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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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Entrepreneurial Prime Movers: Part 2

Posted by Orrin Woodward on March 4, 2015

Most of the world is good at seeing what is, but leaders are good at seeing what could be. More pointedly, leaders must have the character and courage to make what could be a reality. How do they do this? By helping others see what they see and then building trust until the people buy into what they see. Leadership is founded upon character and courage, built upon trust and respect, and completed upon actions and rewards.  2015 is the year to lead and become the prime mover for your community.

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward – Chairman of the Board LIFE Leadership

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Entrepreneurial Prime Movers

Posted by Orrin Woodward on March 1, 2015

Entrepreneurs must move ahead by recognizing opportunities where others only see problems. Interestingly, if the entrepreneur desires a bigger reward, he/she must solve a bigger problem. And this is why entrepreneurs must overcome in the face of great challenges to succeed at the highest levels. Perhaps the best advice I received as an adolescent was from my 3rd grade teacher Mr. Luoma, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Combine this with the Great Commandment to love God with all your heart and soul and love others as yourself and the new entrepreneur is off to a great start!

Here is a segment of a talk on entrepreneurial prime movers.

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward – LIFE Leadership Chairman of the Board

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LIFE Leadership Reviews – MonaVie & Amway

Posted by Orrin Woodward on February 27, 2015

I am writing, updating and reviewing the FAQ section for LIFE Leadership. Perhaps the most interesting and inspiring answer for me was the one on Amway, Quixtar, MonaVie and LIFE Leadership. For in it, I was able to share how proud I am of the pioneers of LIFE Leadership. I have attached the answer below. Compensated Community is the future of business and LIFE Leadership is in the sweet spot of the growing trend.

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward – Chairman of the Board: LIFE Leadership

What was the 2007-2010 legal dispute between some of the LIFE leaders, Quixtar and MonaVie about?

I get asked this question periodically even though the dispute ended in 2010. Still, I believe the highlights from the issue can help a person understand the principles LIFE Leadership is founded upon. Before discussing the details, however, I think it’s important to share that I have no hard feelings for anyone who worked with Quixtar or currently works with Amway. As a matter of fact, I still have friends that work within the company. I believe life is too short to carry grudges and what is past is past. Further, I have heard from several sources that Amway has softened its litigation policy against leaders who want to leave the company. For this, I am thankful. Finally, I learned a ton during my time with Quixtar and have many memorable experiences. In consequence, I have taken the good, flushed the bad, and move ahead with no animosity.

Before LIFE Leadership was launched, Laurie and I, along with some of the other top leaders, worked with a company called Quixtar to build our community (business asset). Quixtar was a North American internet based multi-level business started by the owners of Amway, but set up as a separate company from it’s parent. This was an important feature to me because I had joined Amway in 1993 when I learned they were developing an Interactive Distribution model to combine high-tech and high-touch. Regretfully, however, by 1998, I realized this was more hype than substance and had not come to fruition. Since I had no interest in building a traditional Amway business, we planned on starting a new venture.

LIFE Leadership Winter Convention

LIFE Leadership 2015 Winter Convention

Nevertheless, after hearing Ken McDonald (Quixtar’s first managing-director) share his vision for a new online model, we changed our minds. Since it was a separate from Amway (but backed by the founders funds) and would leverage the fast-growing internet, we were intrigued. As a result, in 1999, we chose not renew our Amway distributorship and joined Quixtar instead as an IBO (Independent Business Owner).

The online model fit our young and hungry team perfectly. In fact, from 1999 through 2007, Laurie and I led the fastest growing organization within the whole company. We grew from several hundred to over ten thousand people attending events and our sales increased from a couple hundred thousand dollars to over one hundred million dollars! In addition, many other teams sought our training and started growing resulting in nearly another hundred million dollars in volume. Our training organization, in other words, was responsible for nearly $200 million of Quixtar’s total sales.

Unfortunately, the rest of Quixtar was not doing well, mainly because the older, more mature organizations seemed unable to adjust to building an online business. I saw the loss of confidence and numbers firsthand because I was asked to speak (hundreds of times) to Quixtar groups across North America. Dismally, instead of growing into the 100 billion dollar company predicted by Ken McDonald and other top leaders, Quixtar leveled off around a billion dollars even with our team’s meteoric growth. In fact, many of the top leaders lost half their numbers or more as they struggled to marry high-touch communities with the high-tech online environment. Nonetheless, I didn’t realize the precarious nature of the Quixtar business until Ken McDonald abruptly announced his retirement in 2005 despite flying to see me just weeks earlier to discuss future strategies. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement (Ken and I worked well together), but I also respected Quixtar’s right to choose its leadership team.

Curiously, however, Quixtar’s new managing-director was also an Amway vice-president. Although I thought this was strange, I was assured on numerous occasions that the two were still separate corporations and the change in management was merely to help Quixtar increase its sales. As a result, the 2007 announcement that Quixtar was closing its doors and that all its Independent Business Owners (IBOs) would be transitioned into Amway shocked me. This was unacceptable for several reasons. For one thing, I was not in Amway (having purposefully not renewed when Quixtar launched), nor did I want to be in Amway. For another, I had told tens of thousands of people that they were independent business owners affiliated with Quixtar just as the IBO moniker implied. True, Quixtar was owned by the founders of Amway, but they were allegedly separate companies with separate field organizations. Indeed, I must have repeated this message of separate companies a thousand times because that is what Ken McDonald and the rest of the Quixtar’s management team had told all of us. In sum, I had been misled, and thus had inadvertently misled others.

For me, the whole conflict was a moral issue. On one hand, I knew Quixtar (like any company) had the power to break its commitments to its customers, but it didn’t have the power to avoid the subsequent fallout. On the other hand, how could I represent a company to others that I believed had misrepresented itself to me? Indeed, leadership is character in motion and without trust, it’s impossible for any leader to get in motion. Nevertheless, quitting my independent business was not as simple as it sounded since Amway had stated its intention to litigate against any leader attempting to leave the Amway/Quixtar (indeed, hundreds were sued before and after me). Not surprisingly, the legal risk intimidated many other leaders into submission, but it only emboldened our leadership team. For if we stayed with Amway because we feared litigation, then we would be imprisoned into Amway’s Legal Matrix and not truly independent anyway. How, in a word, could we ever recommend others to join us as independent business owners when we knew in our hearts that this was no longer true?

Although the easiest thing to do would have been to rejoin Amway, announce my retirement, and slowly watch my groups dissolve, this was morally unconscionable. I also doubted Amway’s antiquated business model could work in the internet savvy North American market regardless of how many millions Amway spent on television advertisements (Amway no longer discloses North American sales volume but it is rumored to have dropped precipitously). How could Laurie and I in good conscience give up our purpose and principles for profit while our community suffered? And yet, I also knew that I would be sued by Amway (a multi-billion dollar international company) if I didn’t agree to their plan. Financially, this was a lose-lose scenario. Neither option, in other words, was without massive risk and challenges, but leaders are paid to make decisions and it was time to make a decision.

Thankfully, I had great leaders like Chris Brady, Tim Marks, Claude Hamilton, George Guzzardo and Bill Lewis (interestingly, I barely knew my good friend and LIFE co-Founder Dan Hawkins at the time), who all believed we should choose character over convenience. Accordingly, I called a meeting to announce my immediate resignation and intention to sit out Quixtar’s six month non-compete period. My plan was to form a new company and build our businesses entirely separate from either Quixtar or Amway. Disastrously, however, instead of accepting my resignation, Amway announced it was “firing” me (how a company can fire an independent business owner is still inexplicable to me). They proceeded to call each of the leaders in our community to demand they choose either Quixtar (soon to be Amway) or staying with me. Of course, the field leaders had no idea what Quixtar was talking about since I had not announced to anyone (except a handful of my top leaders) any plans to start another business.

Amway’s management team had no idea the hornet nests they had knocked over. People in our organization were already upset at the name change and now Amway/Quixtar compounded its errors through firing myself and Chris, manufacturing press releases, and issuing business ultimatums. Not surprisingly, Quixtar paid for its hubris. In our organization alone, over 50,000 IBOs resigned rather than switch to Amway. Of course, Amway (true to their promise) initiated multi-million dollar court and arbitration proceedings against me and others. The financial stakes were high since we had already lost our business incomes and now risked bankruptcy. Evidently, the plan appeared to be to sue people into submission.

Consequently, starting our own company was out of the question. It would be foolhardy to attempt when a multi-billion dollar company was seeking to squash us. I didn’t feel that falling on my own sword and hurting the many people who followed me out of Quixtar was the proper plan. Rather, I needed a plan for survival until Amway realized we would not surrender our principles no matter what the consequences. Accordingly, I sought a join another company so I could earn money to help support our growing legal mess (tens of millions of dollars). Of course, I ensured, upfront, that once the legal battles were over, we would be free to start our own business if we still desired to.

Fortunately, I found Dallin Larsen, the 2009 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and founder of MonaVie. MonaVie, in 2008, was one of the fastest growing companies in the network marketing. While he benefited from bringing in our large organization (millions of dollars per month in volume), he also had taken a huge risk. In truth, I do not see how we would have survived without working with MonaVie. As expected, Amway subsequently sued MonaVie (I commend their persistence) and countless more millions were spent battling the behemoth. Fortunately, Dallin Larsen did not flinch and followed through on everything he committed to despite several years of legal harassment.

Finally, in 2010, a global settlement was reached. After much pain and pressure (the battle had left no one unscathed) the war was over. I believe Amway finally realized the IBOs who resigned were not coming back and we had enough funding to continue the legal battles indefinitely. As a result, the biggest leadership challenge we had ever faced was finally over. Our community was FREE! This was our team’s finest moment. I have never been prouder of any group of leaders for they had survived nearly three years (2007 through 2010) without surrendering. Some even choosing to declare bankruptcy rather than give in to Amway’s legal demands.

Woodwards Introducing New ELC Hamiltons

Introducing New Executive LC Claude & Lana Hamilton

In closing, many times during the war I had told the leaders that those who stayed would be champions. It is inspiring to see how many achievers stayed with us to finish the million person mission. These men and women are the one’s who dreamed, the one’s who dared, and the one’s who sacrificed to make LIFE Leadership a reality. Although I have read thousands of books on businesses, I have never found a more inspiring example of a group of common people willing to face uncommon giants. Perhaps the best description of the LIFE Leadership pioneers is the plaque at the Overpass Museum in Carney, Nebraska, “The cowards never started. The weak died on the way. Only the strong survived.” If a person is ready to face his personal Goliath, I know of no stronger community to help him do so than LIFE Leadership.

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Financial Matrix Debt Money

Posted by Orrin Woodward on February 5, 2015

It’s important to remember that money was not created by the state. Rather, as Mises points out, entrepreneurs created money by trial and error through realizing that gold and silver could be exchanged for current production at any time. Money simply was a measurement of exchange value ratios. Indeed, the rediscovery of gold and silver money led to an explosion of middle-class wealth as people were rewarded for producing more. The gold standard ensured justice for the masses against elites attempts to manipulate the exchange values of monetary system. Because gold is a fixed-quantity and difficult to mine, inflation was low and predictable, whereas the increased division-of-labor caused by the capitalistic system to create more wealth for more people than at any time in recorded history. The gold standard, in short, ensured justice for all by checking the elites desire to create a Financial Matrix by controlling capital.

Unfortunately, however, the elites will not rest until they build a matrix to control the masses wealth. Hence, at the turn of the 20th century, the state and its elite cronies, broke through the gold-standard barrier and created the Financial Matrix. Through using fiat money (money not backed by gold or silver), the elites flooded the marketplace with bogus exchange values causing rapid inflation and rampant injustice. The Financial Matrix was birthed through a web of fractional-reserve banking (FRB), increasing national debts, and increasing taxes. One can recognize the extent of the monetary injustice caused by the Financial Matrix when studying what inflation has done to the value of the US dollar. For instance, the value of one dollar in 1913 is now worth less than four cents today. Or, said differently, one needs 25 dollars today to buy what one dollar purchased in 1913.

Inflation, however, is just one of the many injustices associated with the Financial Matrix. When inflation is combined with the increased personal and national debts (which result in an increase in taxation), one can see why the masses across the civilized world struggle to make ends meet. Indeed, the government-sponsored fractional reserve banking (FRB) system allows banks to partner with the central bank to create the majority of society’s money out of thin air. That’s correct, the FRB system permits banks to loan money into existence while the borrower must pay this fiat loan back with money he must earn through production.

In essence, artificial dollars are created without any real production and then loaned to people who must pay back the loan with interest from real production. Absurdly, the FRB system allows banks to create fake units of exchange that must be paid back by the borrower with real units of exchange plus interest. This is why the FRB system is the root of the new matrix of control and why the Financial Matrix is the most effective form of elites control ever developed. Moreover, the crony-capitalistic FRB system sets the low-interest rates which create the boom/bust cycle plaguing modern society. And, to add insult to injury, once the FRB system fosters the predictable boom/bust cycle, the boom is credited to the ingenious money controllers while the bust is blamed on the free markets. Apparently, its a loaded game of heads and tails where heads means the elites win and tails means the masses lose!

Although economists the caliber of Ricardo, Mises, and Von Hayek have insisted the FRB system is fraudulent and unstable, it survives through the masses ignorance and the elites support. Perhaps British Monetary Reformer, Michael Rowbotham, described the fraudulent nature of the FRB system the best when he wrote:

The creation and supply of money is now left almost entirely to banks and other lending institutions. Most people imagine that if they borrow from a bank, they are borrowing other people’s money. In fact, when banks and building societies make any loan, they create new money. Money loaned by a bank is not a loan of pre-existent money; money loaned by a bank is additional money created. The stream of money generated by people, businesses and governments constantly borrowing from banks and other lending institutions is relied upon to supply the economy as a whole. Thus the supply of money depends upon people going into debt, and the level of debt within an economy is no more than a measure of the amount of money that has been created…

In effect, today’s Financial Matrix relies upon millions of people voluntarily selling themselves into financial slavery. For when one combines artificially-low centrally-controlled interest rates to the FRB system, one has an irresistible combination that leads consumers and entrepreneurs to borrow money into existence. This money-creation, however, leads to the inflation. The inflation causes the boom/bust cycle when prices skyrocket. At this point, the consumers and entrepreneurs default on the loans they can no longer service and the bust wipes out the inflated values created during the boom. Not surprisingly, the boom/bust cycle occurred twice during the Greenspan-controlled central banking era. In both cases, the artificially-controlled low interest rates fueled the consumer’s appetite for speculation and “easy” profits. The internet bubble increased the Nasdaq nearly by a factor of five during the boom between 19995 and 2000, but it then preceded to collapse by over 60% between 2000-2001.

Regrettably, controllers seem to be perpetual optimist go from failure to failure without learning anything. As a result, when the twin-towers came crashing down, Greenspan repeated the same policy which caused the previous boom/bust cycle. This time, however, money poured into the housing markets and prices shot upwards of 50% in just a few short years. Not shockingly, the mortgage companies sought to maximize profits by helping everyone qualify for a home mortgage, even those who didn’t have steady jobs. The increase in mortgages exploded the money supply which further fueled higher priced houses and mortgages. The housing bubble was blowing up. Predictably, however, when the non-qualified borrowers could not make their mortgage payments, the housing bubble collapsed, the money supply collapsed, and the financial house of cards nearly followed them, but for government bail outs.

Above all, however, is the loss of house equities that have occurred since 1950. Disgracefully, the Financial Matrix has gutted the home-equity percentages (amount of value owned after subtracting all mortgages), decreasing home-equity percentages (percentage of ownership free from house loans) from over 80% to just over 30% today. This indicates that the Financial Matrix has gutted nearly 50% of the USA’s $25 trillion housing market in the last 60 years! That’s correct, nearly $12.5 trillion dollars (almost as much as the total USA national debt) lost by US citizens without so much as a whimper.

Americans sense something isn’t right, but few have a clue what it is, let alone how to fix it. Indeed, both the Occupy Wall Street and Tea Party movements formed as protests against injustice and exploitation. Protests without plans, however, usually leads to rebellion and peasant rebellions have a poor historical track records in generating positive change. Instead, the masses must learn to exit the Financial Matrix through a disciplined plan of financial defense and offense. This is why we formed LIFE Leadership and why we created the Financial Fitness Program – to teach people how to exit the Financial Matrix without violence. Remember, one is not coerced into the Financial Matrix, but rather enticed.

To me, the Financial Matrix is eerily similar to Neo’s discovery of the matrix in the movie called The Matrix. In several scenes, Morpheus reveals to Neo that the world is not as it seems. That a matrix controls the masses whether they are working, playing, or sleeping. The matrix is, “the world that has been pulled over your eyes, to blind you from the truth.” Neo, needless to say, asked what truth Morpheus was referring to and learns, “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 places two pills before Neo and explains that if Neo takes the blue pill he will live an illusion and never escape the matrix, but if he takes the red pill, he will learn the truth about the matrix and learn how to set himself free.

If you, like Neo, have been searching for answers, the good news is: the search is over. The blue and red pills have been placed before you. Do you take the red pill, read the rest of the book, and learn how deep the rabbit hole goes or do you take the blue pill, set down the book, and believe the illusion of whatever you want to believe. Your destiny hangs in the balance. Choose wisely.

Sincerely,

Orrin WoodwardLIFE Leadership

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The Financial Matrix System

Posted by Orrin Woodward on February 4, 2015

My twenty years of research into the political, economic, and social histories of state and society have revealed some startling discoveries. In essence, the aristocratic elites of every generation have developed control matrices to exploit the productive capacity of the masses. Indeed, one of the first clues came from reading French political philosopher Bertrand De Jouvenel. In his book On Power, he wrote, “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 (elites), fighting in every way they can for the material which is common to everything they construct: the human labor force. (masses)” (parenthesis mine) In other words, the aristocratic elites (dominant wills) seek methods to control masses (human labor) production. labor.

With this perspective, I reviewed the economic field where I noted the classical economist were the first to identify the three factors of all production – labor, land, and capital. John Stuart Mill, for instance, wrote, “The Law of the Increase of Production Depends on those of Three Elements— LaborCapital, and Land.” When I combined these two concepts together, it became clear that in order for the elites to control the masses production, they must do so through controlling the three factors of production – labor, land, and capital. Invariably, this theory of control is confirmed by history.

The Financial Matrix, in other words, is not the first matrix of control. On the contrary it is the third one based upon the three factors of production. In reality, most of the readers (assuming you didn’t sleep through history class) already know about the other two matrices of control – the Physical Matrix (human slavery) and the Land Matrix (feudal serfdom). Paradoxically, although Western Civilization’s founders (the Greeks and Romans) wrote about liberty and justice extensively, they hypocritically exercised a Physical Matrix to enslave their defeated foes. The slaves were forced to do the manual work in society since the classical civilizations thought physical work only worthy of slaves. This allowed the ancients the leisure to speak, write, and lead while the slaved toiled away in the Physical Matrix. Indeed, the preferred method of control throughout the classical period was the Physical Matrix until Christianity permeated the Roman Empire.

Christianity changed the social norms of the late Roman society. Whereas slavery for conquered nations was acceptable previously, Christianity taught that all men were created equal before an almighty God and that fellow-believers were all brothers and sisters in Christ. Of course, enslaving one’s brother or sister became increasingly difficult to justify (unfortunately, the same cannot be said for infidels). Thus, the Physical Matrix collapsed under its own weight. Naturally, with the loss of the Physical Matrix, the aristocratic elites sought another control matrix to replace it. With labor no longer controllable, moving to the next factor of production (land) seemed like a reasonable course of action and the Land Matrix was born – feudal serfdom.

The elites simply moved the matrix of control from the Physical Matrix to the Land Matrix. Because they owned all the land, the aristocratic elites (princes, kings, and lords) forced the serfs to pay rent to the lord who owned the land. The serfs, not strong enough to resist the powerful lords and having no other options simply complied. By surrendering around half of their agricultural production plus agreeing to work the lord’s fields several days a week, the serfs were permitted to live on the lord’s land. Although, the people were no longer slaves, they were not much better off since they had no freedom of movement and were taxed over 50% of their productive capacity. Feudalism may have ended slavery (Physical Matrix) in most of Europe, but only to turn the people into serfs (Land Matrix).

During the late middle-ages, the reintroduction of gold and silver changed the economics of feudalism. The serfs no longer needed to live on the lord’s land in order to survive. Instead, serfs began moving to the growing cities where in the city air, the bakers, butchers, and candlestick makers could live free by selling their services for money. They, in turn, could then use their accumulated money to purchase other necessary items to survive. This development freed the serfs from the land and the subsequent economic losses caused the Land Matrix to collapse. Both the Physical and Land Matrix were now history, however, there was still one other factor of production left, namely, capital. Not surprisingly, for nearly four hundred years (from the early 1500’s through the early 1900’s) a battle raged between the elites and the masses to determine whether money would be set by the market (gold standard) or set by the controlling elites.

Sincerely,

Orrin WoodwardLIFE Leadership Chairman of the Board

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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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