With only the LIFE Business, you could probably figure out how to sell books and CDs and how to sign up people. You don’t need a system for that. With a little determination, you will find a process that works for you. You might even be able to recruit a few others to do the same. In other words, you could carry buckets to deliver water and you could also recruit a team of people to carry buckets and deliver water. This is the typical analogy I use to describe traditional MLM and networking models, the Bucket MLM.
Bucket MLM businesses are difficult, because sooner or later the ones who are good at signing up people, get tired and hope someone else will do it. Trying to sustain a signup game is very difficult. I’ve known many people in the MLM industry who have built big organizations and it all fell apart. A volunteer business that is built around the idea of recruitment is not easily sustainable. People who are generally very skeptical of the LIFE business are the ones familiar with this bucket model. They think that’s what we do and arguably so they want nothing to do with it.
Naively though, many of the people that get in the LIFE Business do, see it as a business, but have it in their mind that bucket recruitment is the easy mode of operation which will make them a success. It is in fact the hardest and nearly almost impossible way to build an organization. Innocently, they think this is “simply” a business of recruitment and “sales” and they are willing to play the odds of recruiting enough people and selling enough that someone eventually will do it for them. They usually have “Big Fish” mentality. In other words, because they know some influential people they think are going to have it easy getting a lot of people “signed up.”
If you do get some progress out of this method, then congratulations is due. You are a great sales person or you have lived your life in a manner that has blessed you with influence. Be forewarned, it will almost never last because you are not duplicatable and right now your business depends on your abilities and not a system. Consequentially, it is limited to growth only with in your abilities. In addition, with, you as the limitation, there will not be enough LIFE materials flowing through your organization for it to produce an income which will allow you to be financially independent.
The Bucket MLM way, is actually the way I thought when I got involved. I believed I knew enough people that would join me and eventually it would get so big that I would not have to do anything and before long I’d be rich. I was hit with a rude awakening when not that many people were willing to listen to me. And no big fish ever joined my team to do it for me. By the way, there is a method of sustaining this kind of business. It’s called, “work your guts out forever.” I didn’t have the kind of time that was required nor the energy to work hard enough for this method to work for me. I also didn’t have the influence I thought I had. I am so thankful for the TEAM system to help me develop the culture for duplication to occur. It has proven to be a true pipeline and not a bucket. I would have been sunk if success depended upon my existing level of influence within my circle.
For, the immortal person who gets the bucket MLM of to any kind of a decent start, the good news is they have taken personal responsibility, the bad news is, at this point they are self-employed. It is not our (THE TEAM’s) desire that you be self-employed. This is why Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward have included excerpts on the B-type businesses in The TEAM’s first night book. In addition, this is why we promote the Robert Kiyosaki’s book, “The Cashflow Quadrant.” For your success, and the success of others, it will be desperately need to understand the B-type business quadrant and the importance of systems. In order to have a b-type business, it will be necessary to learn and understand how a b-type business owner thinks. In the “How to get started” pack, there is a cd called, “Team 272 – Think Business” by Chris Brady. Think like the wealthy and you will become wealthy.
Learning will not be optional
Learning will not be optional for success. It might have been my biggest obstacle in the beginning. I did not like to read. In addition, where I went to engineering school, they taught me that I knew everything already. Lol. A hunger to learn is what it will take. Let me say that a different way. Since I was not wealthy, it was proof that I don’t think like a wealthy person. I didn’t like being told that or even discovering it, but it was true. I had to “confront the brutal facts” as Jim Collins says in his book “Good to great” and not be offended, but enlightened. By admitting the truth, I could now act on it, instead of experimenting with my time and other people’s time.
I found that it is not just learning that was important. One must be hungry to learn also. In the book “Launching A Leadership Revolution” by Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady, Chapter 2 begins the “Foundational Qualities.” “Foundational Quality” number one is “Hunger.” Hunger is a discipline. Don’t worry if you don’t feel very hungry right now. Read the aforementioned chapter to understand what it means to be hungry and how to develop it. I won’t try to say it better than my mentors have in their #1 best-selling book. Listening to the TEAM cds regularly will also help you develop some hunger naturally.
A strong desire to take direction from those who have proven they have the answers will also be a big short cut. Learn to think like a person who is wealthy. Learn from those who are wealthy and learn in the manner they recommend, not just in the way you prefer. All people who are wealthy depend on systems, not their abilities. Robert Kiyosaki very plainly states in his book, “The Cash Flow Quadrant,” that all B-type businesses develop people and/or systems. The TEAM has a system for developing people. It’s not your “Job” to develop people here at this time in the journey, it’s your responsibility as a leader to create a culture of learning and leveraging the TEAM system to duplicate and develop people.
Stay Tuned for my next section in this series Called “How to Create a Culture of Hunger to Learn”
Hello to all the members and Teams of Team Maximus. What an amazing event we just had this weekend. I’m very proud of the representation we had of power players. The current in the pool is definitely rushing. Make no mistake about how fast your business can grow right now. Team Maximus has several people who will be new Round table members by the next major. New levels reached in the business always provides belief for anyone. Just make sure you have been working hard to get new people to the Opens and seminar for them to see it and your teams will explode. Our system of cd packs are a Key. Use them in order for your prospects and you will see them fall in love with the team and our system. If you have a scarcity mentality when it comes to the packs, or feel you want to answer all their questions you are going to be in for some frustration and no duplication.
There are several things that have been put in motion for YOU to leverage to get the same kind of explosion that Claude and Lana Hamilton have demonstrated this past weekend. First off all of Chris Brady’s teams have come to go there under the umbrella of Rascal Nation. We will still go by our individual teams: team Maximus-Galileo, team Maximus-Spartacus etc. Chris has a firstname.lastname@example.org. Over the last day or two we been collecting the commitments on all of team Maximus within the Round table groups of who and how many power player points we are willing to provide for the next major. I know that not everybody is motivated by competition. In my mind competition however keeps us honest. We tell people we had the greatest business in the world we ask in the sign up with us we tell them they can make money but the best way for us to prove that we have the greatest business in the world is to demonstrate that were willing to work together as a team for each other’s success not just our own. Chris will be keeping track of each power player that breaks on his website. Not the specific numbers but percentages of the goal met so far. All of the Roundtable percentages goal met and their teams will be posted and updated regularly.
Chris and Terry Brady have been some of the biggest servants that I’ve ever known in my entire life. They give it their all because they know my future and the future of many other people’s success are on the line. I’ve never seen them act selfish. It was not too exciting for me to watch them not be the source of the most power players this past weekend. This time around I plan on doing my part. Chris Brady will hold regular go-getter conference calls in order that we can leverage it for ourselves and new Team Members. The first one will be November 6. By then, everybody is required to have held six plans since the major in order to be on the call. I would say everybody’s goal is really just to be a power player every 30 days. So go-getter is a forgone conclusion for EVERYONE. If that hasn’t happened for you in the past it’s now time to change your thinking. The current is going to be rushing so fast that if you’ll do the work it will be hard for you not to get a goal.
The question is will your teams work together or they work like individuals will they form death squads and use a the squeeze board and keep track of their plans and be accountable to each other which surely will require putting the Team agenda above a personal agenda sometimes. These are all the things that make it go fast- people working together. I believe team Maximus has some of the best leaders in the whole country and it’s time to let our colors shine. It’s also time to contribute back to Chris and Terry Brady for the opportunity of a lifetime that they have given to us. They are some of the biggest leaders in the world and deserve my best because they have always given me theirs. Let’s really KCB this time!
Raised on a farm, I am blessed to have parents who taught me the value of education and respecting an earned dollar through hard work. I was always a serious student, and I learned how to get good grades, but what I enjoyed most were the leadership roles I had in student council, colorguard, and other organizations. Learning how to inspire and serve others was exhilarating as we worked together toward our goals. This is where I felt the most alive. I had a strong desire to change the world, and I thought becoming a lawyer might be the answer.
After a series of seemingly random events, I decided to go to Kansas State University to pursue a double major in Architecture and Architectural Engineering. My advisor told me this seven-year dual-degree program was a combination of the most time-consuming degree and the second-most difficult degree. Being choleric, I smugly accepted the challenge. I made that decision at 17 years old, and I never looked back no matter how many people advised me otherwise over those seven years. One of those people was my mom, who half-way through this program sent me a letter. She added up all the years I had left until I had both licenses, and told me how old I would be. She then asked me if I had considered how a marriage and family would fit into my plan. I didn’t know. I was so career-driven, that it hadn’t occurred to me the sacrifices I was blindly making in other areas of my life. It would be several more years before I would realize this for myself.
The greatest blessing during college was meeting Ryan. I immediately knew he was the one for me, though I didn’t think I deserved him. He graduated before me, so we had a long-distance relationship for three years, and then the next year, I lived in Houston for a healthcare architecture fellowship. The next year, we were married and decided to make St. Louis our home. I got a great job at a well-known architecture firm and continued working in healthcare. This was a very promising career track for me professionally, but it required a lot of travel and overtime.
After a few years of this lifestyle, it finally began to occur to me that I wanted more than just a successful career, thanks to my husband’s leadership. He saw more for us than what was defined by the lifestyle of two architects. He began to dream about where and how we would live if we could choose. I was reluctant to dream-build with him, because I didn’t know how we would put food on the table. He said he didn’t know, but we would figure it out, and he started trying. We explored options in real estate, inventions, and self-employed business ventures, to no avail. We now know that the reason those weren’t successful, is because we were relying on information we already knew to make them work. We didn’t know what we didn’t know, and it was hurting us.
It wasn’t until we were reacquainted with my hometown friends, Brandon & Kristina Brazier, that we learned the answers lie in new information from people who have what we want in LIFE. Brandon showed Ryan the plan for the Team opportunity after he realized how dissatisfied we were in the rat race of corporate America. Ryan tried to explain it to me, and I didn’t get it, but I trusted Brandon and Ryan’s judgment. We went to a monthly seminar, and the rest is history. We didn’t understand much about the business, but we knew that these were people who had what we wanted and they were willing to help us. We saw how applicable this information could be in our personal and professional lives. Being around the people in LIFE awoke in me the same exhilaration I had in high school leadership roles, mostly the love of learning how to truly make a difference.
Being career-driven, I had some things to learn from LIFE. I didn’t know it was possible to earn my freedom and live my priorities instead of my obligations. I didn’t know I could earn a living without having to separate how the Bible says I’m supposed to live my life. I didn’t know the joy of making an eternal difference in other people’s lives by helping them with their marriage, parenting, faith, or finances. I didn’t know how desperately this country needs freedom restored, and that I can help. I didn’t know that retirement has nothing to do with age. I didn’t know my purpose-the thrill of pursuing God’s definition of a woman of excellence. I didn’t know how to be a wife of excellence. I didn’t know the peace that comes from my husband being the spiritual leader of our home. I didn’t know that being a mom is the most rewarding, challenging, fulfilling and significant career I could ever have, and thanks to our results in LIFE, I now have job security as a full-time mom!
My dream to change the world is coming true thanks to the LIFE business that Chris Brady & Orrin Woodward have designed and implemented. We are grateful to the Braziers for introducing us to the Team’s systematic approach to a better LIFE, and for the coaching of Chris & Marcia Robinson and mentoring of Mark & Rita Haas in the areas of Faith, Family, Finances, Freedom, Following, Fitness, Fun and Friends. Do yourself, your friends, and your family a favor and find out what you don’t know about LIFE! Your legacy depends on it.
What didn’t you know about LIFE that has impacted your legacy? Please share and post to FB.
Yesterday’s Scripture Sweet was Psalm 118:5. “I called upon the Lord in distress: the Lord answered me, and set me in a large place.” I’ve always found the Lord’s response to the Psalmist’s plea quite interesting. This morning as we discussed this scripture as a family several thoughts rang through my mind. This ancient recording does not read that the Lord answered him and “rescued him from his afflictions,” “lightened his load,” or “saved him from distress.” Instead, it simply states that he was answered by being set in a large place. I am struck by the reality that in the midst of personal adversity, He gives us room to grow. What a blessing this is!! Yes, he commands perfection (Matthew 5:48), and He offers us His grace along our journey.
I am blessed with friends and family that have also “set me in a large place.” I feel their grace also as they have repeatedly given me room to grow on my journey through this mortal life. Michelangelo once shared, “Every block of stone has a statue inside it, and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” As the stone is carved away, the David beneath is revealed. In that sense, there’s nothing to attaining perfection either. With the help of the Almighty, we can remove all the obstacles in our life that would stand in the way of perfection. In a grander sense, our inner Davids slay our personal Goliaths on a daily basis.
How is this accomplished? In many ways, the task seems insurmountable. In enters LIFE and the Mental Fitness Challenge. Yes, our greatest tool for perfection is God’s word. However, we have been given companion tools that are specifically designed to help us along our journey. The Mental Fitness Challenge (MFC) designed by Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward is a revolutionary way to start our journey to perfection! Changes come best if we take one item at a time. The MFC starts out by offering us a baseline view of ourself through the Self-Assessment and 360 degree feedback. By examining our Wheel of LIFE we can target key areas of our life that are those pieces of stone ready for crumbling. When we perform the daily steps of the MFC…reading 15 minutes, listening to two audios, watching the video, reviewing our goal, and taking specific action toward that goal…we are chiseling away at the sculpture waiting to be revealed. The Challenge Group environment helps us to see how the mallet is working in the lives of other LIFE members and customers, and our chisels are sharpened through the LIFE subscriptions and LIFE’s coaching and mentoring process.
What better way to achieve perfection than by focusing on one area at a time! Striving for perfection in business? home? family? Begin with one area in your life and become perfect in it! Add trust in your relationships by becoming perfect at always being on time. Show your wife you love her by becoming perfect at speaking her love language. Increase your health and wellness by becoming perfect at quitting smoking. Grow your business by becoming perfect at edifying and validating those you work with. Share optimism by becoming perfect at avoiding negative self talk.
We have been set in a large place. As pebbles in God’s canyon, He awaits the discovery of our boulder within.
A Hard working Man Learned how LIFE is so much more!
It was just a hand full of years ago when my wife Annie (Dames) got an unexpected phone call that, we would soon find out, would change our life forever. I grew up in a small town in Missouri where I was able to witness and learn from hard working parents, what it took to “get by” and raise a family. I am one of six children and have the greatest family a man could ask for. Growing up the oldest boy, I would like to say that I learned first hand from my father the principles, thinking, and character it took to be successful as a husband, father, and spiritual leader in my home, but that is not my story.
I want to point out that I have a great father, and I can say that because I have learned things from him that I am able to still implement in my life, but he did not have the life or lifestyle that I wanted. I did learn from him one thing that I believe is a great trait to have as a man, and that is a strong work ethic. Because I learned to work hard, I soon realized that my work became a source of self-worth, or self-confidence. I found myself working 80-90 hours a week with a wife and 3 small children at home.
Not having any other options in my life but to “work hard”; I thought I was on the right track. With much doubt where our financial future was headed, Annie got the phone call. It was then we were introduced to the Team. I got really excited about the financial opportunity that the Team and eventually the LIFE Business had to offer! Working through all the skepticism, the questions, and a wife that was not excited about pursuing anything more, I seen a great opportunity to get us out of the financial trap that I was in. Thanks to Kevin Cobb, he was a great turning point in my life because he met me where I was at, not only by helping me in my finances, but also giving me the information in the 8 F’s. He also introduced me to the association where I learned the most valuable thing in my life! Define, Learn, Do!
I did not realize that by simply defining what I want my life to look like, (in the 8F’s) learning from someone or a proven system that has fruit on the tree, and then doing what they did, that I would then start to see things change in my life. I would then have the successes that I was looking for.
This is where I would like to thank my personal Life Coach and mentor, Mark Haas for his example and having done what is required to have results and the fruit on the tree to learn from. Also, Orrin and Laurie Woodward, and Chris and Terri Brady for developing the world’s best proven business information system. This system has helped me to grow in my family life, leadership skills, character, and relationships.
Ultimately I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for his love, grace, and mercy! God Bless!
A Man learns systematic Success from LIFE and its mentors!
Scott & Angie Ballah
I always had great examples to follow in the area of hard work which is required to achieve success in anything. It was only after being introduced to the Team system and our future mentors Mark and Rita Haas that I realized I had found a cure for the “pain” I had endured as an engineer. Chris Brady, Orrin Woodward, and Mark Haas taught me that hard work alone will just make a person tired. Hard work coupled with a system and the correct information is the true key to success.
I can remember sitting at my desk during work hours and being extremely frustrated about our financial situation and not having a way to be free to make my own choices. People would always tell me “you must be doing very well since you’re an engineer and your wife is a nurse”. Little did they know we were drowning in debt and having to spend more time away from each other and our twins at the time.
The first night I was introduced to the Team business system and what eventually became THE LIFE BUSINESS, I was extremely excited!! All of the dreams I had when I was in college that I thought would be provided through getting an engineering degree were awakened. At first, I only saw the financial benefit of the Team system and LIFE business. I have learned and applied so much about each of the 8 F’s of LIFE (Faith, Family, Finance, Fitness, Fun, Friends, Freedom, Following).
Our marriage and finances were a wreck. I didn’t have much of a spiritual background or foundation. Leadership was not in my vocabulary and I didn’t understand the importance of keeping our freedom (personal and national). I had plenty of friends and fun usually involving 12 ounce arm curls (the results of which were stated in the first sentence).
I am eternally grateful to the Haas’ and the Brady’s for steering me out of that train wreck through their mentorship and the books and CD’s in the LIFE business. Our marriage is amazing (twins plus 3 more)!! We have been able to get out of debt, pay cash for vehicles, help some family members financially, raise our children in a Christian home, have more friends and fun and find a purpose that will affect generations to come. LIFE will never be the same and I’m fired up about that!!!
In Christ, Scott “In a man’s heart, he plans his course but the Lord directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
He wrote an article about the Tim Tebow mania that’s happening right now with him starting for the Denver Broncos. He points out the many critics who can’t find anything good to say about him. Below is a portion of his article.
I can’t get over this. I love it. Leadership matters, character matters, attitude matters, but just like Chris Brady says, critics don’t. They don’t matter. It doesn’t matter if you’re playing football, becoming a better person or employee, or building a business. They don’t matter.
As much as we say critics don’t matter….Critics hurt. Critics destroy. How can we be mindful of our words and actions so that we do not become critics with our spouses or critics with our kids? Critics with our parents or siblings? Or even critics with our friends? I know for me, the LIFE information has helped me be less of a critic. I’m not saying I’m cured of my criticism habit, but I’m saying it’s gotten a lot better after getting better information. What is it that you like most about the LIFE information, is it the books, cd’s or the association?
“Welcome to Hollywood! Everybody has a dream! What’s your dream? What’s your dream? Hey mister, What’s your dream?” As the opening line to Pretty Woman (one of my favorite movies) points out, we all have dreams. Usually dreams don’t come true without sacrifice. Sacrifice can be defined as short term loss in return for a greater power gain. Sacrifice in the oldest records was that of human lives and animals. The more valuable the offering, generally, the more highly the sacrifice is regarded but the more difficult to make.
When my dream was to become an Architect, I had to leave my family and friends to go to college. I am very shy, so this was difficult for me. Growing up I was taught to go after what I wanted and I could do anything. My parents wanted a better future for me than what they had. When I was very young, they owned a health foods store. At some point the store was not doing well, and their finances went south. They lost their store and the house. I was too young to understand what was happening. They pushed on and on to provide for my sister and I, making sacrifices along the way that mine can’t even compare to.
A dream I always had growing up was to have a family. Ryan and I met during college. A year after I graduated we got married, we got a house, then we got a dog and a cat all within the same year. We both had good jobs, we worked on our house, and we enjoyed playing tennis. Five years later we had a beautiful baby girl. A lot of people asked me if I would stay home or go back to work. It wasn’t something I really considered because I just figured I would go back to work. How would we make it on 1 income? What kind of sacrifices would we have to make on 1 income? What would people think of me if I “quit” on my dream of becoming an Architect?
So, I went back to work full time. I was juggling home, family, work and trying to become an Architect by taking 7 exams. At this time (about 3 years ago) we were approached with TEAM by our good friends Ryan & Sarah. They asked me if I wanted to be a stay at home mom. I quickly answered “no”. I thought, “what are they talking about? How am I supposed to be an Architect if I stay at home?” We declined what they were offering.
A few years later we had another beautiful baby girl. I honestly considered staying at home this time. With the cost of daycare and rising gas prices, I questioned if it really made sense for me to continue to work. Plus, by now my dream of becoming an Architect had been put on the back burner. However, I went back to work full time again juggling everything. Since then, I feel like a chicken running around with my head cut off! We rush to get out the door in the morning, I rush around at work to get as much as possible done so that I don’t have to work any over time, I rush to pick the girls up at daycare, we rush to get dinner on the table, and we rush to get them to bed. This is our daily routine. I started to think “I’m going to have a heart attack before they even graduate from high school.”
This stressful busy life that society says makes us successful is just unhealthy. The worst part is that our only family time is on the weekends. We also started to go backwards in our finances. All of this was affecting our relationships. Ryan and I became short with each other, with our girls, and our patience was always running thin.
What a perfect time for Ryan and Sarah to re-approach us about LIFE! I was interested, but wasn’t sure we could make it work. Ryan & Sarah told me I would have to make sacrifices. I thought “why should I have to make sacrifices?” They were gracious enough to accept me where I was. Fortunately we don’t have to offer the lives of our kids or animals to become part of LIFE! I could tell my husband Ryan wanted this, so I agreed. I would hear people on CD’s talk about living your priorities. I realized how backwards my thinking had become. If my family was my priority, why wasn’t I making it my priority? We did need to change.
My new dream is to be a stay at home mom. I have to make sacrifices, but they are worth it. Believe in your dreams. Thank you Ryan & Sarah Fronick, Brandon & Kristina Brazier, and Chris & Marcia Robinson for believing in us!
Please share your LIFE “Dreams and Sacrifices” story and post to FB.
I’m telling ya, we have had some laughs over the years hanging out with Chris & Terri Brady and Orrin & Laurie Woodward! You’d think laughing and joking is all they’re in business for if you’re hanging out with Brady’s & Woodward’s in a casual setting. Mark’s best leadership advice is to, “qualify for everything”. There’s no chance you’d miss out on the FUN if you knew how FUN the FUN can be!! We suggest to qualify for everything and come see for yourself that our LIFE leaders sure know how to have FUN!
There’s a Proverb that states, “A happy heart makes the face cheerful,…” Prov. 15:13 another says, “A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.” Prov. 15:30. After every occasion with Chris & Terri my bones, and my guts too, just plain hurt from the continuous laughter. That kind of medicine can heal some serious wounds! They sure know how to lift the spirits of those around them and we have been willing victims! What a perfect gift to give, the gift of laughter!
Have FUN with me and lets see who can answer these silly riddles…..
1) What happens when you throw a green rock in the Red Sea?
2) What does an envelope say when you lick it?
3) What weighs more: a pound of lead or a pound of feathers?
4) What ten letter word starts with g-a-s ?
5) What word if pronounced right is wrong but if pronounced wrong is right?
6) How many animals did Moses take on the ark?
7) How many times can you subtract 5 from 25 ?
8) What was the tallest mountain in the world before Mt. Everest was discovered?
9) Why couldn’t Batman go fishing?
10) Solve this riddle YY U R YY U B, I C U R YY 4 ME
Comment with your fun experiences in LIFE and Share on FB ect!
As I attended one of the Team’s (co-founded by Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady) LIFE open meetings recently, the speaker discussed a concept taught by Napoleon Hill. In his book, he studied successful people and based on his research found four principles that successful people apply. I have not read the book (it’s on my list!) and am not claiming to be an expert, but one of the principles the speaker mentioned really spoke to me.
He said, “Have a definiteness of purpose backed by a burning desire to fulfill it.” To someone who isn’t around leadership principles, this may sound a little funny, or hard to understand. How can we have a definiteness of purpose in life if we’re just trying to make it through the day? How can we have a definiteness of purpose with our children if we’re just wishing they would hurry up because we’ve got ten thousand other things to do? How can we have a definiteness of purpose with our spouse if we don’t have time to spend good quality time with them?
My point is, what the speaker said hit me hard. It had an impact on my thinking. Immediately.
How many of us wish we could take a few minutes each day, put our worries and work aside, and spend good quality time with our spouse or children? Or wish we could take a look at our life and live by our priorities instead of our obligations? How much would life be different if we all lived by our priorities?
But that’s just the first part of the equation…the definiteness of purpose has to be backed by a burning desire to fulfill it. Ah ha. That’s the hard part. The desire to do whatever. it. takes. to fulfill our definiteness of purpose. Living by your priorities is not easy. It means letting the phone ring when you’re spending time with your children. It means leaving work at work, even though your work is not finished. It means taking the time to read books and apply the information you’ve learned, even though it’s easier to watch tv. It means being diligent with your finances even though it’s easier to use a credit card. It means doing the hard work and disciplining yourself in whatever area you define as your definiteness of purpose.
That’s what I love about the information that LIFE provides. It consistently gives us information to help us fulfill our definiteness of purpose. The LIFE information encompasses everything I mentioned above (time with your children, relationship with your spouse, growing personally, better finances, etc.) and more. We are so thankful that we got over our skepticism to actually take a look at the information. It truly has changed our lives. I now live with a definiteness of purpose AND a burning desire to fulfill it.
The gift-giving season has arrived and it reminds me of a book Terri Brady recommended related to parenting. It challenged me to consider the Family area of my LIFE, specifically in regards to honor and respect in the home. Honor was defined simply as “treating people as special, doing more than what’s expected, and having a good attitude.” Additionally, it went on to explain that showing honor is like giving a gift. When we treat others in dishonoring ways, it’s like giving dirt to them. On the contrary, when we show honor, we give them a daily gift worthy of sharing with others.
As an assertive and somewhat dominant (lol!) woman, my personality had affected our home environment. Our children were being raised as independent thinkers, yes, but ultimately, they knew that mommy and daddy had the “final say” in the home. Obedience didn’t seem to be a problem; yet, something was lacking. It didn’t take me long to recognize that “something” was honor. I can laugh now looking back how I attempted to “take charge” and bring honor into our home through an action plan of discussions on character related topics, reading classics, and associated reward charts. Initially we saw some change, but obviously I was missing the spirit of the book–honor through example.
We are commanded in God’s word to “prefer one another” (Romans 12:10). The New International Version states it like this, “Honor one another above yourselves.” At the heart of it, “preferring” one another really challenges our naturally selfish mindset. This type of honor is desperately needed in many homes across America, including our own. With the addition of our seventh little one, Chris and I were reawakened to this need. We are so grateful for the LIFE changing information we continue to receive through the LIFE subscriptions. Chris Brady’s recent LIFE cd on “giving happy” reminded me how we find true joy in service to others. Honor Based Parenting isn’t always easy, but as Orrin Woodward says, “Leaders don’t do things that are convenient, they do things that are needed.”
The author of the book I mentioned earlier stresses, “When we recognize a person’s value, it’s easy to give him or her honor.” We find ourselves blessed to be associated with people like Mark and Rita Haas, Chris and Terri Brady, and Orrin and Laurie Woodward. These LIFE leaders exemplify how to not only validate others, but to add value in their lives by pouring a bit of themselves into them.
Chris and I are proud to be part of the legacy of Team Maximus, where each of our affiliated Teams can unite under the banner of “Strength and HONOR.” We have found that STRENGTH resides in being part of a group of people that are committed to “treat people as special, do more than what’s expected, and have a good attitude.” Thank you, Mark and Rita for setting that example for us all.
“So what is the downside risk in this model? Hmm, let me think. . . The downside risk is that you might not enjoy the leadership training from two best selling leadership authors and business partners. If at any time you do not see the value in the leadership materials, you have a 30 day “no questions asked” return policy. Certainly within 30 days, you could discover whether the leadership materials is helping you or not, right?
The downside risk is negligible. But what about the upside reward? With a compensation plan that pays out 70% revenue points to anyone who achieves a minimum of 150 points of business, the networking game is changed forever.”
As our great friends Brandon & Kristina Brazier shared the information, our thought process was: “So you are telling me that we are going to subscribe to great principle-based leadership information from people with fruit on the tree (as opposed to those with only an opinion), associate with positive people who genuinely have a vested interest in helping others (as opposed to those who focus only on themselves), and have an opportunity to create a pipeline income over time (instead of the 45 year plan)? There is no commitment and I can vote with my wallet? As Orrin says, this became an IQ test. Sign me up!
Because we “took the downside risk” our lives have changed dramatically in each of the 8Fs in a positive way. I would like to thank my amazing (graceful) wife Sarah, an awesome team of Rascals, our coaches Chris & Marcia Robinson, our mentors Mark & Rita Haas, along with Chris & Teri Brady, Orrin & Laurie Woodward and the LIFE founders for having the vision and hunger to make a positive impact in this world by first growing themselves and then helping others grow – to a million and beyond!
Please share your LIFE ”downside risk & upside reward “ story and post to FB.
The TEAM and it’s Business called LIFE (founders #12 and #7 Leadership experts Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady, respectively) make all the difference for so many people by getting them the correct information and association.
Here is a testimony of TEAM LIFE from a great student on our team that we just had to share. A contacting session at a Major Leadership convention, led us to a gentleman who introduced us to Joe and Tori Blackburn and their daughter Lilian. Hilary and I have been so proud of these guys and how they have been open to change and an opportunity to impact their lives forever. A dream to provide for his family and a supportive wife, drove a hunger to learn that has advanced this young couple to dig in and find an opportunity for victory in a world that is full of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. They truly have a can do attitude.
One example is as Joe comments on, his solution to overcoming a financial obstacle to participate in the training system, was to quit smoking cold turkey. The simple solution was to shut off cable, but at that time that would have affected the rest of his family. So the one thing that he could control was a habit that was standing in the way of allowing him the opportunity for victory.
There is no doubt in my mind that these guys will find victory in TEAM LIFE. Only being involved a short time, they are already on track to hit first time go getter for the Dec 10th seminar. I hope this touches your heart like these guys have for Hilary and I. We all have a “Dream, Struggle, Victory” story inside us that is just waiting for a “YES TO LIFE” to awaken the true leader inside of us. Enjoy and God Bless!!!!! Here is a bit of Joe’s testimony in an email to me:
” Hey buddy I’m going to call you tonight and ask you about three C’s and I have 8 F’s and some guy just retired. ( Next day) ” Hey i forgot to call you last night but i want you to come to my house tonight. I’ve got some guys coming over and i will let you talk to one and you can get a free book and some CDs like me.”
Never in a million years did i think that would be the beginning of a huge turning point in my life. I am so glad that I decided to go that night and that my friendship was strong enough to “take a look.”
Due to the information I got that night and some good people who were interested in my needs for some strange reason, I’ve experienced change, Not in clothing or cars, but a change in views, a change in direction, and a change in heart. I have detected a purpose, discovered strengths, grown, learned, smiled, cried, dreamed, struggled, and even won! And because of the sanguine I am, I woke up the next day and did it again. Its amazing the results that come out of life when you can put in a system of information that the TEAM/LIFE has.
The truths told are undeniable. Such as:
1) What a true leader is and what it means to lead your household.
2) I realized that me working hard was great but not when my ladder was leaning against the wrong wall. So I’ve gone from poor to broke,
3) I’ve become a former smoker,
4) and a follower of all who truly have fruit on the tree.
5) This information and the team has been a humbling beginning on the start of this journey because I now truly appreciated life in ways I did not before.
6) Instead of smoking, I save,
7) Instead of T.V .I read,
8) Instead of radio, I learn and grow
9) Instead of playing, I perform.
10) I’ve recently been promoted in work because of the personal development I have received through the training system.
11) I have a lifelong obligation to get this into as many homes as possible.
12) The quality time spent with a T.V. is now spent with my daughter and wife.
13) The money that was wasted is now invested.
14) The desires that were dreams are now a mere future…and what was once lost is now found.
I am so thankful for the TEAM and LIFE and Orrin and Laurie Woodward, Chris and Terri Brady and so many more. And I invite everyone to go get your dreams. Jump on this opportunity. Believe in yourself and Don’t Give Up! We were meant for something more! I believe we were meant for a million more! This is your life. Make it count! God Bless!
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Orrin Woodward’ and TEAM ‘s Motto is a Great Motto. Recently, I was driving along the highway and noticed, to the right, a billboard. It took me 10 seconds to drive past, notice, read, internalize, ponder about, and finally come to a conclusion how the message on this billboard would inspire me. The local hospital’s slogan were the only words. It read, “Make a Difference”. My eyes were immediately attracted to these 3 words similar to our Team motto being, “Have Fun, Make Money, Make a Difference”.
My thoughts wondered what that same motto would mean to another business. Most likely, for this hospital, Make a Difference would mean; we will heal your broken bones and give you fast emergency care, or we know just the right medication for your physical healing, you know the list that would go on and on.
For me, and my involvement with The Team founded by Orrin & Laurie Woodward, the slogan Make a Difference has a different meaning. Nearly unable to find the perfect words for paper, Make a Difference to me means to heal my spirit, give me hope while improving my daily thinking. Because the Team has lead me through a love of learning, I have access to better thinkers, mentors and positive friends where I most likely would not have found throughout my lifetime. The Team’s difference has given me a life that completely reduces the negative aspects and elevates and improves everything that is positive about my life.
Recently, some of the ladies on my team got together for a book discussion. I asked the question, “How has the Team training system improved your life?” I want to share a few of the responses, in my words.
“We were tired of hanging around our high school friends and needed a group of people going in the same direction.”
“I love my kids growing up in the Team and getting better thinking, they love the cd’s!” …Her children are 6,4, & 1.
“I overheard my 6 year old daughter sharing the gospel with her cousin which never would have happened before.”
“I have always been a reader of self improvement books and always looked for others who did the same and now I’ve found you!”
A lady who is able to listen to cd’s most of the day said, “I have to take a 20 minute break from cd’s! I love them so much!”
Another lady who was already very involved politically in changing the country said, “The Team has made my life come full circle. I already had a purpose and the system came along right beside and made that purpose stronger.”
How many businesses could claim to make this kind of “Difference” in people’s lives?
Thank you to Orrin & Laurie Woodward and Chris & Terri Brady for producing a system of information that will Make a Difference one person at a time, one family at a time.
All the detail about how The LIFE business will work. The transition from TEAM to LIFE and So much more. You will watch all the recognition of all the new achievers. The floor will be blanketed with power player (there is still room for you) The front sections will have the existing and 14 new (so far) round table members.
On January 1st of each year people start a new year, and the next January 1st its the same as last year. But on October 21st we all prepare to start a NEW LIFE business for November 1st. You next 12 months will not be the same as the last, because you are beginning LIFE and for the first time in a long time and maybe for some ever, you can have the LIFE you always wanted.
Be a contributor not just a spectator, and please leave comments below.
Rita and I want to know what LIFE represents to you and your future. Go ahead….SHARE your thoughts and don’t miss a thing in Columbus this weekend. and don’t even let anyone stay behind.
Over the passed eight years with The Team lead by Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady, I have had the extreme privilege to be around, befriend and be mentored by some of the most courageous people I have ever met.
My perception of courage before joining this organization was more of the tough guy with the big muscles, big truck and bad attitude. This concept was birthed in a myriad of TV shows, movies and bad association.
However, I realized after being around people of character, reading biographies of courageous individuals (e.g. Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, William Wilberforce, Winston Churchill) and studying the Bible, my understanding of courage has been greatly changed and expanded. In Gus Lee’s book Courage: The Backbone of Leadership, he defines courage as “the mental and moral strength to venture, persevere and withstand danger, fear or difficulty.” In Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady’s book Launching a Leadership Revolution, they state “courage is not action without fear but action in spite of fear.”
This was a total paradigm shift for me!! After gaining this knowledge and reflecting on my past, I can definitely point to times of courage displayed by my father and brother. Now I see acts of courage displayed by multiple people in many arenas from the widowed mother with no experience or education sacrifice to provide for her family to the rehabilitated drug addict fight every day to stay clean to the father who just lost a job and has to figure out how to pay the bills and feed his family. Mostly, I have to thank Chris Brady, Orrin Woodward and Mark Haas for being men of courage in a nation that has lost its way. These three men and many of the people in the teams they lead have sacrificed so much for so many standing in the face of fear for the posterity of our nation.
We live in a culture today where lives are lived (or dead and waiting to be buried) vicariously through sports, TV shows, movies and various other forms of entertainment. Men and women of courage are desperately needed to fill the leadership void our nation is experiencing.
I recently had the privilege to meet a young man that originates from the Congo at a LIFE business meeting. He has risked everything to get to America in order to pursue the dream that many of us have forgotten or have never had the courage to chase. He and his wife came to this country with no money, no form of income and no housing only a dream to be free. He takes a job that is well below his capabilities (speaks six languages, very well educated) in order to provide for his family while he seeks his dream. I am introduced to him at the LIFE meeting by some of our very close friends and he says, “This meeting is going to be a turning point for me and my wife. This is why I came to America.” Courage!!
At the same meeting, I am introduced to a man who was born here and has done well financially until recently due to market volatility. After being introduced to this gentleman, I asked him if he was excited about the possibilities with the LIFE business and his future. He said, “It’s not for me.” I forgot to say he was massively stressed because of finances and didn’t know how he was going to make it.
Two men at the same meeting with vastly different backgrounds, one chasing a dream founded on courage and the other chasing a paycheck and surviving, make a decision that will be a turning point for each of them. It’s time for us as a nation to be courageous. Where are you men of courage?
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid. Do not be discouraged; for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
I used to never set goals. But through reading and mentorship, over the last several years, I have purposely set some goals. I’m amazed at how things can come together. When you are serious about the goal, not only do you have an organized method for ensuring the completion of the goal, but also, all your subconscious efforts start focusing on hitting the target. You begin to accomplish things and think of more ways to get things done faster and bigger than what was originally thought. In addition someone might see you demonstrate the value of your words with action and they might decide to follow you and help. (influence)
Here are a few tips on setting Goals:
1) Goals should be written and specific and have a time on them.
2) Set up some form of accountability
3) Develop a plan or strategy to execute the Goal (get advice from an expert especially if experience is low)
4) Measure your progress and adjust the plan if necessary
5) Visualize your completion and reward
6) Reward your self appropriately for achieving the goal
For example, recently, I began jogging for the first time in two years or more. I never liked jogging but I like to win. Time and distance are the standards used to measure jogging performance, so I set my goals to run a specific distance in a specific amount of time.
I set my first goal to be able to run two miles, all at once, without stopping by the end of the first week. The second week I set my goal to run the two miles in under 20 minutes.
Especially, since I’m not fond of jogging, I needed a way I would not weasel out on myself. I found an app for my iphone called ‘’Joggy Coach’’ which posted my times and routes on Facebook and Twitter. I also posted my goal there. This was my accountability and the ability to measure my progress in time and distance because it had a built in GPS.
My plan was to get up every morning and Run first thing. As I first began running, I wasn’t sure exactly how much route was two miles. I mapped out a best guess route. Then I used the app to keep track and I added distance along the way as I could tell my original route was falling short of the goal. (adjust the plan)
It was painful to run and often I wanted to quit. I began to visualize the effects of having to tweet “I’m a quitter” to motivate myself to finish. Since I rarely have time to listen to music anymore, I also set up my iphone to play some of my favorite motivating songs as a reward while I was running.
In addition, I added another incentive for running every morning by taking my motorcycle to the park and running there. The reward was that it felt very refreshing on the way home riding after a run with the cool morning air blowing on hot skin.
Setting goals is an effective leadership building habit. As my two boys saw me being dedicated to following through on my commitment to myself, they started demanding that they go with me. Influence! My disciplined goal following formula I learned from The TEAM and Orrin Woodward. His influence is now being paid forward and influencing my boys to set goals for LIFE.
How can you really retire in today’s world? What is the secret? What kind of LIFE can you lead by changing your thinking?
My husband Scott and I had both worked hard our entire lives. We had great examples in our parents who believed in an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay.
We both pursued Bachelor of Science degrees in our field, his engineering and mine nursing. I can remember feeling so confident in the conventional thinking we had followed. It seemed; however, as time clicked by that the results of our choices were not what we had hoped. We had accumulated a lot of debt with student loans, car notes, a mortgage and various credit card debt.
After five years of marriage we felt it was hard to just keep our heads above water each month let alone pursue the priority we had set of me being a stay at home mom.
Through a mutual friend, Scott and I were introduced to Mark and Rita Haas who became instrumental in being able to turn our life around. Mark had been mentored by Chris Brady and plugged into information Chris and his partner Orrin Woodward had systematized for several years Through being a great student of Chris and Orrin and the information they made available on leadership, finances and relationships, Mark was able to guide us to take control of our own finances and lead others to do the same
We learned to delay our gratification and pay off our debt. New habits of thinking about long term goals and not impulsively living for the moment financially were common in the communities of people that influenced our lives! By following their example and applying the same principles we had learned about being a good student and working hard I have been able to be a stay at home mom for over 7 ½ years.
The impact of being able to prioritize my time with our children has completely changed our family. It certainly allows us choices in slowing down to enjoy the day to day moments as our children grow. No longer being reliant on a job for income has also allowed us to homeschool our children. The most precious gift this decision has offered us is the ability to be the main influence in our children’s lives…priceless!