Rumor, Heresy, Popular Opinion

25 11 2011

Nearly ten years ago, we were introduced to a couple gentlemen, Orrin Woodward and Mark Huber. This introduction was made possible by our new found friend Bill Lewis. We had just became a part of a growing organization of people that were dedicated to work together to improve the lives of anyone that would be willing to step outside their comfort zone and utilize the seeds of greatness that GOD had planted in all of us at birth.                                

Everyone had their individual opinions about what we had become involved in, and we quickly came to realize that was what they were, opinions.

Orrin Woodward and Mark Huber and their wives Laurie and Anna, had come to our home town of Gladwin Michigan at the time to give back. They were teaching at the then Gillman Springs Church Camp. Orrin knew we were new to the Team Leadership Organization, and asked Bill if there were anything he could do for us to help speed up the growth of our team. We had heard a lot about Orrin and were anxious to make his acquaintance.

Within minutes of meeting Orrin and Mark, all of the rumors, heresies, and opinions of others were dispelled. We knew there was something different about Orrin and Mark that no one had brought to our attention except Bill Lewis. They were men of character and integrity.  Yep, both in the same sentence.

It has been our honor and privilege to work side by side with these outstanding examples of GOD fearing men, and are excited to be a spoke in the wheel of the group of outstanding men and women who have stood by their convictions to have launched the new LIFE organization.

Make no mistake, this is a Leadership Revolution. Some will ask what it is, some will wonder what it is, and some will watch it happen. Make no mistake, it is going to happen. The children and grandchildren of those who are involved are going to be very proud of their parents and grandparents accomplishments and for their committment to a better, safer America.

We have a battle to fight as Oliver DeMille points out in his new book “Freedom Shift” and the battle is consumerism. DeMille points out our country was made great by those who decided to be producers. Orrin Woodward, Chris Brady and the Founders of LIFE are elite examples of leadership producers.

These brief definitions may help the reader come to the right conclusion:

Rumor: often viewed as “an unverified account or explanation of events circulating from person to person and pertaining to an object, event, or issue in public concern”

Rumors are also often discussed with regard to “misinformation” and “disinformation” (the former often seen as simply false and the latter seen as deliberately false.

 Rumor is a concept that lacks a particular definition. Rumor involves some kind of a statement whose veracity is not quickly or ever confirmed.

Rumors are often discussed with regard to “misinformation” and “disinformation” (the former often seen as simply false and the latter seen as deliberately false, though usually from a government source given to the media or a foreign government).

Rumor, simply put is propaganda!

Hearsay: is information gathered by one person from another person concerning some event, condition, or thing of which the first person had no direct experience. When submitted as evidence, such statements are called hearsay evidence. As a legal term, “hearsay” can also have the narrower meaning of the use of such information as evidence to prove the truth of what is asserted. Such use of “hearsay evidence” in court is generally not allowed. This prohibition is called the hearsay rule.

Popular Opinion: An opinion is a subjective statement or thought about an issue or topic, and is the result of emotion or interpretation of the facts. An opinion may be supported by an argument. Even though people may draw opposing opinions from the same set of facts. Opinions rarely change without new arguments or information being presented. However, it can be reasoned that one opinion is better supported by the facts than another by the supporting arguments.

An opinion may be the result of a person’s perspective, understanding, or particular feelings, beliefs and desires. The term opinion may refer to unsubstantiated information, in contrast to knowledge and fact-based beliefs.

Historically, opinions can be persuasive, but only the assertions they are based on can be said to be true or false.

Public opinion is the sum of individual attitudes or beliefs held by the general population. Public opinion can also be defined as the collection of opinions of many different people and the sum of all their views based on emotional thinking.

One can not argue that the world is struggling.

One can not argue that our fellow man needs help.

One can not argue that the divorce rate is escalating.

One can not argue that domestic violence is out of control.

One can not argue that Leadership must be restored..

One can not argue!!!!

How about if we quit arguing and agreed to live by a few basic leadership principles, and we started with ourselves first. If we are not willing to fix ourselves first, nothing else will be accomplished.

  1. Seek first to Understand
  2. Be a Good Finder

“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers”…Eph 4:29

As an Eagle Scout, I was raised and lived by the Boy Scout Oath.

I have asked GOD to give me the strength to live by that Oath again each day.

A Scout is:

Trustworthy

Loyal

Helpful

Friendly

Courteous

Kind

Obedient

Cheerful

Thrifty

Brave

Clean

REVERANT.

NO ONE can argue with that!!

GOD Bless

Brian

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One of Those Things?? NOT!!!

24 11 2011
Having been involved directly with Orrin Woodward, Chris Brady and Bill Lewis for nearly ten years, I am qualified to share information about the LIFE future. No one disagrees the world is messed up, and when someone identifies a solution (without seeking the credit) many will criticize. That is the consumer mentality Oliver DeMille speaks about in his new book Freedom Shift. Hats off to Orrin and the Policy Counsel for having the unwavering committment to move forward. America’s future FREEDOM rests in our hands. Brian
 
 Hey gang.  I know I haven’t written a new article but why when Orrin keeps putting out great ones.  This is a great article to evaluate the up side –  down side of  the team biz.  My decision was a little easier then Orrin Woodward’s or Chris Brady’s because I didn’t have a great career going i was just getting by.  Hope you enjoy and I will posting new very soon.  Bill Lewis

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When I worked at Delphi division of GM, I completed half the classes for a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan. Although I received good grades and enjoyed the classes, I stopped pursuing my MBA in order to build my own business.

Many thought I was crazy to quit my MBA, but I just had a feeling that it was time for me to build my own business rather than continue to learn about business. In truth, I was ready to implement some of the principles that I had learned along with continuing my education in “the school of hard knocks”. :)

One of the best principles that I learned through my MBA program was to study business by asking two questions when studying any business:

1. What is the downside risk?
2. What is the upside reward?

Simply put, if the downside risk was too great, then don’t do it, because it could capsize the entire ship. However, if the a person could handle the worst case downside risk, and the upside reward was big enough, then perhaps it was a business venture worth committing to.

It was these two questions asked and answered that led me out of school and into my own business venture. What is ironic today, as I look back on Laurie and my business ventures is the level of risk taken in our former business model compared to the risk today for someone joining LIFE. Remember, Laurie and I were dead broke even as an engineer and an accountant. In fact, we were beyond broke, having consumer debt amounting to over $30,000 when we started our networking careers!

With monthly expenditures to buy 100 points of volume in my old networking company requiring Laurie and I to spend $300 dollars or more, we barely endured. This was quite a blow to an already stretched budget. Along with the product purchases, the investment in CDs, books, and seminars (all of which I loved) totaled another $200 plus dollars per month. In other words, on top of a stretched budget, Laurie and I had to budget for another $500 dollars per month minimum! The downside investment nearly killed us for the first several years. Thankfully, Laurie and I are both long-term thinkers and kept the vision in front of us. However, many of the people we started with us did not have the same endurance, dropping out along the journey to success.

What kept Laurie and I focused was the upside reward, we figured we could make an extra $25,000 after expenses in a couple of years. It’s laughable now how much work we did in a model whose highest rewards topped out at 25% volume discount on total group volumes of $20-30k per month. I know, I know, this is sounding like one of those stories: we walked uphill both ways to school through heavy snow. :)   Even so, these are the facts we were dealing with.

I am not knocking networking. In fact, I am thankful that someone had created any opportunity for us to apply our sweat equity towards freedom. We had to make many changes, both personally and professionally to get the business rolling, but eventually, we made it happen. To this day, many people around the world utilize the TEAM system of building, called team approach to grow their businesses. I take this as a compliment for our years of effort in improving the upside reward compared to the downside risk for our entire industry.

Today with the LIFE business, the downside risk versus the upside reward is nothing short of revolutionary. A person can sign up for the LIFE and LLR subscriptions, and generate 100 points for $100.  This, in my opinion, is much better than some networking companies, where you buy commodity products at inflated prices, especially if a person can buy comparable products at Walmart and Target for significantly less. In LIFE, a person can purchase the lowest cost leadership materials on the market from the only company that has two leaders on the Top 30 Leadership Guru list.

How can we offer our material at the best price and yet have a compensation plan that pays 50% on just the first type of bonus? The simple answer is the founders desire to influence the world is greater than the desire to pad their pocketbooks. Imagine if we took world-class leadership materials and provided it at the lowest prices. Then, imagine taking 70% of all the revenue points generated and flowing it back to the people who helped LIFE launch the leadership revolution. Remember, in LIFE, your pay raise becomes effective as soon as you do. :)

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. For example, Laurie and I personally started a new leg on November 4th. It has already achieved the 20% bracket and is easily going to hit the 25% bracket later this week. It took me two years to hit the 25% bracket in my first company!

Why the huge difference? Because we have a digital age business, a compensation plan that rewards people at the low end, and founders who desire the wealth to flow to people who build the network, not found the company.  Another factor is the demand for quality leadership materials at an affordable price point. LIFE has already signed up hundreds of customers doing tens of thousands of points, making volume accumulation easier than ever before in my networking experience.

I have taken my share of criticism for not going along with the herd in networking. I have refused repeatedly to sell out my character for conveniences. This has cost me money, time, and relationships over the years, since, in my opinion, some of my former heroes chose to sell out rather than fight for what is right.  Anytime someone desires to change the rules of the future, he will be attacked by the protectors of the past. I have received, and will continue receiving personal attacks for changing the rules. However, although they can attack my reputation, they cannot touch my character. Better they criticize me than I be them. The only people calling LIFE a scam are fearful competitors. :) Make no mistake, I will never surrender my principles for peace. I believe it’s better to create the new, rather than criticize the old.

If you have ever tried networking and didn’t make it work, then welcome to the club. Millions of Americans and Canadians have tried networking and failed in their attempt. This doesn’t make you a failure unless you blamed someone else. LIFE has changed the risk versus reward ratio to such an extent that many are achieving success who previously only struggled.

For example, my yacht captain, Bill Howard, is already at the 40% bracket and just a sliver away from the 45% bracket. We were quickly calculating his bonus for this month at around $800. Remember, Captain Bill has been in networking since 2005 and has averaged $50 or less per month with his highest one month check around $250!  Like I said, LIFE is a game-changer.

Alright, it’s time for me to get back to work. I have promises to keep. It’s time to reach one million people with leadership truth in the 8F’s of LIFE.  A rising tide lifts all the ships on the water. Don’t you think it’s time to get your ship on the water? Sincerely, Orrin





LIFE, Orrin Woodward and Team

19 11 2011

The LIFE Business Founded by Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady has truly been exciting. Those who will open their minds for only a minute, will see that there is an entire new industry awaiting their future and the FREEDOM for their children will be restored.

GOD Bless you Gentlemen. BP

Posted on November 18, 2011 by Bill Lewis

Orrin of the-team.biz has come up with another great illustration to describe the 8F growth process.  I have seen a simliar diagram used to visually show improvement in a persons golf game.  These kind of diagram are great because they give an immediate feedback on how you are doing.  bill lewis

Chris Brady and I flew up to Atlanta for a 6 hour mastermind session on Tuesday. Here is one of many concepts that were generated from brainstorming together. Generating ideas with Chris Brady is like drinking water from a firehose – fast and furious! :) I love our 17 year business partnership! LIFE is something special and I have never felt as good about community building as I do today. Laurie and I started a new leg 10 days ago and it is now over 10 levels in depth! The LIFE Business is good because it helps people become good in their Circle of LIFE. Here is Brady’s article explaining what our products do in a person’s life. Sincerely, Orrin Woodward

I had a very engaging conversation with my friend and co-author Orrin Woodward today.  As usual, we kicked around a ton of stimulating ideas and pieced together something that, in our estimation, will immediately convey greater understanding as to the purpose of the LIFE business.  (See the inset diagram).

The CIRCLE of LIFE

In each of the 8 F categories of Faith, Family, Finances, Fitness, Following, Freedom, Friendship, and Fun, one can imagine a certain grade based upon how one is doing in that category. In the diagram the center represents horrible, as in, you are totally “stinking up the joint” (as my kids say) in a certain category. Working your way out from the center to the outer ring in any of the categories represents a stronger grade.  So someone with a dot near the outer ring is doing well in that category.  By connecting the dots on your subjective personal estimation of your life at this moment in each of the categories you can come up with a shape that roughly represents your life right now in each of the 8Fs.

Quite simply, the LIFE business supplies life-changing information to help you increase your score in each of the 8Fs.  The goal is to take someone from the not-so-good black shape represented toward the center of the diagram to the much improved (and happier, we would think) life represented by the red outline toward the outer ring of the circle.

Who doesn’t have at least a category or two, or three, or eight, in which he or she would like to have a better score? Who wouldn’t want to transform his or her life from the tiny blob (and who among us hasn’t felt like a tiny blob from time to time?) in the center to the big wheel (and who hasn’t wanted to be a big wheel at least once in his or her life?) toward the outer ring?

That’s it.  From little blob to big wheel.

But all kidding aside.  This CIRCLE of LIFE is the snap-shot diagram to which people can easily relate when it comes to understand the goal of LIFE and the life-changing information we offer.  We will help people learn and apply truth in each category and thereby improve their shape.

LIFE: Because leadership is for everyone!





Restoring Foundational Principles-Answering the Call

14 11 2011

We are excited to be a part of the LIFE Team Launch founded by the Number 7 and Number 12 Leadership Experts Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady respectively, on 11-1-11!! Our Comittment to leave behind an inheritence for our childen’s children. Brandon, Ashlynne, Zachary, Brianna, Bailley, and Spencer. Our 6 most incredible gifts from GOD. It is with great excitment that we’ve entered the world of technology to do our part to restore the biblical foundational principles this great nation was founded upon.

As an Eagle Scout and a career Firefighter, I have seen the best of times, a Professional Firefighter, and some worst of times, a failed first marriage. One needs not be a rocket scientist to see the world is crumbling around us.

We were introduced to the LIFE TEAM by a incredibly intellegent young man named Bill Lewis. We came to the realization that although we were enjoying life, the road to FREEDOM was quickly closing in on us.

A loss of respect for those in office, a loss of hope that one can succeed, a busy life with no retirement in sight, a selfish view of life, but I had a good job.

A good man will leave an inheritance for his children’s children”..PROV 13:22 

It is beyond time to share truth. In the Launching a Leadership Revolution, Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady explain why using the Tri-Lateral Leadership Ledger, an honest evaluation of ones Leadership Effectiveness. It evaluates ones Character, Tasks, and Relationships. Enough said, If you are interested, order the book today. One hundred percent of the Royalties goe top All Grace Outreach!

GOD Bless

Brian 





Orrin Woodward TEAM-Conflict

14 11 2011

For the rest of the article click here: bill lewis team life

Why is it that the greatest leaders of all-time seem to either have rabid fans or rabid critics? The answer is simple: truth polarizes. When a leader leads with his convictions, others, who do not hold the same convictions, will criticize the endeavor. Throughout history, men and women like Mother Theresa, Martin Luther, Sam Walton, Oliver Cromwell, George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln, to name a few, have received mountaintop praise and sewer-based criticisms. In fact, if a person desires to change the world, then he better build a tough skin while maintaining a soft heart, because he will be criticized!  – Orrin woodward

I have seen this in my own LIFE.  As I went out and started my business there were many that criticized what I was doing.  I could never understand why someone would criticize a person for trying to do better and trying to get ahead.  Then one day I was at a Team leadership seminar and I heard the answer.  The speaker said that its like watching a dog that is chasing a rabbit.  The dog is running over plants, through bushes, doing everything he can to try and catch the rabbit.    If the people who were watching the dog couldn’t see the rabbit they would think the dog was crazy.  This is how some of my critics saw me. –bill lewis

It seems amazing to me that in our society today, we feel the need to blow someones elses candle out to make our own light shine. Seek first to understand. Accept, Approve, Appreciate!!

Brian Powers

Restoring Foundational Principles








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