership and having emotional intelligence, plus so much more, then I am all in. The compensation plan is a huge bonus in addition to all that and was genius by design, allowing anyone to prosper and benefit for doing the right thing, which is learn and grow ourselves and helping others.

Many thanks to Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady, and the rest of the Policy Council at LIFE, with a special thanks to our business partners Terry Franks and Claude Hamilton.  These amazing men and women of character and integrity are launching a Leadership Revolution and helping tens of thousands  of people live the life they’ve always wanted.

God Bless,


Resolved to Change

Resolved to Change

Here is a great video by Orrin Woodward, #6 Top leadership guru on the planet- This is a powerful talk about resolving to change for a better life.

This talk was based on the book Resolved- 13 Resolutions for LIFE. The 13 resolutions are: Purpose, Character, Attitude, vision, Plan and DO, Scoreboard, Friendship, Finances, Leadership, Conflict Resolution, Systems, Adversity Quotient, Legacy

This is an amazing book that challenges the mind, teaches, inspires and focuses on taking you through a journey to becoming the best version of you that could possible be.  This book is what the 90 day Mental Fitness Challenge  was based upon.

Going from ‘Good to Great’ with the 90 day Mental Fitness Challenge

Author Jim Collin’s wrote a best-selling book called, “Good to Great”, where he reveals many of the factors that determine the long-term success or failure of a business or corporation.  Through his exhaustive research and analysis of facts and data, there are some key revelations why some companies triumph and achieve long-term sustained success and others fail.  One of the key reasons according to Collins is because ‘good is the enemy of great’.  Collins says most individuals and companies that fail, do so because they are comfortable and happy with their current situation, good or bad.  A lot of businesses settle for good and never aspire to be great.  Mr Collins writes, “That good is the enemy of great is not just a business problem.  Its a human problem.  As we seek to understand the differences between good and great, between excellent and mediocre, I believe it comes down to the individual.  It comes down to a choice and how we think. It’s a matter of conscious thought.

Ironically enough, the first chapter of “Good to Great”, references Level 5 leadership and what a significant impact leadership had on those companies that achieved greatness.  Since the leadership/personal development industry is roughly a 400 billion dollar industry, clearly going from ‘Good to Great’  involves applying the right principles and practices of success and leadership over time and doing what is necessary to get the job done. We may not understand fully what leadership is but we certainly know,see and feel what a lack of leadership is.  We see it in our Governments, unions, Churches, schools and homes all across the globe.

   Orrin Woodward, best-selling author of multiple books including Launching a Leadership Revolution and Resolved-13 resolutions for LIFE, #6 Leadership guru on the planet,  and the founder of LIFE -Living Intentionally For Excellence Inc., has not only achieved amazing personal success, but has also taught thousands of others the principles of  success, leadership and the importance of personal development.  The question is, as a business owner, employer or employee, how valuable, profitable or significant would it be to have leadership/personal development training integrated into your business or personal life?  The testimonies are overwhelming.

What the New 90 day Mental Fitness Challenge and the LIFE/LLR ( leadership training ) is doing today is leveraging the best minds of our time to provide the right information to individuals and corporations looking to improve and excel.  In order to go from good to great and achieve results, it all comes down to helping and empowering the individual to embark on a journey of leadership training and personal growth.

If you are a business owner, employee or just an individual looking to live the life you’ve always wanted, what the Mental Fitness Challenge can do help identify and teach what is necessary for success.  Imagine an employee or employer with a better attitude, better people skills, higher level of character and integrity, better conflict resolution skills,  deeper sense of purpose, greater knowledge of systems thinking or business in general.  All of these traits and more can and will ultimately lead to better business,  profits and productivity.

The greatest part I have seen is that the Mental Fitness Challenge has been engineered and developed by an amazing group of men and women, all with overwhelming results in life.  None of these individuals pontificate from on high or just write about success.  They are all actively out in society developing other leaders, something the world is sorely lacking today. With over 18 years of teaching and success in the business world and a mission to help millions of people learn, grow and get better, the impact of LIFE goes beyond measure.  The founders of LIFE and the Mental Fitness Challenge have made it their legacy to spread leadership and teach timeless principles and practices to the masses, and do it in a fun, affordable way.  Customers can share the Mental Fitness Challenge with others and get reimbursed for the cost of their Package.  That alone is amazing.

The Mental Fitness Challenge can help teach what was never taught or emphasized in school, even at the college level. The Mental Fitness Challenge can help maintain high levels of performance over time which is key.  This material is of the highest quality, most competitive cost in the world.  There are countless schools, Real Estate companies, Lawyers offices, churches and other business organizations implementing this material.  It is in demand all across the globe, thanks to the Gentlemen and Ladies that represent the best leadership service provider in the world.  The best investment anyone can make is in their brain.  Proper thinking and information from the right source can and will lead to the right results, offer immeasurable success in your professional and personal life and take you from Good to Great in whatever endeavor you pursue.  Are you ready to take the Challenge?

God Bless,

Ben and Tanya

I wish I knew that as a child!

I remember my first flight when I was 9 years old like it was yesterday. My brother Marc took me flying in a multi-engine airplane over the south shore of Long Island, NY. I knew I wanted to fly airplanes ever since that day. I am fortunate to say I had a path and the right influences and mentorship in my life.

As my aviation journey began, I remember going off to the book store and reading and learning everything I possibly could about airplanes.  I wasn’t able to get my pilot’s license yet but was actively dreaming about my future.   Somewhere in my studies, I remember coming across a book that intrigued me.  It was not an aviation book, but rather a self-help book, something that I certainly didn’t think I needed at that time. Ironically enough, I read it behind closed doors and this single book actually had a profound effect on my attitude and life.  I found this book not too long ago in my library and started to thumb through it. It was definitely written with Kids and younger adults in mind but everything in there applies to adults even today. Ive come to learn that success comes from the proper thinking which leads to actions and results. Again, having a coach, guide or mentor, plays a major role in developing the right thinking and habits that are necessary for long term success in any endeavor.

Well, it got me thinking. The title of the book is LIFE 101, Everything we wish we had learned in school but didn’t.. Years later, I wish I truly spent more time learning the things that truly matter in life, things school never taught, and doesn’t to this day. Although things worked out, there are a lot of things I would have done differently, like plug into this type of information on a regular basis.

Fast forward to today. We are so blessed to say that we have our hands on the best personal development system on the planet. LIFE, has changed countless lives because it provides world-class information, leadership training and personal development programs from successful people with results in life who teach the things that truly matter.

For Instance, LIFE offers a series for young adults called the EDGE series, which provides audio talks and books to help children and teenagers learn about success and the importance of personal development. The EDGE series is amazing. If you have children and understand that this material is designed to help them at an early age, then this is a fantastic series to plug them into. We love it.

 What a great investment in our children. They are our future!

Here is what the EDGE series is:

“If I only knew then what I know right now!” How many older people have had these types of thoughts? If the principles of success and winning could be learned at any age, why do so many people not learn them until much later in life, if at all? Why shouldn’t the principles of massive success be available to anyone at any age? After all, there is no age limit on success!

That’s what the EDGE series is all about! Designed especially for those on the younger side of life, it is a hard-core, no frills approach to learning the things that will make for a successful life. You will laugh, you will cry, you will totally have fun. Featuring successful businessmen and women, authors, entrepreneurs, and even professional athletes who deliver true stories of success, the EDGE series will give anyone a head start on living a happy, fulfilling, successful, and meaningful life.

Eliminate the noise around you about what you are and who you should become. Instead, figure it out for yourself in a mighty way with life-changing information from people who would do just about anything to have learned these truths much, much sooner in life! It may have taken them a lifetime to discover these truths, but what they learned can be yours now on a monthly basis.

What can the Mental Fitness Challenge do for You?

The Mental Fitness Challenge has been out for 16 days now and it has gone viral. Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady have hit a home run with this LIFE changing Personal Development Program. It was designed to help educate and change people’s thinking and provide a measurable way to see massive improvements in any of the areas that truly matter in our lives.

After taking a Pre-Self assessment test and establishing a base line of where you are, you embark on a 90 day challenge to learn, grow and get better in any or all areas of our lives. The testimony and feedback so far has been amazing. Claude Hamilton, one of the founders of LIFE and The Mental Fitness Challenge, has posted a lot of this testimony on his blog.

The best investment you can make is in your brain.  A lot of us spend time working out and getting physically fit but not all of us have a plan to get and stay Mentally Fit.  Since the body always follows the mind, this Challenge will radically change your thinking and the results in your life, whether it be a better marriage, becoming a better parent, having better finances, having a stronger faith life, developing closer friends, having a higher purpose or all the above.  There are those who have experienced  a major transformation in the results in their lives.  I am one of them!

Watch the video and take the Challenge here!

God Bless,

Ben and Tanya

Take the Mental Fitness Challenge

Living the LIFE you’ve always wanted using the Mental Fitness Challenge!

Click here to take the challenge

The Mental Fitness Challenge is a program designed to give you the life you’ve always wanted through better thinking and better association. You see, it will never be a better product, piece of equipment, or the latest craze that changes you, only your thinking can do that!

You can read thousands of quotes from successful people all stating that the key to success is learning better ideas and applying them in your life. This MFC program is designed to give you the thinking it takes to succeed in any area you chose to improve. Maybe you want to lose weight, be a better parent or spouse, or maybe improve you financial situation. The key to better results are better ideas!

Here is a short summary of the Mental Fitness Challenge from best selling author Chris Brady:

What is it? A life-changing package of information, including three best-selling books, a bunch of CDs, an online environment for tracking progress, a video library which accumulates for future viewing as videos stream in through email on a regular basis, a self-assessment test, unlimited 360 feedback, accountability partners, goal and tracking sheets, and more! This product encompasses years and years of learning how people change and maximize in their lives in all the 13 areas of resolutions from Orrin Woodward’s best seller RESOLVED.

Life Compensation Plan by Chris Brady

Chris posted a great article today..

Life Compensation Plan

When the LIFE company was established, one of the primary goals of its founders was to accomplish something in the area of compensation that hadn’t been done before. The heart behind this was to offer financial rewards that would truly be based upon performance. But there was more. It was also desired to put a heavy emphasis on revenue sharing with the field – this is “corporate speak” for not letting the company keep most of the profits.

While many (but certainly not all!) pay plans appear to be at least somewhat fair in terms of how the money is split amongst participants in the field, what often is NOT fair is how much money finds it way back to the corporation. The result is a subtle but real conflict of interest between the company and its field operators. Therefore, right off the bat, LIFE designed its financial plan in such a way that most of its profits flow to the people who are actually doing the work to make the revenue happen in the first place. Right out of the gate, the percentage of gross revenue paid back to the field in commissions was structured to be in the (estimated) 65+% range. This, as far as we know, is an industry high. Then, after just two months in business, LIFE announced its One Time Cash Award program, which put even more money into the field. It is still too soon to know the exact figures (as some of the qualification periods for these rewards don’t end until the end of 2012), but we believe this will put the percentage at something approaching 70%.

How can this be done? How can a group of founders establish a company on such lean terms? The answer comes from the strong belief that the best leadership for this type of company can be provided by those who are actually doing what they are teaching and expecting others to do. THIS, as far as we know, has never been done before: corporate founders who deliberately establish the financial incentives in such a way as to keep themselves in the game, out in the trenches, and thereby providing the means by which most of the profits flow to the field.

And now there’s more. On April 27th, at the Spring Leadership Convention in Columbus, Ohio, LIFE will announce an additional incentive program representing even more new money being put into the compensation program. This will be a reward package that will be attractive to new participants and attainable early in their experience with the business – in other words, something they can qualify for in the near-term, not “someday.”

All of this, in the LIFE compensation plan, is in addition to LIFE’s groundbreaking position between the four industries of Personal Development, Home-based Businesses, Life coaching, and Community building, and takes advantage of LIFE’s high-value position in the market of personal development materials, wherein its products are among the lowest priced in the marketplace (in some cases hundreds of percent cheaper than its competition). And, don’t forget, all of LIFE’s products are backed with a 30 day money back guarantee.

When LIFE founder Orrin Woodward says, “We don’t promise easy, but we do promise worth it!” the LIFE founders have done their best to structure a compensation plan and reward system that shows his statement to be much more than mere rhetoric.

I hope this helps!


Chris Brady

LIFE: TEAM Growth hits new levels

Here is a great excerpt from Orrin Woodward’s blog that exemplifies where we are and where we are going with LIFE.  This is 18 years in the making.  There has never been a better time to be part of history in progress.

In studying LIFE and the teams associated with this industry changing concept, one notices how simple the business is. Read, listen, and associate with leaders and receive compensation for sharing the materials with others. Think about how revolutionary that is. First, you share life-changing information that impacts people’s lives. Second, a $50 dollar subscription produces 50 points and a $100 dollar subscription produces 100 points. However, the coup-de-grace, as they say, is the LIFE Business Compensation Plan pays out nearly 70% on the points accumulated monthly.

The granddaddy’s of the industry pay our around 33%; the top companies pay out 50%; so how does LIFE pay out 70%? LIFE builds teams or communities across the country and because its a digital model, the cost structures allow a ridiculous amount of compensation back to the communities. Compensated communities are the future of leadership training and the LIFE Business is leading the way.

Here are some simple observable facts to remember:

1. With 70% paid back to field leaders, there are more people receiving bonuses equal to or higher than their purchases in LIFE than any other community building business. The math is simple when 50% of the points are paid back on the first bonus alone. Nearly 95%, practically everybody, receives a bonus from LIFE.

2. LIFE shares its product up front. In other words, LIFE is proud of its materials and freely shares the CDs, books, and meetings with others. If someone likes what they see, then they are free to be a customer or member. On the other hand, if someone doesn’t like what they see, then LIFE respects that they are not looking for life improvement at this time.

3. LIFE launched in November and already has over 3,000 customers. Customers are people who buy the material because they love the material without any thought or desire to build a community. This is a key factor in the over 20% of the people receiving bonuses from LIFE higher than their purchases. Typical community building pegs this number at less than 5%, but not with LIFE’s business model. The more customers, the more people are profitable. Every PC leader has more customers in LIFE than ever before in community-building.

4. LIFE is preparing Phase II with digital downloads for both books and CD’s available, plus points on attendance at leadership meetings. Think about this, where else do you receive points and bonuses for reading, listening, and attending to become a better person?

5. The other impressive factor with LIFE is the retention rates. Because people love the materials without compensation, the retention rates are easily double the community-building average. Why would people quit on a great product at a great price regardless of whether they are customers or members? This is great news for members because it’s easier to maintain a business with a high retention rate.

These are just five of the LIFE differences. Don’t take anyone’s word for it though. Check out the LIFE materials for yourself. When it comes to personal development, the proof is in the pudding. Either the CDs, books, and meetings will help you on your journey or they won’t. If they do, and you would like more out of life, why not join the compensated community. If they do, but you are happy pursuing your current career path, then sign up as a customer. If you don’t enjoy the materials, then as a free person, you can pass on the opportunity offered.

This is what LIFE is all about, the freedom to live your life and the responsibility to own the results.

Leadership principles and thoughts

Here is a great article written by the TEAM.  I thought it was worthy of re-posting because it exemplifies one of the key principles of success in business and in LIFE. Positive thoughts and a great attitude only come from applying the ‘Slight Edge’ principle which states that the little things we do over time is what determines our success.  Along the journey, on a day by day basis, we are bombarded with negativity, whether it be at work or at home.  Although we don’t always control what happens to us, the only thing we can control is how we respond and react to the things we cannot control.

This quick article references self talk.  Not only do we get bombarded by external forces, we all have a tendency to talk to ourselves, which influences how we think, act and respond.  The key is to have the right thinking which leads to positive self talk, positive thinking, positive actions and positive results. Thank Goodness for the cd’s, books and association of the TEAM and LIFE to help us on our journey. Enjoy.  Ben

Leadership thoughts and principles

We all face our own bouts with doubt and fear. Sometimes, the negative side of our brains can really give us a run for our money. When this happens, it helps to be able to “re-script” our self-talk. That’s one of the reasons that affirmations are such powerful things. Self-talk sets the stage for the thoughts, words and deeds that will follow. For every “I can’t”, there’s an “I can” with the power to get things done… 

If you’ve been wrangling with the dangers of negativity in your own life, here are some positive thoughts and principles that can revolutionize the way you’re looking at leadership…. 

Everyone is called upon to lead in some capacity sooner or later in life. 

Each of us has a natural well-spring of talent and ability buried within. 

“In a broad sense, what leaders do is stage revolutions.” Noel Tichy 

All big fires start with a tiny spark. 

Leadership is the influence of others in a productive, vision-driven direction and is done through the example, conviction and character of the leader. 

Leaders can’t stand to leave things the way they found them. 

Anybody can grow in their leadership ability. 

People make extraordinary things happen by liberating the leader within. 

Leadership is both Art and Science. 

Hunger for change and improvement is one of the biggest facets of leadership.

“We don’t determine our purpose, we detect it.” Victor Frankl 

Leaders must live in the realm of the important, not in the realm of the urgent.

Leaders must have a vision for where they want to take themselves and their organization. 

It is not what happens to you, it’s how you handle it. 

Leaders must take personal responsibility for their results. 

When one person takes responsibility for leadership, there is a ripple effect that cannot be measured. 

Goals must be clear. A leader cannot passionately pursue a generality. 

True leadership requires the ability to focus. 

Leaders know they always have more to learn. 

Leaders must grow personally. It is a fact of life for leaders that they must get better.

“Internal victories precede external victories.” Stephen Covey 

“A true leader inspires other to lead themselves.” Ari D. Kaplan 

The best education comes from those who have results in life. 

You don’t know what you don’t know. 

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. 

Success is always located on the other side of inconvenience. 

The only way to BE happy is to GIVE happy. 

Our privileges are not for our pleasure, but rather for our purpose. 

Leadership requires thick skin. 

Success comes when opportunity and preparedness meet. 

If you’re too big to follow then you’re too small to lead. 

People will buy into the leader before they will buy into his or her vision. 

Courage is not action devoid of fear; it is action in spite of fear. 

If you want a great team, you’ve got to find and develop great people. 

Great leaders learn to find a defeat in every victory and a victory in every defeat. 

Problems are much easier to kill when they are small. 

There are no shortcuts when it comes to relationships. 

Problems are the price of progress.

To have a high quality of life, we must have a high quality of thought. 

“Change that ignores the heart will seldom transform the life.” Paul David Tripp 

“The only way for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke 

When the weight of the world starts to drag you down, don’t despair. Just get busy and start building up your self-talk! Even leaders have rough times and hard days. Without the right fuel to get you through it, it’s easy to slip from Champ thinking to Chump thinking… 

When doubt strikes, strike back!

What is LIFE?

Here’s a new page on the LIFE site that describes what LIFE is.


What is LIFE?

LIFE is a company that specializes in producing personal development materials offered for sale through independent Life Members. One of the mainstays of the LIFE approach to personal growth is the development of communities that encourage people to improve their leadership, people skills, and other core competencies. The founders of LIFE have designed their learning programs to follow the principles consistent with long term high achievement, namely: small, affordable doses of information and truth learned and applied consistently over time. This is predominantly accomplished through the format of monthly subscriptions, which focus on the “8F’s:” the categories through which we live out our lives – Faith, Family, Finances, Fitness, Friends, Freedom, Following, and Fun.

Are the LIFE improvement materials credible?

LIFE is founded upon the teaching principles of Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady, co-authors of the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Money Magazine, Business Weekly best seller Launching a Leadership Revolution. Together they have numerous leadership and professional achievements including both qualifying for Top 15 Leadership Guru spots in the latest Top 30 Leadership Guru list. The LIFE improvement materials provided by the LIFE company have received accolades from individuals, business owners, educators, business consultants, other best selling authors, military leaders, leaders in elected government, and professional sports figures.

How competitive are the prices of LIFE’s materials?

The founding principle of LIFE is “Making a Difference.” For this reason, the pricing model for LIFE’s materials reflects the founders’ desire to maximize the impact of their information. Nearly any price comparison to materials of similar genre will demonstrate that LIFE’s materials are not only priced below the competition, but well below. As an example, below are the prices for each of the top three subscription packages available through LIFE:

  1. LIFE Series (Improved Life Skills), which includes 4 CDs and a book each month for $50.
  2. Leadership Series (Improved Leadership Skills), which includes 4 CDs and a book each month for $50.
  3. Faith Series (Spiritual Development), which includes 1 CD and a book each month for $25. (All corporate profits from this series go to our All Grace Outreach charity).

These subscription prices are anywhere from 20% to 200% cheaper than similar offerings from other providers.

What is the opportunity offered by LIFE?

LIFE offers members the opportunity to profit from the sale of LIFE’s materials through a competitive compensation plan. LIFE’s goal is to flow the money typically spent on marketing and advertising to the leaders who help build the customer base for LIFE materials. Further, the founders of LIFE are dedicated to serving in the field alongside LIFE members – a unique situation that enables the compensation structure to maintain as its chief consideration the flowing of profits to the field and not to corporate shareholders, investors, or other interested parties, as is true with most companies. What this means is the LIFE compensation plan can offer one of the highest margins in the industry, with a pay plan that provides 50% of sales on a graduated bonus chart, and additional bonuses (upwards of 15% at the time of this writing, with plans for more depending upon profitability) in additional bonuses for developing leaders in the field, all while keeping prices competitively low.

Additionally, money saving innovations are made available to customers of LIFE materials. The Three for Free Program allows customers or members who obtain subscriptions for LIFE materials to three or more other customers to qualify for a free product subscription for themselves.

Is there any business development training?

LIFE has partnered with TEAM, a top community building and training material organization, to provide all of its business development training. LIFE, in other words, provides world-class personal development materials at a remarkable price point. TEAM (with over a decade of experience with tens of thousands of people in several countries) provides leading-edge business development and training to assist LIFE members in building their businesses. Here is how the personal development and business development break down:k

  1. If a person desires to be a customer, then he or she signs up for one of the LIFE material subscriptions mentioned above.
  2. If a person desires to be a LIFE member (business builder), then he or she follows the same steps as a customer. However, on top of this, he or she also signs up in LIFE as a member ($35 LIFE membership and $50 business starter kit). As a member of LIFE, there are several different levels of participation.
    1. Simply become a member of LIFE and utilize the materials for one’s self and occasionally recommend LIFE materials to others.
    2. Become a member of LIFE but pursue the amassing of a large number of sales to take advantage of the aggressive pay plan.
    3. Become a member of LIFE, and in addition to generating sales of LIFE materials, also build a sales force (or team) that does the same thing.

    For any of these levels, the TEAM training system (business development training) is an optional assist in such efforts. It provides a supportive environment, specific training, mentoring, recognition, materials, events, and team-building activities, and can be utilized as much or as little as the LIFE member deems necessary.

How credible is the TEAM training system?

Both Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward have been showcased as keynote speakers at the prestigious MasterMind event, which features top leaders from the training world and is attended by participants from six continents. Additionally, both Brady and Woodward have been featured in Networking Times magazine, the leading trade magazine for the industry, and currently host a monthly column in the publication. They have also been featured in special editions of Success and Success from Home magazines. The other leaders comprising the TEAM’s Policy Council collectively have over 100 years experience in the industry and are in-demand speakers around North America. The TEAM’s training system operates under the motto: Have Fun, Make Money, and Make a Difference! Moreover, the TEAM is one of the few communities of its kind that routinely hosts tens of thousands of people at monthly events around the USA and Canada. The TEAM training system puts its money where its mouth is, guaranteeing a “no questions asked” 30 day money back refund policy. The TEAM wants satisfied business builders and works hard to ensure that satisfaction.

Is there a guarantee on LIFE materials?

Absolutely. Just as with the TEAM training system, LIFE offers a 30 day money back return policy on all its products

Orrin Woodward wins Top Leadership Award!

Orrin Woodward wins Top Leadership Award!

Independent Association of Businesses highlights the following category as the 2011 TOP LEADERSHIP AWARD WINNER!

The IAB Small Business Awards recognizes and awards businesses who achieve both qualitative and quantitave results in their organization. The leadership award is the highest award given among all 10 categories. This award applies to ones own leadership principals and how they help develop and influence successful leaders throughout American businesses.



The criteria for the IAB Awards winners includes,

– Originality of ideas
– Practicality of ideas
– Presentation style
– Testimonials
– Impact of ideas
– Quality of web content, publications and writings
– Ranking of website in America

The 2011 Top Leadership Website Award goes to:

Orrin Woodward :

Congratulations Orrin, we are proud to be associated with you!

LIFE’s Mission Statement

ImageHere is a great description of LIFE, what it’s purpose is and what amazing value it has in the lives of so many.

I am intrigued by all of the testimony available on the LIFE site.  I encourage everyone to submit their testimonies when possible.  The LIFE materials changed our lives in such a significant way that we cannot sometimes put into words.

We are so thankful for LIFE founders, Orrin Woodward, Chris Brady and the rest of the PC, for providing us all with an amazing, life changing, spectrum of materials and an opportunity to to “pay it forward” to others.  Everyone could use something LIFE has to offer, some could use everything LIFE has to offer in the areas of Faith, Family, Finances, Fitness, Freedom, Following, Friends and Fun (8f’s)

Revolutionize Your Life!

Everyone will be called upon to lead at some point (and truly several points) in their lives, the only question is: Will they be ready?

The LIFE business launched with the purpose of providing world-class leadership materials to business executives, entrepreneurs, corporate climbers, pastors, church leaders, administrators, community service leaders, public servants, teachers, parents, and anybody who will find themselves in a position to lead.

When it gets right down to it, leadership is for everyone. Nobody will be able to make their way through life without needing to draw upon the toolbox of leadership.  Sadly, many people lack these tools and therefore get to live with the consequences of being ill-equipped. These consequences include missed opportunities, unfulfilled career aspirations, financial woes, and broken relationships.

Although leadership is for everyone, not everyone will equip themselves. Therefore, it may be helpful to consider a list of people for which the LIFE materials don’t apply.  LIFE leadership training materials are NOT for those who:

1. Refuse to take 100% personal responsibility for their results in life.

2. Would rather fix blame than fix problems.

3. Want an easy, comfortable life without having to earn it.

4. Already know everything and are therefore unteachable.

5. Have character issues they refuse to address.

LIFE is for those who earnestly seek a better life, are interested in the strenuous process of personal growth, are driven to succeed in significant ways, and are committed to a life of excellence for a higher purpose.

Mediocrity is for the many.

Leadership is for the few.

Everyone will be called upon to lead – few will be ready.

How to avoid a train wreck in LIFE

Hello all,

I wanted to share something that hit home for me not too long ago. I was listening to a cd from our Leadership Development Organization, TEAM, and it was about avoiding train wrecks. What does that mean really? When they speak of avoiding a train wreck and described what they meant, it made so much sense based on some of the events that have occurred in my life recently. This is my interpretation of what they mean by avoiding a train wreck:

In our lives, many of us face daily struggles as well as life changing events. For me, in the last few months, I experienced a death in the family, some health issues and had some major concerns about my career as an airline pilot. Life seems to be a series of challenges that must be overcome. In our everyday life, we face disappointments, struggles, family issues, work issues, health issues and relationship issues. How we deal with them is what is most important because those issues will never go away. We know that much.

So how do we deal with those issues? What do we mean by avoiding a train wreck? Since TEAM focuses on leadership training and mentor ship,  the first step begins with changing our thinking learning how to avoid problems before they develop. Team focuses on leadership and personal development. That is the focus of this blog. Information alone is not the key; correct information applied at the right time is the key.  Having a mentor or a coach is a big part of this to help guide you thru the mine field safely.

Whatever your goals are in life, we should all strive to improve ourselves.  We all hope to gain wisdom as we get older. The problem is, where are we getting our information from? Who are we learning from? If we learn from people who mean well but dont have the fruit on the tree, then we have learned from the wrong source.

To avoid a train wreck, it is important to understand what leads up to the train wreck. I want to briefly describe this process as it pertains to being healthy, wealthy and wise.

Leadership and personal development training are game changers.  How can we make a difference in people’s lives? How can we do that and avoid some of the horrible things that we DO have control over?

Let’s discuss being healthy first. In my opinion, if you do not have your health, you don’t have anything and your entire world revolves around your health. How many of you have been sick or know someone that has been really sick? My sister Linda, who passed away from Leukemia a few months back lived the last years of her life fighting for her life. That was not the way to live. We have all of this great knowledge and studies that maintaining an active and healthy life style is critical for longevity.

Why is it still that cancer and disease dominate our society? When someone gets sick and their mortality is challenged, then they may change their habits. What would anyone do for the chance to go back in time and fix the things that caused their illness? If I was on my death bed prematurely, I would do anything to go back and fix the problem. Anything. The problem is for most, when we are diagnosed with cancer, it is often too late.

When we discuss health and tell the world that eating your fruits and vegetables will prevent disease, why is it so hard to do that? Well it is hard because our lives are so busy and fast food is the staple of today’s society. If you dont have your health, you dont have much. It should be our priority.  Dont wait until its too late to make smart decisions. Easier said than done but it is just a decision.  I believe that your decisions are influenced by information and education so start reading and listenting a little bit more on health related matters. Even a small change in your diet and excercise can make a huge difference.

As for avoiding a wealthy train wreck, it is clear that 95% of our society is affected by the economy today. We are robbing Peter to pay Paul and are financing our gas tanks. Most people have either experienced a job loss or know someone that has in the last few years. Our society believes that the Government is going to take care of us and everything will be alright. Who ever believes this is fooling themselves.

Whatever we do, I believe it is important to consider a Plan B and to take financial responsibility for ourselves. If you were ever told to go to school, get good grades and get a good stable job with benefits, then you are not alone. If you went and did all that, how is it working out for you? Are you living pay check to pay check and spending more time at work then with the people you love? Are you making millions of dollars for your company and only getting paid pennies on the dollar while having all the responsibility? Is back stabbing and corporate downsizing affecting your job status? All I know is that my expensive education and career path as an airline pilot has resulted in pay cut after pay cut, job loss after job loss, pensions lost or wiped out and my poor 401k reduced down to just a “k”.

Someone once said, ” The person who can change his mind based on new information, can rule the world” How you think and how you were taught to think defines your actions. If you were taught to go out, get a good education, get a good job and work hard, then that is something you most likely received from your parents like me. This was Industrial age thinking. We are now in the information age and when we talk about avoiding a train wreck, it makes sense to do something that is going to propel you forward, helping to avoid devastation if you were to lose your job or your health.

Even if you keep your job and live what the Department of Labor calls the 45 Year plan, then what we need to really think about is retirement and how we are living our lives now. Do we wish we had more time, money, security in our lives? The definition of insanity is continuing to do the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. If we don’t change some things in our life, then we are going to have a train wreck.

We are expected to live well into our 70’s and 80’s now on Social Security, savings and investments. A train wreck is coming unless we do something now to avoid it. How are we expected to live happily into our retirement years on 1/2 to 1/3 of the salary we already couldn’t live comfortably off of to begin with. With rising health insurance costs and health issues, our expenses are only going to go up, not down. So what do we do? Something… anything different that will add security to our lives, help us pay off debt and allow us the time and freedom to spend time with family and friends. We are getting our information from the wrong sources if we are broke, have no time in our lives and feel like we are running on a hamster wheel. Get information from the right source on how to get your finances in order and develop a plan B.

Last but not least, how do we avoid a train wreck with being wise. Someone once said, “Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences”. Do we really know or understand what the consequences of our actions are? What I am constantly striving for in my life is a balance between my professional life and my personal life. I have gone through some personal struggles, some family and relationship struggles, which is what most people that breathe air on this planet go through. I know that there are not too many things I can control in life but Orrin Woodword said, ” The only thing you can control in life is the way you think about the things you cannot control”

I have made it my mission in life to learn. I do so now primarily from listening to cd’s and reading endless books from many individuals with a lot more knowledge and wisdom than I have. From a business standpoint, I have Defined what I want, learned from the people that already have what I want and then committed to doing what is necessary to achieving those goals. If I learn from the people that have already achieved success, then that is the first step. In school, I was told to go out and get the job you want, learn how to do your job and then the paycheck I received, defined my lifestyle. It was completely opposite from what we should be doing. Again, I was a victim of Industrial age thinking and had to reprogram what I was taught all my life. This is how millionaires think.

How do we avoid a train wreck in our personal lives, in our relationships with others and in everything we do? Learn about yourself, learn from others. My personal development, hunger to change, thirst for knowledge and willingness to do whatever I need to do to achieve my goals, is what has allowed me to be successful. I just want to pass that along to everyone because before I got involved with TEAM, my thought process was different. What they taught me and what I have learned has positively impacted every aspect of my life.

I believe we could all be healthier, wealthier and wiser, no matter who you are. It was a matter of realizing it and willing to invest time in ourselves. A lot of people invest in a lot of different things except themselves. By becoming a better leader, we become better at everything in our lives, from being a better spouse, sibling, friend, parent and business person. Who wouldn’t want that? We can all avoid a train wreck in these 3 categories and TEAM combined can help you achieve that. We believe in having fun, making money and making a difference in people’s lives.

As I continue to learn, my hope and desire is to help others achieve their goals. The more I serve and help others, the more I learn that life is short and what we do in the time we are here is what defines us as we leave a legacy. The journey is long and the destination may be far, but it is not the destination that is as important as who we become along the journey to that destination. God Bless.