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    Guinness World Record Holder for largest book signing ever, Orrin Woodward is a NY Times bestselling author of And Justice For All along with RESOLVED & coauthor of LeaderShift and Launching a Leadership Revolution. His books have sold over one million copies in the leadership and liberty fields. RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions For LIFE made the Top 100 All-Time Best Leadership Books and the 13 Resolutions are the framework for the top selling Mental Fitness Challenge personal development program.

    Orrin made the Top 20 Inc. Magazine Leadership list & has co-founded two multi-million dollar leadership companies. Currently, he serves as the Chairman of the Board of the LIFE Leadership. He has a B.S. degree from GMI-EMI (now Kettering University) in manufacturing systems engineering. He holds four U.S. patents, and won an exclusive National Technical Benchmarking Award.

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Age of Fighting Sail: Chris Brady

Posted by Orrin Woodward on January 26, 2015

Author Chris Brady

Author Chris Brady

Chris Brady has done it again! How many home runs can a guy hit in a row anyway? His latest book Leadership Lessons from the Age of Fighting Sail (LLAFS) is simply brilliant. As everyone knows, I love history, but somehow Chris Brady found a portion of history that I had only studied briefly. Then, he proceeded to deliver leadership nugget after nugget while sharing fascinating stories I was completely unaware of.

Like the famous dictum, “facts tell but stories sell,” Brady sold the importance of leadership by laying out the severe complications and challenges that faced the captains of ships in the age of fighting sail. As I read the chapters, I realized that LLAFS is not just a great book in its own right, but also an excellent follow-up book to Brady and my New York Times Bestseller Launching a Leadership Revolution (LLR). For Brady adds color and depth to so many principles in his latest book that were merely touched upon in LLR.

For instance, Brady dedicates a whole chapter to the importance of hunger in world-class leadership and expostulates on the message by sharing how Horatio Nelson’s teenage decision made him the leader he was. All of which, by the way, I had never read or heard before. If the reader desires to learn leadership (while being entertained and inspired), then look no further than LLAFS. Indeed, when I completed the last chapter, I changed the hierarchy of my favorite historical leadership books, moving Brady’s to the top of the list.

I feel driven to share so many stories from the book, but I will hold myself back, for the way Brady crescendos the leadership principles and stories upon each other is masterful. The reader needs needs to experience this for himself without me spoiling the effect. Nonetheless, a quick look at the chapter headings, will convey the depth and scope one will experience when he reads the book. Just look at the leadership principles taught in LLAFS:

  1. The Lesson of the Ripple Effect
  2. The Lesson of Hunger
  3. The Lesson of Initiative
  4. The Lesson of the Front
  5. The Lesson of Discernment
  6. The Lesson of Concentration
  7. The Lesson of Decentralization
  8. The Lesson of Culture
  9. The Lesson of the Unfair Unload
  10. The Lesson of the Battle
  11. The Lesson of Legacy

Furthermore, inside each of the major leadership lessons are tidbits and side-thoughts that each deserve separate books from Brady. When someone has lived each of these principles the resulting book becomes ten times more valuable than just someone repeating verbiage he has read from others. Indeed, this is what makes Leadership Lessons from the Age of Fighting Sail a book that I will return to again and again.

I am so proud of the leaders within LIFE Leadership who have produced a series of best sellers over the years led by LIFE Coaches Tim Marks and Claude Hamilton. Chris Brady, not surprisingly, has just added another to the growing list.

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward

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The Financial Matrix and Personal Finances

Posted by Orrin Woodward on January 20, 2015

High-paying longterm jobs are exiting North America at an alarming rate. Nonetheless, citizens of America and Canada seem unable (in some cases unwilling) to cut expenses. The latest numbers on American indebtedness (Canadian numbers are similarly dismal), both consumer debt and home mortgages, is staggering.

The latest GoBankingRates report found the average American is more than $225,000 in debt with little savings. The website identified (using the earnings, savings, and various loans) the “average American’s” (calling her ‘Mary Smith’) financial status.

GoBankingRates editor Jennifer Calonia stated that, “Mary is 37, the current median age of an American. She’s a non-Hispanic White, the largest demographic in the country, and she works in retail sales, the most common occupation in the United States”

Unfortunately, Mary’s pay and debt load is a train wreck in progress. Calonia noted, “Until we witness a much more dramatic return to permanent, long-term employment in the private sector, Mary Smith’s dire scenario, which leaves her drowning in debt and without adequate savings, will continue to play out, especially as more companies rely on temporary, low-wage work.”

According to the latest USA data, the real (inflation adjusted) median household income was $51,939 in 2013. However, one must remember that household income is the combined incomes from everyone working in the house. Basically, this means the average personal income is somewhere around $30k. Further, the total income has trended downward since 2007, falling 8% from the pre-recession peak of $56,436 and remains well below the 1999 record of $56,895.

In other words, household income, over the last 16 years, has actually gone down! Imagine working for 16 years straight only to receive less money than one did originally. To compound this pain, inflation has caused most other prices to skyrocket, leaving Americans bewildered and frustrated. This simply cannot continue indefinitely. Compare the average income of Americans with the average debt loads and a forthcoming financial disaster becomes apparent. 

Here is a summary of the average debt numbers.

  • Average credit card debt among indebted households: $15,263
  • Average credit card interest rate: 14.95% APR
  • Average mortgage debt: $147,591
  • Average outstanding student loan balance: $31,646
  • Average auto loan debt: $30,738
  • Only 59 percent of Americans have at least $500 in a savings account saved
Financial Fitness Pack

Financial Fitness Pack

LIFE Leadership has the Financial Fitness Program to help people across the world learn how to play defense and offense in order to break free from the increasingly oppressive  Financial Matrix. Few understand the difference between expenses and investments and, unfortunately, most people maximize expenses while minimizing investments. LIFE Leadership, in contrast, teaches how to build wealth for the longterm by slashing expenses and investing in your #1 asset – yourself. If you are looking for an escape path from the Financial Matrix, LIFE Leadership has is the fasttrack. I feel like Morpheus explaining to people trapped in the matrix the plan to set them free:

Morpheus: When the (Financial) Matrix was first built, there was a man born inside who (he purchased a Financial Fitness Pack :) ) had the ability to change whatever he wanted, to remake the (Financial) Matrix as he saw fit. It was he who freed the first of us, taught us the truth : ‘As long as the (Financial) Matrix exists, the human race will never be free.’ After he died, the Oracle prophesied his return, and that his coming would hail the destruction of the (Financial) Matrix, end the war, bring freedom to our people. That is why there are those of us who have spent our entire lives searching the (Financial) Matrix, looking for him. I did what I did because…I believe that search is over. – (LIFE Leadership is here.)

Isn’t it time you learned the Defense, Offense, and Playing Field of finances so you too can break free from the Financial Matrix?

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward

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Life Leadership Reviews Financial Fitness Pack

Posted by Orrin Woodward on January 12, 2015

LIFE Leadership Reviews

The Financial Fitness Pack (FFP) is LIFE Leadership’s #1 selling product. There are several reasons for this.

First, it is a product that meets the citizens of the world where they are at. Financial debt is debilitating many people and without a plan to stop the bleeding, it will only get worse. In fact, the latest figures reveal that consumer debt (debt outside home mortgages) in America has reached the astounding figure of 3.2 trillion dollars according to Business Week. That’s $10,666 of debt for every man woman and child in the USA!

Second, people are waking up to the fact that the Financial Matrix is real. Debt is draining the productivity of all workers from ditch-diggers to doctors because modern society’s money supply is fueled by debt. Indeed, over 70% of the USA money supply is created by housing market mortgages. In other words, if every mortgage was paid off, 70% of the money supply would disappear, literally wiped out when house is owned outright. In the 1950’s the equity in houses in the USA was around 80%, now it’s less than 30%. This means that 50% of the value of all houses in the USA has been siphoned off in the last 60 years!

The Financial Matrix, in a word, is performing exactly as planned. The more people go into debt, the more money is created. Thus, the State and Big Bankers, using Keynesian logic, have wrongly concluded that debt is not only great for bank profits, but also the economy since it stimulates money production. Unfortunately, this economic canard (that more dollars leads to increased wealth) has a long life and only dies with society dies through the predictable boom/bust cycle. The State and Big Banks profit at society’s (the people’s) expense. 

Thankfully, however, reader is waking up to this reality. For just like Neo in the movie The Matrix, he is searching for the answers to why so many people are so far in debt:

Morpheus : I imagine that right now you’re feeling a bit like Alice… Tumbling down the rabbit hole? Hmm?

Neo : You….could say that.

Morpheus : I can see it in your eyes. You have the look of a man who accepts what he sees, because he is expecting to wake up. Ironically, this is not far from the truth…. Do you believe in fate, Neo?

Neo : No.

Morpheus : Why?

Neo : Because I don’t like the idea that I’m not in control of my own life.

Morpheus : I know… exactly what you mean. Let me tell you why you’re here. You’re here because you know something. What you know, you can’t explain. But you feel it. You’ve felt it your entire life. That there’s something wrong with the world. You don’t know what it is, but it’s there…like a splinter in you’re mind, driving you mad. It is this feeling that has brought you to me. Do you know what I’m talking about?

Neo : The Matrix?

Morpheus : Do you want to know…. what it is….? (Neo nods yes) The Matrix is everywhere. It’s all around us, even in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work, when you go to work, when you pay your taxes. The Matrix is the world that has been pulled over your eyes, to blind you from the truth.

Neo : What truth?

Morpheus : That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else, you were born into bondage, born into a prison that you cannot smell or taste or touch. A prison…for your mind….Unfortunately, no one can be… told what the Matrix is… you have to see it for yourself.

Morpheus opens a container which holds two pills : a blue one, and a red one. He puts one in each hand, and holds them out to Neo.

Morpheus : This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back…..You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up and believe…whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill…..you stay in wonderland…and I show you just how deep the rabbit hole goes.

Neo pauses for an instant, then reaches for the red pill. He swallows it down with a glass of water, and looks at Morpheus.

Morpheus : Remember…all I’m offering you is the truth : nothing more.

The Financial Fitness Pack

Life Leadership‘s Financial Fitness Pack (FFP) is the only product that covers the Defense, Offense, and Playing Field (explains the Financial Matrix) of finances. If the reader is sick and tired of throwing away thousands of dollars every month just to service existing debt, then perhaps its time to pick up the FFP and cut the ties of debt bondage. Laurie and I paid off our last mortgage payment in late 2003 and have lived free from the Financial Matrix (100% debt free) since that time.

What is the Financial Matrix?

I can answer no better than Morpheus answered (with just a few words added) it in the movie The Matrix:

The (Financial) Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you’re inside, you look around. What do you see? Business people, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system, and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inert, so hopelessly dependent on the (debt) system, that they will fight to protect it.

Do not fight to protect the Financial Matrix, but rather fight to free yourself from it by learning the Defense, Offense, and Playing Field of financial management. What do you have to lose besides your debt? :)

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward

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Warren Buffet: Advice to Students

Posted by Orrin Woodward on January 7, 2015

Warren Buffet

Warren Buffet

Warren Buffet is one of the wealthiest people in the world. He created his wealth through wise investment. Recently, I read an interview Warren Buffet did with CNBC. Not surprisingly, his advice is spot on for helping people get out of the Financial Matrix:

CNBC: “What is the one thing that young people should be doing about money?”
Buffett: “I tell them two things, generally. One is stay away from credit cards… The second thing I tell them is to invest in themselves.”

In a nutshell, his advice breaks out into two categories. 1) Live Debt-Free and 2) Invest in Yourself. This is exactly what LIFE Leadership teaches. First, learn the Defense of finances to get out of debt and then invest the savings to go on Offense in the number one asset you have, namely, yourself. YOU, in other words, are the greatest return on investment plan possible.

Unfortunately, although this is consistently followed by those who accumulate wealth and honors, most people do not follow Warren Buffet’s time-proven advice. This, in fact, is why the Founders of LIFE created the Financial Fitness Program – to help people hold themselves accountable to learn the defense, offense, and playing field (Financial Matrix) of finances. Indeed, associating with like-minded LIFE Leadership community members is vital to help a person wipe out debt (Defense) and use the increased cash flow to invest in further personal development (Offense). Great financial results, in sum, can only be accomplished by mastering both the Defense and Offense. 

In another interview, Business Insider asked Warren Buffet about the student loan bubble and he answered:

The best education you can get is investing in yourself. But this doesn’t always mean college or university. I have two degrees but I don’t have them on my wall, in fact I don’t even know where they are. I used to be afraid of public speaking, and I realized that I have to do that someday. I do have one diploma I display from Dale Carnegie’s Public Speaking Course and it only cost me $100.

Hmmm. It seems to me that Warren Buffet values a good return on investment and the two factors in the equation are the cost and quality of the education. In both categories, LIFE Leadership is at the front of the pack. High quality and low cost leads is what has made our Financial Fitness Program (under 100 dollars) the best selling product in our portfolio of leadership materials.

The Financial Matrix is real and a person can only set themselves free by learning the defense, offense, and playing field of finances.  Perhaps 2015 is the time to take Warren Buffet’s advice to set yourself free. :)

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward

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Replacing Limiting Beliefs

Posted by Orrin Woodward on December 31, 2014

The biggest champions in life dare to challenge and replace their limiting beliefs. Indeed, every person desiring to move on must examine the gap between intentions and actions to detect where his limiting beliefs are. Once the performance gap is identified, a person can then begin to ask the tough questions to determine why his intentions and actions do not align.

Not surprisingly, the answers a person gets in life depend upon the questions he asks himself. For the better questions a person asks, the better answers he receives. Unfortunately, a limiting belief is limiting because it narrows the questions a person is willing to ask himself. Thus, it limits his answers. This, in fact, is why so few people change even when the answers are right in front of them.

This isn’t new, for Socrates noted many years ago that the unexamined life is not worth living. Nonetheless, few people examine their belief systems; instead, most prefer to live in a state of denial regardless of the consequences. Interestingly, Winston Churchill, who spent a lifetime studying people and leadership, identified the same failure mode when he wrote, “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”

Thankfully, however, this doesn’t have to be true for you. 2015 is a new year, and it can be the turning point in your life. Perhaps it’s time to courageously confront the limiting beliefs holding you back from your dreams and goals. From here forward, make the decision not to run away from truth. Instead, allow the data in each area of your life to help you identify and remove limiting beliefs. Yes, it is scary when you admit to yourself that you don’t have everything figured out, but it’s also one of the most important and liberating days of your life.

For example, before starting into the leadership field, I had two experiences in high school and college (one was a required public speaking class for my MBA program at the University of Michigan) that I would like to forget. In both instances, I received zeros! That’s right: absolute objective failure. I am not making excuses. I earned the scores because I literally lost my train of thought and just stared at the crowd before ignominiously walking back to my seat. For years, I just avoided public speaking, but my dream of running a leadership company propelled me forward. I knew my limiting belief about speaking and my dream could not coexist. One had to be discarded.

Although it took time to develop my speaking ability, the key victory was in discarding my limiting belief that I had nothing to say worth listening to. How did I do this? First, by asking questions and realizing that failure is an event, not a person. Yes, I failed at speaking several times, but that didn’t mean I couldn’t speak. It only meant that I had not developed the knowledge to speak freely on the subjects assigned. Second, I vowed to never give a speech again. Instead, I would learn my subject so well that I could just speak extemporaneously for hours at a time. To this day, I don’t give speeches; I merely share what is in my heart with others. 

By noting just a few key words on a piece of paper, I was able to keep my thoughts organized while sharing my passion for whatever subject I had researched and lived. Thousands of talks later (over 10,000 hours in front of people), and I received a message from Inc. magazine that they had recognized me as one of the Top 100 Convention Speakers. What? Seriously? From two zeros in public speaking to Inc. magazine’s top speaker list? How did that happen? First and foremost, by God’s grace. Then, by learning to ask better questions to identify why I was so scared to speak in front of people.

I shared this personal story not to shed light upon myself but rather to shed light upon the reader’s dreams. Whatever you fear the most in life may be your biggest gift to give to the world. LIFE Leadership can help provide you the tools to overcome your limiting beliefs. Perhaps 2015 is the year you will confront your limiting beliefs Goliath. And, when you do, you will begin your success journey to the top. I wish you all the success you deserve.

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward

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Breaking Free of the Financial Matrix

Posted by Orrin Woodward on December 26, 2014

“Whoever does not wish to render history incomprehensible by departmentalizing it – political, economic, social – would perhaps take the view that it is in essence a battle of dominant wills, fighting in every way they can for the material which is common to everything they construct: the human labor force.” – Bertrand De Jouvenel

“In essence, land, labor, capital and entrepreneurship encompass all of the inputs needed to produce a good or service. Land represents all natural resources, such as timber and gold, used in the production of a good. Labor is all of the work that laborers and workers perform at all levels of an organization, except for the entrepreneur. The entrepreneur is the individual who takes an idea and attempts to make an economic profit from it by combining all other factors of production. The entrepreneur also takes on all of the risks and rewards of the business. The capital is all of the tools and machinery used to produce a good or service.” – Investopedia

And Justice For All

And Justice For All

These two quotes led to one of my biggest breakthroughs in understanding the current financial system. This led me to write in my Guinness World Record setting book And Justice For All (AJFA) on how the elites control the factors of production to control society’s wealth. Indeed, by reading the two quotes above and referring back to my chapter in AJFA on the factors of production and the Five Laws of Decline (FLD), one can clearly see how the elites have controlled the masses throughout history. Here is a segment I wrote on the factors of production in AJFA:

Although De Jouvenel didn’t use the terms FLD and SDS, but he certainly described the effects of both wonderfully. For if the FLD truly drives the elites to control the masses’ production, they must do so by exploiting the three inputs of all production (labor, land, and capital) as outlined by the “classical economists” like Smith, Ricardo, and Mill. One can confirm the validity of the FLD by realizing that the elites, in order to exploit the masses’ production, must exploit labor, land, or capital since these are the only three inputs for all production. As explained below, a person would be hard-pressed to find another example where theory matches reality any closer than the FLD theory matches the actions of the world’s exploiters.

The FLD exploitation by elites over the masses’ production originated with the elites controlling the masses’ labor (physical slavery) to control production. Indeed, for thousands of years, this was the preferred method of control. Over time, however, this method fell out of favor as Christianity permeated Roman society. As it became increasingly intolerable for Christians to enslave fellow Christians (regrettably, enslaving non-Christians was still tolerable), the exploiters switched to the second factor of production – land. Instead of physical slavery, the masses now endured land serfdom, as the elites owned and controlled the land. The elites’ direct ownership of the land gave them indirect ownership of the people. Fortunately for the people, however, as the free market system blossomed, they were no longer beholden to the land-owning aristocracy for survival, and were increasingly able to prosper through private enterprise and businesses of their own.

It is not hard to guess what the elites did next, given that there was only one input of production (capital) left to control. As predicted, when feudalism had run its course and private enterprise began to spread, the battle between State and society for the control of capital commenced. Although society at first successfully created a gold standard (which checked the State’s ability to control the monetary system), the elite statists eventually regained the upper hand. The State (always hungry for funds to increase its power) finally wrestled money away from the FLD-restraining gold standard and became capital’s sole creator, owner, and controller. They did this through the artifices of the central banking system’s centralized planning of the money supply. The elites, by directly controlling the monetary system, thereby indirectly control the masses’ production since nearly everyone uses capital (the third input of all production) in today’s money economies. The exploitation of capital by the elites confirms in practice what a study of the FLD and its interaction with the three factors of production predicted in theory.

The elites, throughout history have meddled with the factors of production to ensure control and plunder over the masses. In the modern world, slavery and serfdom are, for the most part, illegal; however, financial subjugation is alive and well. Today, the elites control the entrepreneur by controlling the capital he needs to perform his task. This, naturally, leads to indirect control of the masses who work for these “owned” entrepreneurs. More directly, however, today’s financial subjugation of the masses is accomplished by the elites enticing them into debt. Through offering them consumer goods on longterm credit plans, the masses sell themselves into bondage for the latest houses, cars, and technological gadgets.

In essence, a person is imprisoned within the Financial Matrix if, when he goes to bed at night, he wakes up the next morning owing more money than he did the night previous. Thankfully, it is possible to escape the Financial Matrix. In fact, one of my goals for 2015 is to improve LIFE Leadership‘s messaging on the Financial Fitness program to help people get free from the Financial Matrix enslaving them into the bondage of debt and stress.

I am not suggesting fighting the powers-that-be; instead, I am suggesting a grassroots movement of millions of people who take responsibility to clean up their own financial messes. Through this example of modeling and messaging, our politicians will learn the proper principles and we can create real change! Indeed, doesn’t it seem foolish to demand from our politicians behaviors we are unwilling to live in our own lives. This reminds me of a saying one of my early mentors told me, “Clean up your own bedroom before you attempt to clean up the world.”

Perhaps the best description of the modern monetary malady was written by financial reformer Michael Rowbotham in his impressive book The Grip of Death:

For example, every country in the world suffers from a massive and constantly increasing national debt. Britain has a national debt that is fast approaching £400 billion. Canada’s debt has reached $560 billion and Germany’s now exceeds 500 billion deutschmarks. So are these poor countries? No more so than Japan with a debt equivalent to two trillion dollars or America with a national debt now in excess of five trillion dollars. Since the poorer nations are crippled by their indebtedness to international lending institutions and foreign banks, the overall picture is of a world suffering acute and ever worsening insolvency.

But this is really quite illogical and absurd… The question almost asks itself. If all the nations of the world are in debt, who are they in debt to? Rationally, where there is a debtor, there should be someone else who is a creditor. If every nation is in debt, who, precisely, owes whom? In addition to the logical absurdity of all nations being simultaneously insolvent, such escalating national debts are a complete contradiction of the real and obvious wealth of these nations. This is underlined by the fact that the nations which run the largest national debts are those with the most advanced economies. What can we say to the developing nations struggling under the burden of their debt, nations who have copied our economic institutions and aspire to a life free from poverty? ‘Work hard, and one day your debt will be as small as America’s – a mere five trillion dollars!’

These are not the only contradictory financial statements to go virtually unchallenged by the majority of economists. In addition to mounting national debts, the level of private debt shouldered by people and businesses is also escalating. The total of loans, mortgages, overdrafts and credit card purchases is massive and in Britain stands at some £780 billion, £500 billion of which is borne by ordinary people. The Americans, supposedly the richest citizens ever to walk the face of the planet, are the most heavily indebted people of the world, carrying mortgage debts that currently total $4.2 trillion. They are said to go shopping with their credit cards bolstered. As with national debts, such escalating domestic debt is a complete contradiction of the wealth present in those nations.

2015 is the year to escape the Financial Matrix through learning the defense, offense, and playing field of finances. I plan on doing my part. Will you?

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward

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Leaders Increase Capacity to Handle More Complexity

Posted by Orrin Woodward on December 15, 2014

Since the world continues to grow more complex, so too must its leaders continue to grow. World leaders, in short, must increase capacity to handle more complexity. And the company that creates the best environment for people to grow personally will increase its professional capacity the fastest. This is the only sustainable competitive advantage today.

I embedded a video that describes the steps to increase one’s leadership capacity. LIFE Leadership is helping companies grow leaders and build a sustainable competitive advantage.

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward

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Why Most People Fail: Lack of Vision

Posted by Orrin Woodward on December 4, 2014

I tweeted out a quote this morning that read: Winners learn from the past, live in the present, and lead into the future.

Failures, however, reject this advice. In fact, they follow an opposite path which ensures failure.

If I were to tweet out how to fail in life it would read: Failures replay the past, react in the present, and rationalize away the future.

If this quote is closer to your current mindset, the good news is – YOU can change it!

Now I am not promising it will be easy. Failure is a mindset that quickly becomes a habitual. Nonetheless, with disciplined mental and physical work, a failure mindset can be transformed into a winning one. I believe your future is worth changing for. Doing so will bless, not only your life, but also those you love.

Let’s unpack each step of the failure mindset.

First, failures do not learn from the past. Instead, they beat themselves (or others) up for their past mistakes. Replaying the past to blame or justify is a sure recipe for failure. Wearing a victim lens in life may reduce the short-term pain but only by ensuring longterm failure. In short, a person cannot learn from the past when he is playing the victim card.

Second, because failures don’t learn from the past, they often repeat it. Wisdom is the fruit enjoyed by those who accept personal responsibility for all of life’s outcomes. True, unfair things happen to everyone, but how a person responds is the key. Failures, because they do not seek wisdom, end up living reactively rather than proactively.

Finally, because failures constantly replay past mistakes and are reactive rather than proactive, they have little time to focus on the future. Of course, this ensures they will not effectively lead themselves nor others into a brighter future. Instead, failures rationalize away their futures on altars of past failures. How sad.

Fortunately, there is another plan.

Winners have a different mindset. It doesn’t matter what happened in the past because it is history. All that is left from the past are the lessons one can learn from them. It doesn’t matter how bad it is in the present because it’s just a function of reaping what you have sowed in the past. However (drum roll please), to truly change one’s life, it is absolutely essential to envision where one wants to go. For without a clear picture of the future life a person desires, he will not generate the internal motivation necessary to create real change.  

Lead with Vision

Lead with Vision

Failures have to see it to believe it and thus never believe or do anything without seeing first. But this means they merely react to what is presented to them rather than pro-act to create something new. Winners, on the other hand, believe it, see it, and thus work like crazy to make what they “see” come true. That’s the SECRET! Successful people apply consistent effort to turn their mental dreams into physical realities. 

Yes, winners work hard, but so do many failures. It’s important to understand that it’s not the work that separates the successful from the unsuccessful; it’s vision. More specifically, it’s a vision believed so deeply that it becomes a metaphysically reality. The physical work, then, is just investing the time to formally present externally what is already known internally. 

Accordingly, the key question for all success is: are you disciplining your mind to see your future reality? I know, I know, the reader is probably thinking – but I don’t have time for that. Think through that statement for a second. A person who says he doesn’t have time to envision his future, is like a tourist who says he doesn’t have time to look at the local map. Although the tourist may save time in the short run, he ends up repeating many steps and loses out on many rewards in the long run. In a similar fashion, so too does the hard worker without vision.

I believe it’s time to learn from the past while living in the present, and leading (with massive vision) into the future? In fact, I believe this so strongly, I co-founded LIFE Leadership to help people live the life they’ve always wanted.

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward

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Building a Leadership Culture

Posted by Orrin Woodward on December 1, 2014

Leadership Culture

Leadership Culture

The longer I am in the leadership field, the more apparent it is to me that creating a leadership culture is the key to longterm results in any company. Yes, a leader must be a top performer, but that, by itself, cannot produce longterm excellence. Indeed, only when the leader works on creating a culture of excellence will his/her company fulfill its potential.

Perhaps the simplest description of culture is to recognize the relation between the community’s culture and the leader’s expectation. Whatever the leader finds acceptable (believes, behaviors, and results) soon becomes the cultural norms for the organization. Therefore, when leaders do not like the current results, they must begin by changing their expectations and standard of excellence.

Unfortunately, most top performers seem to struggle with the jump into leadership because they do not understand how to effectively transfer their personal high standards into the community-at-large. This explains why so many top performers end up failing when promoted into leadership positions. Nonetheless, the good news is that every performer can become a leader through studying and applying the leadership soft-skills.

There are only four lens’s a person can wear in life (victim, follower, performer, and leader). If someone has worked hard to reach the performer lens, there is simply no reason not to continue progressing and put on the leadership lens. This is exactly why I (and my co-founders) formed LIFE Leadership, namely, to help people move up lens levels until they become effective leaders in the homes, communities, and companies.

Isn’t it time for the reader to become a leader and create a culture of excellence in your sphere of influence?

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward

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The Law of Averages Produces Results

Posted by Orrin Woodward on November 17, 2014

Most successful people realize that the Law of Averages (LOA) is a key part of success in any field. For when a person leverages the LOA properly, the seemingly unpredictable becomes very predictable. Unfortunately, most people do not allow the LOA to work in their favor and then label themselves failures when actually they have only failed to apply the LOA. Here is a short segment from the LIFE Leadership major function where I share how to leverage the Law of Averages to produce results!

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward

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