Forbes Thought Of The Day

“ Take the tools in hand and carve your own best life. ”

— Douglas Lurton

Whatever your profession this thought alone could change your life.

Are you using the tools of your trade?

Are you using the resources at your fingertips?

What do you have access to that could be used as a tool to carve your own best life?

A friend, a mentor, a spouse, a teacher, a seminar, a book,  CD, or DVD, a blog?

Tools are everywhere, seek them out, and Seize the Day (Carpe Diem)!!

Carpe Diem

New Year’s Resolution

It’s a New Year and the time so many people make some new commitments to change their LIFE.  So what can you do different than every other new commitment you have made to change your life? How about changing some associations?

I found out many years ago that I had to change the habits that got me the same place every year. Experts call it Pattern Interrupt. I had to interrupt the patterns I had formed that caused me to make the basically the same decisions year after year. One thing I did was to get some new input, from some new associations. I made some new friends that had results in life I had hoped to accomplish. How did I do it? Like many people I went to a seminar to learn new information and make some new friends, because life is like a team sport. You win and lose based on who is on your team and how they play the game.  Hey, what I was doing wasn’t giving me the results I wanted so why not change what I was doing?

It’s not too late so why not give it a shot. Do something so absolutely crazy your friends will think you lost your mind. What could possibly be so wild that is so different that your friends will think you’ve lost it? How about taking a weekend and not going to the bar or a birthday party for a child so young they will never remember and go to the LIFE Convention in Columbus Ohio Jan 27-29, 2012 (can you believe it is 2012?).

Maybe you went to a LIFE Open or Teamcast, or maybe someone shared the concept of the LIFE business. What could you possibly learn that you don’t already know about what you may have seen?

How about a different perspective on money? Maybe meet some young people who have left their jobs before the age of 25, 30, 35, 40, anyway way before having to wait until age 65 or 70? You might just learn something about yourself.

How about a change in your regular weekend routine? One thing for certain, it won’t be boring. Still uncertain, ask yourself this question; what could you possibly do that weekend that could change your life forever? This convention could. It did for us and many others. Why not for you?

Make a New Year’s Resolution, and follow the Nike quote and “just do it”!

LIFE Business Results – The Beginning

On 11/1/11 the new business called LIFE began. The dream of leadership guru Orrin Woodward has launched. Like most companies who launch all hope to have success.  Some start quietly with no more than a hope that success will come. Others start with a business plan and a couple hopeful and energized dreamers with big plans and some experience. Others start with a BANG! They start with a proven leader, a team of entrepreneurs with a track record, a policy board  of highly experienced professionals. That is how LIFE began.

The TEAM community has been serving leadership communities in network marketing since 1999. As part of our training, we created a CD of the week program, which quickly established us as the top community building organization in the US market. By 2000, we were routinely hosting major functions with thousands of people in attendance. Indeed, many of the top leaders within network marketing have benchmarked our processes and systems to improve the leadership culture within their own communities.

Read Orrin’s entire article on the LIFE TEAM

I like to make decisions on actual facts. If you want the facts and not just someone else’s opinion on the internet I encourage you to attend one of the LIFE events. Experience first hand the diversity and quality of people. Hear for yourself what all the excitement is all about. It just might change your life.

Could You Be A Leader?

As I have read books from various business leaders such as John Maxwell and Orrin Woodward, both one of the world’s top 25 Leadership Gurus I have noticed that they are consistent in their messages. Each has their own message and own style but you can readily see that these leaders do not vary in their beliefs. Unlike many politicians who send one message to one group and a quite different message to another group to collect votes, these leaders stay true to their beliefs. This is very refreshing in a day when there is such confusion around truth, and when everyone seems to want to vent their opinion (even when there is no substance to back it up).

It is also interesting to see their peers. Take a look at just some of the Worlds Top 25 Leadership Guru’s and see if you recognize any of these names;  John Maxwell, Stephen Covey, Ken Blanchard,  Ram Charan, Mark Driscoll,  Anthony Robbins, Rudy Giuliani,  Jack Welch, Jim Collins, Tony Dungy, Meg Whitman, and Orrin Woodward.  I’m sure you recognize some if not all of these names.

Who are most peoples peers? Who are yours? Are they positive or negative? Do they uplift or tear you or others down? It IS interesting to note that although all of these men and women are accomplished in their fields, all are controversial in one way or another. That’s one of the things that set them apart. They are not doing what everyone else does.  They do not follow the crowd. For example; John Maxwell originally was a Pastor in a church and today is the #1 leadership expert in the secular world, Rudy Giuliani the former Mayor of New York during the September 11 World Trade Tower attack stood up and led NYC and gave the country hope during our countries most trying time has been criticized on his handling of the crisis, Jack Welch the former CEO of GE was call “Neutron Jack” because he fired so many people to do what best selling author Jim Collins called “getting the right people on the bus and the wrong people off the bus” yet in doing so built it into one of the most successful companies in the world, Meg Whitman as CEO of e-Bay led it to become one of the worlds most recognized names was criticized from both the left and right when she ran for Governor of California as being incapable to lead the State of Calif. Tell me a leader who hasn’t been criticized and I will have to question whether they really lead something worthwhile.

I hope as you begin or continue on your leadership journey that you have the courage of your convictions to stay the course even in times of opposition.  That is one of the qualities that make a leader a leader.

Orrin Woodward – My Personal Experience

Over the last 4 years I have had numerous opportunities to meet and interact with Orrin Woodward. In fact, in early 2009 I made the decision after much thought and discussion with various business leaders to work personally with Mr. Woodward. My wife and I at that point had 30+ years experience in the Networking field. We had been successful in the field and did not take our decision lightly.
In the last several years since my decision to work with Orrin Woodward I can honestly say I have seen him exhibit nothing but honorable behavior. Our meetings and conversations have been open and frank. His advice straight forward and without hesitation. In 30 + years of business experience I have worked with many different business people and I can say without hesitation that Orrin Woodward is the real deal. He is honest and I trustworthy because I have seen him when taking the easy way out would have been acceptable, but he isn’t about doing what is acceptable but what is right, a rare quality today.
If you are considering working with the TEAM or LIFE business I can attest to the integrity of Orrin Woodward, the TEAM and the LIFE business. I have staked 30+ years of my business career on the line to work with Orrin and the TEAM and LIFE business and have not been disappointed.

Hello World!

I write this blog as my first to thank Orrin Woodward for his leadership and vision to launch a company called LIFE, to take the purpose of an improved life and give anyone who wishes to improve their life the opportunity to do so, along with the financial incentive to pay it forward.

As some of you who have been with TEAM know these last several years HAVE been life changing….. No I would have to say life transforming. GOD has provided us with an opportunity to go from GOOD TO GREAT and we have accepted that undertaking. Not only do I feel we now have the opportunity to accomplish so much more, but because of the challenges we have faced and the wisdom of the leaders who have come together, it has brought to me a new enthusiasm and energy for the future.

I have to share with you a book you must read. In fact it would be a great book to have any of your leaders who question any challenges we might have faced or will face, and why can we move forward with such confidence and enthusiasm.

The book is called In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day” by Mark Batterson

If you have ever traveled to Africa and seen the Lion up close and personal as they say, one of the “Big Five” and “King of the Jungle”, it will give you a much greater appreciation for what I am about to share from this book;

“Normal people run away from lions. They run as far away and as fast as they possibly can. But lion chasers are wired differently. GOD always uses our past experiences to prepare us for future opportunities. But those GOD-given opportunities often come disguised as man eating lions. And how we react when we encounter those lions will determine our destiny. We can cower in fear and run away from our greatest challenges or we can chase our God-ordained destiny by seizing the God ordained opportunity.”

Many of us in this new LIFE business myself included could live a comfortable life, but life was not meant to be lived comfortably but to have meaning. What better meaning could we have than to change our lives and the lives around us to live a better, more fulfilled life? We in America are facing a culture in decline. Around the world there is struggle and uncertainty. I believe there has never been a better time to help to improve ours and the lives of those around us. You can’t change the world by yourself, but in changing your life and then another, maybe one person at a time you can eventually change enough lives to perhaps change the world. LIFE provides opportunity to change that one life at a time.

As we face this future we can live in fear or live by faith. I choose Faith. Because as Mark Batterson wrote, “as I look back on my own life I recognize this simple truth; the greatest opportunities were not the scariest lions. Part of me wanted to play it safe, but I’ve learned that taking no risks is the greatest risk of all.

Orrin Woodward, Chris Brady, the Policy Council of TEAM and LIFE Leadership, along with their leaders have a vision to impact 1 million lives in 5 years. I look forward to this meaningful journey with these courageousLion Chasers.