The information I have been learning through Orrin Woodward, Claude Hamilton and the LIFE materials is creating a huge call to action and a sense of duty is being instilled within me. This is a post I felt compelled to write after an amazing conversation I had with my dad and his wife a few nights ago. Feel free to comment on my thoughts.
Today we are living in a society where the badge on most people’s shoulders is “I’m too busy.” In contrast, the television ratings seem to be higher than ever. Today I was listening to a CD and reviewing some research done on, “How much time the average father in North America spends with their children on a daily basis.” What they mean by this is quality time; looking into the eyes of their child and communicating effectively. How much of this quality time would you guess is spent? Two hours, one hour, 30 minutes, 15 minutes? The sad truth is that in today’s age, the average father will spend 37 seconds of quality time with their children a day. I was shocked beyond belief when I heard this. After looking at all the surveys and intense research done in this field, the speaker on the CD went on to talk about how today’s culture is preparing for a future where we will eventually lose all of our freedoms. Men today are seen in the media as being over weight couch potatoes that watch football and drink beer. That needs to change. I saw the movie “Courageous” a few weeks ago and it simulates a real life story about the family unit in today’s society. I believe this movie should be seen by every family and will cause a ripple effect to make people see how important the family unit really is. It’s one of those movies that you buy for yourself and watch over and over again. It’s about a call to action for all men to change their families for the better. Here is the movie trailer.
The majority of parents today have the thought in their mind that they want to provide a better life for their kids. I can understand this for sure; however, the word “better” is actually replaced by the word “easier.” Back in “old school days,” as my dad would say, he was raised in a society where the family unit was the main thing. Families ate dinner at the dinner table; they prayed together and were thankful for all that they had, no matter how little. Back then, you knew everyone in your community. If a project came up like building a barn, house or church, the whole community chipped in to help. Everyone valued each other and lived by the golden rule, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Parents would instil their world views, principles, morals and ethics onto their children.
What is it like today? These principles are slowly going by the wayside. Many parents are ‘too busy’ to instil their beliefs onto their children. They expect our education system or day care providers to do this for them. In today’s age, our children are getting their morals and beliefs from the media and are learning how bad the world is way too early in life. This, in turn, causes a negative world view in their lives. When is the last time you saw a young person help someone they didn’t know, whether it be an elder in their community or a peer?
Today we are taught or educated in a field where the person or business (university or college) doing the teaching has no personal investment in making sure you succeed. I was reminded of this about six months ago when I was in Antigonish going through the drive-thru at a fast food establishment. I noticed the guy that handed me my food had a St. Francis Xavier University ring on; he had graduated from the local university and as a result, he gets to work for minimum wage. A very high percentage of graduates don’t even work in their field of study. Education today is way more about socializing than learning. Back in the “old school days,” you had a mentor that would teach you in your chosen field and this person had an invested interest in making sure you were successful. What happened to the days where people always seemed to have mentors in their life that truly cared for your well-being and wanted to make a difference in this world? They really are few and far between. I really feel blessed that Claude Hamilton and Orrin Woodward have come into my life and challenged me in all the 8F’sand taught me “how to think” instead of “what to think.”
I had the amazing privilege of listening to one of the top 10 freedom fighters in the world, Oliver DeMille. He gave a talk on what it will take to restore the freedoms in our countries. I was in a crowd of about 18,000 people who were on the edge of their seats the whole time he spoke. He asked for volunteers in the fight for freedom; he knows he can’t do it alone. He finished up by saying that if only 3% – 5% of the people in our countries would stand for freedom, then we would go into a Freedom Shift that will preserve a better future for our grandchildren then what their fate is now.
Will you be part of the 3% – 5 %? Your grandchildren are counting on you!
I had the amazing privilege to listen to Claude Hamilton give a talk in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia the other night and was blown away by all the principles he shared on successful thinking.
He started off by explaining why successful people always seem to get ahead in life and average people seem to have a difficult time getting ahead. It all comes down to your thinking. He said, “Average people make decisions based on their current situations in the present, where successful people make decisions for their future.”
He then gave an amazing talk about thinking short-term verses long-term. Most people have a hard time thinking further ahead then two weeks because they are focused on pay day, but if I can get you to think long-term and make decisions based on things that will help you in two to three years, then that is where things begin to change. This reminds me of a saying Claude used to always tell me, “If you take the easy way out in life, life will get harder, but if you take the hard way out now, then life will get easier.”
Claude and Lana and our incredible LIFE material were able to teach us to start living a life of priorities instead of a life of obligations. My priorities in the past have been as follows: playing hockey, drinking beer with my friends, playing Xbox, going out on the weekend to the bar, watching hockey, Facebook, finances, family. It was a really non-structured life, with no real priorities. Since then everything has changed; I have learned tons about prioritizing your life with the things that matter most. By doing that, you can set goals for things that can move you ahead in life, in whatever areas of the 8Fs that may be. Now whenever something is added to my plate, I ask myself, is this going to get us closer to our goal or farther from it? If the answer is farther from it, the majority of the time it is not added to the plate. Have you ever heard someone say, “I want to clear my plate.”? What they are really saying is they want to make their life easier by giving away responsibility. What happens when people ‘clear their plate’? They give away opportunity and settle for average.
I want to go to battle against this thing called “average.” Claude always says, “You can’t change what you can tolerate.” There are too many people in this world that are settling in life instead of thriving in it. I believe if we give people the right information and they apply it in their lives, everything can change in a positive direction. We are less than 2 days away from what I believe will be the biggest business launch in history for the people who are willing to change. The Business called LIFE is a company that has been under development for 12 years in the minds of Top 30 Leadership Guru’s and best-selling authors Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady. Here is an article Orrin wrote commenting on how this company is going to change the networking industry forever.
I just wanted to send up this post of an article that was found in Chronicle Herold this past week. It is all about my best friends and mentors Claude and Lana Hamiltons 13,000 sq foot house that they took 2 years to build right here in Nova Scotia. My wife and I were there for every step of the way and watched as this master piece was put together and this Article says it all. That is me and my son Jaxon in the picture stopping by for our regular Ranger ride. It truly is a blessing to see what the right information can do in people’s lives.
When I look back over the past five years of my LIFE it is still hard to believe the changes that have taken place. Five short years ago, I was graduating from university and thought I was going to excel at this thing called LIFE. When I got into the “Real World,” I quickly realized it wasn’t all it was cut out to be. I was told as a young boy to finish high school, go to university and then find a great company to work for, with benefits, and I would be set. This is exactly what I did. I took a job working for a Fortune 500 photocopier company and figured within a year I would be living the good life.
Sadly to say, everything went downhill after that. I took everything I had learned thus far in my life and started going into debt–fast. I started living by the all too common rules of today, “Your Richer Then You Think,” “Ho-Ho-Hold the Payments,” “Borrow to Get Ahead”. Student loans started to pile up, with all my payments reaching over $900 dollars a month. After six months of going backwards $1,500 to $2,000, I had began to start losing hope that it was ever going to get any better.
Then one faithful night, I received a call from my sister offering an opportunity to gain control over my life again. I had no clue what she was talking about but was willing to do almost anything for a change. A couple of days later, Claude Hamilton came into my life. He sat down with me and began to draw out a way to regain control of my life by concentrating on eight main areas called the 8F’s: Faith, Family, Finance, Fitness, Following, Freedom, Friends, and Fun. At first, I must say it all sounded too good to be true but then he started to give me information in those areas and everything began to change.
I went from living for the weekend to living a life for excellence. It was amazing to see things that I had learned in university become outdated as fast as it took me to graduate. I have learned more in the last four years about how the world works, people skills, freedom and purpose in life then I did in the first 25 years put together. I am so glad I got introduced to the LIFE Leadership Company. Through the principles, teaching and mentorship from Claude Hamilton and Orrin Woodward a lot has changed. In the last three years, I got married to the woman of my dreams, had three amazing children and was able to regain control of my time, walking away from my day job after 23 months of studying and applying the principles from this amazing Life Leadership business.
I am writing this blog for anyone who is tired of ‘living for the weekend’, ‘living paycheque-to-paycheque’, ‘mediocrity’ and who wants to gain some information on how to live a more prosperous life in the 8F’s. Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady are in the Top 15 Leadership Guru’s in the world, best selling author’s and have developed this system called Team and LIFE along with Tim Marks, Claude Hamilton, George Guzzardo, Bill Lewis, and Dan Hawkins. All of the information provided in this blog will come from this Leadership and Life training system. I have never claimed to be an expert in any field and I certainly am not here either, all I am striving to be is the best possible student I can be. I hope the information shared here will be a blessing in people’s lives as much as it has been in mine.