Announcing Orrin Woodward’s new book – The Leadership Train!

Hey gang!  I couldn’t be more excited and proud to share this announcement from my mentor and good friend Orrin Woodward about his latest book release, The Leadership Train!

God Bless,

Tim Marks



I am so excited to finally announce the release of a book I conceptualized over two years ago! I wanted a book that educates people on the viability of Network Marketing while answering common objections and teaching a winning mindset through the leadership train analogy. The Leadership Train will be released at the three LIFE Leadership major functions across North America on Friday, October 24. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.


Orrin Woodward


The Leadership Train by Orrin Woodward 

All aboard the LIFE Leadership Express! Orrin Woodward’s new book, The Leadership Train, uncovers the mysteries of network marketing and debunks any fallacies and misconceptions about its value and validity. This captivating, easy-reading narrative details one man’s complete turnaround after struggling for years with finding fulfillment in his career and putting his family relationships at jeopardy because of it. Sparked by an unexpected reunion with a long-lost friend and coworker who has gained much more peace, happiness, and success since he left his fast-climbing corporate position and built a large network marketing business, Bobby Davis embarks on a journey that helps him find his true purpose and much more satisfaction in his work and personal life.

This is a dream builder’s dream come true! Not only do you as a business owner need this book, but you need to get this book into the hands of any others you meet who might be looking for something more in life. Learn how to build a successful network marketing business from one of the greatest networkers in history, and help others to do the same. Discover how to handle pyramid and other objections and wipe out any doubts, untruths, and false beliefs that prospective members and customers, and possibly even you yourself, might have. Grab your boarding pass and bring along as many people as you can because the leadership train is going places fast, and you don’t want anyone to miss out!


Endorsements for The Leadership Train

“Having worked in network marketing for nearly two decades, I have had the privilege and blessing of working with the industry’s top field leaders, executives, and business owners, and I have ‘seen it all,’ as they say. I really believe that only Orrin Woodward could have written The Leadership Train. There is no more competent researcher or practitioner in the industry. This beautifully crafted and informative allegory will take you on a journey that will challenge every belief or misconception you may have had about network marketing as well as about yourself. Orrin lays it all out—the good, the bad, and the ugly—and shows us how he and the other founders of LIFE Leadership have eliminated the issues that have plagued the network marketing industry for years, essentially creating a whole new industry in which anyone who is hungry, honorable, and teachable can have success. Homerun!”

—Tim Marks, Bestselling Author of Voyage of a Viking and Confidence of a Champion

“The world is made a better place each and every ordinary day by the millions of unsung heroes who serve others, sell and deliver great value to customers, and build enterprises that provide jobs, grow people, and secure families. The Leadership Train captures the heart and soul of this high and holy calling and will ignite a fire of unquenchable passion within the reader’s heart!”

—John Stahl-Wert, International Bestselling Author of The Serving Leader and Ten Thousand Horses

“No one builds a networking business like Orrin Woodward. In this marvelously entertaining and easy to read book, he shares the thinking behind his extraordinary success. This should be required reading for everyone in the profession!”

—Chris Brady, New York Times Bestselling Author of Launching a Leadership Revolution

“Hilde, Orrin, and I were waiting at a red light on Friedrichstraße in Berlin, and I asked Orrin, ‘Can you tell us that thing with trains and cookies and cream again?’ We all laughed because we had been messing around with it all day, and that is when we said, ‘You need to write that book! It is a profound message that will help millions of direct sellers across the world get the business success they hunger for.’ We are so happy the book is ready! We believe it will help our team to the next level. It will be one more ‘mandatory Orrin book.’ Thank you so much, Orrin, for the impact you have on our life and success.”

—Hilde and Ørjan Sæle, Authors and World-Class Networkers

“I had barely started this informative and entertaining book when the next thing I knew, I was finished. Captivating as it is, it’s actually a manual on how to build a successful network marketing business. Orrin Woodward is truly a master at his craft, and he provides answers to many questions here. Is there anyone else out there who wants to live a life of fulfillment? Then jump on the leadership train!”

—George Guzzardo, LIFE Coach and Speaker

“Reading The Leadership Train is like being a fly on the wall watching Orrin Woodward do what he does best: develop leaders who make a difference. If even just 10 percent of the people in our profession own this book, we will impact the world in profound ways.”

—Dan Hawkins, LIFE Coach and Speaker

“I couldn’t stop reading. Orrin Woodward has already proven to be one of the foremost thought leaders of the twenty-first century. Now he reminds us of the age-old adage ‘Facts tell, but stories sell.’ The Leadership Train is a fun fiction tale that demonstrates exactly what one needs to do to create financial freedom in direct sales, written by one of the greatest networkers in history.”

—Ken Dunn, CEO of Next Century Publishing

“Over the years, I have seen the potential of many people go unfulfilled because they couldn’t frame their own doubts and fears and then overcome them. Orrin Woodward has brilliantly laid out the emotions that so many people deal with as they try to get traction and succeed and then systematically shown readers how to grow as a leader and win. Orrin has always stood above all others in understanding not just the science but also the art of building a community, and in this book, he has combined that wisdom into a clear, heartfelt tale of one man’s journey as he builds the LIFE Leadership opportunity.”

—Claude Hamilton, Bestselling Author of Toughen Up!

I can’t encourage you enough to take the time and read this short story that has actually taken over 14 years to develop. Not only will you learn the principles, techniques, and concepts to help you make a decision about life and leadership, but it will also teach you how to build a successful Compensated Community. You will not only learn about business success but I predict you will also gather golden nuggets that you can immediately apply to make your life better.

—Bill Lewis – LIFE Coach and Speaker

LIFE Leadership launches new book, Dealing with Difficult People

(PRWEB) October 02, 2014

LIFE Leadership Launches Latest Personal Development Guide, ‘Dealing with Difficult People’

 LIFE Leadership is an organization dedicated to helping people live the lives they’ve always wanted with the assistance of today’s greatest business and leadership experts. Orrin Woodward, Chris Brady, and the other founders of LIFE Leadership offer strategies designed to promote personal development and improved relationships with their latest guide, ‘Dealing with Difficult People.’

LIFE Leadership, located on the web at, offers a variety of materials to help people from all walks of life handle the day-to-day challenges in both their personal and professional lives. Founders Orrin Woodward, Chris Brady, Tim Marks, Claude Hamilton, Bill Lewis, George Guzzardo, Dan Hawkins, and Rob Hallstrand help people find ways to deal with the obstacles that arise during the normal course of the day and to overcome the common problems to which everyone can relate. Now, they are releasing their latest self-improvement guide, ‘Dealing with Difficult People,’ as part of their LIFE Leadership Essentials Series.

Starting with the premise that relationships are an important part of every area of life but that encountering difficult people now and then is inevitable, the authors of ‘Dealing with Difficult People’ suggest preparing ahead of time for difficulty with negative people who seem determined to throw up roadblocks to peace and success so that such moments can actually become constructive instead of damaging. They say, “You are going to encounter difficult people. Plan on it. Prepare for it. Become good at it.”

With this expectation that foresight and advanced preparation will enable readers to more quickly and easily resolve any issues, the book offers insight into the seven main types of difficult people and practical tips for dealing with each. And it provides a Five-Step Peace Process for turning confrontations into positive, professional interactions that seek win–win solutions beneficial to all parties involved.

Full of conflict resolution tips and strategies, ‘Dealing with Difficult People’ aims to give people the tools they need to deal with all types of difficult people in both their work and personal lives so they can experience more fulfilling and rewarding relationships and make more progress toward their goals with less frustration and hassle. It’s available through LIFE Leadership at

About LIFE Leadership: LIFE Leadership focuses on teaching time-tested principles, cutting-edge methodologies, and the right ways of thinking that enable people to improve their personal and professional relationships and achieve success in every area of life. The company offers advice that is honest, useful, and practical for what it calls the “8 Fs” of life: Family, Friends, Finances, Faith, Fitness, Fun, Following, and Freedom. Business executives, entrepreneurs, teachers, parents, community leaders, pastors, housewives, child care workers, and others can all find help for increasing their leadership effectiveness and living the life they’ve always wanted in the books, audios, videos, online personal development radio station, podcast recordings, live events, and more from LIFE Leadership.

Rick Upchurch: Inducted into Broncos Ring of Fame

Rick Upchurch is the former wide receiver and kick returner of the Denver Broncos. He is a hero, both in the NFL and in the Marks home. We have had the blessing of becoming friends with Rick over past couple of years, so much so that he graciously offered some football training to our boys.  Subscribers of the EDGE series from LIFE Leadership will recognize his name, as he was featured a while back and touched many listeners with his story.

It is with great excitement that I share this story from the Denver Post newspaper: Rick has been inducted into the Broncos Ring of Fame!

In celebration of Rick’s accomplishment, I have included pictures of him dressed up to receive his award.  One of the things I appreciate about Rick is his humility, firmly rooted in his faith in God. I have included a screen capture of the text messages between him and I, giving thanks to God. (The Denver Post won’t print it, so I will.)









Congratulations Rick, you deserve it!!!!

God Bless, Tim Marks

Text from original post of Denver Post article:

Rick Upchurch was sporting his No. 80 jersey and ready to play in the second half Sunday against the Chiefs.

“I hadn’t heard (the crowd) from the field for a long time, but to hear it on the field again, it was electrifying,” Upchurch said after being inducted into the Broncos’ Ring of Fame at halftime of the Broncos-Chiefs game. “I almost put my cleats on, put some shoulder pads under (the jersey) and got busy again.”

Upchurch, who spent his entire eight-year NFL career in Denver, used his platform Sunday to campaign for others he played with or for to join him in the Ring of Fame.

“Riley Odoms, Coach Red Miller and Simon Fletcher,” Upchurch said. “Hopefully this will start that whole trend that we can get those guys in as well.”

Upchurch was one of the NFL’s big-play offensive threats beginning in 1975. He caught 267 passes for 4,369 yards and returned a league-record eight punts for touchdowns. He is the only Bronco to be named to multiple NFL All-Decade teams.

The Ring of Fame was established in 1984 by team owner Pat Bowlen. Several Ring of Fame members were on hand for the ceremony, including John Elway, Shannon Sharpe, Rod Smith, Karl Mecklenburg and Dennis Smith.


Photos of the day of celebration:

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Financial Fitness wins Silver Axiom award!

Hey gang!  Well, our best-selling Financial Fitness product has received raves reviews, testimonies of life-changing results, and now a formal publishing award!   It’s no wonder our products continue to receive such positive feedback.  LIFE Leadership, led by Inc. Magazine Leadership Expert Orrin Woodward has a mission to impact people with positive, life-changing information.   Enjoy the press release below!

God Bless, Tim Marks


(PRWEB) September 18, 2014

LIFE Leadership’s ‘Financial Fitness’ offers valuable advice for anyone who wants to tighten up his or her budget and live a financially “fit” life. In fact, the advice is so practical and helpful that the book has been recognized by several groups as a valuable contribution to the knowledge base of personal finance. In March, ‘Financial Fitness’ was awarded the Personal Finance Silver Medal in the 2014 Axiom Business Book Awards. And just recently, in another confirmation of the soundness of its financial principles and its effectiveness at teaching them, the book received the Bronze Medal in the Finance / Budgeting / Business category of the 2014 Living Now Book Awards.

Developed by the founders of LIFE Leadership, including ‘New York Times’ bestselling authors Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady, ‘Financial Fitness’ is a candid look at personal finance and how the decisions individuals make affect their overall financial health. The authors explain that just as with becoming physically fit, becoming financially fit is a matter of having the right information and taking action on that knowledge.

With this book, the founders of LIFE Leadership say they aim to make finding the right information for becoming financially fit and the inspiration to act on it convenient and easy for readers. They say, “We call it ‘The Money Thing’: that elusive, often difficult mystery of acquiring, keeping, and continuing to produce enough money to be able to live the life of our choosing. While prescriptions and advice about one’s money are as available and varied as diet plans for one’s physical health, financial fitness appears to be as rare a thing as 3% body fat and proper cholesterol. But it doesn’t have to be that way.”

Therefore, the book provides forty-seven principles covering all of the important aspects of personal finance (the offense, or making money; the defense, or budgeting and discipline; and the playing field, or rules and philosophy of money). By doing this, the authors hope to show readers that, regardless of their current financial situation or the present economic climate, they can learn to prosper and conserve the fruits of their labor and master their money simply by understanding these basic principles of financial success and applying them to their lives.

And because they believe firmly that digesting small bits of wisdom and truth consistently over time helps people develop the right habits for success, the founders of LIFE Leadership say they have also created a series of products to support and reinforce the material taught in the book. Their ‘Financial Fitness Pack’ contains everything needed to begin the journey to sound financial health, including a copy of the ‘Financial Fitness’ book; a ‘Financial Fitness Workbook,’ which provides exercises and financial forms designed to put readers on the right path to understanding money and help them with budgeting, planning, and tracking; a ‘Financial Fitness’ decal; and eight CDs: “The Offense and Defense of Personal Finances,” “Money View,” “Money as a Slave,” “The Principles of Financial Management,” “Delay Your Gratification,” “Live within Your Means,” “Camel in the Tent,” and “Good as Gold.”

In addition, they have created a twelve-month subscription package expounding on the time-tested principles and outlining what they have learned firsthand about financial fitness. Subscribers receive one audio recording per month, for a full year of reinforcement and encouragement to continue working toward financial goals.

For more information on the ‘Financial Fitness’ book, the ‘Financial Fitness Pack,’ or the Financial Fitness Subscription, visit

About LIFE Leadership:
LIFE Leadership is based on the collective experience and wisdom of today’s best financial minds. The founders are internationally recognized business and leadership experts and bestselling authors, including ‘New York Times’ bestselling authors Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady. They teach time-tested principles and strategies for growing and maintaining wealth in any business and any economic situation through their books, audios, live events, online Rascal Radio station, podcast recordings, and more.


Forbes Magazine suggests MLM Business for Boomers!

Hey gang!  Here is an interesting article from Forbes magazine.  The author is an advocate for baby-boomers to consider starting their own MLM business, and discusses the pros and cons quite candidly.  It is a refreshing and positive article from a widely distributed source.  Not all major publications have always shared a positive opinion about our incredible industry, which makes this article a refreshing break from other articles I have come across.

These are powerful points to consider as you build a business that reaches ALL ages.  LIFE Leadership, lead by NY Times Bestselling Author and Inc Magazine Top 50 Leadership expert Orrin Woodward, is experiencing some of it’s greatest growth ever, and we are poised to capitalize on this momentum.  Enjoy the article!

God bless, Tim Marks


Would You Join A Multi-Level Marketing Company for Retirement Income?

By Robert Laura

August 29, 2014

At some point in your life you’ve been pitched a multi-level marketing (MLM), direct selling, or network marketing business opportunity.  While the pitch varies from company to company, it basically promises a chance to ditch your 9-5 work schedule, be your own boss, and make lots of money while making new friends in the process.

It all sounds good on paper, yet there is a seemingly endless debate over whether these companies and programs are legitimate business opportunities or not, so I dug in and got the real scoop.  As a result, I believe that the entire industry is poised for explosive growth and can be one of the most significant solutions to America’s current retirement savings crisis.

Initially, that may sound like a bold statement, but it’s not if you understand retirement the way I do.  The reality is, making a successful transition into retirement has more to do with psychology than with money… and the same may hold true for multi-level and network marketing.

Don’t get me wrong, money has a role in retirement, but it’s not the primary one every one gives it.  Combine that concept with eye-opening statistics like AARP’s estimate that half of all baby boomers (76 million) are interested in starting a business and the makings of a massive trend are in place.

As far as the retirement saving crisis is concerned, more and more people are coming to terms with the fact that they probably aren’t going to be able to save enough money to just sit around and slowly deplete their nest egg from age 62 to 100.  With the average 50 year-old estimated to have less than $50,000 in retirement savings, there is an obvious need to find alternative ways to either save more or generate supplemental income starting now, and continuing throughout retirement.  Moving beyond just the dollars and cents, boomers are growing tired of feeling guilty or bad about their past savings habits and are interested in moving towards possible solutions.

Another growing reality that could benefit MLM and related businesses is the increasing number of baby boomers who are disenchanted with their current careers.  They’re worn-out from years of the corporate grind and don’t feel the connection between their job and the people it impacts outside their office walls or company grounds.  They’re shifting their focus from accumulating a giant nest egg to a desire to be part of something bigger and better… to have a positive effect on others… and working in retirement.  Facets of life that can be fulfilled with specific types of products and service available through some MLM or Direct selling opportunities.

MLM and direct selling programs also offer very low barriers into entrepreneurship, often providing training, support, and ample encouragement along the way.  As retirees begin to realize they need activities that keep them busy, relevant, in good health, and connected to others, the time, energy and cost to participate in these kinds of companies make them very appealing to large segments of the population caught up in these dynamics.

This is not a ringing endorsement for the entire industry.  Like any investment of time, money, and energy, people need to be aware of what they are getting into and do their homework.  That’s the primary reasons I began researching the topic by reaching out to regular everyday people involved in these types of businesses and who were willing to skip the hype and offer a transparent view of the programs and give their opinions as to whether this can be a realistic source of retirement income.

I initially spoke to a retired friend who said she joined a health and beauty direct selling company as a means of meeting new people. She had recently remarried and moved to a new location, so she combined the practice of meeting new people with making extra money.  After almost a decade in the business, she’s built a small niche business with family and friends despite switching to from one company to another competitor after three years.

She admits she doesn’t attend all of the company’s local meetings and goal-setting sessions because she’s not interested in becoming a top producer.  She just likes to use the business activity to keep busy (particularly in the winter) and use the extra money she earns to travel and spoil the grand kids.

Having studied the psychology and behavior of boomers, this example represents a major shift in my thinking about the industry.  I no longer perceive these types of opportunities as money-making pyramid schemes.  Instead, I now see it as a way to enhance many of the personal aspects of retirement that are rarely discussed let alone planned for, with the added benefit of supplementing other popular retirement income sources such as pension and social security.

Daria M. Brezinski Ph.D, a practicing psychologist and former marketing director for a multi-level marketing magazine, echoes these sentiments.  “Many people don’t realize that multi-level marketing companies are successful because they help people satisfy a number of important human needs, including feeling significant, having connections, learning something new, and making a difference.  I have heard people in network marketing say again and again, ‘I’m doing this because I’m meeting amazing people … making so many connections … and I feel so good about myself.’”

Dr. Brezinski’s point is well taken and easy to see practiced by popular network marketing companies.  Many MLM and NM companies tout a three-to-five year plan to attain freedom and wealth, yet many of the people running company meetings have been in the business for five or ten years and still haven’t left their full-time job or landed on easy street.  “As it turns out,” Dr. Brezinski notes, “when other human needs are being met, the members and consultants don’t focus solely on the financial aspects.”

Continuing my interviews, I challenged three others who are in the business to be straightforward, and prove to me that the process really works.  What I found was good, consistent business advice applicable to any new business.

Lorene Hochstetler, from Ohio, recommends keeping your current job while slowly making the transition into MLM.  She’s been able to replace her full-time income but explains, “It didn’t happen overnight, and I still work every day.  I am very disciplined with my business and wake up every day knowing what I have to do in order to succeed at this.  You have to treat it like a business and be willing to follow advice from others who have made it.” Tracy Willard of California began her MLM career out of necessity.  “Prior to getting involved in my business, I told my friends to never let me join one of those things… but when our family was hit by the mortgage crisis I had to do something different.”  She started her business with the intention some retirees may also find themselves.  “I started with the idea that I just needed to make my month easier.  My company helped me figure out what I needed to do in order to make an extra $500 per month.”

She reiterated a common theme I heard throughout the interviews.  “If you treat it like a hobby it won’t pay you like a business.”  She also acknowledged that, in spite of her success, she doesn’t sit around eating bonbons every day waiting for residual checks to hit the mailbox.  “That’s a common misconception,” she said.  “I work hard at my business every day, although it doesn’t always feel like work.  Similar to other entrepreneurs who profit from their passion, she says “It’s rewarding because I found a product that has made in difference in how I look and feel… and I love selling it and helping other people start a business.”

Staci Cahill runs her Washington MLM company in a way many people can appreciate.  She keeps her personal life separate from her business life by avoiding home parties, offering instead workshops that educate prospects on the products she offers.  “I didn’t want to be that person others hid from because they thought I was going to ask them to host a party.  I like to keep my business life and personal life separate.”

When I asked her if she was successful at her craft, she pointed out an MLM approach different from what many might expect.  “Yes, I am very successful given what I wanted to get out of it.  I’m a single mother who used to work 50 hours per week outside the home.  Now I’ve cut it to 20 hours, which is a major upgrade for me and my family.”

As a five-year veteran of MLM, she attributes her success to the fact that, “I switched companies a few years ago once I realized that pots and pans don’t change people lives.  The products I now offer has changed my life and that of others… and I find a lot of value in waking up and going to bed knowing that.”

The interviews and psychological connections lead me to conclude that MLM and NM companies, along with other small businesses opportunities, are important considerations for anyone entering retirement.  In fact, I believe the concept of starting a business for retirement income will become one of the most significant trends impacting retirement in the 21st century.  But it has to start with redefining entrepreneurship and framing it into a retirement lifestyle.  That means helping people find ways to turn a passion, hobby, or personal desire into extra money in their pocket… not to mention helping people see the importance of  planning for the non-financial aspects of retirement such as replacing a work identity, staying relevant and connected, as well as keeping mentally and physically fit.

Something multi-level marketing as well as network marketing companies are poised to capitalize on.  As a result, the industry could soon experience larger than life growth, spurred by baby boomers looking to adjust their retirement feelings and plans.


Obstacles Press Makes a New Addition

(PRWEB) August 27, 2014

Founded by Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady, Obstaclés Press, the publishing division of LIFE Leadership, located on the web at http://Obstaclé, has been publishing self-help and inspirational books that help people with both personal and professional development for some time. But as its list of publications grows and its works receive more acclaim, public awareness of the publisher is increasing. One of the company’s most well-known and beloved books is the ‘New York Times’ bestseller ‘Launching a Leadership Revolution’ by Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady. One of its most recent releases, ‘And Justice for All,’ helped its author, Orrin Woodward, become a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® Official Record Holder for the Largest Book Signing. And another of the publisher’s most popular works, ‘Financial Fitness,’ recently won a Silver Medal in the 2014 Axiom Business Book Awards. And now, the publisher is making a new addition to its collection of informative and motivational works: ‘Dealing with Difficult People’ is set to be released at the end of this month.

Orrin Woodward, Chief Executive Officer, explains the origin of the publisher’s unusual name: “Obstaclés is pronounced Ob-STOCK-uh-leez and is represented by a cartoon character created by Chris Brady. He is our anti-mascot and represents all the barriers and obstacles that we as humans face to achieving our dreams.” As the adversary of Brady’s heroic leader, Rascal, the fiendish Obstaclés has gained notoriety for his mischievous ways. He has his own line of products, including posters, bobblehead dolls, and a coloring book. “In fact, he may have his own book deal soon!” says Woodward. Read more about Obstaclés and the history of Obstaclés Press at http://Obstaclé

All the books that Obstaclés Press has published so far have the same general focus: helping people overcome obstacles to success so they can live the lives they’ve always wanted. Rob Hallstrand, Chief Operations Officer, as seen at http://Obstaclé, believes strongly that the purpose of Obstaclés Press is summarized in the organization’s motto: “Publishing the truth despite the obstacles (or despite little Obstaclés).”

“Obstaclés Press exists to publish books that help people overcome the obstacles in their lives. These obstacles represent negativity. We believe that, by sharing the truth through the written word, we can help people get past obstacles and become the very best they can be. Our overall goal is to help others achieve the things they want in life,” says Hallstrand.

Chris Brady, Executive Publisher, agrees. “Obstaclés Press grew from the same mindset that drove the creation of LIFE Leadership and embodies the same beliefs. Our hope is that this publication arm will help us reach a new audience who is hungry for hope and motivation.”

In order to achieve its mission of helping readers overcome obstacles to success and live the lives they’ve always wanted, Obstaclés Press carries a wide array of works on personal and professional development, including the above-mentioned books and others such as ‘PAiLS’ and ‘A Month of Italy’ by Chris Brady, ‘RESOLVED’ by Orrin Woodward, ‘Voyage of a Viking’ by Tim Marks, and ‘Toughen Up!’ by Claude Hamilton. The publisher also produces an entire line of books called the ‘LIFE Leadership Essentials Series’ designed to teach existing and would-be leaders the fundamentals of leadership and help them develop and hone their leadership and interpersonal skills in order to increase their effectiveness. The new release coming out this month, ‘Dealing with Difficult People,’ is part of this series. The publishers feel certain this book will go a long way toward fulfilling their goal of bringing true benefit to their readers by helping them alleviate some of the stress of dealing with difficult people and situations and improve all of their relationships in life. For a complete list of Obstaclés Press publications, see [http://Obstaclé

About Obstaclés Press and LIFE Leadership:
Obstaclés Press is the publication arm of LIFE Leadership, an organization dedicated to helping those who want to achieve the greatest life results possible through consistent personal and professional development and the application of proven principles and cutting-edge methodologies. The books that Obstaclés Press publishes are integral components of the products and services that LIFE Leadership offers in order to achieve its mission of helping others live the lives they’ve always wanted. LIFE Leadership cofounders Orrin Woodward, Chris Brady, Tim Marks, Claude Hamilton, Dan Hawkins, Bill Lewis, George Guzzardo, and Rob Hallstrand travel the globe speaking to groups everywhere and motivating them to succeed in multiple fields and endeavors, including, business, education, public service, ministry, and others.

Futsal Players: Mastering Their Craft

I am re-reading The Talent Code by author Daniel Coyle.  It gives the example of how the Brazilians dominate in soccer; in no small part because they’ve found a way to train their players before the youngsters even begin playing the sport.  Many of the kids never even step foot on a grass field until they are 14-15 years old. Quite strategically, they’ve been honing their craft using another game called futsal.

Futsal is different from soccer in several ways.  It is played on a smaller playing field, so a competitor is always in the players face, thereby increasing the intensity and competitiveness of the game.  It is played on a concrete or wood floor, not a grass field.  The biggest difference, though, between futsal and soccer is that futsal uses a smaller and heavier ball.  Why is this important?  Because the players can’t kick the ball down the field away from themselves; they must learn to control and manipulate the ball to a much higher degree than is demanded of them during normal soccer play.  As author Daniel Coyle says in his blog,,

“Futbol de salao [“futsal”] develops skill circuits far faster than the outdoor game, because players:

  • Touch the ball more often—600 percent more often, according to one study. More touches—in other words, more circuit-firings—creates more skill.
  • Are forced to develop more moves. Merely booting the ball down the field—often the first option in the outdoor game—doesn’t work. Futbol de salao players practice lots of fakes and tricks—because they have to. As one Brazilian told me, “Futsal is our national laboratory of improvisation.”
  • Grow accustomed to operating in tight spaces. When they get to the outdoor game, futsal players feel as if they have all the room in the world.”

So futsal players learn ball handling, double coverage, etc., at an accelerated rate compared to normal soccer players.  Similar to a flight simulator, futsal players are forced to practice mission-critical skills and master them.

I challenge you to ask yourself the question: what could I do in my profession, my career, or my business, to prepare myself ahead of time so I’m ready when real challenges hit?  Remember, the only way to truly grow is always to be on the EDGE of our competency level or our “talent band.”  At LIFE Leadership, we promote a culture of personal growth and constant improvement.  If you merely play at a comfortable level in life, you aren’t stretching and growing.  But I can promise you this: somewhere, your competitor is.

Enjoy this blog link and accompanying video of a young futsal player, John Farnworth, mastering his craft!

God Bless, Tim Marks

Biblical Friendship of David and Jonathan

Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .”
- CS Lewis
The Bible is full of friendships.  We can learn a lot about ourselves and our own relationships by looking at those in the Bible.
In this article, and my next one, I’ll be looking at some of the most famous biblical friendships ever. As you’re reading the Bible this week, why not look out for some of the friendships and relationships described there. What things in those relationships are similar to your life? What can we learn about God from them?

David and Jonathan – They Should Have Been Enemies

One of the most famous friendships of the Bible has to be that of David and Jonathan. When they met, David had been chosen by God to be the future king of the Israelites, but Jonathan’s father (Saul) who was the king at the time, wanted to kill David.

However, Jonathan took a real liking to David.  He made a promise to him, he loved him, he gave him presents and provided for him. He warned David about plots against him by his father, he spoke out for him to his father and he used his influence to keep him safe.
Friendship Requires Self-Sacrifice
It’s not surprising that Jonathan was the main player in the relationship at first, because as the son of the king, he was the one with the power in this relationship.
But it is a power that he used for the good of his friend – and at a cost to himself. Every time he kept David safe or promoted his interests, he was destroying his own chances of inheriting his father’s throne. Jonathan’s friendship with David was at the cost of his own career and reputation!
Friendship Requires Loyalty
Jonathan was a friend with some pretty impressive qualities. His loyalty to David, and courage in the face of political pressure, and an angry, murderous father was unquestioned. He had the humility to say openly that he would never be king. He followed up his commitments, he was generous and he did it all ‘before the Lord’. He showed genuine affection, loyalty and openness. He was the friend everyone would love to have!
But David was not just a passive ‘taker’ in all of this either. As time went on their friendship grew so that by the end it was definitely a two-way relationship between equals.  When the pair had to part, the story says that David ‘wept the most.’ At Jonathan’s death, David showed immense grief.
Friendship Requires Real Commitment
One of the particularly beautiful aspects of this friendship was the way David and Jonathan promised to do good to each others family and descendents. They knew that as technical rivals to the same throne, it was more than likely that their families and heirs could grow to hate each other and try to eliminate their opponents. They took steps to stop the cycle of rivalry and hate – and as time went on, it worked!
Jonathan and David’s friendship has a lot to teach us about power, self-sacrifice and loyalty.
How do you treat your friends?
Most of us today are unlikely to be in a situation where we become best friends with our greatest rivals, but we may stand to lose status, money or power because of a friendship. Are we willing to put our friends first?  I hope so.
God Bless,

Are You Left, Right, or In the Middle?

Over years of a self-directed education, having read many books on a variety of topics including history and politics, I always try to step back and look at the facts as they are and not as I want them to be.   With that in mind, I’d like to share a video from Edward Griffin, an excellent researcher and historian.  I don’t agree with him on everything, but he offers some thought-provoking insights on our political parties.
In this clip, Griffin shares a bone-chilling question that was asked by a university history professor who actually mentored William Clinton while he was a student (a question that is the opposite of what I personally stand for.)  The question asked was:
“How do you let people think they are directing their own political destiny, while at the same time we, the elite, are [actually] the ones  directing their political destiny, without them [the people] knowing it?”
The answer, once you hear it, will cast a light on the political charade we see in our government today.  Remember: we can’t make our world better until we understand it.
The video below casts light on things many of us have wondered or felt from time to time, and answers some questions about why we are stuck as a country and not following any one party’s “agenda” but really following an agenda we are not even aware of.  Thankfully, through LIFE Leadership, we have excellent books like Orrin Woodward’s And Justice For All that help us all continue a self-directed political education.  Enjoy the video!
God bless,

Financial Fitness for kids!

Hey gang!  Very excited to see this press release from PR Web, regarding our upcoming Financial Fitness for Kids products.


It’s exciting to be a part of a business that provides world-class information to people of all ages.  LIFE Leadership, led by New York Times bestselling author and Inc Magazine leadership expert Orrin Woodward, continues to produce information that will truly change the world.

God Bless, Tim Marks

Here is the link and the article in its entirety:


Coming Soon: ‘Financial Fitness for Teens’ Book, New Addition to the Edge Products from LIFE Leadership Designed to Empower Youth to Build a Successful FutureLIFE Leadership, an organization dedicated to providing entrepreneurs, business professionals, teachers, parents, ministers, and others with the tools to live fulfilling lives and build successful careers and businesses, will soon be releasing a new book, ‘Financial Fitness for Teens,’ as part of its Edge products designed to support youth in developing self-confidence and learning the principles of personal growth and success. The ‘Edge’ book by LIFE Leadership cofounders and ‘New York Times’ bestselling authors Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward, published in November of 2013, was the first book released as part of the Edge program.


In a world that rarely takes the time to stop and explain how to succeed, Edge puts into words the formula for life-long success!


(PRWEB) August 07, 2014


While LIFE Leadership normally focuses on adults with its numerous programs and materials that teach self-development skills and support personal and professional growth, the organization’s founders say they realize that young people can also benefit significantly from teaching and motivation to achieve their goals. “There is no age limit on success or the thinking behind it,” says LIFE Leadership cofounder and Edge creator Chris Brady.


Wanting to offer youth within the targeted age range of twelve through eighteen the opportunity to get a head start in life by learning from the experience and wisdom of those who have already “been there and done that,” the company released a program called Edge in 2012. Brady says, “As adults, how many of us have had the thought: ‘If only I’d known THEN what I know NOW…’ The Edge Series is designed to transfer that knowledge to the next generation NOW!”

The company says the Edge Series is a hard-core, no-frills series of audio messages that teach leadership and success principles, promote self-confidence, and encourage drive and motivation. They created the monthly series to give youth timely advice and information on common obstacles they may face as well as true stories of success from famous and fascinating people, including but not limited to entrepreneurs, leadership experts, sports figures, and other youth who have already begun applying the principles taught and achieving certain levels of success for themselves. A subscription to the series costs $10.00 per month.

As an accompaniment to the monthly audio series, LIFE Leadership will be releasing its second book for the youth Edge program, ‘Financial Fitness for Teens,’ in September. The goal of the book is to teach young people all about the basics of personal finance and make it easy and enjoyable to put the lessons to use in everyday life. Topics covered include the different ways to make money, saving, budgeting, investing, and more.

The first book in the Edge program, entitled simply ‘Edge,’ was written by ‘New York Times’ bestselling authors Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward and released in November of 2013. The authors say it offers insight, inspiration, and practical advice for young people in all areas of life based on their personal experience and the lessons they have learned throughout their many years of being engineers, entrepreneurs, husbands, fathers, friends, and Christians. The book also features two popular cartoon characters created by author Chris Brady: Obstaclés, the fiendish antagonist who personifies the obstacles to success that everyone faces, and Rascal, the brave, determined hero figure who strives for excellence and persistently overcomes Obstaclés at every turn. The authors also encourage readers to challenge themselves to “Find Obstaclés” hiding throughout the pages of the book (much like playing “Where’s Waldo?” created by British illustrator Martin Handford) as an entertaining way to solidify the lessons taught in their minds and receive encouragement to face any annoying, real-life obstacles to success.

The company anticipates releasing more books for teens in the coming months. The owners say that the Edge booksand the monthly Edge Series, in conjunction together, aim to provide life-changing information to help young people develop a keen eye and the good sense to easily spot and overcome obstacles to success. The ongoing monthly audio series is designed to help subscribers break the principles and lessons taught in the books into small chunks and dig deep into the thought-provoking information and ideas so they can easily assimilate and implement the material and create permanent habits that lead to success.


Entrepreneurs Marc and Kristine Militello, customers and fans of the Edge products, say the Edge Series has helped their kids build “a foundation they can follow for the rest of their lives.” As an example of how the materials have impacted their children’s lives, Kristine said, “Our daughter joined a new softball team this winter—mid season. The coach told us, ‘Our entire team changed when your daughter joined. We needed a leader, and that is what she is.’” Marc says, “In a world that rarely takes the time to stop and explain how to succeed, Edge puts into words the formula for life-long success!”


The LIFE Leadership founders and creators of Edge say they realize that “LIFE Leadership is nearly alone in providing character-based leadership development for youth,” so they designed their unique Edge program to give youth the chance to start learning valuable life lessons ahead of the pack because they know “it’s never too early to get an Edge.” The message they would like to get out there to youth today is: “No one else can be who you are or do what you do. All your dreams deserve your best efforts, so get Edge and get a head start on accomplishing them!”


About the Edge Series and Books:

LIFE Leadership offers the Edge products, including a monthly audio subscription program and books by ‘New York Times’ bestselling authors Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward as well as other models of leadership in action, to today’s youth to help them make a difference in their lives at the earliest possible point. Brady and Woodward hope to use the life-changing and thought-provoking information in these books and audios to help young people get an Edge on life and start working toward their dreams now.





Young CEO Credits LIFE Leadership!

Hey gang!  Just saw this on PR Web and wanted to share.  A wonderful endorsement to the power of the LIFE Leadership information!  Here is the article in its entirety.

God Bless, Tim Marks


Travis Allen, Founder of iSchool Initiative, to Speak at Walt Disney World® Conference on June 25, 2014

Travis Allen is the president and CEO of iSchool Initiative. He is speaking on June 25, 2014, about the evolution of technology in the classroom at the Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence 2014 Educator Leadership Institute held at Walt Disney World® Resort, FL, as part of the Disney Youth Education Series.

(PRWEB) July 23, 2014

Recently, Readers Legacy PR spoke with Travis Allen, the young CEO of iSchool Initiative, about the success his company has experienced, the inspiration from LIFE Leadership that made him who he is today, and his upcoming speech at a Walt Disney World® educators conference. Allen was a high school student five years ago; today, he is the president and CEO of his own company. His meteoric rise to success, however, is not an accident. He attributes his vision for creating his company in part to the inspiration he received from the informational and motivational materials offered by LIFE Leadership.

Allen frequently used technology to take notes, read books, and perform other tasks when he was in high school. However, his school had a zero-tolerance policy for cell phone use, and he was reprimanded for the usage. Troubled by this problem, Allen soon created a YouTube video about one-to-one mobile learning and how it could transform the educational industry. The video soon went viral, and the educational world began to pay attention to Travis’s message that technology and education can, in fact, be combined effectively to engender authentic student engagement and increased learning.

Through this experience, the idea for iSchool Initiative was born. The foundation for this successful company was built over the next few years, ignited and fueled by LIFE Leadership’s products, speeches, and events. Following LIFE Leadership’s example, Travis started iSchool with a team that gave motivational speeches to build awareness of how technology could be successfully paired with education. These teachings became widespread and sought-after, and the Digital Learning Revolution (DLR) mobile classroom on wheels was born. Today, Allen’s company also offers professional development, consulting, and a mobile toolkit. Nearly 90 percent of the work is with teachers in grades K through 12. To date, the company has recruited several large clients, including a $1.4 million account, from schools that wish to purchase large numbers of iPads for their classrooms.

Travis Allen credits the insight and encouragement he received from a LIFE Leadership convention he attended in Ohio with helping to move his company forward. Says Allen, “LIFE leadership has been the fuel to our vehicle, and it’s what kept us going, motivated and inspired to change the world. It’s us in the trenches; we’re the ones doing the work. But it’s so vital that we have that support and constant fuel to keep us excited and energized to change the world.”

One of the products that Allen says benefited him greatly is the ‘Mental Fitness Challenge (MFC)’ created by LIFE Leadership cofounders Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady to help participants grow and improve in thirteen key areas of life set forth in Woodward’s acclaimed book ‘RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions for LIFE.’ Through this all-encompassing three-month subscription, clients receive access to an interactive website, a self-assessment test, ninety days worth of worksheets, audios, videos, and books written by Woodward and Brady, and so much more. Among the bestselling books included is a copy of Brady’s and Woodward’s ‘Launching a Leadership Revolution,’ which is one of Travis’s favorites. He equates the foundational principles put in place for iSchool with the teaching found in this informative guide to increasing leadership effectiveness.

Now, Travis is taking his teachings from LIFE Leadership and his continually growing business prowess and sharing his wisdom at a Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence educator conference held at Walt Disney World Resort, FL, June 23 – 25, 2014, as part of the Disney Youth Education Series. Thanks to LIFE Leadership, Travis Allen and iSchool continue to help teachers understand the technological culture and buy in to the idea that education can effectively incorporate the latest devices. He and his company aim to revolutionize the American education system and promote a culture of lifelong learning.

About Travis Allen and iSchool:
At only seventeen years old, Travis Allen had a dream that schools would change their approach to integrating technology in the classroom. Today, iSchool helps teachers, administrators, and students understand how technological advances can be incorporated into everyday teaching and revolutionize learning. His employees are all subscribed to Rascal Radio, a personal and professional development product of LIFE Leadership, and he continually puts the ideas he learns from LIFE Leadership to work in his company.

About LIFE Leadership:
LIFE Leadership develops and inspires current and future leaders. With the belief that applying the right information consistently over time can produce lasting change and increased influence, the company provides life-changing informational materials to business professionals, administrators, community service leaders, pastors, teachers, parents, and more to help them increase their leadership effectiveness, passionately pursue their purpose, and live the lives they’ve always wanted.

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