Posted by Scott Ballah on 21st December 2011
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 a man’s heart, he plans his course but the Lord directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
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Posted by Mark Haas Jr on 18th October 2011
Congo Courage or American Arrogance
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
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