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Put Me in Coach, I’m Ready to Play!

For many, we enter fields of endeavor, whether personal or professional, with high aspirations.  Most never begin a project or game they don’t intend to complete, master or win.  One of the keys to success, though, can often be linked back to the coaching one receives along the journey.  For myself, I have been blessed to be a part of many winning organizations,with amazing coaches, through athletics in high school and at Lakeland College.  But also more recently, in entrepreneurship with the LIFE business powered by LIFE training.  Richard, my husband, and I were talking this evening about some areas where we want to grow and to help others. I was reminded of the times, not only when I was playing, but later as time passed, when I was coaching.  It was a very difficult role for me for many reasons, but one was because I was used to being able to jump out on the floor, when I had the opportunity, and personally do something about what was going on.  I received coaching and then would do my best to execute,my former opponents, teammates and coaches could argue the effectiveness of that execution, but the point remains that as a member of a team you can physically DO something to directly impact the outcome.  As a coach, the role changes.  And whether on the court, field, or mat it is no longer an option to go and do-now the game is to equip, guide and inspire.  Coaching in the classroom and the field of business follow much the same principles.

The main idea we were discussing was that, as a basketball coach, while still playing a part on the team I never once considered stepping foot on the court during a game to make a free throw for a player whose shooting percentage was lower than mine.  My role was to lead.  I have often heard Orrin Woodward, an undeniably successful leader, author and life coach, say “Do only the things that only you can do.”  I have heard others share, never do for someone what they can do for themselves.

For me, the difficulty to follow this advice is rooted in multiple areas.  I was used to being a performer on the team directly and in a coaching capacity I had to work to equip other performers with skills I could demonstrate in front of them in practice and answer questions about, but it takes relinquishing control to allow them the opportunity to succeed or fail on their own merit.  Not being in control can be hard.  When you take this off the court where there is no referee there to stop you, it can be easier to jump in and do and maintain control rather than to grow oneself or develop the skill set to equip and inspire others.  In the short-term, the job or task looks done, the team or organization may even experience success on the surface, you may be heralded or recognized for saving the day, but ultimately no one can move forward because still only one person is necessary and convinced they can complete the task and will always therefore be required to be there to do it.  I look at players on business teams where the coach is always willing to step in and do what needs to be done or in classrooms where I saw the teacher do for a student in order to “help” them get a better grade and those players and students confidence and skill would never grow.  There is something to be said for being in the trenches with your teams, but personal confidence, competency and knowledge that ones contribution is needed for the team to succeed grow when people are inspired to action and allowed to do the tasks, however poor the execution, with their coach alongside them to plan, course correct, encourage, and adjust over time.

There are many other factors that play into this and that are required to move through the 5 levels of leadership that Woodward and Chris Brady discuss in their book, Launching a Leadership Revolution, but if the coach is always there to do the things that he is “trying” to teach others to do, eventually there is no need for the others and no one for the aspiring coach to lead.

I checked out some of the commonalities found in the winningest coaches and wanted to share them-they have certainly cemented some of my thoughts and shed light on areas where I can improve.  Check it out:

1.  Passion for what you do

2.  Patience

3.  Endurance

4. Focus on the players, on and off the field: encouraging them to strive to beat their personal best and finding unique and genuine ways to communicate that.

When I look at Coach Nikki Forster, Coach April Arvan, Coach Jane Bouche, and coaches today in my life: Steve and Jamie Leurquin and Dan and Lisa Hawkins I see all of these four of these traits represented at a high level.  I am thankful for their example and excited to continue the journey of learning to do what they have achieved mastery in, coaching and leading.

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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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Fisher’s LIFE Subscription Top Ten – April 2012

1.  A lot of times the first idea that hits your subconscious mind becomes the strongest one and sometimes gets stuck in there.

2.  People have control of only three things in life:  the thoughts you think, the images you visualize and the actions you take.

3.   What a budget does is take the impulse out of buying.

4.  Define success because that gives you a starting point.

5.  You can save a lot of money when you pack something to eat verses eating out.

6.  Your kids are gonna learn about the birds and the bees from someone by age 7, and the first one they hear it from will form their foundational thoughts about it.

7.  Don’t let the next five years go by without defining some milestones for yourself.

8.  “My religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed,”  Andrew “Stonewall” Jackson.

9.  It’s not so much about what you do, it’s about who you are.

10.  As we start to fix problems, we start to see the real problem is us.

Thanks so much to everyone who makes it possible for us to get this life-changing information!

Richard and Jammie Fisher

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UFC and MMA – How About MFC?

In the field of MMA and UFC there is a term called fight camp.  It’s an intense period of sustained training, usually carried out over eight to ten weeks before a scheduled bout.  It’s during this camp when trainers and partners help prepare a competitor for an upcoming bout.

The movie Warrior captures the intense determination it takes to compete in this field, along with an inspiring story of a family through the dream, struggle and victory. We had the chance to see this movie and I appreciated the many parallels one can draw from it to life.

For many, though, our only way to participate in sports at the professional level, is as an onlooker to someone else’s dream, struggle and victory experience.  In his most recent book, Resolved, Orrin Woodward so clearly lays out how to define and refine your purpose.  Then . . . fight camp!  MFC (mental fitness challenge) is the latest program in the LIFE community.  It offers an intense period of sustained training carried out over 13 weeks including audio and visual training, accountability partners, 360 degree feedback and much more.  The intention is that people are able to afford to tap into the knowledge base that propelled Woodward and many of his business partners to top levels of leadership and success in many areas of life.  Then that information is applied directly to the goal in whatever area, arena or vocation one chooses.  Check out the details from Orrin and co-founder of LIFE, Chris Brady.  If you are intrigued, don’t miss the chance to hear the rest of the program details live this weekend in Columbus, Ohio.

It is inspiring to think about the changes in the lives of people as goals are set, training is completed and people step in to the ring in passionate pursuit of their goals and ultimately their purpose.

Review the program, get started with your training and in no time it’ll be round one as you begin the fight for the life you’ve always wanted!

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Life Compensation Plan

We cannot overstate our excitement and anticipation for the details in this article and further details to come on April 27-29!

1. Check this out:  Life Compensation Plan from Chris Brady.

2.  Secure your ticket and make plans to be there.

3.  Invite others who wish to grow themselves, help others find materials to do the same and profit in the process.

Richard and Jammie

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Fisher’s LIFE Subscription Top Ten – March 2012

Wow how time flies when you live in the northern tropics 😉  (our Wisconsin weather has been amazing!).  Here we are closing out another month and we are reminded of a famous quote:  Time flies when you’re having fun – check out your LIFE subscription to find entertaining and useful information in all 8 F’s.

  1. The U.S. government has been on the greatest debt binge of all human history and the day of reckoning is coming.
  2. The U.S government sent 2.3 trillion dollars in direct payments to U.S. citizens, and collected 2.2 trillion dollars from taxpayers – did we actually pay out more than we took in?  What about the rest of our bills?
  3. Leadership stands for two things: it stands for our purpose in life, which was a design by our Creator and it was also defined for the difference leaders make in a cause for that purpose and that is what we stand for!
  4. Edification is not a trick to make your life easier.
  5. Focus on what people do right, not what they do wrong; be a good finder.
  6. Today’s the Day!
  7. To buy things you don’t really need with money you don’t have to impress people you don’t even like; it’s what we call keeping up with the Jones’.
  8. Often the difference between a successful marriage and a mediocre one is leaving three to four things left unsaid daily.
  9. Most of the time, someone who is not organized in their office is not organized in their finances.
  10. Success equals information plus action.

We hope this finds you as excited as we are about this information and the ramifications of it on the lives of those receiving it, as well as those they touch.  What spoke to you from a LIFE subscription this month?  We encourage you to take the things that did and apply quote #10.  You can do it!

Richard and Jammie

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