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Are you being Scammed by the Financial Matrix?

Hey everyone,

Here is a blog article by Orrin Woodward explaining the Financial Matrix and where people fit. Find out where you fit and start working your way out. The more people we can help become debt free the better, are you on your way? Watch this video and understand how it all works so you can start to climb your way out of debt to a Sovereign free life.

Be Awesome, Be Great and Chase your dreams.

Alex Nickerson

Financial Matrix Quadrants

Financial Matrix Quadrants

Did you know that fifty percent of all American workers are Financial Slaves! Don’t believe me? I don’t blame you, I could hardly believe it myself until I started doing my own research. According to the latest data reported on Economist.com, over half of all Americans over 18 have no net worth, not even a penny. Let that sink in for a moment. Imagine all the hours husbands and wives work every year and over half of the households have NOTHING to show for it? No ownership and no choices is simply slavery under a different name.

Furthermore, over 80% of Americans over age 18 are in debt, a debt trapping them into financeal subjugation. For if the typical family loses one of its jobs, be it by downsizing or medial challenge, the family boat is capsized. This makes the family subject to the whims of employers and health – not a good position to be in.  Is this really the American Dream we imagined growing for people living in the home of the brave and the land of the free? BTW, for the Canadians reading  this, the data is very similar and the Financial Matrix has trapped your nation as well.

Financial Matrix TrapThe two groups getting hammered by the Financial Matrix Scam are the Financial Slaves (no net worth) and the Financial Subjects (servicing debt to survive). In total the Financial Matrix is siphoning trillions of dollars from these two groups plus businesses and governments at every level.  In the video below, I share how to move from Slave and Subject to Serf and eventually Financial Sovereign, the coveted position where citizens have ownership and choices over their life. Everyone can be free if they are willing to learn how to play defense and offense to avoid the web of debt and control inherent within the Financial Matrix.

Watch the twelve minute video below and the reader will realize the question is which quadrant are you in and what is your plan to move onto Financial Sovereignty? If you don’t have a workable plan, perhaps the Financial Fitness Program can help.

Sincerely,

Orrin WoodwardLife Leadership Chairman of the Board

 

 

Are you living each day to the fullest, or just passing time!!!

Hey Everyone,

“It’s not death that most people are afraid of, it is getting to the end of life and finding out you never truly lived.”

I just had to post another video by Prince Ea. He nails it on the head how the majority of people are living with regrets as they get closer to the end of their lives.  They realize that they never tried much of anything, that they never took a risk, they just floated through life.

Get excited about your life, that you can make a difference. You can add value to others. You can develop what ever life you want, you just have to go after it.

Whats the opposite of success?????

Most people say failure, but it is the people who fail the most that end up winning the biggest. Look at any successful person and they will tell you they failed and they failed and they failed. Don’t be worried about failing be worried about regretting you never really took a risk!!!

The opposite of success is quitting. Don’t be a quitter, don’t set that example in your life and for your family.

Start on your new path now, take a chance and truly live your life….. remember you only get one shot!!!

Chase after what you were called to do!!!

Alex Nickerson

 

 

Top 20 Leadership And Management Experts You Should Start Following

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Hello everyone,

Today’s post is of an article I came across that I just had to share. This post was done by Annie Mueller about the Top Leadership experts you should follow. I want to personality highlight number 16 Orrin Woodward. He is a personal mentor of mine and an amazing friend. Its not to often you have someone come into your life that help you live up to your potential and helps you push forward regardless of your situation. He is a man of amazing integrity, character and has the most discipline of anyone I know chasing their passion.

Leave your comments at the bottom who you think is the best on this list or someone you would like to see on the list. Enjoy this article.

All the best in LIFE,

Alex Nickerson

 

Want to be a better leader? Find and follow the people who are recognized leadership experts and management authorities to learn strategies, tips, advice, and visionary ideas for bringing the best principles to work in your life and career.

1. Rosabeth Moss Kanter

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Kanter, who holds the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professorship at Harvard Business School, is a leader who guides leaders through teaching, writing, and consulting. with a focus on innovation and leadership for change and sustainable enterprises.

Kanter’s book SuperCorp takes information gleaned from interviews with 350 people at key corporations around the world to show that “the businesses that are agile, keeping ahead of the curve in terms of market changes and customer needs, are the businesses that are also progressive, socially responsible human communities.”

Online: BlogHarvardBiz BlogFacebookTwitter

2. Lynda Gratton

http://www.lyndagratton.com/videos/184/131/Lynda-at-the-13th-Annual-Women-In-Business-Conference.htmlGratton is author of The Shift, a book “for anyone keen to take charge of the future of their work.” Gratton focuses on the intersection of people and organizations and directs a premier program on human resources, ‘Human Resource Strategy in Transforming Companies,’ at London Business School.

Gratton is the founder of the Hot Spots Movement, a unique research consultancy that takes academic research and uses that data to come up with business solutions.

Online: WebsiteBlog, Twitter

3. Daniel Burrus

Daniel BurrusBurrus, the author of six books and the Strategic Insights blog, is known for his visionary business strategy and focus on anticipatory, rather than reactive, change for business organizations. He writes and consults on technology trends, business strategy, and innovation. Burrus, known as technology futurist, is considered one of the leading forecasters of technology trends, and is a leading consultant to Google.

Online: BlogTwitterFacebookYoutube

4. Jeff Haden

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Speaker, columnist, and ghostwriter of more than 40 non-fiction books, Haden is an expert in management and leadership, having worked his way up through the ranks to become a respected expert on leadership, management, and small business. Haden is charmingly self-deprecating, saying things like, “[I am a] LinkedIn Influencer (the only time I’ll ever appear on the same list as Richard Branson).”

Online: WebsiteTwitterInc. columnsBusiness Insider columns

5. Rieva Lesonsky

rievaLesonsky, well-known business expert, is the force behind GrowBiz Media and SmallBizDaily.com. Thousands turn to her for up-to-date insight on business trends, management insight, and leadership lessons. Lesonsky is very active and approachable on social media, and provides a mix of encouragement and tough questions for small business owners, entrepreneurs, and other leaders.

Online: BlogTwitterHuffPost columns

6. Anita Campbell

anitacampbellCampbell, a lawyer by training, ventured from the legal world into writing, publishing, and speaking on leadership, small business, and management with great success. She is a Forbes Top Influential Woman for Entrepreneurs, CEO of BizSugar, small business analyst, speaker, and CEO of Small Business Trends. Campbell keeps leaders and business managers up-to-date with business news and forecasts as well as practical content marketing and social media advice.

Online: BlogTwitterFacebook

7. Barbara Corcoran

corcoranEasily recognizable from her ongoing role on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” Corcoran is a real estate mogul and businesswoman as well as an investor, speaker, consultant, columnist, and author. She’s a master of making much out of little, turning $1000 into millions in real estate, and she shares bold insights on seeing talent and innovation everywhere. Corcoran’s website states that her “credentials include straight D’s in high school and college and twenty jobs by the time she turned twenty-three.” Her candor and approachability make her a business mogul that everybody wants to be friends with.

Online: WebsiteTwitterFacebook

8. Ram Charan

charanCharan went from working in his family’s shoe shop in Northern India, to earning an engineering degree, to working in Australia, to earning an MBA and doctorate from Harvard Business School, to his current role as a full-time consultant to CEOs of major corporations. Charan has a gift for getting through complex problems to the simple root, and providing practical ways to deal with the root of each problem.

He puts a lot of emphasis on doing what you need to do: “Execution is the job of the business leader…[and it is] is a systematic process of rigorously discussing hows and whats, tenaciously following through, and ensuring accountability.”

Online: WebsiteLeadership Outlook blogLinkedin

9. Tim Ferriss

ferrissBefore authoring the insanely popular book The 4-Hour Workweek, Ferriss founded a nutritional supplements company. Now known for his experiments with and books on lifestyle design and productivity, Ferriss is also well-known as a start-up angel investor, consultant, entrepreneur, speaker, and blogger. Ferriss has gone on to apply his 4-hour methodology to, oh, just about everything, with his books The 4-Hour Body and The 4-Hour Chef. We think next it might be The 4-Hour Marriage?

Online: BlogTwitterFacebook

10. Robin Sharma

robinsharmaLeadership expert and writer Robin Sharma began his career as a judicial law clerk, then staff litigation attorney for the Canadian government. He is a popular motivational speaker and founder of Sharma Leadership International Inc., with a focus on holistic leadership for business and personal life.

One of the quotes he attributes to ‘changing his life’ is this one from Ayn Rand: “Why do they always teach us that it’s easy and evil to do what we want and that we need discipline to restrain ourselves? It’s the hardest thing in the world–to do what we want. And it takes the greatest kind of courage. I mean, what we really want.”

Online: BlogTwitterYouTube

11. Jim Collins

jimcollinsStanford faculty turned best-selling author, Jim Collins has produced several management and leadership classics, including Good to GreatBuilt to Last, and How the Mighty Fall. He founded a management laboratory and is known for research, innovative thinking, and problem-solving for a variety of business consultancies and leadership positions. Collins is one of the old-school but forward-thinking combinations who doesn’t spend a whole lot of time fiddling with social media or building an “online presence.” Why would he need one? He’s already build a real-world presence.

Online: Articles

12. Tom Peters

tompetersPeters is a business management expert, author of 17 books, speaker, and writer. His book In Search of Excellence, which profiles 43 companies and presents 8 principles that have made the companies successful, is an essential business read, touted by NPR as one of the “Top Three Business Books of the Century” in 1999. Peters is very active on Twitter and frequently updates his blog, plus has a variety of manifestos and archives of his newspaper column available on his website.

Online: BlogTwitterFlickr

13. Tony Dungy

tonydungyFormer NFL coach Tony Dungy set NFL records by leading his teams to the playoffs for ten consecutive years and serving as the most successful coach in the history of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Dungy took the principles of leadership he learned in his life and coaching career and authored bestselling books Uncommon and Quiet Strength. His focus is on helping others develop the attitudes and abilities that are possible for anyone, but uncommon in our culture. Dungy is the father of nine children, and he and his wife, Lauren, just wrote a book called Uncommon Marriage.

Online: BlogTwitterFacebook

14. Sydney Finkelstein

finkelsteinFinkelstein, associate dean, professor, and author, focuses on what might be called the negative side of leadership: mistakes that leaders make, and how these mistakes ultimately lead to failure, either of the leaders as individuals and/or of the companies that they lead. His research and insights help other leaders and managers to avoid failure. “Failing executives,” says Finkelstein, “continue to rely on the same formulas and ideas that brought them success.”

Online: BlogTwitterForbes columnBBC column

15. Deepak Chopra

amd_deepakchopraProlific author and speaker Chopra is a licensed physician who advocates a holistic approach to life, leadership, and management of one’s health and self. His book Super Brain discusses ways to untap the potential of the brain. Chopra’s Workplace Wellbeing programs help carry his wisdom to the business world. Chopra has written dozens of books. Time magazine put Chopra in he top 100 heroes and icons of the century, calling him “the poet-prophet of alternative medicine.”

Online: Blog, TwitterFacebookYouTube

16. Orrin Woodward

orrinwoodwardWoodward is a bestselling author and cofounder of LIFE Leadership. He focuses on team leadership and leader-led, principle-based growth for businesses. His book LeaderShift, told in parable style, examines principles for renewing leadership and vision in business and personal lives. Woodward offers straightforward advice to leaders, such as “Leaders always choose the harder right rather than the easier wrong,” and “Success is on the other side of your comfort zone.”

Online: BlogTwitterYouTube

17. Simon Sinek

simonsinekSinek’s mission is to wake people up to “the possibility in their own lives,” and equip them to lead by knowing why they lead and what true leadership is. His book Start With Why and immensely popular TED presentations have garnered him a large following. Sinek’s idea of a “golden circle” spun his first TEDx talk, for Puget Sound, into a video with millions of view and then into a movement. His most recent book, Leaders Eat Last, articulates his vision for carrying your why into leadership.

Online: BlogTwitter, Facebook

18. Nicholas Bate

nicholasbateAfter working for years in sales and marketing in the IT industry, Bate founded Strategic Edge, a business consultancy. He is the author of 20 books, including Instant MBABeing the BestDo What You WantYou, Only Better, and Get a Life. His focus is on practical actions and bold steps to a better life and more effective leadership. Bate’s blog is a punchy form of communication filled with one-liners, deep thoughts, and lists. Lots and lots of lists. Bate uses lists to spark ideas, spur action, and give his readers a scannable step-by-step guide on everything from being bold to being more intelligent to handling email.

Online: Blog

19. Margaret Wheatley

wheatleyWheatley began her career as a teacher and then an educational administrator, but since 1973 has been a consultant and speaker with an emphasis on systems thinking and organizational behavior. She is the author of Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time and Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World as well as other books, articles, and research. Wheatley has a special gift for looking outside of established systems, “beyond the Western, mechanical view of the world” and applying an understanding of what she calls “living systems theories” to the conundrums of business, innovation, organizations, and management.

Online: Articles

20. Robert B. Cialdini

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Cialdini is a widely recognized expert on social psychology and the author of Influence: Science and Practice and Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, which are “the result of years of study into the reasons that people comply with requests in business and other settings.” Cialdini’s “Six Principles of Influence,” also known as the “Six Weapons of Influence” have been hugely influential in the fields of leadership and management, helping leaders to understand not only how to lead, but how to make people want to follow.

Online: Blog, TwitterFacebookYouTube

Be Hungry or Starve as an Entrepreneur.

Here is a great article I came across by Grant Cardone on Entrepreneur.com. Always remember if you help enough other people get what they want, you eventually get what you want.  Have a servant attitude and go after it. You have a product or a service that people want, they just don’t know they want to get it from you. Be bold, be daring and remember that your a champion that is unstoppable. 2016 is the year everything changed. Believe it, Conceive it and go Achieve it.

All the Best in LIFE,
Alex Nickerson

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When you win the Super Bowl, in life or in business, you cannot ever win again if you do not immediately go back to training — you must stay hungry, win or lose, success or failure. Whether the Panthers or the Broncos win the Super Bowl this year if they stop training they will never win another Super Bowl. Success requires constant attention and the moment you stop hunting for it, it will escape you. You must approach the creation of success as a must-have obligation, do-or-die mission, gotta-have-it, hungry-dog-on-the-back-of-a-meat-truck mentality.

Let your customers know you are hungry. Don’t act like you don’t need their business. There is an old saying that tells people to “fake it ’til you make it.” Well, this doesn’t apply here! Instead, you want to “act hungry to make sure you don’t end up hungry.”

I challenge you today to do two things:

1. You must change your mindset.

No one likes people who act like they are better than others and never act so important you don’t need people’s business. If you didn’t need their business you wouldn’t be in business. Everyone appreciates someone who goes the extra mile and really shows others that he or she wants, needs, and values others’ business. You will never create a powerful, solvent, prosperous, and abundant economy with an attitude of arrogance.

In almost every seminar I conduct, someone will say to me, “I’m afraid I might seem weak if I act like I want the business too much.” My response is always the same: “The biggest mistake you can make is not to act like you’re hungry for the business!” Let’s face it: You need clients more than they need you in any economy. An attitude of, “they need me more than I need them” always fails; treat your customers as though they’re more valuable than you and your company—because they are.

Every moment of every day act like your life depends on every transaction. And if you have to tell someone that you really want his or her business, well then, you probably aren’t acting hungry enough!  Acting hungry means that you’re aggressively ambitious or competitive. Perhaps it stems from a need to overcome poverty or past defeats or it is because your desire to succeed is so great. Regardless of your position in life, if you want to stay on top, you have to be willing to do whatever it takes to earn more business—during good times and bad.

2. Take massive action.

What you did last year means nothing in the market today. History is laden with companies that were number one in their field but who only exist nowadays between the pages of books. Sears and Kmart are two perfect examples of these. Both dominated their fields at one time, but their arrogance cost them their positions—and now they’re struggling in the market.

Spend all your time, energy, creativity, and resources in advancing your goals and getting so far ahead of the pack that you seize your competitors’ business along the way. The real world of business is the most brutal battlefield in the world; it will not tolerate conceit or people who are living in the past. Customers don’t value excuses, timing, reasons, ratings, yesterday, position; they only value results. If you want to create your own economy, you have to know what you are dealing with. You must be willing to do what others won’t do—and even take actions that you might deem “unreasonable” at activity levels that seem “obsessive”.

Any absence of effort is likely due to a lack of awareness, an abundance of arrogance, or a combination of the two. Be useful, courteous, accessible, humble, and now more than ever, willing to go the extra mile.

Surpass any and all expectations, act like you really want someone’s business—and do whatever you can to earn it. If you give your clients genuine reasons to like you, demonstrate an authentic willingness to do anything for them, are consistently helpful, and never quit, they will want to do business with you, whatever your business is. Remember that the only way to increase appointments is to increase the number of people to whom you speak—and then amplify the reasons why they should make time for you.

Personally, any time someone who serves me continues to exhibit that hungry desire to do anything humanly possible to earn my business, I find every reason possible to support him or her. I stick with that person as long as he or she keeps exhibiting that kind of hungry attitude, and I don’t think I am unique this way. Most people want to be taken care of and paid attention to, and they crave this type of service from people because it is lacking in our culture.

You must show great appreciation and gratitude for every opportunity you get. Be willing to bend over backward, sideways—even do handstands, if necessary—to let people know that you’ll do whatever it takes to earn their business. Don’t let yesterday’s successes give you a false sense of security and make you feel like you don’t need success today and tomorrow. You must have your attention on the future to create one.

Always, always, always demonstrate your hunger and desire to grow your business by displaying how service-oriented and interested you are in your clients on a daily basis. Follow up relentlessly and do anything you can (ethically and professionally, of course) in order to obtain someone’s business. Be hungry!

Pick Your Curve – Life Leadership and Power Curve Success

I heard Chris Brady give a talk on the weekend about the power curve vs the “bell” curve. I was so impressed with this talk I had to share an article that Chris Brady wrote on this same subject. This is such a great example on how true success is achieved today. Enjoy!!

Alex Nickerson

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I have often taught that we don’t know what we don’t know. But sometimes, we don’t know what we think we know. And this second condition can lead to erroneous conclusions and frustrated efforts.

When I was a child in elementary school, one of my teachers had the nerve to teach me something I didn’t want to learn. She shared with us how the colorful objects we see really aren’t that color, but rather, the range of light waves of the color spectrum that are reflected by the surface of the item make it appear to be that color.

Woah.

And then my Dad taught me about the “birds and the bees.”

Double woah.

Here I was, cruising along on my BMX bike, wearing tube socks and thinking I had the whole world figured out. And then in an instant I discover that the way I thought everything worked was entirely wrong – twice!

Unfortunately, this condition isn’t confined to childhood. As adults, we are susceptible to the same “knowledge bias.” We think we know how something works when we actually don’t. And usually, we are very cock-sure in our incorrectness. It’s a condition I like to refer to as passionate ignorance. We are wrong, but we are certain we are right.

At Life Leadership, we are in the business of setting people free. For the vast majority of people who are in debt and struggle with their finances, we offer debt freedom through our Financial Fitness product suite. For committed, hard-working high-achievers, we provide a compensation program that authorizes people to sell our products and build teams of people who do the same thing. This is a shot at financial freedom. And, perhaps most importantly, for the few who are disenfranchised, disabled, or victims of disaster, we offer functional freedom through our Life on Life Initiative. We developed this terminology about “setting people free” and the three categories of freedom to explain our fundamental mission and how we strive to offer something for the whole spectrum of people and their particular situations.

But there is more to the story.

Most of us, without even realizing it, think of the world like the old “bell curve” we remember being graded upon in high school. We automatically think people and their performance fall into a normal distribution, or what is officially known as a “Gaussian” curve of distribution. I am sure you are familiar with what it looks like, but here it is nonetheless.

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And in the case of the population of people in the markets in which Life Leadership operates, as described above, this bell curve of normal distribution describes very well what we see. A few at the high-end choose to take advantage of our pay plan and actually build the business. Most people are in the middle, merely using our Financial Fitness products to whittle down their debt (these people may or may not be “signed up” in our business). And a few are at the “bottom” of the curve in dire need of our help, because they truly can’t help themselves.

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But when it comes to describing the actual performance (read: results) of those who attempt to achieve high-level success, those who embrace our pay plan and determine that they want to use it to make money, things don’t follow the Gaussian bell curve, or normal distribution at all.  For this case, we must dig into the reality of how success actually “works.” You see, when it comes to success, and especially high-level success, what we think we know just isn’t so.

To demonstrate what I mean, let’s consider an endeavor totally outside of Life Leadership, such as being a professional actor/actress instead. The stage, the screen, the lights, the money, and the fame all have a strong appeal on those with such talents. We hear of high paychecks and we see outlandish lifestyles. We see the glitz and the glitter and the glossy gossip magazines. But we all know that only a few are fortunate enough to make it to this high level, and, thinking the bell or Gaussian curve describes the situation, we assume there must be a lot of people, in fact, most actors and actresses, who are somewhere in the middle, with a few terrible ones down at the lower tail of the curve. We all know this intrinsically, and yet we have it wrong!

According to leader of Google’s “People Operations”, Laszlo Bock, in his book Work Rules!, Screen Actors Guild data published in 2008 show that the financial results of actors does not follow a Gaussian curve at all, but rather what is called a “Power Curve” (or perhaps also a decaying exponential).

Power Curve

According to Bock, “Very roughly, the bottom third of active SAG members made no money from acting in 2007, and the next third earned less than $1,000. The next group, between the 68th and 95th percentiles, were paid between $1,000 and $100,000. The 95th to the 99th percentile actors earned between $100,000 and $250,000. And the top 1 percent earned over $250,000. The top 1 percent of the top 1 percent earned even more: Will Smith was the highest-paid actor, with over $80 million in earnings, followed by Johnny Depp ($72 million), Eddie Murphy and Mike Myers ($55 million each), and Leonardo DiCaprio ($45 million).” [italics added]

So for professional actors/actresses, the curve of distribution, roughly plotted, looks like the following:

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Notice that it is not the normal Gaussian bell curve at all, as we all would assume it would be, but rather a power curve. Notice also that the super high achievers at the extreme top end pull the average income way above the median. This means that most people are not average, but actually – wait for it – most people are below average! Stop and think about that for a minute. Most people are below average! (Oh! They’re not going to want to hear that!) Notice that fully 1/3 of the actors/actresses made no money! And the next third only $1,000! That’s two thirds of all the actors and actresses making next-to-nothing!

All of this goes against what we think we know. But if you really study this and understand it, you’ll quickly see that this curve for actors and actresses is exactly how success works in all categories where a government or artificial imposition is not placed upon results. Plot the financial results of people in professional sports, country singers, those who launch tech company start-ups, and even authors of books, and the results are similar – following a power curve and not a Gaussian bell curve.

Enter Life Leadership. In November of 2011 we proudly launched our company with world-class personal, professional, and financial development information and service products. We authorized distributors to sell those products for an immediate sales margin of 25% (a higher margin than many professional salespeople are paid), and then added a compensation plan on top of that sales margin to reward them for also building teams of people who did the same thing (merchandise our products and build teams to do the same). We worked really hard to minimize costs to run the enterprise and formulated a pay plan that paid very generously to the people making the sales.

Next, people joined, worked hard, sold our products, and built teams. Some people prospered and made enough money to live on, making the building of our business their professional career. A handful achieved really high levels of income, while many others only made a little. Many signed up and never did anything, riding off into the night after buying our starter kit never to be heard from again.

Each year, we publish a comprehensive “Income Disclosure Statement” designed to show the exact results of everyone who joins, whether they ever worked the business hard or not, or just signed up and rode into the night. And inevitably, someone looks at this data and says something like, “Only the people at the top make any significant money,” or, “most of those people aren’t making any money.” This criticism didn’t make any sense to us, from our angle, because we simply put a compensation plan out there that pays extremely well, and fairly at various levels all the way along the path of progress. It doesn’t discriminate in any way based upon race, creed, color, age, gender, or anything you can name. It is strictly pay-for-performance. So we have tried to explain it in different ways. But still, there will always be someone out there who says, “only a small percentage make the money.”

In a way, we can see their point. Why shouldn’t more people make more money? Why shouldn’t there be a bunch of people making a medium amount, for instance? How come there isn’t a larger percentage of people “in the middle” making the money our pay plan delivers for those levels? We’ve got a pay scale that rewards effort along the entire journey! And the 25% sales bonus is paid to everyone at every level no matter how long they’ve been with the company or how big their business is. What gives?

What gives is that our population of Life Members is not properly described by the Gaussian bell curve we all carry around in our heads, but rather by the Power Curve that depicts the results of all true performance-only systems (such as professional acting described above). Leave people free to achieve and perform in any endeavor, and you’ll get a power curve. Life Leadership and its compensation plan are no different.

This is very important to understand, and it applies to all areas of life, not just participation in Life Leadership’s compensation plan. High achievers are way ahead of the rest of the pack, and their results skew the scale and pull the average way above the median. What this means is not that one should avoid undertaking a performance-based endeavor, but rather that one should not falsely impose an erroneous bell curve in order to “analyze” the “odds of success.” With power curve situations averages are misleading because they are pulled upward by the lofty achievement of the top performers. And in true performance-only situations, there is no comfortable middle where a large percentage of the participants can hang out and do “pretty good.” Ultimately, one either makes it within the upper 1 or 2 or 5th percentile, or one doesn’t see much reward (at least financially speaking). As we said before, just apply this reality to professional sports, the arts, business start-ups, direct sales, and the like, and you will see that it is true again and again. Our false application of the bell curve simply won’t properly describe these “free to perform” situations. Such a map, in essence, doesn’t match the territory.

This is simply how the world works. In fact, the only alternative is to create a system wherein outside forces eliminate the upper possibilities based upon performance so that everybody instead gets a decent result but nothing big is available for high achievement. This, in fact, is exactly what most jobs provide. In such scenarios you will never hit it big (it’s not even available), but you can count on a steady flow of at least something for the fat middle of the pack. Some will get a little bit more, others will hang out at the bottom, but most people will be kept clumped together in the comfortable middle.

And this brings us full circle to the exact reason we launched our company in the first place. We wanted a legitimate alternative to a closed system of enforced mediocrity. We wanted to provide a legitimate shot upwards, without restriction, that would be available to anyone who chose to work that hard, learn that much, and stay at it that long. As cofounder Orrin Woodward often states, “We don’t promise easy. We just promise worth it.”

So ultimately, we have two choices in life. Find a closed system with outside forces that artificially impose a safe and “comfortable” bell curve, a situation with no chance of high highs but very little worry about low lows. Or, conversely, enter into a power curve situation where there is not much reward unless you perform mightily. It is one or the other.

It is ultimately up to each individual to choose which is right for him/her, and what God has designed and called him/her to accomplish. Just don’t apply bell curve analysis to a power curve situation and call it “unfair,” or a “scheme” or a “pyramid.” And then likewise, those who live in the power curves of life shouldn’t denigrate bell curve situations for being stifling and without upward mobility. Each is for whom it’s for.

Just make sure you choose wisely. Bell curve people are miserable in power curves, and power curve people are miserable in bell curves.

Pick your curve and live it with verve!

Sincerely,

Chris Brady

Financial Fitness is Making a Difference: From Repairing Credit to Repairing Lives

I wanted to repost this article from the Life Leadership Blog from a few months ago. This is one of the great success stories with the financial fitness program. Make sure you scroll to the bottom of the post to watch Orrin Woodward Explain the Financial Matrix that so many people are stuck in today. Continue to watch my blog for updates just like this one.

All the best in LIFE,

Alex Nickerson

Best-selling author and leadership expert, Orrin Woodward, shares profound advice in his recent book, The Financial Matrix. He says, “Get out of DEBT and stay out of DEBT!”

Financial Matrix - Financial Fitness ProgramWoodward continues, “When the masses awake and learn Financial Literacy, I can promise you the banker cartel will tremble in its fiat paper boots. For only then will the people stop enslaving themselves for things they do not truly need and the game of musical chairs will end. Further, when the people set themselves free, then we are in the moral position necessary to demand the government to set itself free from the Financial Matrix also. Isn’t it hypocritical, in other words, to demand our government to be debt free when we are not debt free ourselves?”

The thought of being free from financial bondage is nearly inconceivable for most Americans. The stress of debt consumes and controls people’s lives, just like it affects almost every decision that one makes. Often, the blame for financial chaos in a person’s life is poor financial discipline–which leads one to wonder–why are people making such poor financial decisions?

There are several reasons to point at, but the common culprit seems to always come back around to poor financial literacy. People are not being taught basic financial principles. In Woodward’s book, he describes how being financially illiterate is like being trapped in the “matrix” (from the 1999 movie script, The Matrix); …”a world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth…a prison that you can’t smell, taste or touch…a prison for your mind.” In comparison, the financial matrix has the same effect; leading one to question, how did I get here? Despite doing everything “right,” most people are still feeling trapped financially–with no way out. Nearly everyone is affected by this invisible world until the truth is learned and the proper principles are applied; only then can people set themselves free.

Currently, there are countless stories being shared all across Life Leadership of people getting out of debt. Imagine being debt-free yourself, and then helping others achieve freedom from the financial matrix, too. One such North Carolinian couple is doing it right, both personally and professionally.

Paul and Sandy Northup followed the rules like everyone else. Sandy earned her MBA in accounting and Paul earned a degree in communication, where he spent the majority of his career working at IBM. After the real estate “bubble burst” in 2008, Paul lost his job and their world fell apart. Paul and Sandy learned a lot from that experience, and it inspired them to start their business, A+ Credit, in 2010. Their mission in starting the company was to give people a second chance at repairing their finances.

Northups - Financial Fitness Program

When the Northup’s were first introduced to Life Leadership, they were skeptical, but optimistic; however, the idea of adding something else to their already busy life seemed impossible. It wasn’t until they received information on the Financial Fitness Program that they became intrigued. They obviously wanted to help their own clients improve their credit, but it wasn’t until Financial Fitness and Life Leadership that they recognized their passion to help people repair their lives.

Since getting involved just eight months ago, Paul and Sandy have achieved tremendous success. Their first month in business, they won the Financial Fitness sales contest which rewarded them a check for over $17,000 plus a free vacation to Hawaii. Since then, they have significantly ramped up their speed, achieving a leadership level that puts them in the top 1% of income earners in the field. Because they have experienced significant personal results from applying Financial Fitness into their own lives, they decided to implement the program into their credit repair company, as well.

Financial Fitness ProgramThe decision to bring Financial Fitness (FF) into their company was simple, and they knew that offering financial fitness to their clients was the only real shot they had at helping them escape the financial matrix. Currently they offer the FF program to each of their clients that sign up for services. They raised their overall price by $100 (the cost of one financial fitness pack) and increased their service fee by $20. In addition, A+ Credit immediately connects the client with a financial fitness coach – a professional business owner involved with Life Leadership. The coach is there to help and encourage the new client through the course.

“I saw the opportunity to give my clients so much more value than simply repairing their credit and then sending them back out without the knowledge they needed to really change their lives.  Until Financial Fitness, we were only putting on a band-aid. Since seeing these positive results, we have now started to offer the LLR Corporate program to our clients who own businesses.” -Sandy Northup

The Northup’s are excited about the opportunity to help others get debt free, but ultimately they want to get financially free themselves so they can lead and influence even more people on a much larger scale:

“Life Leadership has completely changed our lives. It’s changed our focus and given us the ability to dream again.  We are working towards our freedom and KNOW that we will have it.  In just 6 months, we replaced my husband’s salary, and he was able to leave his W-2 job to come and work at our company (which enables me to be there less and spend more time with our five children).  We’ve lost so much time over the years – working.  It’s liberating to start to gain some of that time back.  We are living our dream together now and working together for our freedom.  We are still working really hard to help people change their lives, and running as fast as we can; but now we have the tools we need to really make a difference–not only for our family–but for our friends and clients, too! Financial Fitness is the first step for anyone wanting to escape the financial matrix.-Sandy Northup

Congratulations Paul and Sandy, on behalf of the entire Life Leadership community, for your exceptional leadership and growth. Keep rocking!!!

We would love to hear from you in the comments section! How has Financial Fitness improved your life?

To learn more about how to escape the Financial Matrix with the Financial Fitness Program, check out this excellent video by Orrin Woodward:

Life Leadership: The Life You’ve Always Wanted

The All New Life Leadership Forums

Hey everyone,

I wanted to do a post on the amazing forums website that Claude Hamilton thought of.  It’s a great way for members, customers & prospects to get answers to their many questions.

Thanks to Chris Brady and the head office for putting this all together, this is a great tool for all the members of Life Leadership.

Orrin Woodward wrote an awesome article about my best friend Claude Hamilton that everyone should read and if you know him personally you should leave a comment and share your thoughts.

Click on this link and enjoy the article.

All the Best in LIFE,

Alex Nickerson

 

The Fast and the Furious

Hello Life Community Members, Here is of the latest and greatest 200 club promotional event with the Kaizen Dynasty and Freedomchasers teams.

I want to say thank you to Claude Hamilton and Orrin Woodward for putting us in a position to take advantage of such an amazing community called LIFE. After just four and a half years of joining them in business, I would never have imagined the friends I have made and the experiences I have had. Thank you both for all that you do to ensure people in North America have a chance to succeed in business and in LIFE.

 

Here is a post about the awesome adventure we had with the group of people we took to Kartbahn back in April.  This is another example about the FRIENDS and FUN we have in building communities of people. We ran a 200 Club promotion for anyone on our team in Nova Scotia, PEI & New Brunswick.  Those who qualified were invited to join us at Kartbahn Indoor Karting and now KB Tactical.  We were organized into six groups of racers.  Each group would have a practice race, than a qualifying race.  After the qualifying race the top 8 qualifiers for the females and the top 8 for the males raced in two final races for the championship trophies.

                                         Kartbahn Indoor Karting

The practice and qualifying sessions were Fast and Furious.  As you can see in the picture there are many tight corners and barricades.  Many racers ended up in the walls.  The postitive side to this was that each cart had a reverse gear to keep the flow of traffic moving.  Everyone had 2 chances to get their fastest lap times.  The strategy was to clear your path of other racers and be able to make a full lap with no one in your way.  The top 8 fastest laps were chosen to determine the final race.

Here are the fastest qualifiers for the women.withrow

  1. Kelsey Withrow           23.615    
  2. Jenny LaPierre            24.144
  3. Suzanne Wamboldt   24.293
  4. Diane Walker               24.601
  5. Sue Thorne                   24.742
  6. Cathy Dacey                  24.841
  7. Leighann Nickerson  24.940
  8. Sheralee MacEwan    25.011
  9. Krista Packer               25.036            
  10. Denise Levy-Kennie  25.070
  11. Terri Snow                    25.125
  12. Sandra Saunders        25.210
  13. April Lahey                   25.795
  14. Sarah Harris                26.373
  15. Krista Boychuk           26.502
  16. Alicia Pilon                   26.618
  17. Fawnda Shaw              26.643
  18. Jenna McLaughlin     26.685
  19. Kelly Tilley                    26.715
  20. Aleta Kotylak               27.339
  21. Megan Banman          27.612
  22. Heather MacDonald 28.040
  23. Marie Lawson             28.937
  24. Rita Wile                       29.164
  25. Autumn Doucette      31.357
  26. Susan Lahey                32.326
  27. Heather Thibault       34.300
  28. Linda Kelly                   35.911
  29. Heidi Stierli                 51.680
 

Here are the fastest qualifiers for the men.jon

  1. Jon LaPierre                23.378
  2. Shane Wamboldt       23.468    
  3. Mike Bercier                23.723
  4. Alex Nickerson            23.834
  5. Rickey Banman          23.986
  6. Matt Kotylak                24.047
  7. Ross Thorne                 24.095
  8. Chris Purcell                24.123
  9. Zach Withrow             24.186
  10. Pierre Trudeau           24.256
  11. Kevin Moore                24.276
  12. Trevor MacDonald    24.302
  13. Kris Kitchin                 24.323
  14. Brock Yeaton              24.334
  15. Craig Cole                     24.354
  16. Lewis Thibault           24.477
  17. Gerry Kennie              24.486
  18. Stephen Vessey           24.505
  19. Doug Cox                      24.671
  20. Anthony Whitman    24.785
  21. Raymond Dacey         24.810
  22. Patrick Pilon               24.973
  23. Steven Hubley            24.988
  24. Adam Dignan              24.990
  25. Roger Boychuk           25.030
  26. Shawn MacDonald    25.139
  27. Ken Charsley               25.260
  28. Colin Kennie                25.516
  29. Brett MacEwan           25.677
  30. Edward Kelly               26.157
  31. Trevor Clark                 27.534
  32. Brian Kelly                    28.202

 

After 12 rounds of karting we were ready for the finals.  The finals are a different style of race.  It was a Grand Prix style race were the top 8 drivers line up and start as the green flag is dropped.  Then it is the driver who finishes 12 laps first that wins the trophy.

Congratulations to Kelsey Withrow as she took the women final by never losing her pole position right to the end. Whats was most impressive about Kelsey’s day was that she had the Third overall fastest lap of the day and I am sorry to say it but she was even .219 seconds faster then me. 😉   We saw some pretty aggressive driving…. but in the end it was Kelsey on top.  She had her victory lap with the checkered flag.  Way to go Kels!

When everything was said and done and the dust cleared, it was Jon LaPierre on top for the men with a pretty impressive day at the race track.  Way to go Jon!  Above are 2 pictures of Jon and Kelsey with their 1st place trophies.  Overall we had a ton of fun with the guys from Kartbahn and KB Tactical, everyone had a blast.  Stay tuned for more fun with friends on the life team.

side%20stingerHere is a picture of the guns that were used for laser tag.  This is NOT your typical laser tag where we shoot people in a vest. This is Mission Based Laser Tag where you have to shoot people in the head.  This was a ton of fun. Everyone really enjoyed themselves and had to work as a team to win any game. Overall this was a huge successful promotional event. Special Thanks goes out to Matt Veinotte, Alex working the front desk and all the stuff on the race track and in the laser tag room. You guys made the whole evening run smoothly and quickly. Thanks again for everything

Thanks again to all the directors that put this event on, it was a huge success.  If you were part of all the pandemonium and would like to tell us about your night that would be awesome.  Just leave a comment at the bottom.

All the Best in LIFE,

Alex Nickerson

Leadershift – A Call for Americans to Finally Stand up and Lead!

Hey everyone, here is a very important book that hits the bookstores on April the 16th.  This book to me will go down as one of the most popular book launches in history. What ever you do, get to one of these book signing and pick up a copy of Leadershift – A call for americans to finally stand up and lead. Even thou I live in Canada this book applies to all governments and I believe that with this information we will be able to reshape our countries and get ready for the next freedom shift.  Are You In?

This is an article by the author Orrin Woodward talking about the book and also I have put the dates and locations for the book signings and speaking engagements. Tell me your thoughts on what you think this book will change in our culture or feel free to share any of your thoughts on this book.

All the best in LIFE,

Alex Nickerson

We are six days away from the official launch of LeaderShift. The book signing tour has been announced, the book will be in all the bookstores across North America, and we have radio interviews scheduled across America. What exciting time to be alive with a dream. In this case, the dream is to restore hope and freedom for society at large.

An increase in government (beyond internal and external defense) leads to a decrease in society’s freedoms. Therefore, the only way to limit government is by limiting the funds fed to government and holding those responsible who are assigned to use funds wisely. Since no one is capable of watching over a government as large as Washington DC, we must break government down into bite-sized pieces where local leaders can lead and oversee its proper functioning.

My friend Oliver DeMille was a complete joy to work with in this project. He sees things from a different perspective on many issues; however, he also loves to think and reason. Consequently, even when he have disagreed, after reviewing the underlying principles, we hay typically improved the book and proposal beyond what it was to begin with. Oliver is a walking encyclopedia on the Founding generation, but isn’t dogmatic in his beliefs which makes him an amazing student of history and leadership. He has certainly made me better as a thinker, person, and leader. This is true synergy and what makes our LeaderShift partnership work so well.

In fact, we have already started the second LeaderShift book and it is coming together nicely. We are in earnest in our belief that a leadershift can and will be launched on April 16th. When Western Civilization was ailing and needed leaders who would speak truth with love and courage, never let is be said that there wasn’t enough courageous men and women to answer the call. Below is a preview of LeaderShift.

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward

“A lot of people are starting to realize something really important,” said the New York Times bestselling leadership author, Orrin Woodward. “They’re figuring out that Washington isn’t going to fix its problems anytime soon, that things are probably going to get worse in our politics and the economy until real leadership is found outside of government.”

Orrin Woodward and Oliver DeMille have written a new book that literally takes on the project of fixing America. The book is LeaderShift: A Call for Americans to Finally Stand Up and Lead. “Politicians just aren’t going to fix our problems,” DeMille said, “not in Washington, Ottawa, London, Sacramento, Albany or anywhere else. If things are going to get fixed, the leadership will almost certainly come from business. And network businesses are among the most important source of building leaders in our current society.”

According to their book, a LeaderShift is coming. But just what is a LeaderShift? As Woodward and DeMille put it, “Every once in a while in history, a LeaderShift occurs. It usually comes unexpectedly, and it transforms the world for at least a generation.” Past LeaderShifts include:

  • The historical switch from kings and chiefs as the top leaders to community fathers such as doctors, lawyers and town merchants
  • The 1880-1920’s transition from city fathers as the main leaders to titans of industry, like Carnegie, Morgan and Rockefeller
  • The 1940-1970’s shift from business tycoons as the top leaders to managers, spurred by the work of Edward Deming and innovators from Jack Welch to Sam Walton
  • The 1980-1990’s transition from managers to leaders, influenced by sages like Buckminster Fuller, Earl Nightingale and Stephen Covey

The authors argue that today we are in the early stages of another great transition, this time from political leaders as the top leaders to successful business leaders standing up and making their influence and leadership talents felt in leading society.

But this isn’t a partisan book. Woodward and DeMille say that political parties are at the center of the problem, that what is needed to really get our nations back on track is for business leaders to start making a bigger difference. “There is so much wisdom in our business books and business leaders,” Woodward said, “but most of it is ignored in Washington.”

The book hinges on Five Laws of Decline, each of which is currently chipping away at the strength of many institutions, including business organizations. Executives and entrepreneurs who don’t understand these Five Laws, and how they cause government to hurt business profitability and growth, won’t know how to overcome them. And until the business community learns and responds to the Five Laws of Decline, the authors say, the economy will continue to face overregulation, over-taxation and growth-killing uncertainty.

LeaderShift is written as a business fable, where the lead character is a successful business leader who realizes that politicians aren’t likely to fix our economy any time soon and sets out to find a solution to America’s decline. In the process, he applies the wisdom learned from years in business and from many of the greatest business books, puts together a team of business people to deal with our national problems, and creates a plan of how to really fix America.

When the team gets help from a surprising source, what happens next is a story you’ll want tell and retell. And the solutions in the book are a unique approach that really might work. Most importantly, every business leader—large or small—will want to understand the Five Laws of Decline and take action to deal with them effectively in your own business.

This book is a fun read, an enjoyable story, and it just might be the wake-up call our generation needs to finally stand up and lead. In short, if our politics and politicians aren’t going to lead, it might just be up to business leaders to turn things around.

This book will make you think, and you’ll want to pass it on to everyone you do business with. No business leader right now can afford to be without the knowledge of the Five Laws of Decline, and the book teaches a number of other important ideas that will help business people of all stripes be better leaders.

leadershift-200x200LeaderShift Speaking Engagements – $10 for general attendee, $5 with receipt of purchased LeaderShift book except on Tuesday’s Open Meeting night.

Tuesday, April 16th Los Angeles, CA – Oliver DeMille Book Signing: 5:30pm – 7:30pm Barnes & Noble, 901 B South Coast Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 Free for LIFE Library Subscribers Speaking Engagement: Right after Open around 9 pm, Howard Johnson, Grand Ballroom, 22 W. Houston Ave, Fullerton, CA 92832

Madison, WI – Orrin Woodward Book Signing: 5:30pm – 7:30pm Barnes and Noble, 7433 Mineral Point, Madison, WI 53717 Free for LIFE Library Subscribers Speaking Engagement:  8:00pm, On Stage 9:00pm – 10 pm Alliant Energy Center, Mendota 1-4, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, WI 53713

Wednesday, April 17th Sacramento, CA – Oliver DeMille Book Signing:  5:30pm – 7:30pm Barnes & Noble, 1725 Arden Way, Sacramento, CA 95815 Speaking Engagement:  8:00pm, On Stage 8:30pm – 9:30pm, DoubleTree by Hilton Sacramento, Salon A, B, & C, 2001 Point West Way, Sacramento, CA 95815

Lansing,  MI – Orrin Woodward (This location is too big for any bookstore) Book Signing at Lansing Center:  6:30pm – 7:30pm Speaking Engagement: 8:00pm, On Stage 8:30pm – 9:30pm, Book Signing 9:30pm – 11:00pm Lansing Center, Halls A & B, 333 East Michigan Avenue, Lansing, MI 48933

Thursday, April 18th London, ON – Orrin Woodward Book Signing: 5:30pm – 7:30pm Chapters, 1037 Wellington Road, London, Ontario N6E 1W4 Speaking Engagement:  8:00pm, On Stage 8:30pm – 9:30pm Best Western Lamplighter Inn & Conference Center, Crystal Ballroom, 591 Wellington Road South, London, ON N6C 4R3

Friday, April 19th Salt Lake City, UT – Oliver DeMille Book Signing: 5:30pm – 7:30pm Barnes & Noble, 1104 East 2100 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84106 Speaking Engagement: 8:00pm, On Stage 8:30pm – 9:30pm South Towne Expo Center, 300CD, 9575 S. State Street, Sandy, Utah 84070

Columbus, OH – Orrin Woodward Book Signing: 5:30pm – 7:30pm Book Loft, 631 South Third Street, Columbus, Ohio  43206 Speaking Engagement:  8:00pm, On Stage 8:30pm – 9:30pm Columbus Convention Center, Ballroom 4 & 5, 400 N High St, Columbus, OH  43215

Monday, April 22nd Camp Hill, PA  – Orrin Woodward Book Signing: 5:30pm – 7:30pm Barnes & Noble, 58 South 32nd Street, Camp Hill, PA 17011 Speaking Engagement:  8:00pm, On Stage 8:30pm – 9:30pm Christ Community Church, 1201 Slate Hill Rd, Camp Hill, PA 17011

Be sure to check out the LeaderShift promotional video at http://www.tenpercentleadershift.com.

Wayne & Raylene MacNamara: New Life PC Members!!!

Hello everyone, here is a fanastic article written by Orrin Woodward about the newest PC members Wayne and Raylene MacNamara.If you were Ottawa, Louisville, or Visalia let us know what your favorite part was from your weekend at the Winter Leadership Convention.

All the Best in LIFE,

Alex Nickerson

Wayne and Raylene MacNamara were recognized as new LIFE PC members at the LIFE Business Leadership Conventions. These two were Turbo 10 when they joined the Team community in late 2007, and now six years later, have over a thousand people at events! Leadership matters, and Claude & Lana Hamilton are building a leadership community that loves and serves one another. In fact, the Hamilton’s business is nearly six times bigger today than the day they joined the Team community back in late 2007. The dream is alive and well within the LIFE community.

533572_524724174225430_1190994941_nLaurie and I are so proud of the Hamiltons and MacNamaras for dreaming, struggling, persisting, and ultimately achieving this Olympic Gold level award. The MacNamaras were factory workers with no avenue to move up when they were introduced to Claude and Lana Hamilton. Despite lacking funds, opens, and seminars (the MacNamaras were a distance group and therefore had to build all of this), Wayne and Raylene refused to make excuses and built the system from scratch to not only go PC, but also help so many others accomplish their goals and dreams. The MacNamaras have a contagious enthusiasm for life that attracts so many winners to them. I LOVE spending time with this couple, and I believe this is just the beginning of the impact this couple will have in the world! Today they are debt free, job optional, and enjoying their freedom lifestyle in Ontario, Canada.

This is just the first of a wave of PC who will be breaking in the LIFE community, as the system and products are dialed in for growth. Numbers are up, belief is up, and the speed of growth is up! I love what I am seeing across North America. Thank you to all who attended the Leadership Conventions and celebrated the MacNamara’s victory. 2013 is the year of breakthroughs within LIFE. Is 2013 a breakthrough year in your life? Who was there live for this recognition? Please share how it impacted you.

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward

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