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Charlie “Tremendous” Jones: The Price of Leadership

Posted by Orrin Woodward on March 6, 2013

An old Charlie “Tremendous” Jones tape kept me

building my compensated community many times when I was hurting. Charlie’s ability to share inspirational truth is second to none. I cannot count the number of times I reached for Charlie’s tape to speak truth to me one more time. Fortunately, in the last year of Charlie’s life, I had the honor of getting to know him and his family. Spending a day together in Harrisburg and later in Port St. Lucie were two days I will remember forever. Remarkably, the years of listening and applying the principles he taught on that worn out tape led to great conversations with Charlie on leadership, faith, and legacy. The gift of his teaching and friendship was invaluable to me. In fact, Charlie, shortly before he passed away, sent me a portion of his library, telling me he knew I would use the books to make a difference. I told him I would and I intend to follow through on my commitment with the LIFE Business and LeaderShift.

Charlie “Tremendous” Jones lived his life with passion

and commitment. The reader can see just a sliver of this passion in the following video. Charlie was filled with Jesus Christ and his example made everyone around him better. I thank God for men like Charlie Jones who teach that ruined sinners, who accept Jesus Christ, can do “Tremendous” things with their lives.


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44 Responses to “Charlie “Tremendous” Jones: The Price of Leadership”

  1. Thank you Orrin for introducing me to Mr. Tremendous. He is very inspirational, as you are.
    I can see why you reached for his tapes to speak truth to you. I can see myself doing the same. He has a way to capture your attention & truly take in what he saying. A very captivating speaker.
    Thanks again

  2. Thank you for that video. My eleven year old son and I watched this video together this morning. What a great way to start the day! Looking forward to getting his book. I always saw it on the tool table at Major, but never picked it up. Thanks Orrin

  3. What a great way to start the day Orrin!! I am so thankful that you got to know Mr.Jones and share his passion with us now. I have never thought of weariness that way before. It really helps put things in perspective! I really loved how he said vision is seeing things from God’s point of view. That is really helpful for me. The leadership of this community have done a wonderful job translating Mr.Jones passion and lessons to us. Thank you for your investment and unending commitment to weariness!

  4. Dwight Maynor said

    Amazing video Orrin! I haven’t heard anything from “Tremendous” in decades! Now I remember why my memories of his material and spirit are so strong! I appreciate the way you lead us to remember the things we forgot and those that we’ve lost focus on. Thank you once again!

  5. Louis Schwitzer said

    Thank you for sharing this. That man knows how to keep the attention of an audience! I’ll have to revisit this a few more times to really digest all the goodness.

  6. Christine Hill said

    Thanks for sharing Orrin ~ what a great way to start a morning. My favorite quote is “VISION is seeing things from God’s eye view” Wow how true that is! God Bless – Christine Hill

  7. Barb Bartel said

    I can only repeat – Thanks for sharing, Orrin! This was a great way to start my day.

  8. Richard Vollnogle said

    Charles “tremendous” Jones was an influence in my life straight out of high school. I went to Tenn. Temple Bible school and attended the great Highland Park Baptist church back in the early ’70’s. Dr. Lee Roberson had Mr.Jones speak to the school several times. I never realized that he set me to setting goals in life and striving to get them. The phrase Mr. Jones always quoted was “you can know where you will be in the next five years by the books you read,the audios you listen to, and the people you associate with.” Then pastor Dr. Lee Roberson constantly told his church and the students he lead at TTU,”Everything rises and falls on Leadership”. The multiplication of these caliber of men and women are ever so needed.

  9. Steve Leurquin said

    This morning I sat and watched this video with my son. Watch out for the leader killers! Thanks for sharing this video Orrin.

  10. JeanetteP said

    Wow Orrin, that was so encouraging! I loved his quote- “vision is seeing things from Gods point of view!”. We are so thankful that God has placed LIFE in our path. The seeds planted from the PC and the leaders of this community will ripple into eternity! To God be the glory!
    God Bless!

  11. Tremendous Orrin, thank you sooooo much for your blog:-) You have been such a continuous source of encouragement and support since my father’s passing. I literally could not do it. Thank you for continuing to help us change the world one book at a time. I am also so thankful that you are a brother in Christ! Blessings to you for your tenacity and vision and for just working to get the job done!!

    • Orrin Woodward said

      Tracey, You dad is a hero to so many and he was so proud of you for stepping in and continuing his legacy! To God Be the Glory! God Bless, Orrin

  12. Thanks for the treat Orrin. My Dad used to listen to Charlie all the time. It brough back great memories. My favorite line was “Vision, is seeing things from God’s perspective”. How true. It says a lot about you and your leadership that Charlie gave you part of his library of materials. What a great responsibility and yet, a blessing. Tony

  13. Dean said

    We loved Charlie and miss him very much. What a legacy he has because of the difference he made.
    Thanks for sharing this Orrin! God bless!

  14. Hilary Dorr said

    I’ve never seen anything by him before. Thanks Orrin!

    • Melissa McClure said

      I am like Hilary and I have never seen anything by Charlie before. I really enjoyed they way he explained things about leadership. I love how Charlie Jones said that great people do what they should do not what they want to do and that is one thing that makes them great. Leaders also find the reasons why to do something. Thanks for sharing Orrin.

  15. Tremendous! Orrin Woodward, Chris Brady, George Guzzardo, Claude Hamilton, Bill Lewis, Dan Hawkins, Wayne MacNamara, and Tim Marks have such great blogs! I love the information being taught in the LIFE business. Thank you!

  16. Rob Robson said

    I love Charlie “Tremendous” Jones! We were blessed to have him in our home when I was a kid. What an amazing man!

  17. Dave Stadel said

    Thanks for posting this Orrin. We had the pleasure of seeing Charlie speak a number of times and have a few recordings we still play occasionally. He was so funny and so right with every point he would make. Our kids love hearing him too. He made a difference in my life, for sure.
    A funny thing he did when he would meet people, even in passing (like in the hallway) was give you a big hug and usually a kiss on the cheek. What a riot to watch! Also, how it would rock your thinking, as another man, to have him do it to you…a stranger. He demonstrated enthusiasm and he demonstrated love. Those lessons were very important to me as a man with a hard heart years ago. What a gift his words and actions have been to me. What a treasure that man was for this world.

  18. Heidi said

    Thanks for the clip from Charlie! He was amazing…and is definitely missed.

  19. kevin shope said

    “you will be the same person 5 years from now that you are today except for 2 things, the people you meet and the books you read” a good quote Charlie used to say all the time. Thanks for all you do and forward to 1 million people.

  20. Eiron said

    Thanks Orrin šŸ™‚

  21. Nancy Pope said

    what a great video from an amazing man!

  22. J & P Harteis said

    Thanks for this blog, Orrin! We had known Charlie for such a long time ~ he was a selfless person, always edifying & honoring the Lord in all he said & did! He, indeed, was a man of passion, in all the areas of his life, & just remebering him, brings a smile to our faces! We fell in love with him, especially during our “behind the stage” moments that we shared. He was so humble, honest, transparent, & full of integrity! Just having known Charlie is one of the most precious blessings we’ve had the honor of receiving!

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  24. Debbie Banks said

    Thanks for the reminder that we are blessed as we “do more than our share”… pay the price for weariness… that we need thick skin and soft hearts as we work with people to share truth. Thank you for putting a community of people that can encourage each other as we go forward to make a difference in this world.

  25. Gail said

    This is excellent!! I am finding to be so true… I am glad it isn’t me!! Thank you for sharing… and keeping a legacy alive.

  26. Peggi Kern said

    Orrin, You’ve said truth is sweet to the ears and when I watched this video from Charley Tremendous Jones, I knew it was truth. “Vision is seeing things from God’s point of view.” That is sweet to my ears.

    Thanks Orrin!

  27. Theodore J. Hewing,Jr. said

    Being plugged in to this type of information on a daily basis over time is awesome! That’s where change begins! Thanks again, Orrin

  28. Christopher said

    John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

    Some time down the road, God blessed world with Charlie Jones to lead others to this truth.

  29. Dave Canniff said

    what an awesome video Orrin , i have never heard it said that way . look out for the leadership killers . truth is sweet to the ears . thanks again for all you and the pc do , carrie & I will do our part to help go to a milion people .

  30. Very awesome Orrin! Charlie’s legacy lives on and what an impact he has made.

  31. Angie Ballah said

    “Vision is seeing things through God’s eyes!” Thank you for sharing such a powerful video, this is how we started our school day today!

  32. Amy Reed said

    Charlie knew you would help continue something he was passionate about.

  33. Amy Nelson said

    Whether church or business, all leaders should view this! -especially moms! šŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

  34. I love his passion! Thanks Orrin for sharing!

  35. Bob Rasmussen said

    A great leader who will truly be missed. It is so wonderful to be exposed to his legacy and be able to stand on his shoulders thru learning some of his wisdom! Love his foundation in Christ and his ability to express that openly..God Bless, Bob

  36. Kevin Hamm said

    A great legacy,

  37. Tim Jarvinen said

    What an amazing gift to leave someone, part of their working library…awesome!

  38. Kim Decker said

    This was very inspiring and I see why you enjoyed him. Thank you for sharing this.

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  40. wildtarg said

    Quite an experience… as I’ve heard he always was. I found him a bit hard to follow, and a bit hard to swallow. I like facing raw responsibility as much as I like raw asparagus. But I remember a couple things, and I think I understand better the meaning of honor. I remember this:

    “No man was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.”
    -Calvin Coolidge

    Keep going, we’re with you…

  41. Don Schultz - Team VIP Phalanx said

    I had the pleasure of seeing Mr. Jones speak at a business event several years ago. His wife had died a short time before, he had terminal cancer, he had a patch over one eye and yet his outlook on life was still amazing. His was a testimony of what the presence of God through the Holy Spirit can do to and for a person who is experiencing a “smooth” life or one of tremendous challenges.

    One of the things he talked about and is what he is known by is, “there are 2 things that will make a difference where you are five years from how, the books you read and the people you associate with.” I like to add the word “intentionally” along with the “people you associate with”. I want to consciously/intentionally place myself in the presence of great people. Mr. Jones also said, “tell a story make a point, make a point tell a story.”

  42. James K Wilkinson said

    Orrin, There was a talk by Charlie “T” Jones on Commitment. It is one of my favorite talks he gave & the only place I ever heard it was through the leadership subscription several years ago. Any chance of there being a recording of that talk in an archive?

    I handed that CD out to so many people that eventually I couldn’t find one to listen to myself & even years later my wife & I think of that talk every time we hear the word COM MIT MENT as if it could only be said in the voice of Charlie “T” Jones!

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