LIFE Leadership Generates Millions For Q. C. Tourism

Gang, one more example of how LIFE Leadership is making an impact!

God Bless, Tim Marks

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Self-help convention helps Q.C. tourism generate millions

POSTED 3:17 PM, FEBRUARY 20, 2015, BY JOHN DAVID, UPDATED AT 04:15PM, FEBRUARY 20, 2015

A self-help convention is helping to generate a $4.5 million economic impact for the Quad Cities economy this weekend.

Some 8,500 participants with Life Leadership are selling out hotels and booking up restaurants.

As hundreds of folks stream into the Waterfront Convention Center on Friday, it demonstrates the success and popularity of the group.

The faith-based Michigan enterprise started just four years ago.

It now has more than 400,000 members.

Participants pay a membership fee to sell the motivational materials.

“It’s the message that we have information that can help people live the lives they always wanted to live,” said CEO Chris Brady.

Speakers are showing how they improve families with its research.

Subjects of DVD’s, CD’s and other sources deal with topics like faith, families and fitness.

This weekend session will focus on financial leadership.

“It helps them build a great defense, and get out of debt,” Brady continued.  “It helps them build a great offense, and make other streams of income.”

Life Leadership picked the Quad Cities for its safety and convenience.

After nearly a year of planning, the three-day session is underway.  The winter conference is proving to be a big boost to local tourism.

“It’s evolved into something huge,” said Joan Kranovich, Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau.  “Even our hotels were a little bit skeptical at first when they started calling and renting the whole hotel instead of 20 rooms at a time.”

With messages filled with values and principles, it’s also good for local businesses.

“We have information that helps people solve the problems that conflict them in their everyday life,” Brady concluded.

Events continue at the iWireless Center through Sunday.

 

 

 

Paul Harvey’s 1965 Speech

Paul Harvey delivered this speech three years before I was born. Considering how things have turned out, you would think he had a crystal ball.  I don’t know specifically who put this video together.   I don’t agree with all the imagery in the video, as we actually don’t know what the devil looks like etc.  However, what Paul Harvey says is chilling and every single thing is coming true or has come to pass in some way.  People often ask me “why do you still do what you do if it works so well?”  My answer is in the video that follows.  We have a greater cause at stake than merely taking care of ourselves; there is a world in need of leadership, and I believe LIFE Leadership is uniquely positioned to help people find truth.

God Bless, Tim Marks

PRWeb.com Announces Orrin Woodward Makes Inc. Magazine Top 100 Speakers List!

Gang, here is the PRWeb.com press release regarding Orrin Woodward making the Inc. Magazine 100 Great Leadership Speakers List.  Fired up!

God Bless, Tim Marks

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Speaker, Author, and Entrepreneur Orrin Woodward Makes ‘Inc.’ Magazine’s 100 Great Leadership Speakers List

‘New York Times’ Bestselling Author and Chairman of the Board of LIFE Leadership Orrin Woodward was recently recognized by ‘Inc.’ magazine for his exceptional ability as a leadership speaker and trainer.

Cary, NC (PRWEB) February 05, 2015

‘New York Times’ Bestselling Author and Chairman of the Board of LIFE Leadership Orrin Woodward was recently named on ‘Inc.’ magazine’s list of “100 Great Leadership Speakers for Your Next Conference.”

Jeff Haden, the contributing writer for the ‘Inc.’ magazine piece, set out to come up with a list of excellent business and leadership speakers because, as someone who does a number of speaking events every year, he is often asked to make recommendations. But he didn’t feel he had seen enough speakers to sufficiently handle the task himself. So in order to provide a comprehensive list of outstanding business speakers (and thinkers), he turned to keynote speaker, bestselling author, and entrepreneur Kevin Kruse, who has seen tons of speakers at his own events as well as numerous others, to compile a list of his favorite leadership speakers and trainers. For those looking for the best leadership speakers for an event, Haden recommends checking out the people, such as Orrin Woodward, on Kruse’s list. And for those considering going to a certain event, he recommends dropping everything to attend if one of these people is on the program.

Woodward is a recognized leader in team leadership, success coaching, and executive management training. Formerly an engineer, who still holds four US patents, he has cofounded two multimillion-dollar companies as well as a nonprofit organization, All Grace Outreach. He has sold over a million copies of his books and has been attracting large crowds for his speaking events for years, regularly speaking at conventions that his own companies have hosted as well as various other business, leadership, and network marketing events across the globe, such as the Mastermind Event.

Woodward says he had to work to overcome his fears and limiting beliefs to get where he is as a speaker today. In fact, experiences with public speaking in high school and college left him feeling like a failure. But he knew that his dream of running a leadership company and his limiting beliefs about speaking could not coexist. So he spent years developing his speaking ability and vowed never to give a speech again but, rather, to learn his subject so well that he could simply “speak extemporaneously for hours at a time.” He says, “To this day, I don’t give speeches; I merely share what is in my heart with others.”

The full list of recommended business and leadership speakers is available at inc.com.

About Orrin Woodward:
Orrin Woodward is a ‘New York Times’ bestselling author with over a million books sold. Some of his most popular works include ‘Launching a Leadership Revolution’ (coauthored with Chris Brady), ‘LeaderShift’ (coauthored with Oliver DeMille), ‘The Leadership Train,’ ‘And Justice for All,’ and ‘RESOLVED’ (which was named as an All-Time Top 100 Leadership Book). Woodward is a cofounder and Chairman of the Board of LIFE Leadership and Obstaclés Press as well as a cofounder and President of the philanthropic foundation All Grace Outreach. He was listed as #20 on ‘Inc.’ magazine’s Top 50 Leadership and Management Experts list. His blog (orrinwoodwardblog.com) has been selected as one of HR’s Top 100 Blogs for Management and Leadership and as a Universities Online Top 100 Leadership Blog. Woodward is also the recipient of a National Technical Benchmarking Award and holds four US patents.

Understanding the Fish Symbol IXOYE

What a blessed life we live.

This is a video of our tour guide when my family and I were on a three week long cruise in the Mediterranean.  We had just finished spending a couple hours in the city of Ephesus seen all of the sites where the apostle Paul and others had walked.
Our tour guide Emery, who is now my buddy, can be seen explaining the fish symbol that is on the back of so many peoples cars and they don’t really even understand what it is. He tells us that Christians were trying to protect their identity so they would not be persecuted and when they would meet each other in town one would make a sweeping arc motion in the sand with their foot and the other would make a sweeping arc motion with their foot in the sand the opposite direction to make the fish symbol letting each other know it safe to talk.

Let’s pray that in the United States we don’t get back to where we have to sweep our foot in the sand to identify ourselves as Christians.  One of the reasons I love LIFE Leadership is we lead people to the truth and we stand for those who do.

Enjoy the video!

God Bless, Tim Marks

Warren Buffet’s Smart Money Tips for 2015

Hey gang!  Hot off the heels from Orrin Woodwards blog on escaping the Financial Matrix, here’s another great article from Inc. Magazine on common-sense strategies to get out of debt from one of the world’s top investors, Warren Buffet.  Luckily, LIFE Leadership has the answer for people with our Financial Fitness Pack!

Here is the blog post below in it’s entirety.

God Bless, Tim Marks

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The Smartest Money Tips for 2015 From Warren Buffett and Other Experts
Reduce debt, set financial goals, but be sure to invest in yourself.
By Minda Zetlin

Want more wealth in 2015? Most of us do, but we’re not sure how to get there. To help us figure it out, the finance site GOBankingRates compiled one piece of advice from 11 top financial wizards for the coming year, and invited readers to vote for the best. If there’s a consensus among the experts, it seems to be this: Invest in yourself and your own smarts; be conservative everywhere else.

That makes a lot of sense. This is the age of the entrepreneur, but with continuing economic uncertainty this isn’t really the time to splurge. You can see the full list of expert tips (and vote for your own favorite) here. Meantime, here’s a look at the high-profile experts’ advice:

Keep it simple.

The best places to invest are in the things you know best, according to legendary investor Warren Buffett. “If you don’t invest in things you know, you’re just gambling,” he told CNBC. It’s one reason he’s never invested in the tech sector, for example.

In his 2014 shareholders letter, he explained more fully: “You don’t need to be an expert in order to achieve satisfactory investment returns. But if you aren’t, you must recognize your limitations and follow a course certain to work reasonably well. Keep things simple and don’t swing for the fences.”

And don’t be misled by lofty promises, he added. “When promised quick profits, respond with a quick ‘no.'”

Get back to basics.

Many people want to improve their financial outlook but aren’t sure how to go about it, according to Jeanette Pavini, two-time Emmy-winning consumer reporter. Many of her viewers write and tell her that they’re overwhelmed by the numerous options and resources out there. “They feel as if they are never going to dig out of the hole, so they become discouraged and simply give up.”

Don’t let this happen to you. Improving your finances isn’t rocket science, Pavini says. It begins with understanding exactly where your money is going, writing it down, keeping track, and looking for opportunities to cut costs. “Learn what areas in your budget you actually have control over,” she says. “Have a plan and keep it simple.” And don’t be fooled into thinking only major changes make a difference, she adds. “No savings is too small. They all add up.”

Make a plan.

 

“If you’re going to win with money, you have to be intentional,” says Rachel Cruze, co-author with her father, Dave Ramsey, of Smart Money Smart Kids. That means having a budget so you can stay out of debt (or pay off existing debt), as well as an idea of how your money will work for you.

Get a buddy.

Like a weight-loss or exercise regimen, you’ll likely do better at managing money if you have an accountability partner to support you and keep you honest. That advice comes from Tiffany Aliche, “The Budgetnista,” and author of The One Week Budget. “Money management is a team sport,” she says.

Get out of debt.

That one-sentence tip is author Ramsey’s best tip for 2015–and for every year, he says. Though this can be tough advice for someone starting a company to follow, it’s wise to keep your debt as low as you can without crippling your business. And keep your personal debt nonexistent if possible.

Pay off those credit cards.

You don’t need a financial expert to tell you that carrying credit card debt over time is never a great idea, especially if it’s personal debt as opposed to debt from your business. But if you’ve been carrying balances for a while, making them go away should be high on your list of resolutions for the coming year–and the sooner the better.

That’s because the Federal Reserve has signaled its intention to raise the prime lending rate this year, and credit card interest rates will rise at the same time, according to author and TV host Suze Orman. Although eliminating credit card debt should always be a primary financial objective, she warns, “now it is urgent, as anyone with credit card debt in 2015 is likely to see their borrowing costs go up.”

Put money in a Roth IRA.

Your smartest strategy is to save for the future by putting as much money as you can into an IRA, according CNBC’s Sharon Epperson. “One of the best things you can do in 2015 to set yourself up for financial success in the future is to be strategic with your savings,” she advises. “Save as much as you can in a Roth IRA.”

Most employees can contribute to a traditional IRA, and if you’re self-employed, you also have a SEP IRA as an option. Those can be very tempting because the contributions you make are tax-deductible when you make them. On the other hand, you will pay taxes on that money when you withdraw it from the IRA. With a Roth, the contributions you make are not tax deductible–but when you withdraw that money it will be tax free. You’ll be glad you chose a Roth if your business takes off and you find yourself with more income (and thus a higher tax bracket) in your 60s than you had in your younger years.

Set specific goals.

You’ll have a harder time meeting your financial objectives if you don’t know exactly what they are. So spend some time determining your goals, such as having money set aside for emergencies, putting your kids through college, or having enough saved to retire at 65, advises Kiplinger contributing editor Cameron Huddleston. “Your needs will take precedence over your wants, with short-term needs being the top priority,” she notes. “Then you can set goals to meet those needs–and fulfill your wants.”

Most Americans fail to set specific financial goals, she adds. They might have a vague notion of what they want. “But they haven’t set actual goals and figured out the steps needed to achieve them.”

Give yourself a raise.

If you’re like many people, the first step toward financial health is increasing your income. So do what you need to make that happen, advises Emma Johnson, who writes the Wealthy Single Mommy blog.

“This might mean mustering up the nerve to ask your boss for a pay increase, starting a side business, or increasing your billing if you already have your own company,” she says. Once you’ve increased your income, make sure you’re saving at least 5 percent of it, she adds.

Invest in your own development.

“Make 2015 the year that you choose to invest in your personal self-development and hop out of your comfort zone,” says personal finance author and TV personality Farnoosh Torabi. “Learn something new, travel, take risks, and practice your negotiating skills.”

Investing in your own development is a solid idea at a time when the income gap between those with education and marketable skills and those without is growing greater. “Rather than react to the changing times, plant some seeds now so that you can be proactive and stay in control of your career and remain competitive,” she says.

Don’t act like a victim.

After years of economic upheaval, uncertainty over the recovery, confusion about Obamacare, and growing inequality, many Americans have started feeling like victims of the economy rather than participants in it. It’s time for that attitude to stop, according to Robert Kiyosaki, author of Rich Dad Poor Dad. “A shift in mindset (from ‘victim’ to ‘champ’) and a decision to put your talents, your intelligence, and your strengths to work will set you up to take control of your life and your financial future,” he says.

“Make 2015 the year you champion your life and take control,” he adds. “Can’t find a job? Challenge yourself to create one for yourself. Want to start generating passive income and building assets? Do it! Find a mentor. Start a blog or podcast. Write an e-book. License your killer salsa recipe.”

Our financial futures are up to us, he adds. “Will you keep letting yourself fall victim to life’s curve balls? Or will you hit it out of the park by putting the power of financial education behind every swing you take?”

 

LIFE Leadership now in U.S. Virgin Islands!

Gang, this is exciting news.  As of January 1st, 2015, LIFE Leadership is now open for business in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  The U.S. Virgin Islands are a U.S. territory, so operations will be conducted just as in a state of the United States, using all the same standard enrollment documents and forms, including the Policies and Procedures and U.S. Compensation Plan.  Fired Up!  On our way to a million!

God Bless, Tim Marks

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Seven Reasons the Roman Empire Fell, and What the US Can Learn

Here is a blog I came across that, as it’s title describes, shares seven reason the Roman Empire fell.  I have added my own thoughts and comments to each point.  Fortunately, LIFE Leadership teaches truth through many of our books and cds, including the Freedom series frequently presented by Orrin Woodward, Inc Magazine Top 20 Leadership Expert.  The best way to change things is to educate ourselves and those around us!

God bless, Tim Marks

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Seven Reasons Why the Roman Empire Fell: What the USA can Learn.

“America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within.” -Joseph Stalin

There are seven reasons (among others) why the Roman Empire fell. The most important of the seven have to do with the break down of religion, morality and the family. Everything else rippled from these three factors.

1. Family disintegration: Bachelors became more highly esteemed than husbands and fathers in society. In the second and third century of the Christian era, it had become a stigma for men to be “tied down” to families. Sexual liberation, especially among men, was lauded.

Tims’ thoughts: “Not only is the traditional family mocked but actually redefined by many in un-natural ways. See Romans 1:26.”

2. Low birth rate: During the centuries that followed Christ’s ascension into heaven, the Roman Empire had already experienced a precipitous drop in the birth rate. This trend started when Augustus, the Roman emperor, reigned. Even he tried to promulgate incentives for families to have more children; but it was too late. Before Augustus, it wasn’t unusual for couples to have up to twelve children. In the decades that followed, couples, much like today, only had one or two children at the most. Over the centuries, the city of Rome went from a million inhabitants to less than fifty thousand. Depopulation had a devastating affect on both the Roman empire and ancient Greece.

Tim’s thoughts:  “According to Live Science The U.S. birth rate reached an all-time low in 2013, as the number of babies born in the country declined for the sixth straight year since the peak in 2007, a new report finds. The country’s birth rate dipped to 62.5 births per 1,000 women between ages 15 and 44, according to the report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That is 10 percent lower than the birth rate in 2007, which was 69.3 per 1,000 women, and a record low since the government started tracking birth rates in 1909, when birth rate was 126.8.”

3. Fragmentation of religion: There were so many gods for so many special causes and towns- especially because the Roman religion imported gods from the Hellenistic culture (Greek culture spread throughout the Roman Empire) -that the ancient pagans despaired of having any uniformity. And over the years, they increasingly found it difficult to find meaning in the rituals or even to believe the veracity of their own creeds.

Tim’s thoughts: “I can only say that Christianity was fairly new in Rome when it fell, but Rome didn’t fall because of it. Additionaly Rome did not grow “because of” its pagan religions but “in spite of”. We know this because the greatest nations on earth have had Christian values and laws based on these values.”

4. Language, literature and art had fallen into disrepair. Like modern art today, Roman art was of poor quality because it was an escape from reality. Latin was badly used and literature became vulgar.

Tim’s Thoughts: “So much of what we see pass as “art” today is hardly beautiful or took the touch of a masters hand to create it. The most vulgar piece I have ever read about is this:”
Piss Christ is a 1987 photograph by the American artist and photographer Andres Serrano. It depicts a small plastic crucifix submerged in a glass of the artist’s urine. The piece was a winner of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art‘s “Awards in the Visual Arts” competition,[1] which was sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, a United States Government agency that offers support and funding for artistic projects, without controlling content.

5. Centralization and expansion of government: Take for instance the third century A.D.(200’s) Ralph Martin Novak, author of “Christianity and the Roman Empire”, provides a sobering statistic of 3rd century Rome which serves as a warning to our U.S. government.

He said, “It is estimated that whereas at the start of the third century A.D. the Roman emperors employed only about 300 to 350 full-time individuals in administering the Empire, by 300 A.D. this number had grown to some 30,000 or 35,000 people. The expense of this vastly increased administrative and military structure was an enormous burden on the people of the Empire, and the burden only grew more oppressive over the course of the fourth century A.D….Rome’s efforts to collect the taxes necessary to pay for defense and administration exacerbated the already deep social and economic divisions within the Roman empire.”

Because the Roman government so starved agricultural incentives, miles and miles of farmland was left uncultivated and therefore unused.

Tim’s Thoughts: The government is everywhere! Dta from 2008. Its worse now but I can’t find consistent numbers

  • Number of Full-Time Federal Employees – 2,518,101
  • Part-Time – 250,785
  • Full-Time State – 3,818,577, Part-Time – 1,451,002
  • Full-Time Local – 11,039,250, Part-Time – 3,383,976
  • TOTAL – 22,461,691
  • 2008 US Population (est) – 304,059,724
  • % of Gov’t employees – 7.38%
  • Inverse – 13.536
So this means that there’s a government employee for every 13.5 people in the country.”

6. Citizenship became cheap and immigration easy. Barbarians from outside of the Roman Empire had easy access to Roman institutions and they further began to infiltrate the Roman army. Hence, the loyalties among Roman soldiers became divided. Military campaigns had faltered as a result. What is more, Roman culture became vulnerable to fragmentation.

Tim’s Thoughts: “I am all for immigration! Come on in –  LEGALLY!!!!   See borders.”

 

7. The culture of death was alive and well. Consider the following practices which had political, legal and social sanction:

a. Baby exposure: This practice of infanticide, back then called “baby exposure”, couples would simply throw unwanted babies away. They would either kill them outright or take them out to the garbage. This was widely practiced. Seneca, a Roman philosopher, said this about killing babies: “We drown even children who at birth are weakly and abnormal. Yet it is not anger, but reason that separates the harmful from the sound.”

Tim’s Thoughts: “Romans would toss unwanted babies in the trash and most of us would think that is barbaric. I can only ask, ‘why is it  less barbaric just because we do it in a doctors office?’    There are approximately 1.21 million abortions in America each year.”

b. Gladiator games: Gladiators, slaves and prisoners would be killed in these blood sports for the purpose of entertaining the unemployed mob. Seneca, the same Roman philosopher who approved of infanticide and who was later forced to commit suicide by the Emperor Nero, said this about a gladiator game he saw:

“I come home more greedy, more cruel and inhuman, because I have been among human beings. By chance I attended a midday exhibition, expecting some fun, wit, and relaxation…But it was quite the contrary…These noon fighters are sent out with no armor of any kind; they are exposed to blows at all points, and no one ever strikes in vain…In the morning they throw men to the lions; at noon they throw them to the spectators.”

c. Slavery was prominent and the social subordination of women and children to that of men was protected by law. Not much more needs to be said about that.

These seven factors made the Roman Empire vulnerable to outside foreign forces starting in 410 A.D. St. Augustine witnessed the beginning of its collapse. And for several hundred years the Catholic Church had to pick up the pieces from what was left of pagan Rome and build a new Christian civilization. But it took blood, sweat and tears to do it.

Dr. Phil Jenkins, author of “The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia- and How it Died,” once wrote the following: “Dechristianization is one of the least studied aspects of Christian history. Partly, the lack of interest in vanishing churches is a matter of practicality, in that dying organizations tend not to produce records of their own extinction.” The fact is…if the Church goes down, the nation goes with it. This has been a recurring reality throughout world history.

Perhaps this is why out of 45 goals Communists set out to achieve in 1958, #27 and #28 took direct aim at Christianity. According to Cleon Skousen’s book, “The Naked Communist,” these two goals read as follows:

#27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity, which does not need a “religious crutch.”

#28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”

And finally, let us not forget the infamous words of Joseph Stalin, dictator of the Soviet Union:
“America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within.”

Unfortunately, the Communists, including Stalin, knew their history well. They knew why Rome fell. If America falls, it will be for the same reasons every other nation, civilization or empire fell; and that reason has everything to do with religion, morality and the family.

REPOST: The Theology of Christmas

During this season, we often hear people say, “This is a magical time of year.”  The fact is, it’s not magical; it’s downright concerning in some cases.

Christmas day is recognized globally as the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ (although to be completely candid, historians admit that we don’t know the actual day of the year upon which Christ was born.  However, we still choose to celebrate it on December 25th, despite the fact there is some controversy surrounding why that particular day was selected.)

For many people, Christmas is mostly about time with family, putting lights on your house, decorating a tree with ornaments, giving and receiving gifts, and enjoying a great meal of ham or turkey and pumpkin pie. All those things are fine, but they are not even close to being the main thing. One thing I know for sure, this season of celebration is about Christ- CHRISTmas.  I was upset, but not surprised, to discover there is even an entire movement today to have Christ removed from Christmas!  How could something so crazy even be suggested?!  Because too many of us spend more time shopping for gifts and planning Christmas parties than we do reading our Bibles!

Please watch this video by John MaCarthur as he clears it all up

Merry CHRISTmas!!!

God Bless, Tim Marks

Orrin Woodward, Inc Mag. Top 100 Leadership Speakers!

The title says it all!  Check out the link directly:

http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/100-great-leadership-speakers-for-your-next-conference.html

A number of top leadership speakers stick out immediately who’ve made the list: Mike Abrashoff, Ken Blanchard, Bob Burg, Marshall Goldsmith, Tony Hsieh, Jim Kouzes, John Maxwell, Tom Peters, Mark Sanborn, Robin Sharma, Bobby Umar, Jack Welsh, and Chris Widener, to name only a few of the 100 names listed.

Congrats to Orrin Woodward, Founder of LIFE Leadership, two-times NY Times Bestselling co-author of Launching a Leadership Revolution, Guinness Book of World Records Holder, Inc. Magazine Top 20 Leadership Expert, and so much more… this is one more feather in the cap.  Kudos to you Orrin for doing us proud!

God Bless, Tim Marks

 

 

 

Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady Speak at Annual Mastermind Event

Gang, more credibility about our amazing leaders, LIFE Leadership Founder Orrin Woodward and LIFE Leadership CEO Chris Brady speaking at the Mastermind Event.  Here is the link from PR Web:

http://www.prweb.com/releases/MastermindEvent/LIFELeadership/prweb12388471.htm

…and here is the press release in its entirety.  Enjoy!
God Bless, Tim Marks

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LIFE Leadership Cofounders Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady Speak at Annual Mastermind Event

The Mastermind Event, where network marketing professionals gather to take their careers to the next level, sold out the Orlando, Florida, hotel where it was held this year. Among the lineup of top industry leaders speaking at the annual event were ‘New York Times’ bestselling authors and cofounders of LIFE Leadership Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady.

(PRWEB) December 11, 2014

This year’s network marketing Mastermind Event took place in Orlando, Florida, from October 31 – November 2. The event, which was the 10th annual gathering of its kind for network marketing professionals, boasted many industry-leading speakers. These professionals had worked months in advance to deliver informative content to their colleagues in an engaging manner. Among them were Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward, both of whom are ‘New York Times’ bestselling authors as well as cofounders of LIFE Leadership. Throughout the weekend, top leaders from around the world discussed best practices, shared helpful tools of the trade and inspiring success stories, and made lasting connections and friendships.

The Mastermind Event, founded by networker Art Jonak, is a closed event for members of the network marketing profession where top performers share information specific to the profession that has been tested and proven. Jonak and his Mastermind team say that networkers from over fifty countries and one hundred plus different direct selling companies have attended their event and that many of the attendees, like Woodward and Brady, are proven leaders running world-class organizations, so newcomers and those at all levels have an opportunity to mingle with and learn from the best and brightest the profession has to offer: networkers who have decades of real field experience and are still active in the industry. Says Woodward, “For the last five years, I have supported the event because it represents everything that is right about network marketing.” He cites Jonak’s personal sacrifice and commitment to excellence, the “world-class…leadership character, competence, and communication skills” of the Mastermind faculty, and the prevalent attitude of camaraderie as main reasons for his support. Woodward calls what Jonak has created a “win–win culture” where driven, passionate attendees from hundreds of different organizations lift one another and the entire industry up rather than tearing each other down.

Woodward and Brady, whose LIFE Leadership organization produces materials covering what they call the 8 Fs of life (Family, Finances, Fitness, Faith, Following, Freedom, Friends, and Fun) to help users personalize their goals and find solutions for greater success and satisfaction in all areas of life, were in good company among the other speakers at the Mastermind event, such as Sarah Robbins, Ørjan Sæle, and Randy Gage. Woodward says, “Everyone who attends the event leaves with a boatload of nuggets to improve him- or herself personally and professionally.” A prevailing idea behind the event is that when so many have so much to offer, attendees are able to network, learn, and grow while having fun and creating lasting friendships with other professionals in their field.

About Orrin Woodward:
Orrin Woodward is an internationally celebrated ‘New York Times’ bestselling author with over a million books sold and a recognized leader in team leadership, success coaching, and executive management training. He is a cofounder and Chairman of the Board of LIFE Leadership and Obstaclés Press as well as a cofounder and President of the philanthropic foundation All Grace Outreach. Orrin is #20 on ‘Inc.’ magazine’s Top 50 Leadership and Management Experts list. His blog (orrinwoodwardblog.com) has received numerous awards, including being selected as one of HR’s Top 100 Blogs for Management and Leadership and as a Universities Online Top 100 Leadership Blog. Orrin is also the recipient of a National Technical Benchmarking Award and holds four US patents.

About Chris Brady:
Chris Brady is a ‘New York Times’ bestselling author who has sold over a million books on leadership and success and has been named one of the Top 100 Authors to Follow on Twitter (@RascalTweets). Chris is a cofounder and CEO/Creative Director of LIFE Leadership, a cofounder and Executive Publisher of Obstaclés Press, and a cofounder and Vice President of the charitable organization All Grace Outreach. He was listed as #39 on ‘Inc.’ magazine’s Top 50 Leadership and Management Experts list. His blog (chrisbrady.com) was selected by Online Masters Degree Programs for a Masters Award in Leadership and listed in the Top 150 Management and Leadership Blogs. And in 2010, Chris was awarded the Kettering/GMI Alumni Association Entrepreneurial Achievement Award.

The History of Thanksgiving

As we come upon the Thanksgiving holiday in the coming days, we should all remember and reflect on what Thanksgiving is all about.  I met Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady approximately 13 years ago now and one of the things that I’ve admired about both of these men is their desire to seek out and promote truth.  It’s amazing to me how far we’ve come from the tradition of Thanksgiving and what its original meaning was.  Originally Thanksgiving was set up as a day of prayer and thankfulness to God Almighty.  Some textbooks today in our own country teach that the original Thanksgiving was about being thankful to the native Indians for teaching us how to make food and how to grow corn, etc.  That simply is not true.  I’ve included a link below which shares some of the history of Thanksgiving.  Although the Pilgrims, the original Separatists, were thankful to the Indians for teaching them those things I’ve mentioned, they knew ultimately where all their blessings came from which is God Almighty, and that is who we need to be thankful for.  This year we’ve had so many things to be thankful for, including the LIFE business.  Let’s talk about those things and praise God and thank Him on this wonderful day, and every day.

God Bless, Tim Marks

http://wilstar.com/holidays/thankstr.htm

 

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.

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