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A Visitor from the Past

I am so excited to share a link to an article Orrin Woodward posted this morning:  The Story of the LIFE Business .

It was a welcome read and is increasing the anticipation I have for the release of the book Leadershift.

The following is something I wanted to save somewhere I could easily find it later, and was moved by when it was shared from stage by a successful leader and more recently by a friend of mine.  Whether one agrees or disagrees, I think it gets a person thinking just as the article and book bio shared above will, and a thinking people is exactly what we all need.  Enjoy!

A VISITOR FROM THE PASTfounders

(Thelen Paulk)

I had a dream the other night, I didn’t understand.

A figure walking through the mist, with flintlock in his hand.

His clothes were torn and dirty, as he stood there by my bed.

He took off his three-cornered hat, and speaking low, he said:

“We fought a revolution, to secure our liberty.

We wrote the Constitution, as a shield from tyranny.

For future generations, this legacy we gave.

In this, the land of the free and the home of the brave.

“The freedom we secured for you, we hoped you’d always keep.

But tyrants labored endlessly while your parents were asleep.

Your freedom gone, your courage lost, you’re no more than a slave.

In this, the land of the free and home of the brave.

“You buy permits to travel, and permits to own a gun,

Permits to start a business, or to build a place for one.

On land that you believe you own, you pay a yearly rent.

Although you have no voice in choosing, how the money’s spent.

“Your children must attend a school that doesn’t educate.

Your Christian values can’t be taught, according to the state.

You read about the current news, in a regulated press.

You pay a tax you do not owe, to please the I.R.S.

“Your money is no longer made of Silver or of Gold.

You trade your wealth for paper, so your life can be controlled.

You pay for crimes that make our Nation, turn from God in shame.

You’ve taken Satan’s number, as you’ve traded in your name.

“You’ve given government control, to those who do you harm,

So they can padlock churches, and steal the family farm,

And keep our country deep in debt, put men of God in jail,

Harass your fellow countrymen, while corrupted courts prevail.

“Your public servants don’t uphold the solemn oath they’ve sworn.

Your daughters visit doctors, so their children won’t be born.

Your leaders ship artillery, and guns to foreign shores,

And send your sons to slaughter, fighting other people’s wars.

“Can you regain the freedom for which we fought and died?

Or don’t you have the courage, or the faith to stand with pride?

Are there no more values for which you’ll fight to save?

Or do you wish your children, to live in fear and be a slave?

“People of the Republic, arise and take a stand!

Defend the Constitution, the Supreme Law of the Land!

Preserve our Great Republic, and GOD-Given Right!

And pray to GOD, to keep the torch of Freedom burning bright!”

As I awoke he vanished, in the mist from whence he came.

His words were true, we are not Free, we have ourselves to blame.

For even now as tyrants, trample each GOD-Given Right,

We only watch and tremble, too afraid to stand and fight.

If he stood by your bedside, in a dream, while you’re asleep,

And wonders what remains of our Rights he fought to keep,

What would be your answer, if he called out from the grave:

“IS THIS STILL THE LAND OF THE FREE AND HOME OF THE BRAVE???”

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LIFE

A very influential teacher, Ann Kerkenbush, shared this with me in eighth grade.  I hung on to it, as she recommended, for a time in the future when I may need it or it would be fitting to use again.  Little did I know that she had delivered a little clue of our destiny that day.  The LIFE business and community have made and eternal impact on us and so many others!  I shared this last night at the open meeting and wanted to put it here for those who asked for a copy.  Have a great day!

Life is ~

     a gift * open it

     a joy * share it

     a pleasure * have some

     a game * play it

     a ball (yes an orange round ball – okay I added that part) * catch it

     a joke * laugh

     an experience * live it

     an offer * accept it

     a dream * make it 

                          come true

by Eileen Kreutz

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EXCITING!

Hey guys, check this out from Orrin Woodward.

Happy Birthday LIFE!

Team Stealth is on a mission and the LIFE business is where it is at.  Check out the details, get involved with the community and realize a future living the life you have always wanted.

In the words of some amazing leaders we are proud to follow (Steve and Jamie Leurquin), “This is our time!”

God Bless,

The Fishers

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This is an amazing post from one of the LIFE founders, Dan Hawkins.  The more I hear and share the story of Dan and Lisa in conjunction with their connection to this community, the more in awe I am of their accomplishments and how blessed we are to be a part of this.  Thanks for all you both do to serve so many, in so many ways.  Check this out!

 

http://danhawkinsleadership.com/2012/07/11/what-is-the-life-team-community/

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August 10, 2012 · 8:10 pm

College Business Entreprenuers

I received a copy of the following article from a business partner.  The author is unknown to us, but my friend was given a copy of it by her professor.  If the author ends up seeing this, please claim your work – I would love to give you the credit, as I feel this does an excellent job explaining what the many people who are joining the LIFE Team right now know or are learning.  Check it out and pass it on, I cannot imagine what I would be feeling if the job market, economy, outlook and financial state of our nation looked as it does today when I was going through or exiting college.  My prayer is that we can use this as one more tool to reach the many who are upside-down financially as they embark on their adult journey, disillusioned as they realize that much of what they paid for no longer applies or that there simply isn’t the number of people exiting the workforce to open up ample enough positions for them to fill.

God Bless,

Jammie

Why Every Student Should Start a Business

9 reasons to abandon your fear of start-up and launch a business today

With the economic downturn, students in all the major business schools have been dropping out of their entrepreneurship classes and transferring back to classes where they think they have a secure future. Students and professionals who were once planning to start businesses now have decided to go back to their cushy jobs. Everything is going back to normal. Or at least that is how it looks. Below are nine reasons why any student should start a business:

  1. You gain experience. Owning and running your own business is an incredible way to gain experience and credentials regardless of whether you decide to stay in business once you graduate. Jaime Gonzalez of Oklahoma State University received the highest job offer in his entire graduating class. Now, there are two kickers: First, he was the founder of an IT consulting company, and second, he had a 2.4 GPA. Hmmm…I wonder if starting a business helps in getting a better job when you graduate?
  2. You have nothing to lose. I think it’s safe to say that most students dip into their parents’ checkbook when it comes time to pay the bills. In general, students aren’t paying child support, rent, utilities and many other expenses. The worst thing that could happen if your business fails is that you get a job, have an incredible credential on your resume, and have experience that will increase your chances of success in the future. The best thing that can happen is that you’ll become the next Microsoft. I don’t know about you, but I think that is better than choosing between no job and jobs that you’re in just for the money.
  3. Two-thirds of millionaires are entrepreneurs, according to Thomas Stanley and William Dank, authors of The Millionaire Mind. If it’s the money you want, then consider entrepreneurship. You receive not only a salary, but also a lot of money if you’re lucky enough to sell your company or take it public. Michael Furdyk, a successful young entrepreneur, was able to sell his business, MyDesktop.com, for $1 million when he was 16 years old!
  4. You develop networking skills. You’ve likely heard that your network increases your net worth. Consider the fact that by running a business and constantly being in a business community, you will develop excellent contacts. If you choose to get a job after you graduate, you will have a great pool of people who will be more than happy to hire you or send your resume to somebody who wants to.
  5. You increase your value. Put simply, starting a business in college increases the value of “the brand called you” and gives you more options. For example, an entrepreneur with a large brand value can publish a book, star in a documentary movie (i.e., Startup.com), or go straight to the top of another company. I recently met one of the founders of Diversity Planet, a job site for minorities. He spent a year working very hard on the company and has since left to take a reporting job with Dateline NBC at the ripe age of 20! People don’t often don’t get an opportunity like that until they are much older.
  6. Operating a profitable business in the long-term is less risky than being an employee in the long-term. For example, just look at the recent economic downturn. Tens of thousands of people have been laid off. I can guarantee the owners of profitable businesses are still with the business. They will be the last people to go down with a ship. Business owners can have multiple streams of incomes from different customers. If you’re an employee, you only have one stream of income and therefore are bearing more risk
  7. You will learn more about yourself and what they don’t teach or prepare you for in school. Furthermore, entrepreneurship is the combination of all the disciplines of business. It includes knowledge of marketing, accounting, management and operations. Already having knowledge of these topics before you take classes on them allows you to see more clearly how everything applies. Also, you will be able to learn early on what subjects you like so you can make better decisions on what to major in and what industries to target.
  8. It is yours. You make the rules, create your own hours, work from wherever you want and choose who you want to work with. You can also pick what interests you the most in the world and then start a business that is related to that topic in some way. If you like art, you can start a design business. If you like marketing, you can create or choose a product and then market it. If you like writing, you can write a book and do your own public relations and marketing. If you like the Internet, you can start a Web development business.
  9. You’ll grow. I personally have grown a lot from owning a business. I used to be terrified to speak in front of others. Now I look forward to it. Before owning a business, I had probably read a total of five books outside of school, and I only read them because my mom made me. Since starting my business, I’ve probably read more than 100 books. The business has also allowed me to learn more about myself. I know that I will be an entrepreneur forever in some way, shape or form!

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Banana Split

Through our connection to the LIFE community and the information provided by leaders like Orrin and Laurie Woodward and Dan and Lisa Hawkins, my family has been inspired to grow our faith.  We have begun the process of developing a family culture; not only appreciating each other, but also the time we’ve been given as a family.  This is something that I formerly didn’t understand the true value of.  The following video is about an idea one mom had to make the most of her short time with her son, and use their situation to create awareness for people around the world to take the time to cherish a moment, and a banana split, with the ones they love.  I challenge everyone to do this, not only to honor Ryan and his mother, but to honor those you cherish most with your #1 asset: your time.

May God bless Ryan, his mother, and you!

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Success in LIFE: Brian and Amy Christian

New Turbo 25 on LIFE Team

Brian and Amy Christian came into the information LIFE offers with two children, a mortgage, a home improvement loan, a car payment, a truck payment, a camper payment, and a Great Dane. They both came from bigger families and were told to get good grades, graduate college, and get a good job and you will be great! They had a good marriage, but were not able to spend time together due to their careers and everything else they juggled. Brian has worked for a water conditioning company for over 20 years, since he was a teenager. He found his passion working as a paid on call firefighter. He served on boards for the department and was a firefighter of the year. Amy worked with delinquent youth and individuals with disabilities to help them obtain employment. She served on many community committees, local chambers of commerce and was a big sister for Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Amy was openly looking for another way of life! Daily she would cry going to work after dropping off her kids at daycare. Amy was contacted by an old coworker and Dan and Lisa Hawkins showed her this idea. She jumped at it! Brian was not as excited, but wanted to support her.

They said the impact the LIFE business has had on their family is beyond measure. Every single part of their lives has been touched by this information. They continue to grow everyday in their faith, marriage, relationships and parenting.   They are down a home improvement loan, a car payment, a truck payment, a camper payment, and a Great Dane, and have added a 7-year-old Labrador.  Amy is home schooling their children and they have lunch with Brian everyday.

Their son Nash states, “The biggest rewards from LIFE are that his Dad and Mom are working together to help other people.  Even though they have to leave us with a babysitter sometimes; it is worth it!” He feels having Mom at home and home schooling are the best. Nash love to write the names of the people that we are helping up on our patio door.

Maren, their daughter, thinks that the biggest blessing is Jesus Christ in their lives. She loves that her family all worked together to hit their goal. She liked calling her Dad and telling him each person they helped get this information on the way toward hitting their goal.

Amy said, “As a family we talked about our goal everyday and what the schedule was, so that we all knew what our roles. Once you get principle-based thinking in your head and in your family culture, the family unit becomes so strong.”

Brian and Amy feel it is their calling to bring back strong families to our nation.  We see them constantly growing, serving their team, their community and individuals who they know in whatever areas that they can.  Their family had a goal to hit in order to a hotel and indoor water park, and they did it!  The faith and perseverance to run together no matter how long or what it took to hit this goal tells us that this family is on track to live out their calling and lead many others to do the same.  At a time when our nation needs it most and in a situation where they could have chosen to leave well enough alone, the Christians chose to stand up and lead.  We are thankful for their example and achievements, and excited for what is to come.

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