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You Don’t Have to Get Good to Get Started, You Have to Get Started to Get Good!

“You don’t have to get good to get started, you have to get started to get good.” I love that quote.  I’m not sure who said it first but I heard it first from Leadership expert Orrin Woodward (Listed at #20 in Inc. Magazine’s Top 50 Leadership and management Experts) The truth of this statement rings louder the more people I talk to.

Orrin Woodward’s story alone should be enough to prove the statement true. But let’s not stop there. Chris Brady (inc.com’s #39 expert) who was mentored by Oriin Woodward has an equally impressive story. Having heard their story by them on audio or in person, I can only describe what they have said. Each of them started with a dream of a better life, an idea that drove them and many others to accomplish massive success. That success did not come easy however, Because neither Orrin or Chris had any decent people skills to talk about. Both were quintessential engineers with pocket protectors and color coordinated pens. Orrin quotes what someone wrote in his high school yearbook “arguing, arguing, early and late. If a line were crooked, he’d argue it straight.” Does that sound like a man born to lead thousands of people? No way!

When I hear men like Orrin Woodward, Chris Brady, Dan Hawkins, Bill Lewis, George Guzzardo, Tim Marks, Claude Hamilton (and of course their amazing wives) and so many other incredible leaders within the Life Leadership organization tell their stories of dream and struggle toward victory, I see hope. I see hope like thousands of other leaders across the country and across the world because I know that I can achieve my goals and dreams just like they have. So can you. As the old saying goes “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

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The more I learn, the more I realize I need to learn. I don’t have all the answers, for that matter I may not have any answers. The one thing I do know is that we all have the ability to learn. We can and we do every single day! The real question for you is this: Are you going to make a decision to get started doing whatever you know in your heart you should be starting or are you going to complain about not being smart enough or talented enough or whatever else, enough? The choice is yours!

You can live in fear or you can decide to get started and learn what you need to learn along the way. Think about the first time you did anything. -Swing a bat at a baseball -Tie your shoes -crack an egg -read, write or spell How many things did you ever do perfectly the first time and every time thereafter? None! You have to learn, You have to practice, You have to seek help from others who have done it before. DON’T LET FEAR HOLD YOU BACK! Get into action today. You can do it! You can do it because you can learn. GO! DO! BECOME! Achieve your dreams! Follow your passions! Don’t forget to ask for help along the way.

You have to get started to get good!

So DECIDE to START today!

Philip Brittain

philip@life-leadershift.com

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Entrepreneur as Leader (By Orrin Woodward)

Orrin woodward has such an amazing way of communicating truth.  This article from Orrin is a fantastic example of his excellence in conveying principles of success in the marketplace.  I trust you will enjoy this as much as I did.

 

Posted by Orrin Woodward on May 22, 2013

An entrepreneur must be a leader. Why? Because he or she must build and lead teams of people to accomplish the task, satisfy the customer, and do so at a price that leaves profit for the team members. In other words, ineffective leaders soon prove to be ineffective entrepreneurs because the customer isn’t satisfied nor the teams paid well. Nonetheless, many would-be entrepreneurs start business while ignoring the importance of leadership to the health of their enterprise.

Entrepreneurs should enter into markets where they feel they can satisfy the customers better than their competitors. For instance, Jack Welch, in his early days, was called “Neutron Jack” because he refused to be in a business sector where he couldn’t improve to either #1 or #2. His philosophy of business led him to get out of markets where he couldn’t be the best, and move into markets where he could be the best, thus maximizing profits for the company and ensuring employment for the workers. Incidentally, few seem to understand that only a profitable company can maintain its workers. Since profit is the life-blood of any business, when a company is losing money, it’s similar to a patient losing blood.  In both instances, death results if the bleeding isn’t checked.

Accordingly, leaders are constantly studying the vital signs of their business, ensuring the business is not bleeding to death. In fact, leaders must be PDCA champions, constantly making adjustment in the areas where it can have the most impact. They don’t just change things to make change, however. Instead, they listen, study, and analyze until they determine which area of change could have the biggest impact on the bottom line. Then they do something unheard of in our modern world, namely, take massive action to drive the team and business forward.

Whenever I study a business, the first question I ask is: Who is the leader? If an effective leader is in charge, he can overcome lack of capital, lack of resources, and still beat competitors who have plenty of both. Why? Because leaders constantly are developing innovative ways to solve problems while managers focus on the same methods that worked before. I love the saying: If it isn’t broke, then break it and make it better.

When my co-founders and I started LIFE Leadership, we did so with little funds or resources, but we had a superbly talented leadership team. I knew that the leadership team would quickly build the leadership products that could compete with any leadership team anywhere. Interestingly, over the last 18 months LIFE Leadership has become a $50 million dollar conglomerate through building the highest quality personal development products in the industry.

For example, anyone serious about being an entrepreneur ought to purchase and apply the principles from the Mental Fitness Challenge personal development program. The 13 Resolutions are found in my All-Time Top 100 Leadership book RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions for LIFE.  If applied daily, they will radically change the leadership capabilities of any hungry student. In fact, I have hundreds of emails from satisfied customers who did just that.

In summary, if the reader wants to be a successful entrepreneur, then he must be a successful leader. Building a company without building one’s leadership is a fools way to launch a company. For no company will rise higher than the leadership within the company. America needs leaders to create the LeaderShift! What part will the reader play? Here is another segment of the article on the role of entrepreneurs.

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward

Entrepreneur as exceptional leader

Hans Karl Emil von Mangoldt  (1824-1868) developed the notion that entrepreneurial profit is the rent of ability. He divided entrepreneurial income into three parts: (1) a premium on uninsured risks; (2) entrepreneur interest and wages, including only payments for special forms of capital or productive effort that did not admit of exploitation by anyone other than the owner; and (3) entrepreneurial rents or payments for differential abilities or assets not held by anyone else. The first part is a return on risk taking; the second part from capital use and production effort, and the third part from ability or asset specificity. Alfred Marshall (1842-1924) carried forward Mangoldt’s notion of rent-of-ability by adding the element of leadership to “entrepreneurial” responsibilities. Marshall’s entrepreneurs “must be a natural leader of men who can choose assistants wisely but also exercise a general control over everything and preserve order and unity in the main plan of business. In fulfilling this organizational function, the entrepreneur must always be “on the lookout for methods that promise to be more effective in proportion to their cost than methods currently in use”. Marshall noted that not everyone had the innate ability to perform this entrepreneurial role as these abilities are so great that very few persons can exhibit all of them in a very high degree. Accordingly, he termed the entrepreneurial rents specifically as a “quasi-rent”, which is a return for exceptional natural abilities, which are not made by human effort, and enable the entrepreneur to obtain a surplus income over what ordinary persons could expect for similar exertions following similar investments of capital and labour in their education and start in life.

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Leaders Are Readers

I’m going to make a big assumption here that because you are reading this, YOU have a desire to be a better leader! I’m going to write this to you, the leader. If this is not you, It’s OK. I have faith you still want to be a better husband of wife.  Maybe you just want to be better in one of the 8 F’s of LIFE.life-wheel

I have great news for you!  This will help if you apply the information!

You may have heard it said before that “leaders are readers”.  I’d like to take a moment to remind you of not only the importance of reading but also how to read effectively!   You might be asking  “How does a person read effectively?”  You might be thinking ” I read a book last week and it was a good book. I even learned some things.”  By referring to a person reading effectively,  I am suggesting that you are reading it far more effectively than just running your eyes across the print from page to page untill you’ve finished the book and call it “done”.

Before I go into detail about the ways to read effectively, I want to remind you of how important it is to read.  referring to the saying that I opened with, Would you agree that all great leaders are great readers?   Great!  I thought you would.  Would you also agree with me that not all readers are leaders?   Thank you.  I knew you would.  If all great leaders are great readers, but reading, in-and-of-itself does not make one a great leader then there must be something missing from this equation. Right?  OK. So, now that we have that established, let me ask you another question.  What is that missing piece or pieces?  While you sit there still trying to figure it all out, let me point out that you must become a reader if you want to be a leader. Period.  Whether you have a formal, positional leadership role or in a subordinate role,  a parent or a teenager, a husband or a wife, you are leading someone, in some way!  You are either leading them well or not so well.  It is your choice!   OK. I’ll stop beating you over the head now.  I think you understand the importance by now.

This is where the rubber meets the road as they say!   When it comes to reading, the first thing to ask is “What should I be reading?”  I’m so glad you asked!  Picture this:  you walk into the book store and you are looking for a good book to start reading.  How do you know which one to pick?  Do you just grab one and hope it will give you good information?  Let me ask you a nother question… If you knew somebody had read thousands of books from many genre’s, would it be a good idea to ask that person which book you should start with based on your current status, interests, or struggles?   Of course it would be good idea!

That reason alone is a great big part of why the LIFE business is such a huge success in changing lives.  Orrin Woodward and the other founders of LIFE have gone through the process I just described!   Of the thousands of books each of the founders have read, there are 5 books that are the best, first 5 they recommend.  I have personally taken the advise to read the top 5 books and I can tell you without any hesitation that as a leader, you must get good with people and these 5 books are the best starting point.

Now that you have chosen your books, it’s time to get effective in your reading. Here are the habits you must learn in order to have the most effective reading!

  • Read daily
  • Write the date in the front of each book when you start reading it.
  • Use a pen to underline, highlight, “star”, make comments, and argue with the author as you read.
  • Take notes in the margins.  Especially if you need help with comprehension, summarize each paragraph with a word or short phrase.
  • Review your comments, notes, underlines and etc after you read the book, before you “finnish” the book.
  • Record the date you finished the book in a journal.  (Notice that you should be keeping a journal.)
  • Ask your self, and record in your journal, after you’ve read each book ” what was the author’s key point and how can I apply it?”
  • Read several books from several genre’s at the same time. Such genre’s as politics, classics, economics, theology, philosophy, history, faith, leadership, and success are great places to start.
  •  recommend your favorite books to others and teach them to do the things you just learned.

I applaud your choice to start making better reading habits.  If you found this helpful, Please take a moment to share this with your friends and leave a comment below.  Be blessed as you continue your leadership journey.

sincerely,

Philip Brittain

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Leading by example

The story has been told regarding an officer during the first American war who gave orders to have some trees cut down because they needed the wood to make a bridge.  The officer had a major problem on his hands though because he had too few men to do the job and the work was getting done at such a slow pace. A commanding-looking officer rode up and spoke to the officer in charge, who was urging his men to work hard but doing nothing himself. “You haven’t enough men for the job, have you?”

“No, sir. we need some help.”

“Why don’t you lend a hand yourself?” asked the man on horseback.

“Me, sir? why, I am a corporal,” replied the officer, looking rather affronted at the suggestion.

“Ah, true, ” quietly replied the other, and getting off his horse he labored with the men until the job was done. Then he mounted again, and as he rode off he said to the officer, ” Corporal, the next time you have a job to put through and too few men to do it, you had better send for the commander-in-chief, and I will come again.

That man was George Washington.

 

Regardless of the position, A leader must be willing to step down from where he sits and get his hands dirty, do the same work as the rest.   The same goes for women in leadership also. There is no gender gap when it comes to being a leader.  The principles of leadership work just the same for both sexes.

In our society today we have an interesting dichotomy where, not only do many who are in positional leadership roles have a strange aversion to actual work, but we also have a large group of people who claim to want the leadership roles but are unwilling to go out perform.

Regardless of where you might be in terms of your current leadership role or lack thereof, you can change today!  No task is too small! Even the most mundane of tasks such as picking up a scrap of paper lying on the floor or taking out the office trash should be opportunities that you are looking for.  If you are in a sales role, you must become a top performer before you will be given any sort of leadership role.

I have never been a part of an organization that had such a culture of success by performance until I met the amazing people involved in the LIFE business.  The best examples of this type of leadership can be found in men like Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady and so many others that been mentored by these two men and the other founders of LIFE.

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