Words of Affirmation Every Wife Wants to Hear

Hey gang!  I came across this blog post from Matthew L. Jacobson and wanted to share it with you.  I am happy to say that my awesome wife read the list below and said that I ( Tim Marks) say all of these things to her.
While I appreciate her saying that, I know that I need to say more of these things; more often and more specifically.  Not because it’s a tactic to get me in good graces with Amy, but because its true – period.   I am blessed to be part of such a wonderful business community as LIFE Leadership that promotes happy, healthy and enduring marriages.  Read this list, and share these words with your wife!

God Bless, Tim Marks

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A while back I was speaking and asked for a show of hands, “How many of the wives have had too much affirmation over the past month?” Laughter broke out across the room. No, haven’t had too much of that.

If Lisa is any indication, women often have the feeling that life is coming at them with the speed of a fighter jet and the chaos of a riot. Add to this the voices everywhere around them saying in subtle and not so subtle ways that the job they’re doing isn’t quite up to the mark. Wives often have the nagging feeling that they just don’t measure up.

Let’s drown out those voices with the applause of affirmation – words of beauty, truth, and love that every wife wants to hear, but also needs to hear often. Here are 102 to help you get started.

1)   You give a lot, and I appreciate how much you give.

2)   You are beautiful.

3)   You make me want to be a better man.

4)   Thanks for your faithfulness to our family.

5)   You are a godly woman.

6)   I’ve learned a lot from you.

7)   I’ve seen you grow so much.

8)   I like spending time with you.

9)   You’re fun to be with.

10) What a fantastic meal!

11) You make wonderful things.

12) Thanks for your diligence in running this house.

13) Our kids are so fortunate to have you as their mother.

14) God wanted me to be happy . . . that’s why He made you my wife.

15) You bring out the best in me.

16) You are a fantastic person.

17) You are a deep river.

18) You’re as beautiful to me as the day we married.

19) My favorite place to be is with you.

20) I wouldn’t be half the man I am without you.

21) You make loving fun.

22) You complete me.

23) God said, “It’s not good for a man to be alone.” It’s sure good to be with you!

24) When I’m gone this week, just remember, home is where my heart is.

25) You are my world.

26) The Bible tells men: Love your wife like Christ loves the Church . . . I like my job!

27) I like going out with you . . . what are you doing tonight?

28) The laundry never stops coming . . . and you never quit. You’re amazing and, I really appreciate it.

29) You are a hard worker.

30) You’re so smart.

31) I value your insight.

32) You have a lot to offer.

33) I really admire your inner strength

34) I’m glad our kids have (will have) such an excellent role model.

35) You are (will be) an amazing mother.

36) You know you’re my best friend, don’t you?

37) I don’t know what I would do without you.

38) You make me a happy man.

39) I’m amazed at the women you’ve become.

40) You accomplish a lot.

41) You are so thoughtful.

42) Thank you for respecting me.

43) I’m grateful I can trust you with anything.

44) I have total confidence in you.

45) I’m proud to be your husband.

46) God knew what I needed. That’s why He brought us together.

47) I respect the woman you are.

48) My hat’s off to you!

49) You’ve got great ideas.

50) I married up!

51) I rely on your intuition.

52) You’re the finest woman on the planet!

53) I can face anything with you by my side.

54) I married a winner!

55) Our kids love (are going to love) you so much.

56) You are the best woman I know.

57) I don’t deserve you . . . but, I’m glad you’re mine!

58) I want to grow old with you.

59) Thank you for being so good to me.

60) You’re an awesome lover.

61) I don’t need anything else – just you.

62) I only have eyes for you.

63) I’ll always be faithful to you.

64) You never have to wonder where I am.

65) Thank you for standing by me.

66) I really appreciate your loyalty.

67) You are a great cook/chef.

68) You’re so creative.

69) I know you strive to please me . . . and believe me, you’re successful!

70) I love what you make.

71) You are one talented woman!

72) You never stop giving.

73) You look fabulous in that outfit!

74) You make me look good!

75) When you walked into the room, you took my breath away.

76) You are an excellent wife and I’m a blessed man.

77) You bring me joy.

78) I love the home that you’ve created.

79) You work hard to make things wonderful.

80) The Song of Solomon has nothing on you!

81) I’m a better man because of you.

82) You are a unique person.

83) I’m glad I married you!

84) You’ll always have my heart.

85) Your heart is safe with me.

86) God knew exactly what I needed in a woman.

87) You are God’s perfect choice for me.

88) I wouldn’t want any other life than the one I am living with you.

89) You are my dream girl.

90) You are a beautiful person, inside and out.

91) You’ve got what it takes to make things happen.

92) You impress me, you really do!

93) You are a woman of integrity.

94) I admire you.

95) I’m proud of how you handled situations like that.

96) You’re no pushover. I love your spine of steel.

97) You are a considerate person, of me, and of everyone else.

98) You’re one in a million . . . and you’re mine!

99) I’m a rich man because you are my wife.

100) I’d be happy with you anywhere!

101) You make it all worth while. I wouldn’t want it any other way.

102) I’ll love you forever.

Mid-Term Elections and the Middle-Class Squeeze

Hey gang!  With the mid-term elections happening tomorrow, I thought it would be valuable to take a moment and to examine what’s happening in politics and America today.  While there are things both sides of our government do that I don’t agree with, I have to admit that the Republicans tend to favor business more than Democrats do.

Part of the issue we face in our country is the entrepreneurial dream is being crushed by what Orrin Woodward calls “The Middle-Class Squeeze.”  Here is a copy of his original blog on the subject.  God Bless, and make sure you vote tomorrow!

God Bless, Tim Marks

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“Let us in education dream of an aristocracy of achievement arising out of a democracy of opportunity” – Thomas Jefferson

A simple definition of meritocracy would be the democracy of opportunity, providing everyone with an equal opportunity to advance based upon, paraphrasing Martin Luther King Jr., “the content of one’s character, not the color of one’s skin.”

However, as I noted in the first two articles (Middle Class Squeeze and the Idle Rich & Idle Poor), Jefferson’s dream is certainly not today’s reality. When a person is confronted with this sobering truth, he can respond in one of three ways. His character is revealed by the path chosen.

Three Responses to the Middle Class Squeeze
The first option is to deny the bitter reality. The person continues to keep his head down, refusing to question the increasing financial and opportunity squeeze suffered by the middle class. This choice reminds me of the Matrix movie, where people live in a coma-of-complacency. Sadly, unlike the movie, the brutal reality will eventually jolt people awake, typically through a business failure or job loss.

The second option is when a person recognizes the reality of the middle class squeeze and plays the victim card. These perpetual victims run around crying to anyone who will listen (fewer and fewer do) until they have swallowed enough poison to poison everyone around them. Every person who associates with these embittered victims hears a monotonous refrain about what could have been, or who is to blame, or what a heavy burden they have to carry. What a waste of potential! No matter what has happened, why surrender the future to the past? If a person is still breathing, then he has hope!

The third option is to turn injustice into education. Since bitterness isn’t a viable option for leaders, this, in truth, is the proper response. Every person suffers injustices at some point in life. However, leaders turn injustices into education for growth, while losers turn them into justification for failure. This group perceives the challenges, but instead of whining about them, they begin working on solutions to win. Winners, in other words, choose to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

Why the “Idle Rich” Dislike Leaders
The “Idle Rich” fear effective middle class leadership. Why? Because leaders challenge the status quo, generating change that can threaten the “Idle Rich” and their special deals. The wealthy elites train the middle class to be followers, not educated and effective leaders. Indeed, the middle class are like sheared sheep, tirelessly working to support the lifestyles of both idle groups. If the middle class were to get a true education, not just training, they may ask too many questions and catch on to the real game.

In fact, if the “Idle Rich” had to choose, they would rather have a middle class person fall further down the food chain (this is happening more and more), ending up as part of the “Idle Poor,” versus become a leader and get free. Serfs won’t cause trouble for the elites, but leaders can and do. The Founding Fathers were a middle class group of leaders that broke open the special deal mercantilism of the British Empire. If America hadn’t had leaders like Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Henry, Hamilton, Madison, etc, there simply wouldn’t have been a revolution.

Where are the Middle Class Leaders Today?
Middle class leaders are Missing In Action (MIA) or more accurately, (MII) Missing in Inaction. The elites have worn down the middle class through excessive taxation and regulations, making the temptation to surrender to handouts look more appealing daily. One of the most shocking facts about the rigged game is the “Idle Rich” want and need the “Idle Poor.” For without them, the “Idle Rich” could not put the squeeze on the working middle class.

Before I go further, let me explain who the “Idle Poor” are and who they are not. They aren’t those without a job, but are still looking. They aren’t people who receive unemployment, while still searching for ways to support themselves. No, the “Idle Poor” are different. They have totally given up on the idea of self-responsibility, expecting others to provide for their lifestyles. Since there are no free lunches, the government must burden the working middle class even further to now support the “Idle Poor.”

If only people understood that this plays right into the hands of the “Idle Rich.” The “Idle Poor,” in other words, are stooges for the “Idle Rich.” Indeed, without the “Idle Poor,” who swallow their pride, decency, and self-respect for endless handouts, the Big Business/Big Government partnership could not maintain the squeeze play on the middle class. Why? Simply because the “Idle Rich” don’t have enough votes by themselves to continue charade parade. They must recruit people into the “Idle Poor” class, building the democratic majorities to maintain the middle class squeeze.

How Can LIFE Help?
The LIFE Community is a group of men and women who have freely chosen the third option. We are a group who of men and women who are sick and tired of being squeezed by Big Banks, Big Business, and Big Government. We refuse to bury our heads in the sand; we refuse to become embittered; and lastly, we refuse to sit back and do nothing! What if we created communities across North America, teaching personal development, leadership, and teamwork, that people refused to join the “Idle Poor?” This fact alone would create a revolution, ending the middle class squeeze!

We must raise up leaders across North America similar to the founding generation. LIFE has formed leadership communities throughout North America to do just that. Our goal is to educate hard working people on the crucial leadership principles necessary to lead their own lives, rather than be led by the “Idle Rich.” A tough assignment? Of course, but leaders don’t ask for easy, they ask for worth it. This is a worthy endeavor, one that brings out the best in leaders.

Because LIFE is a meritocracy, we expect to receive criticism from the victims within middle class society. What else could leaders expect from a group who demands perpetual handouts from others? Even so, we will never surrender the leadership principles involving character, task, and relationship in a meritocratic community. Only leaders and learners, who love a pay for performance community, will be excited about the LIFE opportunity. Therefore, not coincidentally, that’s exactly who we desire to partner with.

Leadership is a luxury in short supply in Western Society. We are not looking nor expecting everyone to be interested in LIFE. A person doesn’t have to be a leader to join the LIFE community; however, he must desire to improve himself through associating with other hungry leaders. I believe its time to Launch a Leadership Revolution. No matter how bleak it looks, there is always hope. Truthfully, there are no hopeless situations, only hopeless people in situations.

We can and do play a part in the future of our country. Remember, America was formed on the efforts of millions of small farmers, farmers who owned their own land and were rewarded based upon their own efforts. Aren’t our families worthy of having a dream for? Aren’t they worthy of going through some struggles for? Finally, aren’t our future generations worthy of persisting onward to victory for freedom’s sake?

I vote yes on all three questions above. The Founders of the LIFE have created a plan to restore Western Culture. Instead of just having a business with a purpose, we went one better. We are building our purpose on business. By combining the foundational principles of leadership, community and meritocracy, we believe we have the right mix to achieve this audacious assignment.

Other companies may play politics, make special deals, and pay based upon seniority, but in LIFE, a person’s pay raise becomes effective only when he does. LIFE doesn’t pay based upon your family name, your past background, or your past results. Instead, LIFE pays monthly based upon one’s monthly performance. Leaders love the LIFE business while posers hate it. Why? Because communities grow only when true leaders are present. In other words, this business exposes the posers.

The game of LIFE has started, are you on the playing field? Or, are you allowing past defeats to prevent your future victories? The choice is yours. All we promise is a level playing field and an aristocracy of leadership based upon achievements as Jefferson envisioned. We have combined all the ingredients necessary for success into the business of LIFE. All, that is, except one – your work ethic. This is what you must add to join the aristocracy of achievement.

Read and watch the LIFE Testimonials for yourself. You will discover that LIFE is a group of average men and women who have chosen to be un-average. LIFE is a community that has chosen to get better, not bitter, when faced with the middle class squeeze. Finally, we have launched the leadership revolution to fulfill our LIFE’s purpose.

What will you do? Remember, destiny favors the bold! Sincerely, Orrin Woodward

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

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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.

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward

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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 http://www.lifeleadership.com/, 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 http://bit.ly/1rJIhM8.

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.)

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Congratulations Rick, you deserve it!!!!

God Bless, Tim Marks

Text from original post of Denver Post article:

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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.

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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

http://www.prweb.com/releases/FinancialFitness/09/prweb12180106.htm

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(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 http://bit.ly/1u9DiCL.

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

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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://ObstaclésPress.com, 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://ObstaclésPress.com/about-us.

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://Obstacléspress.com/people/, 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://ObstaclésPress.com/shop.

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.

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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, thetalentcode.com,

“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,

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