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    Orrin Woodward is a NY Times bestselling author of LeaderShift, Launching a Leadership Revolution, and sold over one million books on leadership and liberty. His first solo book 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 has co-founded two multi-million dollar leadership companies and serves as the Chairman of the Board of the LIFE Business. 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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Chris Brady Releases New Book: PAiLS

Posted by Orrin Woodward on March 3, 2014

Chris Brady released his new book PAiLS at the LIFE Leadership Major Functions and it is already receiving rave reviews. Here is the Foreword I wrote for this powerful book helping one develop his game plan for the game of life.

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward

Chris Brady: PAiLS

Chris Brady: PAiLS

When NY Times bestselling author and speaker Chris Brady notified me that he was sending a hardcopy of his latest book to me, I was intrigued.  For any time I read his works I find my mind expanded, my heart encouraged, and my resolve strengthened.  Although I have partnered with Chris for nearly twenty years, I still find myself marveling at Chris’s ability to communicate truth in a disarming fashion.  Further, he somehow does this while making everyone laugh hysterically.  Seriously, the only thing more fun than reading a Chris Brady book is having the privilege of sitting in the front row when he is speaking.

In any event, when I received the book, I devoured it in a matter of hours.  Thankfully, for me, no one was home, since there were several times when Chris brought me to tears – several times with his humor and other points with his poignancy.  If the reader has read Chris’s critically acclaimed book A Month of Italy, then he can relate to what I am saying.  Nonetheless, this book breaks new ground for the author as it addresses an important issue for today’s youth (and people of all ages, for that matter), namely, what is the best way to pursue one’s life goals and dreams?

In answering that question, Chris develops a framework for life and happiness that is both innovative and compelling.  In fact, Chris’s four-layer Ziggurat has become the basis for mentoring my own teenagers as they prepare for their journeys through life.  Starting with Preparatory Experiences and a Pragmatic Occupation, Chris then explains how these two layers can then be the foundation for chasing one’s Passionate Pursuit, culminating in fulfilling one’s Purposeful Calling. They say genius is the ability to make the complex seem simple.  Accordingly, the first chapter alone qualifies Chris for Mensa membership as he simplified one’s life into four layers that build upon one another.  Such insight is priceless.

Taking this information, I quickly reviewed in my mind the many people I have modeled, mentored, and studied to confirm the truthfulness of the life’s Ziggurat.  Every successful person utilizes the principles in this book whether they realize it or not.  Fortunately, with the writing of this book, Chris has provided the next-generation with a revolutionary approach to living that breaks down the half-truths and outright fallacies that hold people back from achieving their purpose in life.

Finally, when taking any advice in life, it is important to identify whether the person has “fruit on the tree” in the area he proposes to teach.  Having known Chris Brady since both of us were eighteen-year-old college kids, I have been blessed to watch Chris Brady build his life Ziggurat.  From his preparatory experiences in motor-cross racing to his pragmatic career as an engineer, Chris laid the foundation necessary to pursue his passion.  Indeed, after eight to ten hour workdays, Chris progressively developed mastery in the fields of writing, speaking, and leading.

After five years of toiling in anonymity, Chris broke into the mainstream with a string of bestselling books (having sold over a million copies in seven languages) and speaking engagements around the world in front of tens-of-thousands of people.  Moreover, he has supported numerous charitable works through his board position in All Grace Outreach Ministries.  In addition, Chris, and his lovely wife Terri Brady are nurturing parents to four entrepreneurially minded children.  To wrap up, I believe the best teachers model before they message, and Chris Brady’s life has authentically modeled the message he illuminates here.

Orrin Woodward

New York Times bestselling author

Founder of LIFE Leadership

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Financial Fitness Sales Contest Winners

Posted by Orrin Woodward on February 28, 2014

LIFE Leadership has exploded its customer volume by releasing a series of products that meet the needs of North Americans. For instance, how many people would benefit from solid financial principles to help get out of debt. Financial debt is practically a form of enslavement as the person in debt no longer works for a dream, but only to pay his or her creditors.

Hence, LIFE release the Financial Fitness Challenge (FFC) to teach the Offense, Defense, and Money-View necessary to prosper. Sadly, most people learn to love money and use people rather than love people and use money.  Thankfully, LIFE is changing the world’s thinking on financial issues one person at a time. For under $100 the FFC teaches a step-by-step plan to free people from the stress of debt.

At the recent LIFE Leadership Major Function, LIFE recognized the Top 5 contestants in our latest sales contest. The winners, Rick and Lindsay McGuire, not only sold the most products but also built an RT level business in under a year. Truly a stellar performance. Building a business through building their compensated community and customer base. 

LIFE Leadership offers a 25% cash back commission on every registered sale. This has exploded our sales volume as people realized they can make instant bonuses for benefitting people’s lives. Between the FFC, the Mental Fitness Challenge, and the soon-to-be-released Freedom Set, a person can grow into the leader he or she always intended to be.

Here is a video from the LIFE Major Function recognizing the sales contest winners. Will you be on stage for the next contest?

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward

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LIFE Leadership Pyramid Scheme?

Posted by Orrin Woodward on February 27, 2014

Is LIFE Leadership a Pyramid Scheme?

Figures Don’t Lie But Liars Sure Can Figure.

Corporate Pyramid

Corporate Pyramid

Every reputable network marketing organization separates itself from pyramid schemes and scams by ensuring significant sales to outside customers of its products. Impressively, LIFE Leadership has over 40% of its monthly subscriptions going to customers who are not even part of the compensation plan. This is a testament to just how good the leadership materials are from LIFE.

Sadly, some people have drawn the conclusion that network marketing is like a lottery where only a few draw the winning ticket and everyone else loses. In truth, I was one of those people until I took the time to study the numbers myself. Here is my story of how I went from a community building skeptic to building one of the largest leadership communities in North America.

I graduated from GMI-EMI (now Kettering University) as a manufacturing systems engineer. I became an engineer because I have been fascinated by numbers, statistics, and proportions since I was a kid collecting baseball and football cards. In fact, one summer my brother and I developed an entire board game for baseball based upon player stats and using probabilities that I wasn’t supposed to learn until half-way through engineering school. In any event, numbers, data and the proper reading of the scoreboard has been an essential part of Laurie’s and my success over the years.

For instance, one of the first conundrums I was faced with when I first studied community building was the statistic bantered around against the profession such as the following: “Only 1 out of 100 people actually makes 50k or more per year.” At first hearing, this sounds terrible. You mean to tell me that if I get started I only have a 1 out of 100 chance of making it? But these two statements are not saying the same thing, even though on the surface they may appear to do so.

Let me explain.

The first statement (“only 1 out of 100 people make 50 k or more”) is a snapshot of the profession based upon the fact that for anyone to reach the top of the chart (15,000 points), he must build customers, members, and help them do enough volume for him to hit this level. Typically, by the time a person hits the top of the chart (whether he does it in 3 months or 3 years) he has around 100 active members. Hence, the 1 out of 100 number. In other words, even if 100% of the people made it, they would still make it by bringing in around 100 other active members and the 1% who made it at any particular time would still be true.

However, this doesn’t mean the other 100 people cannot also bring in customers and members who enjoy the life-changing products and do the exact same thing as the person who brought them in. And, when they do, the will have built a team (on average) of 100 people so the 1 out of 100 number remains.

Now to my point.

Given that the nature of community building involves building a community (how’s that for obvious?) and that a leader’s goal is to build 100 active people into his community who service customers and members, then the “1 out of 100” number tells us nothing of the success or failure of the business. Rather, it simply reports on the size of community necessary to earn a certain income, as in my example above when I threw out the hypothetical 50k.

Indeed, the model is hard-wired, or designed for a leader to service a community of 100 people in order to reach 15,000 points and thereby achieve the Leader level in LIFE Leadership to make anywhere from 20k to upwards of 50k (with the CAB program included – see the IDS and Comp Plan brochure attached at the bottom of this post). Therefore, the real question a new person should be asking is not the 1 out of 100 snapshot, which merely reports that a Leader must build 100 people communities, but rather, how fast can one build 100 people communities?

Let’s consider an example from my automotive process engineering days.

Thousands of sub-assemblies that usually consist of hundreds of parts each are required to build one car. These all come together in a complex process called a final assembly line, in which workers and machines install them, usually on a moving platform or hanger, as the work-in-process car moves down the line.  At any given moment in time, if a snapshot of the assembly line were taken, the line would have hundreds of unfinished cars frozen in mid-process. From this snapshot, no one in his right mind would argue that only 1 out of 100 cars is ever completed, or that “the chances” of that assembly line making a car would be a mere “1 out of 100!”   This would be absurd reasoning since the other cars are still “in process” and will be completed shortly, if the assembly line is given a chance to continue producing cars, as it is designed to do.

In effect, the nature of the assembly line guarantees that only one car will finish per every 100 (in the example above) on the line because this is the way the process was designed. It is hard-wired or hard-built to do it in just this way.

It is important to understand that community building is a personal development process similar to the assembly line that builds an automobile. 

The difference between a successful and unsuccessful automotive assembly line is not the 1 out of 100, but rather the rate at which autos move from beginning to completion. If one assembly line moves through the process in one hour while another takes one year, with all other variables being the same, which would you choose? They both have a snapshot of 1 complete car per 100 in-process, but one is moving the process along much more efficiently. Engineers cannot improve the 1 out of 100 on an existing line, but they can improve the throughput by increasing the speed at which the automobiles advance through the process.

In the same way, this is exactly what a leader does in his community building organization. He cannot improve the 1 out of 100, because that structure is as locked into the design of the pay plan as is the assembly line process for cars, but he can improve the effectiveness of the systematic process to help people achieve top levels faster.

Since everything rises and falls on leadership, LIFE Leadership focuses on helping leaders serve 100 people communities to be rewarded accordingly. The objective is to speed up the leadership growth process by providing world-class events to attend, audios and books to study, and personal mentoring from which to grow.

In most conventional businesses, it takes years and years for a person to achieve an income above 50k, after expenses. With the new CAB compensation and simple Next Step Program, LIFE Leadership is empowering those who work hard and consistently to achieve these levels in shorter and shorter amounts of time. True, not everyone is willing to work that hard, nor will they go that fast, but the leadership of LIFE is committed to creating a process wherein someone can if they are willing to do what it takes. The question for you is: are you ready, willing, and able?

I am thankful for my engineering background because it helped me sort through the data to understand what was relevant and what was not. Sadly, many people miss the big picture because they think of community building as a lottery with “odds” rather than a process with results similar to an automobile assembly line. But for those who will enter into the process and stay long enough to complete their leadership journey, their success can become just as predictable as a finished car rolling off the end of an assembly line.

I have said many times, LIFE Leadership does not promise “easy,” only “worth it.” As the Chairman of the Board and one of the principal owners of LIFE, I wish you all the success you are willing earn!

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward

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Building Trust in Leadership

Posted by Orrin Woodward on February 24, 2014

People will never follow you further than they trust you. Hence the reason why trust is such an essential aspect of leadership. Regardless of how hard one works, if one is also not building trust, then one is not building a leadership culture. LIFE Leadership is a leadership community that builds longterm relationships based upon service and trust. With over 20 years experience in compensated communities, Chris Brady and I launched LIFE Leadership in November of 2011 to revolutionize this profession and help compensated communities go mainstream like franchising did. To do so, building leaders who serve and build trust is a non-negotiable.

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward

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Anti-Federalist Centinel IV

Posted by Orrin Woodward on February 18, 2014

I have been reading the works of the Ant-Federalist and comparing them to the works of the Federalists. What an interesting dialogue between the American Founders. One of the more interesting Anti-Federalist works is from an author who called himself Centinel, rumored to be from Pennsylvania judge George Bryan and his Samuel. At any rate, Centinel is from a top thinker who saw the Constitution had propelled the Power Pendulum’s momentum out of chaos, through concord, and unfortunately into increasing coercion. Centinel even predicted a conflict between the states and Federal government to settle the questioned governmental sovereignty.

The prescience of the anti-federalist is rarely recognized in our Statist-loving culture today. Nonetheless, had the Federalist listened and applied some of the lessons offered, I believe the Articles of Confederation could have accomplished the goals of both sides and permitted America to enjoy concord for many generations. Instead, the growing political conflicts caused America’s Civil War, where after millions dead on both sides, the Federal government claimed ultimate sovereignty. Since that time, America has drifted into increasing coercion and the Founders would not even recognize the nation their ideas helped to birth.

LIFE Leadership is about learning lessons from the past to help us make better choices in the future.  Here is a portion of the Centinel for your reading pleasure.

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward

Anti-Federalist Centinel

Anti-Federalist Centinel

It is a maxim that a government ought to be cautious not to govern overmuch, for, when the cord of power is drawn too tight, it generally proves its destruction. The impracticability of complying with the requisitions of Congress has lessened the sense of obligation and duty in the people and thus weakened the ties of the Union; the opinion of power in a free government is much more efficacious than the exercise of it; it requires the maturity of time and repeated practice to give due energy and certainty to the operations of government. …

I am persuaded that a due consideration will evince that the present inefficacy of the requisitions of Congress is not owing to a defect in the Confederation but the peculiar circumstances of the times.

The wheels of the general government having been thus clogged, and the arrearages of taxes still accumulating, it may be asked: What prospect is there of the government resuming its proper tone unless more compulsory powers are granted? To this it may be answered that the produce of imposts on commerce, which all agree to vest in Congress, together with the immense tracts of land at their disposal, will rapidly lessen and eventually discharge the present encumbrances. When this takes place, the mode by requisition will be found perfectly adequate to the extraordinary exigencies of the Union. Congress have lately sold land to the amount of eight millions of dollars, which is a considerable portion of the whole debt.

It is to be lamented that the interested and designing have availed themselves so successfully of the present crisis, and under the specious pretense of having discovered a panacea for all the ills of the people, they are about establishing a system of government that will prove more destructive to them than the wooden horse filled with soldiers did in ancient times to the city of Troy. This horse was introduced by their hostile enemy the Grecians by a prostitution of the sacred rites of their religion; in like manner, my fellow citizens, are aspiring despots among yourselves prostituting the name of a Washington to cloak their designs upon your liberties.

I would ask: How was the proposed Constitution to have showered down those treasures upon every class of citizens, as has been so industriously inculcated and so fondly believed by some? Would it have been by the addition of numerous and expensive establishments? By doubling our judiciaries, instituting federal courts in every county of every state? By a superb presidential court? By a large standing army? In short, by putting it in the power of the future government to levy money at pleasure, and placing this government so independent of the people as to enable the administration to gratify every corrupt passion of the mind, to riot on your spoils, without check or control?

A transfer to Congress of the power of imposing imposts on commerce, the unlimited regulation of trade, and to make treaties—I believe is all that is wanting to render America as prosperous as it is in the power of any form of government to render her; this properly understood would meet the views of all the honest and well-meaning.

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Leadership Mentors Confront Reality with the Scoreboard

Posted by Orrin Woodward on February 10, 2014

One of the essentials of great leadership is the proper use of the scoreboard in each area of life. Unfortunately, people rarely permit the scoreboard to speak to them truthfully because the human ego loathes to admit weakness. The problem with this, however, when one deceives himself on his own scoreboard, he disqualifies himself for growth in leadership. In a sense, it isn’t until a person owns his weak spots and commits to a PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, and Adjust) process, that he enters the personal growth field.

After 20 plus years of leadership mentoring, I believe the number one reason there are not more leaders in the world is that most would rather live with comfortable lies than uncomfortable truths. For most people, protecting their egos by lying about the poor results on the scoreboard is considered more important than changing the poor outcomes. This is why leaders must deal in truth to grow and change. Although it may hurt the ego temporarily, only the truth on the scoreboard will set you free. There are many areas in which leaders must address the data on the scoreboard  to improve their Tri-Lateral Leadership Ledger performance in character, tasks, and relationships.

For instance, if a person has 50 people in a community and he has damaged relationships with 10 of them, it is amazing to me how many people can justify how it is nearly 100% the other people’s fault and they are blameless. Can the readers see where holding themselves blameless in any situation denies them the ability of improving their relationship abilities? Indeed, I believe God has placed me in many situations where I failed the first test. But this didn’t make me a failure, only a student who needed to confront the scoreboard, admit where I made mistakes, and submit to the PDCA process to grown.

In effect, leadership failures are the key to leadership success when one starts learning from the scoreboard instead of lying about it. Furthermore, when one habitually lies to himself to protect his ego from his scoreboard, he predictably lies to others as well. For a person who is dishonest with himself is incapable of being honest with others. This is why the Bible states, “The Truth will set you free.”

The whole point of LIFE Leadership is to build communities where people can study their personal leadership scoreboard to learn areas where they have deceived themselves. There are three main groups that people fall into when confronted with the scoreboard. Future leaders, when confronted with a poor scoreboard, use the data to drive needed change. Most people, when confronted with a poor scoreboard, do everything in their power to avoid the lesson offered by the data. The worst type, however, when confronted with the poor scoreboard, seek to blame others and absolve themselves.

Which of the three groups do you fall into? If the reader is ready to move on in life, then he must permit the data to speak honestly upon his current performance so he can change it. 2014 is the year for LIFE Leadership to step upon the international leadership stage. The readers are invited to join us through confronting their leadership scoreboard.  Here is a video on did on this topic.

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward

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Rascal Radio: The Pandora of Personal Development

Posted by Orrin Woodward on February 8, 2014

LIFE Leadership is the cutting edge company in personal leadership development. Recently, we released the first Pandora-like personal development app called Rascal Radio. I would like to give a special thanks to my friend, business partner and CEO of LIFE Leadership Chris Brady for seeing the future of personal development by creating the Rascal Radio concept!

The Rascal Radio App has hundreds (soon to be thousands) of personal development and leadership trainings available to help leaders in any field. And, all of the recordings can be accessed from a smart phone. Imagine 24 hours per day 7 days a week having access to the leadership principles that have helped me, and many others, build thousands of people into communities that serve others.

Remember, everything rises and falls on leadership. If leaders wish to build a large, long-term, sustainable community, they must grow into a Level 5 leader as Chris Brady and I discussed in our NY Times bestselling book Launching a Leadership Revolution. The principles taught in Rascal Radio are not hypothetical theories, but proven methods of leadership that have helped me personally build 12 separate communities with over 300 people attending monthly events.

If one wants to navigate through a leadership minefield, then it only makes sense to learn from leaders who have successfully staked out the trail. Rascal Radio is the leadership game-changer for hungry students anywhere. Since Rascal Radio can be purchased internationally and thousands of leaders from around the world read this blog, I felt I should share the power of Rascal Radio with them.

As a matter of fact, Rascal Radio has already reached nearly over a thousand customers in just over 30 days without any planned marketing. I believe Rascal Radio will be the most impactful product released to date in LIFE Leadership’s growing arsenal of life-changing materials. Why? Because it has global reach to find hungry leaders anywhere that invest in a smart-phone and themselves.

For only $49.95, a leader has unlimited access to the best training from a multitude of top-selling authors and proven leaders. In other words, a leaders listening to two audios from Rascal Radio per day invest less than a dollar per training session! Where else can you get world-class content for less?

LIFE Leadership is on a mission to help all companies improve their leadership and Rascal Radio is an international leadership tool to do just that. In fact, we are so convinced of the effectiveness of our leadership training that we are offering a 7 day FREE trial of Rascal Radio. Why? Because we know that any hungry leader that listens to our material for several days will be convinced that applying the principles learned will radically change his or her business.

What are you waiting for? CLICK HERE to get your FREE 7 day trial today and see the value for yourself. :) And, like all our LIFE products, if you are not completely satisfied LIFE Leadership provides a 30 day no-questions asked return policy. 

Please feel free to comment below after your 7 day free trial. If you are currently a customer of Rascal Radio, please share below what you have enjoyed most.

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward – Chairman of the Board of LIFE Leadership

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The Federalist Era

Posted by Orrin Woodward on February 6, 2014

I am reading a fascinating book on the Federalist Era by John Miller as part of my new book for LIFE Leadership. Miller does a great job of showing the strengths of both the Federalist and anti-federalist positions. The Federalist wanted a consolidated government to end state induced chaos. This was the right course, but in their haste to ratify the Constitution, they permitted the Power Pendulum to move further into coercion than most understood. In fact, the Federal government immediately began usurping sovereignty from the states beyond its written limits. Sadly, this dispute between those who supported Federal sovereignty and those who supported state-sovereignty was not resolved until America’s Civil War.

What is surprising to me is that the issues fought over during the Civil War were clearly present as early as 1790! In fact, Alexander Hamilton, the leader of the US treasury, drove three key issues through Congress – Debt Assumption, The US Bank, and Protective Tariffs – that were all designed to move power from the states into the Federal government. Let’s  study the history and see what leadership lessons we can learn from the Founders experiences. Here is Historian John Miller’s explanation of Hamilton’s vision:

Federalist Alexander Hamilton on Government

Federalist Alexander Hamilton on Government

In they heyday of their power under the Articles of Confederation, some states had assumed part of the federal debt. Now, in 1790, Hamilton proposed to turn the tables by assuming the state debts. As he visualized it, such an assumption would serve as a double-edged sword with which to strike at the roots of state sovereignty. In the first place, it promised to bring within the orbit of the Federal government all the state creditors, the most influential part of the community; secondly, it would relieve the states of the necessity of levying taxes, for if the Federal government took upon itself the payment of all the debts, it must perforce have all the revenue – and possessing the whole revenue it came into possession of the whole power of the Union. Deprived of the support of their wealthiest citizens and unable to exert their authority by means of taxation, the states, Hamilton fondly imagined, would gradually wither away and their strength would be absorbed by the Federal government.

Interestingly, Patrick Henry predicted the North’s banking and manufacturing interests plan of action during the Virginia ratification debates. He outlined the North’s plan for consolidation of the states into the Federal government well before the Constitution was ratified when he argued, “Not satisfied with a majority of legislative councils, they must have all our property. . . This is a contest for money as well as empire.” Henry, surpassed all the other founders in his knowledge of human nature. He intuitively understood that human beings run governments; therefore, governments cannot be given absolute power without endangering the life, liberty, and property of society’s members. In the Founders haste to ratify the new Constitution, few, if any, stepped back from the precipice to ponder why one of the greatest leaders of the recent revolution was against the Constitution. Indeed, had they truly listened to the Anti-Federalist main issues, American history would be radically different. Unfortunately, one of life’s key lessons is that one cannot beat something with nothing. Although Henry clearly delineated the Five Laws of Decline opening within the proposed Constitution, he did not offer a viable alternative.

In consequence, shortly after the Constitution was ratified, the issues Henry pointed out reared their ugly head within Congress. John Miller wrote, “In November, 1790, the Virginia legislature sent a Protest and Remonstrance to Congress in which assumption (of the state debts) was pronounced to be ‘repugnant to the Constitution of the United States’ and the funding (protective tariffs) system ‘dangerous to the rights and subversive of the interest of the people.’” Alexander Hamilton was upset at Virginia’s state-rights stance and responded accordingly as Miller wrote, “This development strengthened Hamilton’s conviction that a decisive showdown struggle between Virginia and the national government was inevitable, ‘This is the first symptom of the spirit which must either be killed or it will kill the Constitution of the United States,’ he told John Jay. Instead of sympathizing with Hamilton’s eagerness to force a showdown upon Virginia, Jay advised him to wait for the healing effects of time and statesmanship to demonstrate the benefits of the Constitution.’”

As a result, the main undercurrents of the issues that led to open conflict in the Civil War – slavery, Federal usurpation of state sovereignty, and the unfair distribution of taxes and rewards (tariff and National Bank stocks) – were at work by 1790. Since Jay believed that time was on the Federalist side and eventually would overcome state resistance, Jay counseled Hamilton to pursue his policies with caution and patience (not an easy course for the aggressive Hamilton). Disastrously, however, time did not heal the riff between the North and Sought. Indeed, both sides rejected compromises and the injustices mentioned above continued until the Civil War ended slavery. Because the Founders did not address and resolve the inconsistencies inherent within the Constitution, their sons and grandsons died in droves in the Civil War fulfilling Hamilton’s prophecy as Miller wrote, “While Hamilton reluctantly agreed to hold his hand, he was never persuaded that there was any permanent solution to the problem short of carving up Virginia and other large states in smaller jurisdictions.” This is exactly what occurred in the Civil War when West Virginia separated from Virginia. Unfortunately, the others (Federal control over states, central banking, and oppressive taxation) were not ended. In fact, the Federal government invented new forms of tyranny as their funding grew and the realism of the anti-Federalist proved more accurate than the the idealism of the Federalist. American oppression grew to levels inconceivable by even the most fearful of anti-federalist.

The genius of Alexander Hamilton was to recognize the incompatibility between a nation with divided sovereignty. True, a nation can divide the spheres of sovereignty, but it cannot have two parities (Federal and states) responsible for the same sovereignty issues. Hence, the Constitution was created with the seeds of its own destruction. Curiously, the American Founders, although they studied the Roman Republic extensively, missed the main lesson to be learned from them. Indeed, the Roman Republic failed because of the divided sovereignty issues between the people supported  Tribunes and the aristocratic Senate supported Counsels. They both, in essence, attempted to lead Roman society and the political conflicts eventually led to civil war. In the Roman Republic’s example, Caesar resolved the conflict in the people’s favor against the Senate. Strangely, America followed a similar course in its divided sovereignty issue between the states and federal government. The political conflicts of 1790 were resolved in America’s Civil War of 1860 when Lincoln settled the disputed sovereignty in the Federal government’s favor. In both instances, the republics ended and the empires began.

I believe the main leadership lesson to learn from the above is that one cannot leave issues unsettled to pass onto the next-generation. Leaders address and resolved issues – that is what they get paid to do. Hence, when issues arise, one cannot pass the buck, hoping some leader in the future fixes the issues. In essence, this is why I created LIFE Leadership because I am sick and tired of watching America’s future be mortgaged through excessive government spending and borrowing at the expense of liberty, prosperity, and integrity. Leaders cannot sit back and wait for others. Instead, they must change themselves so they can play a part in changing society. What part will you play?

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward

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LIFE Leadership Animation Series

Posted by Orrin Woodward on February 3, 2014

My son (Jordan Woodward) continues to develop his creativity through working at the LIFE Leadership office. Recently, he sent me this hilarious video of George Guzzardo sharing how George and Jill began working with Laurie and me. This is funny today although it wasn’t so funny at the time. :) But like they say – Tragedy plus time equals humor. :) LIFE Leadership is having fun, making money, and making a difference!

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward

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Gary North: Mises on Money

Posted by Orrin Woodward on January 30, 2014

Gary North may be the best synthesizer of Ludwig Von Mises‘s philosophy of money and banking. In fact, I believe Mr. North is one of the best minds when it comes to Biblical principles and economic matters period. I have read over ten of his books and he always stretches my thinking in economic and Biblical concepts and how they relate. Few people think as clearly, logically, and cogently as North does which is why I am sharing this portion of his insightful book called Mises on Money. I finished the book while flying into St. Louis on Tuesday. Anyone wanting to know what government and the central banks are doing to our money need to read this book!

LIFE Leadership is pressing onward to one million people who are reading, leading, and sharing truth learned with others. The LIFE Leadership Forums are up for members of the community to share what they are learning with others. I am so pumped for our February major in Columbus!

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward

Mises on Money by Gary North

Mises on Money by Gary North

Mises offered a theory of money that was self-consciously based on a theory of individual decision-making. He offered no grand scheme for political reform. He offered only one policy: shrink the State. Mises presented a comprehensive theory of money which rested on only two legal pillars, both of which have been undermined by modern law: (1) the enforcement of contracts by the civil government; (2) the right of peaceful, non-fraudulent voluntary exchange. His monetary theory was a consistent extension of his theory of the free market. He did not rely on a theory of State regulation of the monetary system, any more than he relied on a theory of State regulation of any other sphere of the economy.

He denied the need for such regulation. He showed why such regulation is counter-productive for a society. He recommended only one monetary policy: the State’s enforcement of voluntary contracts. That was his recommended economic policy in general. This minimalist theory of civil government makes his theory of money unique in the history of academic economic thought. Mises’s answer to the question, “What kind of money should we have?” was simple: “whatever individuals voluntarily choose to use.” He wanted the State to get out of the money business. This included the State’s monopolistic agent, the central bank. He offered a comprehensive theory of money that demonstrated that the State does not need to be in the money business in order for a free market social order to prosper.

The money system, as is true of the other subdivisions in a free market economy, is part of a self-adjusting, self-correcting system of dual sanctions. These dual sanctions are profit and loss. Money is market-generated. It is also market-regulated. It is a product of consumer sovereignty, not State sovereignty. The State is always an interloper in monetary affairs. The State reduces market freedom and efficiency. The State makes things worse from the point of view of long-term economic stability. So does the State’s now-independent step-child, central banking. This theory of endogenous money is unique to Mises and his followers. No other school of economic opinion accepts it. Every other school appeals to the State, as an exogenous coercive power, to regulate the money supply and create enough new fiat or credit money to keep the free market operational at nearly full employment with nearly stable prices. Every other theory of money invokes the use of the State’s monopolistic power to supply the optimum quantity of money.

No matter how often some non-Austrian School economist says that he is in favor of the free market, when it comes to his theory of money, he always says, “I believe in the free market, but. . . .” As Leonard Read wrote in 1970, we are sinking in a sea of buts. When they are not outright collectivists, non-Austrian School economists are defenders of the so-called mixed economy: economic direction to the free market provided by State officials, on pain of punishment. This position is clearest in their universal promotion of non-market, State-regulated, central-bank money. Mises denied that there can be a mixed economy. There are only State directives that affect market operations, in most cases negatively. (Rothbard substituted, “in all cases negatively.”)

Mises’s theory of money offers hope. The public is in charge, not central bankers. The public will decide what money it prefers and how it will be used. The free market is economically sovereign, not the State.

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