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Triple-A Formula For Attracting People (Part 2)- Validation

Let me set the stage for a moment:  Almost every major book on the topics of leadership, management, success, and personal growth has “listening to great audio recordings” listed as a key component toward helping any individual achieve more, do more, and be more in life. I stumbled into this information a few years ago began to apply it in my life. I  now listen to a lot of audio recordings throughout each day to gain insight on specific topics, and also to get myself (that sinister, critical, and negative inner voice) to shut-up long enough to hear some positive truth and encouraging information.  One such audio recording I was listening to a few days ago had a commentary from the late Jackie Lewis.  She mentioned a blog post by Orrin Woodward who was recently ranked by Inc. Magazine as one of the world’s top 20 leadership and management experts.

I loved this video and thought it was a great follow up to my prior post: Triple-A Formula For Attracting People. I suggest you read that original post before you continue.

Orrin’s post is great! Take a few minutes to read his words and watch the attached video.  Post your thoughts comments and answers to the following questions below.  Have you ever experienced this kind of validation? (If so, see Orrin’s assignment below.) Have you ever given this kind of validation?  How did it make you feel afterward in either case?

Here is what Orrin posted:

I watched the most incredible 15 minute video of my entire life.  The lessons in this short 15 minutes cover a range from joy to depression, victories to setbacks, naive positivity to chosen positivity, self to others, individual to team, living small to living large, hopeless to hopeful, taking to giving, paycheck to significance, and many more. 

 

The longer I live, the more I realize the essential hunger inside of everyone to be accepted, approved and appreciated.  If we, as human beings, could all learn to focus on others before focusing on ourselves, we would overcome so many of the problems that plague our society today.  If we desire acceptance in life, then we must give acceptance.  If we desire approval in life, then we must give approval.  If we desire appreciation in life, then we must give appreciation.  If we desire validation in life then we must give validation and if we desire smiles then give others your smile. 

 

I know people can accuse me, an engineer, of losing my rationality and falling into sentimentality, but I know what I speak is true.  A sincerely thought out and spoken or written comment can fuel a person for a week.  I know many high achievers and it is as true for them as it is for a young child.  Recognition: grown men die for it and babies cry for it.  Do not hoard this precious gift.  Do not feel that complimenting and praising others takes from you.  Appreciation is one of the few gifts that the more you give it away, the more it returns to you.  You will gather more bees with honey than vinegar.  There is a shortage of honey and stockpiles of vinegar in life.  This short film has inspired me to share my thanks with you.

 

I want to thank all of my friends and family for the many kind words and encouraging statements.  I will never be able to share how much they have meant to me over the last year.  The world tends to beat the joy out of you, but you still have the choice of whether to surrender your joy.  If you lost your joy in 2008, then choose now to reclaim it by giving away joy to others.  Start a virtuous cycle of sincere praise and appreciation and let’s change the world one life at a time!  Can you imagine if every person at every open encourage the other people at our opens like Hugh Newman?  The Team would be well past one million people in no time at all!  God Bless, Orrin Woodward

 

Assignment: Please share the names of people who have brought joy to your life through their encouraging words of appreciation and validation.

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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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Leadership, Where do I start?

When it comes to the subject of leadership it can be hard to figure out where to start, especially if you’re new to the subject.

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One of the best books I’ve ever read on the subject of leadership is RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions for LIFE By Inc. Magazine’s top 20 leadership expert Orrin Woodward! In his book, Orrin discusses leadership through 13 resolutions divided into three phases.  The three phases of leadership build on each other; first, through private achievements then moving into public achievements and finally culminating with leadership achievements. In this post I’d like to discuss the first resolution as a foundation for the rest;  Resolution 1: Purpose.  Before I continue I want to inform you, the reader that I am not writing this as a person who has this totally figured out.  Rather, I am writing this because I am in the process of figuring these things out just like you.

Resolution 1: I resolve to discover my God-given purpose.  I know that when my potential, Passions, and Profits intersect, my purpose is revealed.

“Sadly, many will live their entire life without purpose, allowing life to lead them rather than leading their lives.” –Orrin Woodward  We must first find the place where potential and passions intersect with profits in order to find our purpose. God has placed within each person specific passions and potential to use those passions. When you can find or create an income (profits) to be able to do the things you’re passionate about; That is where your purpose can be found and accomplished.

WHY?  Why work on improving in my leadership skills.  Why go through all the tough trials to get better?  Why put myself (and potentially others) through the hardships I know I will face?   These are important questions that must be answered before one can move forward in his/her leadership journey.   These are foundational questions.

Without a purpose, a dream, a bigger driving force, there will be no reason to make the tough or even the small, daily decisions ahead.  There will be no overarching, higher purpose to propel you forward. Stephen Covey called it the “big rocks first” principle. Steve Jobs called it a “hedgehog” purpose/principle.  By aligning your decisions with your purpose you can make better decisions to propel you toward your purpose faster.  This also makes decision making much easier.  Orrin quotes Steven Covey in this chapter on purpose; “…If something is important, it contributes to your mission, your values, your high priority goals.”

Time Management is made easier by clearly understanding your own mission, values, and high priority goals.  One of the best time management tools I’ve ever used is described through a conversation between Charles Schwab of the Bethlehem Steel Company and Mr. Ivy Lee who is considered by most to be corporate America’s first public relations man in the early twentieth century.  Ivy Lee called on Schwab and through a 25 minute conversation tells him to write down at the end of every day the top five things that need to be done tomorrow, giving each a numbered priority.  Lee then tells Schwab to work on the most important thing on that list untill it is finished or nothing else can be done toward it.  Schwab is told to complete this pattern for each of the top 5 most important things each and every day.  Lee’s parting words to Schwab were “spend the last 5 minutes of every working day making out a “must-do” list for thge next day’s tasks. After you’ve convinced yourself of the worth of this method, have your people try it. Try it out as long as you wish and then send me a check for what YOU think it’s worth”  After 2 weeks of implementing this “top 5 to-do list” method, Schwab send Lee a check for $25, 000!  At $1,000 per hour, that’s a 25 minutes well invested, don’t you think?

Understanding your God-given purpose, your values, and your high priority goals will help you say “no” to the good so that you can say “yes” to the great.  It will help you replace the urgent with the important.  It will guide you through each and every day to help you live the life you’ve always wanted!

So begin today, take the next week if you must, and start asking yourself the important questions.  Figure out where your passion and potential intersect with profits and you will be well on your way toward living your life intentionally for excellence!

I hope and pray that what I’m learning can also help you on your leadership journey,

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Philip Brittain
PBO at LIFE Leadaership
Philip@life-leadershift.com
http://www.life-leadershift.com
 

If you’d like to purchase a copy of Orrin’s book, RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions for LIFE, You can do so easily by visiting my online store.

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FINANCIAL FITNESS IN THE INFORMATION AGE (by George Guzzardo)

I’ve attached an article from George Guzzardo regarding Finances that I think you will find informative and helpful.  Please enjoy.

 

FINANCIAL FITNESS IN THE INFORMATION AGE

How many of us have heard of someone who was climbing the corporate ladder only to discover that they were on the wrong ladder? In the modern world many of us are realizing that learning is not measured by examinations any more but by experiences that we grow from. That is why there is a buzz about the opportunity to learn from Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady with the release of the up and coming ‘Financial Fitness Pack’.This is a pack of CD’s and workbook that will provide information about the‘Offense’, ‘Defense’, and ‘Playing Field’, of personal finance.

Many of us have a difficult time understanding today’s modern economy and how it effects us, but if we arm ourselves with more knowledge founded from good economic principles we can prepare ourselves for any change. The ‘Financial Fitness Pack’ will provide principles to help prepare for the unexpected. Charles Handy writes a story about the Peruvian Indians who seeing the sails of the Spanish invaders on the horizon put it down to a freak of the weather and went on about their business, having no concept of sailing ships in their limited experience. Assuming continuity, they screened out what did not fit and let disaster in. Today there are rules that govern science, reading, writing, and speech but there seems to be some confusion about the rules that govern economics. The Oxford dictionary defines principles as basic truths or general laws about cause and effect. Learning solid financial principles can help us with our household economics.

Today government is guided by its economists not its citizens. There is a stereotype that good economic information must come from Ivy League graduates. Not true. Looking back through history you will find that the word economics comes from Greek origin. It is derived from ‘oikos’ =household, and ‘nem’ = administer or organize. Xenophon writes that‘oikonomikos’ describes a gentleman landowner who understands the proper use of wealth.  The ‘Financial Fitness Pack’ will provide a major breakthrough for those wishing to take greater control of their finances by providing what I feel will be the highest quality information for the least amount of cost ever before in the modern world or even the ancient world. Here is a summary of just a few areas you will learn from the Financial Fitness Pack:

The offense of ‘Financial Fitness’ will describe:

–      The mind set and moneyview of the financially fit.

–      Why you need to have long – term vision.

–      The advantages of putting multipliers on you wealth.

–      Harnessing the power of compounding to work for you.

The defense of ‘Financial Fitness’ will describe:

–      The habits of saving and budgeting.

–      The benefits of practicing delayed gratification.

–      A strategic plan to get out of debt.

The playing field of ‘Financial Fitness’ will describe:

–      Command vs. market economies and why it matters in history.

–      The history of money.

–      How inflation works.

–      The role and significance of entrepreneurs.

–      Predicting and preparing for economic downturns.

The workbook will provide examples and worksheets of an actual Financial Action Plan. This will come with an 8 CD pack to support your overall financial learning experience.

The famous inventor and educator Buckminster Fuller said that this type of preparation was to “help with the forward days of our lives.”He described wealth as the “progressive mastery of matter by the mind.” This meant that wealth, or value, is produced not by matter but the ideas that transform it. It’s not always work that produces wealth but working under the right principles. We now live in the information age and it’s critical that we get the right information. Just listen to those who have been surprised by unexpected changes in the economy. Crisis does not have to be the reason we learn. The LIFE business is committed to providing cutting edge quality information that is cost effective. By learning timeless principles we can prepare ourselves for the inevitable changes we know will come, but on the other hand we can influence the future, if we know where we want to go and what we want it to be. God Bless, George Guzzardo

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HBRN’s Leadership Factory: Special Guest Oliver DeMille

Check out this Leadership Factory video from Orrin Woodward, and Tony Cannuli with special guest Oliver DeMille!

Enjoy the Video and Leave a comment when you’re through.  What did you learn today?  How can you apply what you just learned?

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Orrin Woodward: HBRN Leadership Factory

Thank you to Home Business Radio Network (HBRN) and my good friend Doug Firebaugh – co-founder of HBRN – for sponsoring HBRN’s Leadership Factory. My co-host Tony Cannuli and I had a wonderful discussion with Oliver DeMille. This is one the listeners will want to watch in full! Oliver was on fire for freedom from the opening question and the dialogue heated up further when Tony digested the Five Laws of Decline (FLD) and how it affects Western Civilization. Oliver explains why and how LeaderShift can check the FLD and restore freedoms.

Oliver’s background as a constitutional scholar for over 25 years and his endless research into the founders made him the perfect co-author for LeaderShift. His background in classical education (he wrote the critically acclaimed Thomas Jefferson Education series) with a love for leadership marries well with my background in leadership and love for classical education. Any person serious about liberty and leadership ought to watch this, take notes, and read LeaderShift. I especially loved Tony’s wrap up to this show. It was clear after discussing for an hour these issues that he was inspired and ready to be part of the LeaderShift! Here is this month’s Leadership Factory!

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward

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A Lone Voice Crying in the Wilderness of Economics

This is a great post from the Center for Social Leadership. As I’m going through the 13 Resolutions in the Resolved book I saw this posted today and had to share it with you.  Please enjoy.

A Lone Voice Crying in the Wilderness of Economics
Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from Orrin Woodward’s book, Resolved: 13 Resolutions for Life.
Ludwig Von Mises, an Austrian economist, stood for truth against the economic trends of his day.
He defended free enterprise and classic liberalism when nearly all were stumbling over each other to receive perks and preferment offered by governments looking for professors to teach the joys of government intervention and economic controls.
Many economists understood intellectually the errors in the Keynesian policies, knowing that government spending sprees would only lead to massive debt and unemployment.
But through choosing preferment over principles, the Keynesian economists surrendered their convictions for conveniences, riding the Keynesian wave to career advancement.
Conversely, Mises, steeled by his character and resolve, was, at first, a lone voice crying in the wilderness. He refused to go along with the deceit and repeatedly pointed out the logical fallacies inherent in Keynesian economic policies.
Persecuted by Statists
This wasn’t a popular stand in the first half of the twentieth century. In fact, Ludwig and his wife, Margit, barely made it out of Europe ahead of the Nazi blitzkrieg.
Jorg Hulsmann, author of The Last Knight of Liberalism, writes:
“Mises was two months shy of his fifty-ninth birthday. He was on the invaders’ list of wanted men. Two years earlier, they had ransacked his Vienna apartment, confiscating his records, and freezing his assets. Mises then hoped to be safe in Geneva. Now nowhere in Europe seemed safe. Not only was he a prominent intellectual of Jewish descent; he was widely known to be an arch-enemy of National Socialism and of every other form of socialism. Some called him the last knight of liberalism.
“He had personally steered Austria away from Bolshevism, saved his country from the level of hyperinflation that destroyed inter-war Germany, and convinced a generation of young socialist intellectuals to embrace the market. Now he was a political refugee headed for a foreign continent.
“The couple arrived in the United States with barely any money and no prospects for income. Mises’s former students and disciples had found prestigious positions in British and American universities (often with his help), but Mises himself was considered an anachronism. In an age of growing government and central planning, he was a defender of private property and an opponent of all government intervention in the economy. Perhaps worst of all, he was a proponent of verbal logic and realism in the beginning heyday of positivism and mathematical modeling. No university would have him. Margit began to train as a secretary.”
Over the next decade, husband and wife would slowly rebuild their lives in America with Mises find new allies in his fight for truth.
In the midst of these challenges, he published his most important book, Human Action. It would earn him a following whose admiration and devotion were beyond anything he had known in Europe.
With his courage and logic, Mises identified the long-term consequences of socialist and fascist errors, strengthening the growing intellectual resistance to Statism.
Mises was a man of character, a man without a price, living his life by Virgil’s Roman motto, “Tu ne cede malis sed contra audentior ito,” which translates, “Do not give in to evil, but proceed ever more boldly against it.”
Mises proceeded to do just that. The late Dean of the Austrian School, Murray Rothbard, one of the greatest economic minds and good friend of Mises wrote:

“Holding these views, and hewing to truth indomitably in the face of a century increasingly devoted to statism and collectivism, Mises became famous for his intransigence in insisting on a non-inflationary gold standard and on laissez-faire.

“Effectively barred from any paid university post in Austria and later in the United States, Mises pursued his course gallantly. As the chief economic adviser to the Austrian government in the 1920s, Mises was single-handedly able to slow down Austrian inflation; and he developed his own private seminar which attracted the out­standing young economists, social scientists, and philosophers throughout Europe.
As the founder of the neo-Austrian School of economics, Mises’s business cycle theory, which blamed inflation and depressions on inflationary bank credit encouraged by Central Banks, was adopted by most younger economists in England in the early 1930s as the best explanation of the Great Depression.”
At a time when the crowd was streaming toward Statism, whether in the form of Nazism, Fascism, Socialism, Communism, New Deal, Fair Deal, etc., Mises rejected the blatant errors in each, overcoming the tides of the time through thinking deeply on the underlying principles.
Regardless of the personal and professional cost, Mises refused to teach what he knew wasn’t true, even though opportunities abound if would would go with the economic flow. Mises could not do this and maintain his intellectual integrity, for he knew in his heart that Keynesianism was wrong.
Rothbard again, shares:
“For Mises was able to demonstrate (a) that the expansion of free markets, the division of labor, and private capital investment is the only possible path to the prosperity and flourishing of the human race; (b) that socialism would be disastrous for a modern economy because the absence of private ownership of land and capital goods prevents any sort of rational pricing, or estimate of costs, and (c) that government intervention, in addition to hampering and crippling the market, would prove counter-productive and cumulative, leading inevitably to socialism unless the entire tissue of interventions was repealed.”
Today, Mises looks prophetic having predicted the severe economic disruptions in the economy by society’s acceptance of Keynesian errors.
With the West economic malaise in full bloom, gutted through years of inflationary spending and soaring debt loads, nearly everyone now recognizes that Mises was right all along.
Few will ever comprehend the level of courage it required for Mises to sustain the personal and professional abuses he received. Yet somehow, he never wavered in his belief that time would eventually prove him right, even if that meant from the grave.
Intellectual truth meant more to Mises than anything else, because a person of character understands that following truth is more important than rewards, recognition, or professional perks.
Time has certainly proven Mises right.  Government intervention, far from being a modern day elixir, has damaged economies and markets wherever its poison has been imbibed.
Sadly though, once economic error sinks into the mind of the body politic, rooting it out takes time and effort, but it must be done. As Mises stated in Human Action,
“Economics deals with society’s fundamental problems; it concerns everyone and belongs to all. It is the main and proper study of every citizen.”
All citizens should study the history of political, economic and spiritual freedoms, the very freedoms that undergird the liberties enjoyed today in the West.
Follow the Money
If Mises pointed out the fallacies of inflationist and socialist policies in the 1920’s, then why did the West proceed for nearly a century on a spending and borrowing binge, resulting in the near bankruptcy for most governments of the West?  The answer revolves around character, or more pointedly, lack of character.
“Follow the money” (FTM) is the motive behind most politician’s questionable behaviors.  FTM along with its brother “something for nothing” (SFN) combine to make a powerful force in overcoming principles and character wherever they are allowed to prosper unchecked.
Since most people have a price, educators and politicians FTM into supporting Keynesian policies and are rewarded for selling out their character and supporting faulty economics rationalizing their sell out by the pot of gold offered to them at the end of the rainbow.
This behavior created the current that Mises opposed in his battle for truth against errors. Mises insisted on a gold standard to end politicalinduced inflation.
Inflation: The Hidden Tax
Politicians sell out their character for inflation because they are always short of two things in modern democracies – money to buy votes and votes to obtain further money.
In the past, a politician could not spend government money unless he raised revenues through increased taxes. Since tax hikes were highly unpopular, he feared losing his elected position; therefore, he restrained his appetite for spending in order to remain popular with his voters.
Today, however, through the “joys” of Keynesian economics, this check to poor behavior is gone. Politicians can now spend more money than taxes raise indefinitely, without having to even suggest increasing taxes.
They do this by inflating the money supply through printing fiat paper money (monopoly money), calling it legal tender. Keynesian policies have given Western governments an unlimited money supply to buy further votes without raising taxes, thus avoiding the ire of the fooled electorate.
The inflated money loses its monetary value as it’s diluted within the economy, but Keynesian politicians don’t seem to mind. They are willing to sacrifice the citizen’s wealth through inflation for their personal benefit in money and votes.
What makes inflationary policy so devious is that it isn’t easily understood by the people. Politicians hide behind their Keynesian soundbites while in office, then leave a bankrupt governments as their legacy, long after they are retired.
Indeed, Keynesian economics provided an amenable world-view for current politicians because it condones their SFN inflationary money policies (a secret tax on citizen’s money) without having to risk an election day disaster.
Keynesians can even proclaim to their voters that they didn’t raise taxes, yet secretly they inflate the money supply which is taxing everyone and hurting those most who live on a fixed income and cannot afford the higher prices that inflation produces.
Most politicians, however, are not concerned with the citizens’ long-term wealth, focused instead, upon their short-term need of money and votes to get reelected. In the politician’s mindset, why worry about the country’s long-term viability when he will be out of office and not responsible for the crash?
Politicians quickly learn the game, pandering to the needs of the current voters, even promising more benefits to them, ignoring the long-term consequences of their irresponsible behavior. Their concern for being elected today trumps the downside damage to the country years, if not decades, hence.
Nonetheless, John Maynard Keynes, understood the long-term consequences of his policies, but when confronted, he answered, “In the long run, we are all dead.”
A humorous quip perhaps, but avoiding the underlying issue. Any system that provides current politicians access to future tax dollars in order to buy an election today is immoral on its face.
Indeed, both parties become bidders of other people’s money, promising gifts to current constituents to be paid for by future tax payers, many not yet even born.
When a person comprehends this point, he will understand why Mises was persecuted so vehemently, because he pointed out the illicit nature of the alliance between the State and the Keynesian economic professors, refusing to go along with the inflationary charade parade at the tax-payers expense.
The economists sell out their character for comfort, money, and power gained through supporting popular Keynesian policies. Individuals, in the pursuit of gain, can advance by writing, teaching, and supporting Keynesian theories of government intervention.
But why do most Universities support government intervention in the economy?  Can you say FTM?  Who is funding nearly every universities in America and the Western world?  Is it the same Western governments who benefit from the Universities teaching the flawed Keynesian economics?
The same government, who partners with educators, convincing the masses of the benefit of Keynesian inflationary policies, then rewards the educators through money grants, prestigious university posts, and government advisory roles in the Statist governments. All the professor has to do is promote the popular Keynesian policies to move ahead.
If a person were to FTM, it flows something like this in a simplistic rendition:
  1. government prints paper money,
  2. stealing value from all Americans,
  3. taking some of the money to reward the economic educators (doctrinaires), who write mighty tomes (propaganda) in support of said governments,
  4. creating a virtuous cycle of advancement for exploiters in both the political and educational fields.
All of these benefits are paid for by the masses, who being ignorant of the scheme, merely wonder why it becomes tougher every year to make a living.
Politicians win by spending money that doesn’t belong to them; economists win by receiving advancements through teaching flawed doctrine; the citizens lose by declining wealth and opportunities, surrendering “we the people” to “we the exploited.”
Mises pointed out the scheme and refused to participate, paying the price for his character-based stand, blackballed from every major university teaching post even though he is recognized as one of the greatest economists of all-time.
Bankrupting the West
Young and impressionable students, not trained to recognize the fallacies of Keynesianism, become susceptible to the propaganda, despite the fact that after five thousand years of recorded history, Statist policies have never worked anywhere.
Even the Kings of Propaganda, both Hitler and Lenin, would be proud of the level of deceit here. Hitler taught, “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it,” along with, “How fortunate for leaders that men do not think.”  Not to be outdone, Lenin espoused, “A lie told often enough becomes truth.”
If economists are rewarded for following the company line, and the companies, in this case, are funded by the government, then it doesn’t take a grand conspiracy theory, but merely an understanding of FTM and SFN, to see why our present economic policies support further government interventions regardless of whether they are bankrupting the Western Nations or not.
What other valid explanation could explain the United States multi-trillion dollar national debt?
It’s hard for anyone to make a character-based stand in the workplace when the boss rewards the bad behaviors and punishes the good ones. People are left in a moral quandary, pitting their money against their morals.
Millions of people surrender their morals for money, engulfing the world in darkness. But when one person sets his soul on fire with truth, his light radiates a path out of the darkness.
This is exactly what Ludwig Von Mises did: He lit a path out of the darkness for others to follow.
Where is the next generation of men and women willing to set their soul on fire for truth?
Where are the courageous citizens, who cannot tolerate falsehoods any longer, who bravely choose to live by Virgil’s quote, “do not give in to evil, but proceed ever more boldly against it”?
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Orrin Woodward co-authored the New York Times bestseller Launching a Leadership Revolution. His first solo book, RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions for LIFE, made the Top 100 All-Time Best Leadership Books List. Orrin was awarded as the 2011 IAB Leader of the Year.
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.

He follows the sun between residences in Michigan and Florida with his lovely wife Laurie and their children. Orrin’s leadership thoughts are shared on his blog, orrinwoodwardblog.com.

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RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions for LIFE (Part 2)

Resolved-BookOne of the absolute BEST leadership books I have ever read is RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions For LIFE by Orrin Woodward! Orrin Woodward is a NewYork Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Money Magazine, and Business Weekly best selling author! As a side note: He has a new book  released on April 16th titled LeaderShift Co-authored with Oliver DeMille.  Resolutions were commonplace in our culture during the time of the founding of our country.  Many factors have contributed to the decline in our practice of resolutions.  I want to encourage you join a growing number of people who are taking this idea seriously.  As a leader or someone who wants to be a bigger or better leader I cannot emphasize your need to read and implement the information in this book.  Let me briefly cover the resolutions.

The First five resolutions cover personal or private achievements.  Each one builds upon the priorLeaderShift-Book leading into the public achievements, resolutions six thru 9. The final four (No. I’m not talking about basketball) resolutions culminate to build your leadership achievements. These 13 resolutions are designed to be implemented one at a time for one week each, covering 13 weeks or about 90 days or 3 months!  Enter the 90 Day Mental Fitness Challenge (MFC).  This program takes the 13 resolutions and wraps a whole program around your own website with 360 degree feedback and so much more!   The MFC gives you measurable results in a reasonable amount of time!  It is truly life changing! Yes. I took the challenge myself and yes, it changed my life! OK back to the resolutions…

MFC

Public Achievements:

6) Resolved: I resolve to keep score in the game of life (Keeping Score)

Orrin begins the chapter with the following statement: “I know that the scoreboard forces me to check and confront the results, making the needed adjustments in order to win.” In engineering terms, this resolution encompasses the C and A parts of the PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Adjust) process.  “The CHECK step is the scoreboard of life”. If you are not getting the results you want in life you may need to check the scoreboard and then ADJUST. By confronting brutal reality you will find that your own self-delusion is washed away exposing your own personal success. It’s the only way.  Orrin says “Success is practically assured when a person realizes that he is responsible for his own perpetual personal development process.” Success is simply the PDCA journey of learning. This quote by Orrin sums it all up so perfectly; “The goal is to improve both personally and professionally, closing the gap between where one is and where one desires to be.”

7) Resolved: I resolve to develop the art and science of friendship (Friendship)

Few people have ever taken the time to write about the art of friendship and the importance and impact that a true friendship can have within our own personal lives or on society as a whole.  One of the great friendships that Orrin discusses in this resolution is the friendship between J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Orrin gives examples of how these two great men exemplified the eight principles of true friendship. 1) True friends form around shared insights. 2) true friends accept one another. 3) True friends approve one another. 4) True friends appreciate one another . 5) True friends listen with empathy. 6) True friends celebrate one another’s success. 7) True friends are trustworthy. 8) True friends are loyal.   True friendship is a lost are in today’s society. In 1985 the average person had 2.94 very close friends according to the American Sociological Review. That number dropped by nearly one-third down to 2.08 friends in 2004.  In the last 9 years I can only imagine how low that number has dropped.  We can change that tide by choosing to be a better friend. By making an effort to be a better friend, you will find that more people want to be your friend.  This is something I love about the LIFE business; real community, real friends, real fun!

8) Resolved: I resolve to develop financial intelligence (Financial Management)Finance Pack

“As a person moves from private achievements into public achievements, he will find his ability to make money increases.”  This is truly one of the most important areas that we each need to learn and improve our understanding in.  Orrin says Financial Literacy and management is as valuable, if not more so, than the ability to earn income.   We must understand some basic principles such as:  Debt enslaves you, Interest can work for or against you, Make more than you spend and spend less than you make.  These principles and more can be found, learned and applied in your life to help you achieve  the next level in getting your finances under control.  A great resource for this is the Maximize Your Finances Pack from LIFE. I have personally seen the results from this pack’s information being applied in a person’s life.  I have seen results in own personal finances from applying these principles.  I encourage you to do the same.  This resolution is THAT important!

9) Resolved: I resolve to develop the art and science of leadership (Leadership Resolution)

Regardless of the community you are involved in at work, church, social groups, or sports teams, everything rises or falls based on the leadership therein!  My goal through this blog is to help you in your leadership journey by proving any information that can help you become a better leader.  Orrin compares sports leaders and business leaders; “Leaders in sports win by developing and executing game plans consistently to fulfill the purpose of the organization…. business leadership is similar but with one significant difference. In a Free Enterprise environment, a business leader doesn’t just execute the game plan, he must first creat a game out of his business.” Orrin lays out a simple way to help in this process as he describes the process of treating business as a game to establish leadership.  The steps involved are 1) Define the Game, 2) Track Parameter, 3) Educate Team Parameters, 4) Play and Score Game, 5) Study Score, 6) Make Adjustments in PDCA, Then back to number one and rotate.  One of the best descriptions of leadership is found in the example of a current in swimming pool. If one person starts creating a current by moving in one direction and others begin to jump in and help move the current in that one direction, eventually anyone who joins the group will get swept along with the current without any effort at all. The converse is true as well. If a leader wants to change the direction of an existing culture or current, He will face tremendous force against him at first.  This is the truest test of a leader: to face an existing current and tenaciously jump in to change it and influence others to join in helping to change the direction.

 

 

The following Resolutions I will cover in part 3.

Public Achievements:

10) Resolved: I resolve to develop the art of conflict resolution (Conflict Resolution)

11) Resolved: I resolve to develop systems thinking (Systems Thinking)

12) Resolved: I resolve to develop Adversity Quotient (Adversity Quotient)

13) Resolved: To reverse the current of decline in my field of mastery (Legacy)

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The Man Who Killed The Bank

 

Editor’s Note: The following account of Andrew Jackson’s battle with the Second National Bank, written by Orrin Woodward, is fairly lengthy. This is such a critical story for American citizens to understand that we’ve broken it up into two pieces. Part II will be published tomorrow.
The Man Who Killed the Bank
Part I
Andrew Jackson always a man of strong convictions. He stood by his love of liberty even when it hurt him politically to do so.
It takes courage to stand by one’s convictions, especially when a person is offered peace and financial rewards to surrender them.
Courage isn’t the absence of fear; rather, it’s the acknowledgement that one’s principles are bigger than one’s fears, regardless of the consequences.
In today’s “situational ethics” society, principles are sold out for pragmatism, making courageous stories like Andrew Jackson’s as rare as gold-backed currency.
Consequently, much could be learned by the study of Andrew Jackson’s stand against the “moneyed-interest” drive to re-charter the Second National Bank.
Indeed, through reading Jackson’s battles against the Bank, one yearns to find leaders with similar backbones to break the Federal Reserve monopoly on America’s money.
Let’s examine this historic battle between the President Andrew Jackson of the United States of America versus President Nicholas Biddle of the Second National Bank.
Jackson resided in the thriving American West, witnessing first hand the dire effects of inflationary banking policies in the western land prices.
Jackson learned the salutary lesson of hard money (gold and silver coins) versus the prevalent paper based inflationary policies loved by bankers and wealthy merchants.
Inflationary methods allowed banks to print paper, pretending the paper had value, even thought it wasn’t backed by gold or silver.
Without a check on the banks, like requiring banks to submit gold for paper dollars when requested, one can easily see how banks would fall into the trap of printing more paper than could possibly be redeemed on demand.
Profits for banks can increase greatly in the short term by interest collected on nothing more than paper, causing more money to flow into the marketplace which raises the prices of consumer goods as more printed dollars are available.
The splurge of printed money only corrects itself when consumers become aware of the inflationary policies of banks, quickly requesting gold for their inflated paper dollars before the banks runs out their reserves.
In theory, paper money should be a promissory note, representing gold, but easier to carry on one’s person. The minute the promissory note is not backed by real value (gold, silver etc), it becomes fraudulent with the bank benefiting by printing monopoly money at the expense of all consumers who now own dollars less valuable than before the fraudulent activity.
For example, if we doubled the amount of dollars in circulation today, giving everyone twice as much money as they have currently, each dollar would quickly fall to half of its former value, prices would rise as each person’s dollars bid up the prices in an attempt to purchase the means for living.
Printing money does not produce wealth, but it can benefit the few at the expense of the many, a temptation too lucrative to be left in the hands of government politicians and their wealthy patrons.
When Jackson was elected President of the United States, one of his missions was to end the syndicate of control over America’s money supply by three power hungry groups: foreign interests, big business, and big politicians.
Jackson believed that banks ought to run like any other businesses, having to sink or swim based upon their own business acumen, needing reserves to secure their loans provided.
But when a national bank receives the protection of the federal government to ensure its solvency, this is no longer free enterprise, but a form of fascism where government and business partner, reducing competition amongst banks, and increasing the cost of the entire system.
This would be similar to all automotive companies agreeing to fix prices on cars, certainly improving the profits for manufacturers, while decreasing the downside risk of the manufacturers, all of this, at the expense of the customers.
The Second National Bank received the deposits of the America, ensuring its solvency, providing a special deal for the bank and its investors at the expense of other banks and all customers.
Nicholas Biddle, the president of the Second National Bank, was not alarmed, at first, with Jackson’s rhetoric, having heard many politicians boast of drastic changes when entering office, only to conform into the system when elected.
But Jackson’s character was different, his campaign promises before aligned with his actions after election, necessitating a showdown between the President and the money interest behind the Bank.
Biddle and Jackson were opposites in upbringing and temperament. The former, a scion of a high-society Philadelphia family, did not like the rough and tumble behavior of the American political process. Choosing to avoid the masses, he preferred instead to do his work behind the scenes.
Jackson, on the other hand, loved the volatile political process and was elected by the populist mass of voters across America.
No two people better contrasted the opposing viewpoints in the American political arena. One, a believer in wealth and privilege for the chosen few; the other, an equal opportunity for all to rise based upon merit.
Jackson shared his disdain for the Bank in his first Presidential message proclaiming,

“Both the constitutionality and the expediency of the law creating this bank are well questioned by a large portion of our fellow citizens, and it must be admitted by all that it has failed in the great end of establishing an uniform and sound currency.”

Biddle, however, seemingly unconcerned initially, responded to Jackson’s message with a cool indifference. He wrote of Jackson,

“They should be treated as the honest though erroneous notions of one who intends well.”

Clearly, Biddle did not believe Jackson had the courage or fortitude to fight against the entrenched money-interest feeding off America’s body politic.

Biddle quickly discovered that Jackson’s courage was even greater than his rhetoric, when he confirmed Jackson’s intentions to end the Bank’s charter.
Undaunted, he quickly rallied his political supporters to his cause.
Surprisingly, two of the biggest and brightest political lights, both Henry Clay and Daniel Webster, were enlisted by the Bank in support of the crucial recharter initiative.
With Clay and Webster’s help, the Bank moved for an early renewal of its charter, hoping to force Jackson’s hand before his second term election.
Jackson, the moneyed-interest believed, would not risk his re-election on a veto of the Bank’s charter.
Once again, the special-interest elites had underestimated Jackson courage.
The Bank bill, with Clay and Webster’s support, passed both houses and arrived on Jackson’s desk for approval.
Most people would have bowed to the “inevitable” and approved the bill to ensure his re-election; Jackson however, was not like most people.
To be continued…  
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Orrin Woodward co-authored the New York Times bestseller Launching a Leadership Revolution. His first solo book, RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions for LIFE, made the Top 100 All-Time Best Leadership Books List. Orrin was awarded as the 2011 IAB Leader of the Year.
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.

He follows the sun between residences in Michigan and Florida with his lovely wife Laurie and their children. Orrin’s leadership thoughts are shared on his blog, orrinwoodwardblog.com.

 

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13 Resolutions For LIFE (Part 1)

Resolved-BookOne of the absolute BEST leadership books I have ever read is RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions For LIFE  by Orrin Woodward! Orrin Woodward is a NewYork Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Money Magazine, and Business Weekly best selling author! As a side note: He has a new book being released on April 16th titled LeaderShift Co-authored with Oliver DeMille.  Resolutions were commonplace in our culture during the time of the founding of our country.  Many factors have contributed to the decline in our practice of resolutions.  I want to encourage you join a growing number of people who are taking this idea seriously.  As a leader or someone who wants to be a bigger or better leader I cannot emphasize your need to read and implement the information in this book.  Let me briefly cover the resolutions.

The First five resolutions cover personal or private achievements.  Each one builds upon the prior leading into the public achievements, resolutions six thru 9. The final four (No. I’m not talking about basketball) resolutions culminate to build your leadership achievements. These 13 resolutions are designed to be implemented one at a time for one week each, covering 13 weeks or about 90 days or 3 months!  Enter the 90 Day Mental Fitness Challenge (MFC).  This program takes the 13 resolutions and wraps a whole program around your own website with 360 degree feedback and so much more!   The MFC gives you measurable results in a reasonable amount of time!  It is truly life changing! Yes. I took the challenge myself and yes, it changed my life! OK back to the resolutions…

MFC

1) Resolved: I resolve to discover my God-given purpose  (Purpose)

“Sadly, many will live their entire life without purpose, allowing life to lead them rather than leading their lives.” -Orrin Woodward  We must first find the place where potential and passions intersect with profits in order to find our purpose. God has placed within each person specific passions and a potential to use those passions. When you can find or create an income (profits) to be able to do the things you’re passionate about; That is where your purpose can be found and accomplished.

2) Resolved: I resolve to choose character over reputation anytime they conflict  (Character)

“To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.” – Abraham Lincoln     John Wooden used three principles in his coaching that helped produce solid character in his players.  Those three principles are 1) Never lie.  2) Never cheat. 3) Never steal. The most simple way to start building your own character I found in a great example given in the book.  Start with you alarm clock.  Set it and when it starts buzzing (or playing music or whatever you use with today’s technology) in the morning, DON’T USE THE SNOOZE BUTTON! If you get up when you said you were going to get up without using the snooze button, you start to build character with yourself and you start your days feeling better. You perform better throughout the day as well.   Go ahead and try it…. I dare you!

3) Resolved: I resolve to have a positive attitude in all situations (Attitude)

You’ve heard it said that attitude is everything.  I disagree. It is almost everything but it must have a foundation of good character. You and I have each met people who have had great attitudes but end up in turmoil because of a character flaw. The good news is that a person can work on both at the same time and improve in both.  To help improve your attitude you will first want to turn down the negative voices around you and turn up the positive voices. This will get easier the more you do it. Reframing is a powerful tool one can use.  By looking at a situation and making a choice to find the positive within what may seem a negative situation.   You can choose how you respond to anything.  You may not be able to control what happens to you but you can always choose how you respond.  Quit reacting and start responding. Choose the right response often enough and you will start reacting properly.  Try using Coach Wooden’s rules 1) Never Whine 2) Never Complain and 3) Never make excuses!  If you’re like me you may be thinking that whining and complaining are the same. They are not.  This resolution goes into detail about the differences.

4) Resolved: I resolve to align my conscious (ant) with my subconscious (elephant) mind towards my vision (Programming the Elephant)

I’m going to quote directly from Orrin’s book here because he describes it so precisely. “Author Vince Poscente in The Ant and The Elephant, describes the difference between the conscious and subconscious mind, teaching that the conscious (ant) mind in one second of thinking  stimulates 2,000 neurons, while the sub-conscious (elephant) mind in a second of imagining stimulates four billion neurons.”  Think about this for a second… companies who advertize on tv will spend millions of dollars for a 30 second commercial. Then they play the same commercial over and over and over and over again.  Do you think they understand the power of the sub-conscious?  Of course they do.  Someone is programming your sub-conscious whether you know it or not.  well, now you know it. So, what are you going to do about it?  I would start by eliminating or at least limiting the amount of TV you watch and start picking up some good books, some positive audio recordings and start finding positive people to hang around and spend time with.  These three things; READ, LISTEN, and ASSOCIATE are the biggest game changers for your life and the primary reasons why the LIFE Business is exploding in growth!

5) Resolved: I resolve to develop and implement  a game plan in each area of my life (Game Plan and Do)

Orrin says in this chapter that “success never goes on sale.”  I whole-heartedly agree! “There are three simple, but not easy steps to success” he continues.   1) What do you want?    2) What is the price?  3) Pay it.   The PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Adjust) process he describes is vital to the success process.  In this Resolution, we focus on the Plan and Do steps.  It takes 10,000 deliberate, hours of practice and trying to get better at anything to become a master of the craft.  Using the PDCA process over those 10,000 hours through deliberate practice will get you to the goal.  There will be pain in the process.  No pain, No gain!  you’ve heard the term.  It’s true!  you can ease the pain by turning your work into a game.  You will find that by turning work into a game, it no longer seems like work and you are mentally able to work through a much higher level of pain.

Stay tuned for more…

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HBRN’s Leadership Factory: Special Guest Chris Mattis

 

Posted by Orrin Woodward on April 1, 2013

Orrin Woodward: HBRN Leadership Factory

Orrin Woodward: HBRN Leadership Factory

Doug Firebaugh, my good friend and fellow leadership fanatic, asked me to host HBRN’s Leadership Factory last year. Although in the middle of launching my leadership company LIFE, I happily accepted because I believe the Leadership Factory is a great way to share principles to help the entire Network Marketing and home business field. Given that Tony Cannuli, another great friend and leader, is my co-host, I knew the show would be meet with success. However, I have to say that these interviews have been more impacting than even my highest expectations. These interviews continue to cull out the best principle-centered leadership methodology in unique ways to benefit the entire professional community.

For this week’s show, we chose the topic of friendship and asked Chris Mattis to be our special guest. I expected a ton from Chris Mattis on this call, knowing that he has mastered the art of building friendships, and he did not disappoint. About once every two weeks, we are shooting a new show. Be sure to check the HBRN Leadership Factory page for the archived shows and also tune in live on Wednesday nights on HBRN for the radio broadcast!

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward

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LeaderShift Book Signing Tour

From Orrin Woodward:

Posted by Orrin Woodward on April 3, 2013

LeaderShift by Orrin Woodward & Oliver DeMille

LeaderShift

Oliver DeMille and I will be hitting the road for a series of LeaderShift book signings across North America. I have never been so excited for the release of a book because I know this book addresses head-on the challenges facing Western Society. Oliver DeMille and I spent days discussing the challenges and developing proposed fixes based upon checking the ubiquitous Five Laws of Decline. If you are anywhere close to one of these locations, we would love to see you there. If you are not close, the good news is Hachette has committed to do another round of book signings if we pack out the current locations. It’s time to launch the LeaderShift for peace and prosperity ensured to posterity!

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward

 

LeaderShift Speaking Engagements – $10 for general attendee, $5 with receipt of purchased LeaderShift book except on Tuesday’s Open Meeting night.

 

Tuesday, April 16th Los Angeles, CA – Oliver DeMille

Book Signing: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Barnes & Noble, 901 B South Coast Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Free for LIFE Library Subscribers

Speaking Engagement: Right after Open around 9 pm,

Howard Johnson, Grand Ballroom, 22 W. Houston Ave, Fullerton, CA 92832

 

Madison, WI – Orrin Woodward

Book Signing: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Barnes and Noble, 7433 Mineral Point, Madison, WI 53717

Free for LIFE Library Subscribers

Speaking Engagement:  8:00pm, On Stage 9:00pm – 10 pm

Alliant Energy Center, Mendota 1-4, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, WI 53713

 

 

Wednesday, April 17th Sacramento, CA – Oliver DeMille

Book Signing:  5:30pm – 7:30pm Barnes & Noble, 1725 Arden Way, Sacramento, CA 95815

Speaking Engagement:  8:00pm, On Stage 8:30pm – 9:30pm,

DoubleTree by Hilton Sacramento, Salon A, B, & C, 2001 Point West Way, Sacramento, CA 95815

 

Lansing,  MI – Orrin Woodward (This location is too big for any bookstore)

Book Signing at Lansing Center:  6:30pm – 7:30pm

Speaking Engagement: 8:00pm, On Stage 8:30pm – 9:30pm,

Book Signing 9:30pm – 11:00pm

Lansing Center, Halls A & B, 333 East Michigan Avenue, Lansing, MI 48933

 

 

Thursday, April 18th London, ON – Orrin Woodward

Book Signing: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Chapters, 1037 Wellington Road, London, Ontario N6E 1W4

Speaking Engagement:  8:00pm, On Stage 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Best Western Lamplighter Inn & Conference Center, Crystal Ballroom, 591 Wellington Road South, London, ON N6C 4R3

 

 

Friday, April 19th Salt Lake City, UT – Oliver DeMille

Book Signing: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Barnes & Noble, 1104 East 2100 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84106

Speaking Engagement: 8:00pm, On Stage 8:30pm – 9:30pm

South Towne Expo Center, 300CD, 9575 S. State Street, Sandy, Utah 84070

 

 

Columbus, OH – Orrin Woodward

Book Signing: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Book Loft, 631 South Third Street, Columbus, Ohio  43206

Speaking Engagement:  8:00pm, On Stage 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Columbus Convention Center, Ballroom 4 & 5, 400 N High St, Columbus, OH  43215

 

 

Monday, April 22nd Camp Hill, PA  – Orrin Woodward

Book Signing: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Barnes & Noble, 58 South 32nd Street, Camp Hill, PA 17011

Speaking Engagement:  8:00pm, On Stage 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Christ Community Church, 1201 Slate Hill Rd, Camp Hill, PA 17011

 

Be sure to check out the LeaderShift promotional video at http://www.tenpercentleadershift.com.

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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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Orrin Woodward interviewed about the coming LeaderShift.

Steve Morgan interviews Orrin Woodward about the new book; LeaderShift, to be released on April 16, 2013.  Just in time for readers who might very well be madder than a hornet after paying taxes!  Keep your eyes on all the major networks for interviews. I’ve heard buzz about Bill O’Reilly and others on Fox News as well as NBC, ABC, Oprah and many, many more!  The buzz is starting to ratchet up and getting louder as the release day approaches!

Enjoy the video!

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Are you ready for the LeaderShift?

Orrin Woodward and Oliver DeMille  have teamed up to bring us this amazing book! You can now read the first four chapters of  LeaderShift from the Hachette Book Group.  I can ask you if you are ready for the leader shift, but that question carries no real weight.  The real question I have for you is this: Will you be one of those leaders, one of the ten percent, who will finally stand up and lead?  Our country needs you now more than ever!  Partisan politics don’t work.  Both major parties are spending us into oblivion.  We need true change in direction.  This LeaderShift book gives us all a wake up call!

If you have not seen the trailer for this book please don’t waste a nother second… watch it now:  Then tell me what you think in the comment section below.

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Is America the Greatest?

Jeff Daniels reluctantly answers the question about America’s greatness in this video.  Caution: The language is not suitable for children! It does such a great job of describing our problem and will hopefully inspire you to action.  If you are like me, this video may cause your eyes to leak and should cause an anger to rise up from within you.  Jeff Daniels, in my opinion shows a glimpse of what I would call a righteous anger as he describes why America is NOT the greatest nation in the world. This video outlines the problem America faces right now.

Here is the good news; LeaderShift is Oliver DeMille and Orrin Woodward’s outline for the solution. Orrin posted this on His blog today and I thought it quite potent. Orrin said he posted “Jeff Daniels video which states the challenge and then the trailer for LeaderShift which responds to the challenge. Yes, America, and the West, have much work to do, but what a great time to be alive and play a part in the LeaderShift!”  I happen to agree with him!

Please enjoy this trailer.

Join me today with tens of thousands more as we prepare for the launch of the LeaderShift!”

May God bless you richly,

Philip Brittain

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3 Keys to Habitual Success

In today’s information age, it is becoming more and more difficult for individuals, businesses, and even families to find that winning “edge”.  For many this may sound too simple, yet for others it may seem like too much to ask.  Regardless of your current status or position, you CAN do this and you CAN win. I can make you this one promise here and now: If you will implement this info in a consistent effort over time, you WILL succeed!

One of the most impressive things I’ve seen in the LIFE business is watching tens of thousands of people succeeding in all areas of life because they are practicing these three habits. A small sampling of results currently happening all over North America right now; friends restore broken relationships, marriages being healed from on the brink of divorce, individuals and families getting debt free, business partners learning how to work with each other again, business owners learning how to understand employees and customers better, employees at risk of unemployment rising to be superstars! Your results will be based on how well you implement these three keys into your life.

  1.  READ
  2. LISTEN
  3. ASSOCIATE

Let’s cover READING first:

I’ve heard it said many different ways, in some form or another that every great leader in history has been a great reader. The contrary to that is not all people who are great readers will be great leaders. Reading is only one piece of the puzzle.  The fact is that although you must read, you must read the right books.  I’m not talking about reading the next big novel by your favorite author or reading the supermarket tabloids or even the comics in the Sunday paper. There may be time for those, but you will want to keep that at a bare minimum if you truly want success. “Well, how do I know what books to read?” You might ask.  I’m so glad you asked. You should be reading the best books on leadership, economics, history, philosophy, and the classics. I know what you’re thinking… “How do I know which books are the best?”  That answer will come from the third key habit of association. Finding someone who has already read thousands of books who can guide you to the best ones is a really good start.  We’ll talk more about that later.

To LISTEN is to have wisdom:

I love the way Orrin Woodward puts it: “You know why we want you to listen to CD’s? It’s to get you to shut you up.”  This may be a bit harsh for some but the truth is that we all know how to talk to ourselves very negatively all the time, right? Right!  I know you know how this goes because I do it just the same as you.  Zig Ziglar and many others over the years have been big proponents of keeping a constant stream of positive information coming at you through audio form. Every bit of research done on the subject continues to prove and reinforce the idea that by listening to positive audio recordings each day will have a profound effect on your attitude by the way you start to talk to yourself.   You would be amazed at how much difference just a single cd in the morning can make on the rest of your day!

 

The right ASSOCIATION will lead you to greatness:

We do it with our children all the time but most of us are unwilling to do it for ourselves! Picture for a moment your son or daughter comes to you and makes the request to go hang out with neighbor kids or friends from school. You know about the negative influence the kids will be on your child. So you naturally say “no”.  What about yourself?  Just as negative association is bad for your child; it is bad for you as an adult. It has been said that we become the average of the five people we associate with most.  It is true for every area of life. Think about the five people you associate with most. Now average out the quality of life in several areas; finances, relationship with spouse, relationship with children, household cleanliness, and habits like smoking or being late for appointments. So let’s turn the tables on this idea. What if you were to seek out and intentionally associate with winners, movers and shakers, people who are learning, growing and improving?  By spending time with people who are better than you are will naturally put you in a position to get better.  By associating with those who are greater than you are currently you will learn what books to read and what audios you should be listening to because that person has naturally already been listening and reading and therefore, knows which are good and which are not.

And so we have come full circle.  By associating with the right group of people, you will be able to glean the most valuable information to help you grow.  If you have no idea where to start, let me offer this piece of advice: Start with yourself!  You can become the leader needed in your household, business, community group, or any circle of influence you are currently a part of.

These three habits practiced consistently over time will produce better results in your life! You can make the choice to start today!

If you need help finding a source for the best books and audios to start your journey, I am happy to help you get started on your journey of success today.  Feel free to contact me any time.

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LeaderShift: An introduction

This blog from Orrin Woodward is so good I had to share it with you.  I have included the full text below.  I highly suggest you check out his blog on a regular basis. Please enjoy this fantastic article from Orrin Woorward!

LeaderShift: The Quest for Concord

Posted by Orrin Woodward on March 8, 2013

I have been working on the background details to the government proposal in Oliver DeMille and my soon-to-be-released book LeaderShift. I know this sounds crazy, but I LOVE this stuff! A concerted study of history through the Five Laws of Decline reveals so much we can do, as a society, to improve. No matter how long this takes, I am going to capture the concepts for this generation’s leaders to apply if they desire a free society. The LIFE Business is filled with men and women who are willing to lead because they are willing to learn. The future is bright! Here is a portion of the introduction.

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward

Leaning Tower Equals Weak Foundation

Leaning Tower Equals Weak Foundation

Mankind’s quest for societal concord (peace and harmony) between the opposite extremes of chaos and coercion is as old as human civilization. Indeed, every society quests after concord; however, it’s rarely achieved and never maintained. Despite the difficulties, mankind seeks the advantages gained through association when families form clans to create communities that combine into society. The Greeks founded Western Civilization, supplying many of foundational concepts for society and government through their city-states dotting the Aegean landscape. In fact, Greek philosopher Aristotle described human beings as political animals, who formed societies to enjoy the benefits of association. Nonetheless, the Greek failed miserably in the quest for concord as the city-states fratricidal wars created chaos throughout Greek society. Mercifully, after decades of civil war, the exhausted Greeks collapsed into the Roman Republic’s orbit. Ironically, however, even though Romans witnessed the catastrophic effects of the Greek chaos within society, the Republic fell victim to a similar chaos when the mounting Roman political and civil strife led to civil war. The Senate and Pompey squared off against Caesar which culminated in the destruction of the Roman Republic.

Despite the senatorial conspiracy that killed Caesar, the Roman Republic was not restored. Instead, another round of civil wars and chaos ensued until Augustus defeated Marcus Antony and birthed the Roman Empire. At last, Western Society moved the pendulum from chaos towards concord. Caesar Augustus ruled wisely. He limited taxation and the plunder of the provinces; thus, for a brief period, the results was the Roman peace (Pax Romana). Unfortunately, the pendulum’s momentum did not rest at concord. At Augustus death, the new Caesars increased government’s responsibilities until the pendulum moved into the control and coercion of society’s members. The Caesar’s and their ruling elites enjoyed more power at the expense of its citizens freedoms.  By the end of the empire, the bloated bureaucracies consumed the wealth of its citizens to feed the coercive civil and military branches. In fact, when the Roman Empire fell, many within the oppressed Roman society, viewed the Gothic barbarians as liberators and not invaders.

Studying the Greco/Roman societies provide valuable lessons in the pendulum swings from chaos to coercion and back again. Despite momentary intervals of peace and prosperity, the pendulum never came to rest at concord. The pendulum’s momentum either carried it towards chaos or coercion. To be sure, there were solid parts in the Greco/Roman political foundations, but there were also sinkholes. Predictably, these sinkholes caused the political collapse of all three societies. The first two under chaos and the third under coercion. Therefore, identifying the specific failure modes of each Greco/Roman society and learning from them is essential for today’s political leaders.

Not surprisingly, the English (Anglo/Saxon) societies learned many lessons, both good and bad, from Greco/Roman history. In fact, the English-speaking peoples built their political foundations upon the strengths of the Greco/Roman (reason and order), Judeo/Christian (hope and ethics), and Anglo/Saxon (liberty and passion) societies. When King William, of Normandy, successfully invaded England in the13th century, the confluence of these rivers formed the the famed English political tradition. Therefore, the author examines three Anglo/Saxon case-studies societies for further review.

1. Great Britain under the Stuart Kings 2. America under the Articles of Confederation 3. America after the United States Constitution

These three societies attempted, by different methods, to rest society’s pendulum at concord. Each ultimately failed. Essentially, these societies failed in a similar fashion as the Greco/Roman models. The pendulum never rested, swinging into chaos and then back into coercion, with brief moments of concord. Indeed, it seems the Anglo/Saxons, in many ways, have repeated the mistakes of the Greco/Romans. Although the political structures may be different, underneath the edifice is the same failed foundation that continues to collapse when too much weight is placed upon it. In other words, if the definition of insanity is to continue to do the same thing while expecting a different results, Western Society’s political tradition has reached the point of insanity. The quest for concord remains unconsummated. Systematically, the political structures are failing because the pendulum moves out of concord into either chaos or coercion. No society, to date, has successfully rested the pendulum at concord. What are the systemic causes underlying these failed attempts? How can the momentum of the pendulum be  checked to rest it at concord? The questions and more the author proposes to answer in the following chapters.

The purpose of this treatise is to determine solid ground from the sinkholes in the foundations of the Greco/Roman and Anglo/Saxon political traditions. By understanding the historical foundations reviewed in this book, Western Society will be strengthened in its quest for concord. Indeed, the dangers inherent when the pendulum swings to the either the side of chaos or coercion is irrefutable. In consequence, the author seeks the firm ground of concord between the opposite, but equally damaging, extremes of chaos and coercion. The case-studies will proceed in chronological order because each society learned from those that preceded it. The main objective is to identify why and how each society failed and what lessons can be learned from their example. Hence, each society’s successes and failures will be analyzed to determine what remained solid from what ultimately sunk in its political foundations. Ideally, to build enduring political structures today, society should build upon the foundational principles that proved successful and reform those that failed the test of time. History is relentless and unsentimental in its verdicts. Either the political structure stands or it collapses. The key to history is to identify why. Nevertheless, few political leaders seem willing to be tutored by these truths of history. Society, it seems, repeats failures because it’s unwilling to learn from them.

At any rate, Western Civilization has not fulfilled its quest for concord. As a result, determining past societies failures and preventing similar failures today ought to be the high priority in Western Society’s quest for concord. Understanding what forces move the pendulum from concord to either chaos on one side or coercion on the other is crucial. Consequently, before outlining the historical societies, the author must first explain two systems that influence the pendulum within society. One strives to center the pendulum at concord while the other moves it towards chaos or coercion. The first is the Six Duties of Society (SDS) and the second is the Five Laws of Decline (FLD). The Six Duties of Society are the essential building-blocks for creating a sustainable society, helping to build an environment where mankind can grow and prosper. In contrast, the Five Laws of Decline describe the effects of mankind’s sinful nature. If left unchecked, the FLD will parasitically destroy a formerly healthy society. Both systems will be explained in general now and specifically to each Greco/Roman and Anglo/Saxon case-study in the preceding chapters.

The important point for the reader to grasp is that society must satisfy the SDS in order to survive. However, even when the SDS are met, society isn’t secure. safe. For when societal prosperity increases, it stimulates the FLD into action.  An unchecked FLD within society develops groups that seeks to plunder what the rest have produced. Eventually, an unchecked FLD destroys the SDS because the parasitic plunderers strip the plundered physically and mentally. This, in a nutshell, is the quick version of Western History. Unfortunately, even a cursory examination of each failed society in Western Civilization reveals the FLD as the culprit of collapse.

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A LeaderShift is Coming!

LeaderShift-BookOrrin Woodward and Oliver DeMille have teamed up to bring us this amazing book!

This book comes at a pivotal point in our nation’s history!  This is one of, if not THE most important book in our generation. LeaderShift  is a book written in fable form that will teach us all “how to recognize and overcome the five laws of decline”.  This book is a must read for every American and Canadian!

Overview

(From Barnes&Noble)

A most provocative business parable for our troubled times, LeaderShift is the story of how David Mersher, the successful CEO of IndyTech, sets out to discover why the United States is losing its leadership edge and what he can do to turn things around and make America truly great again.

In the process, Mersher and his team learn how the Five Laws of Decline are eroding the nation’s economy-quietly ruining businesses and big institutions-and what American executives and citizens need to do to put a stop to this.

Above all, Mersher and his colleagues discover something few business leaders or citizens of free nations have yet to realize: Our world today is on the verge of a momentous LeaderShift, one which will reframe the twenty-first century and significantly alter the way we govern, lead, and do business.

When Mersher and his team get help from a surprising source, the result is stunning and unexpected-and it’s one that concerned Americans will certainly reflect upon for decades to come.

The next LeaderShift is almost here.

Are you ready?

While we wait for the release of this incredible book on April 16th, I would like to suggest one other book that each person should read immediately!

Resolved-BookResolved: 13 Resolutions for LIFE

Men like George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Jonathan Edwards had virtues, maxims, or resolutions which they practiced daily, weekly, and monthly. These practices where similar to that of many people of our founding generation.  We, as Americans who enjoy the life that these men helped to provide for us, have lost such a valuable tool as practicing this thing called resolutions.  Aside from one time each year for about two weeks, we never hear the word “resolution” spoken in our every-day conversations.  When was the last time you had a conversation with even your closest friends in which either of you asked “So, how are you doing with your resolutions”?  We don’t hear that because we’ve gotten away from these habits in our overall society.  Orrin does and incredible job of laying out a roadmap for us in this book.  These 13 resolutions build upon each other from personal, to public and then into leadership achievements. These 13 resolutions have changed my life and so many others.  I invite you to join me in this journey today. There are two ways you can join me in this journey. First, you can order your copy of the book today. Second, you take the Mental Fitness Challenge!

MFC

The Mental Fitness Challenge (MFC) is a cutting-edge program developed by world-renowned leadership gurus and best-selling authors to teach success thinking that will help enable anyone and everyone to make improvements in their lives.

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Expanding the Leadership Culture

As a starting point for this blog I thought it would be fitting to share something that Stephen R. Covey said in his book The 8th Habit

“It will be those organizations that reach a critical mass of people and teams expressing their full voice that will achieve next-level breakthrough in productivity, innovation and leadership in the marketplace and society.”

This is precisely what the LIFE Business is doing.  Thanks to Orrin Woodward and the other founders of LIFE who have paved the way for the rest of us, we now have a systematic, franchise style business that is producing the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs that will be the catalyst for restoring the values in our culture that have been ripped away and lost over the last several decades!

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