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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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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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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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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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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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