Monthly Archives: June 2012

048 – The Last Men’s Leadership

Tonight I had the privilege of attending live the last Men’s Leadership that The Team will ever host for the foreseeable future. Long story short, it was incredible, and featured absolutely mind-blowing talks from Mark Paul, Kirk Birtles, George Guzzardo, Claude Hamilton, and Orrin Woodward.

Quote highlights in particular from the event include:

“The wise person questions himself. The fool questions others.”

– Henry Arnold (quoted by Mark Paul)

“Your logo is who you are when you walk around.”

– Mark Paul

“All men are prepared to do the incredible if their ideals are threatened.”

– Maya Angelou (quoted by Mark Paul)

Kirk Birtles describing that if you want to succeed, your baseline temperature needs to be 209°, and you need to kick it up to 212° when you’re running for a goal.

“You can’t have convenience and excellence.”

-Claude Hamilton

“The scars you acquire from exercising courage will never make you feel inferior.”

– Claude Hamilton

There were a ton of other great quotes, but I wasn’t able to tweet them all, and I don’t have my notebook next to me to go back and get them. The specific quotes aren’t what I want to talk about here, though.

What I want to talk about is exactly how incredible of an opportunity The LIFE Business really is.

You see, it’s not just that it’s laughably inexpensive, or that the content and rewards blow the competition out of the water. It’s not that the compensation is sickeningly good, or that the mentoring that you get for free just by hanging around the compensated community is worth far more than a four-year college degree from a top-notch University (trust me on that one). It is all of those things, but it isn’t JUST all of those things.

What I’ve been loving about LIFE recently is that when I look around, I see all sorts of people! All sorts! I see big people, small people, people with a lot of melanin, people with barely any melanin, people who use electricity, people who don’t use electricity, people who are biologically capable of carrying babies and people who aren’t, people who remember the Korean War and people who don’t (and people who don’t remember Desert Storm, for that matter), people who wear watches that cost as much as cars, and people who drive cars that they couldn’t trade for watches. What I love about LIFE is that it is absolutely the closest thing in the world to a completely equal-opportunity system, and every time I turn around, the Policy Council is making it more fair and more equal for anyone willing to do the work.

I see more diversity in the LIFE business than I saw at my University, and that’s powerful to me. I believe in equality of opportunity, and I believe that everyone is created equal. The LIFE business is an opportunity that is open to anyone, can benefit anyone, and will produce incredible results for anyone willing to put in the effort necessary. And that’s it. There’s no ifs, ands, or buts. No fine print. Nothing. It’s just the best darn stinkin opportunity out there for anyone, and every time I walk into that community, I get excited just knowing how powerful that opportunity is for anyone who sees it.

It’s a great blessing to be affiliated with LIFE, and I can’t tell you how much I look forward to the future that LIFE is going to create.

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047 – The Most Comfortable Pillow

I was recently asked by my good friend and mentor Larry Allswede to write a blog post on the concept of comfort. When should a person be comfortable? When should they be uncomfortable? And where is the balance between the two?

In thinking on comfort, the first place that my mind came to was the quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin –

”Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security [comfort] will deserve neither and lose both.”

Well. That’s a pretty bold statement on when it’s not okay to be comfortable! Comfort that is gained through the sacrifice of liberty is clearly a no-go. But Benjamin Franklin didn’t live in the time of Facebook and Twitter, cable television and Siri in our pockets. Benjamin Franklin was actually foreshadowing exactly what our society has done since the start of the industrial revolution! Benjamin Franklin was essentially predicting, by the warning that he gave, that American society would give up its liberty to gain security! I’d stand up and be outraged at his audacity, but my lay-z-boy is far too comfortable, and the next episode of The Jersey Shore is about to come on…

So. Benjamin Franklin correctly predicts that America will give up its liberty to be comfortable. But what he didn’t prepare us for was the fact that by nature of giving up our liberty for comfort, we’ve stopped teaching the principles that help us secure and protect that liberty. So, what are five things we can do to relearn those principles? Well, some of it might involve becoming a little bit uncomfortable…

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