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Orrin Woodward Net Worth vs. Net Impact

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Anyone who has spent any time around me at all will likely know that one of my favorite quotes (attributed to D.L. Moody) is:

Our greatest fear should not be that we will not succeed, but rather that we will succeed at something that doesn’t matter.”

It is easy to run for the wrong things in life.  We can fall prey to the world’s definition of success, going for glitter instead of gold.

So what really does matter in life? What is gold when it comes to achieving success?

I believe my friend and often co-author Orrin Woodward has expressed it well in a recent blog post (you can read it here).  His main point is that one can strive for Net Worth (in which money is stacked higher and higher) or Net Impact (in which people are served in the most important ways). I think we can all readily agree that striving after a success that serves people and changes lives is much more important than accumulating wealth.

Net Impact should trump Net Worth every time.

The particular cause Orrin uses to highlight this point is certainly worthy.  The evils of human trafficking, involving unspeakable injustices and crimes, should enrage us all.  I am thankful that people like Tim Ballard and organizations like his Operation Underground Railroad exist to fight those evils. That is why Terri and I are wholeheartedly supporting the Life on Life Initiative involving a partnering between All Grace Outreach and Operation Underground Railroad.  We are raising funds to help those who are in dire straights and cannot help themselves.

I’ll end with another famous quote (by Edmund Burke):

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Good men and women are not doing nothing, they are taking action! I am proud of the many people in Life who are working toward their Net Impact by raising funds and awareness for this important issue. Thank you all! May your Net Impact be huge!

Sincerely,

Chris Brady

The Top 10 Mistakes People Make Building Life

Life’s purpose is to set people free across the full spectrum of the population:

• For the large percentage of people who struggle with debt and credit problems, Life offers debt freedom through its Financial Fitness products and services.

• For those who desire high achievement and lifestyle, Life offers a shot at financial freedom through its sales compensation plan.

• And for those who are underprivileged, disenfranchised, or victims of disaster, Life offers functional freedom through its Life on Life Initiative and charitable outreaches.

While all three segments of Life’s purpose are equally important, most people who are introduced to the company are attracted to the lucrative compensation plan offered through the Life business opportunity.

Life offers Members the opportunity to profit from the sale of Life’s materials through a competitive compensation plan. Life’s goal is to flow the money typically spent on marketing and advertising to the leaders who help build the customer base for Life materials. Further, the founders of Life are dedicated to serving in the field alongside Life Members—a unique situation that enables the compensation structure to maintain as its chief consideration the flowing of proceeds to the field instead of to corporate shareholders, investors, or other interested parties, as is true with most companies. What this means is the Life compensation plan can offer one of the highest margins in the industry, all while keeping prices competitively low.

dreaming quoteLife CEO, Chris Brady, has a unique position in the company in that he was once a Member who has achieved the highest level in Life’s compensation plan. Brady’s position and experience both as a former Life Member and current CEO has enabled him to transform the company from the inside out, knowing exactly what the Life Members need to grow and prosper.

Here is a list of what Brady believes to be the top 10 mistakes people make building their Life business. We hope that this list will help you avoid tripping points on your journey towards living the life you’ve always wanted!

The Top 10 Mistakes People Make Building Life – by Chris Brady

1) They don’t dream big enough, real enough, or long enough.

  • Don’t dream about some unrealistic fantasy; dream something real. Dream in a way that moves you towards action.
    • You have to visualize your dream. Picture what it’s like. Build it up in your mind.
    • You’ll never regret dreaming big, but you’ll always regret it if you don’t.
  • Make the you of tomorrow happy about the decisions that the you of today made.
  • You will have to get almost to the point of feeling silly about your dream in order to get wealthy. You have to hang yourself out there where the average people won’t go.

2) They don’t commit hard enough.

  • Don’t be “kind of on the fence” in your Life business. Be so committed that you’ll jump over the fence.

3) They don’t kill enough of their “95% thinking.”

  • You have to force yourself to have a positive attitude, even when you don’t feel positive.
  • Be careful not to fall back into old bad habits.
  • Be prepared to question everything you have learned up to this point. You have to almost think that large chunks of what you’ve learned growing up (about success, performance, excellence, the mindset of a champion, etc) is wrong.

4) They don’t hit the Life Training Marketing System hard enough.

  • “Hitting the system” hard enough would actually help with all three items listed in number 3.
  • Be consistent when listening to audios.
  • Don’t just hit the system hard with yourself, but hit it hard when dealing with your sales and support team.
  • Allow the system to work for you, instead of trying to do everything yourself.
  • The Marketing System breathes truth into people’s lives in order to change hearts and change lives.

5) They don’t share the idea with enough people.

  • If you show enough people consistently for long enough, the results in the business will blow your mind. But most people simply won’t do the work.

6) They don’t set clear, pressure inducing goals.

  • How do you know if it’s a good goal? Because it puts pressure on you to do more in the “here” and “now.”
  • You have to set goals that cause you to be a little uncomfortable.

7) They don’t drive enough “depth.”

  • Depth solves nearly every problem with building the Life business.

8) People don’t build their self- belief enough.

  • Put yourself in the picture for long enough so that your subconscious mind starts to believe it.

9) They don’t focus enough.

  • Too many people have too many distractions.
  • Don’t be so divided across so much territory that you lose all focus to become phenomenal at something.
  • Make short term sacrifices for long term results.

10) They don’t hang in there long enough.

  • You have to be like hair on a biscuit; you have to stick!
  • Have a long term outlook no matter what happens along the journey.

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(Posted by Kristen Seidl, on behalf of Chris Brady)

The Journey of a Good Idea: How to Be More Creative

In Chris Brady’s classic leadership talk, The Journey of a Good Idea: How to Be More Creative, he explains how good ideas (and the creativity to devise them) can become life altering solutions for the world.

Creativity has two parts:

1) Coming up with the idea

2) Getting the idea to come to life

“Creativity impacts everything that you do. Learning to be more creative can really improve your life!” – Chris Brady

First- How to Be More Creative

  1. Be a prodigious noticer.
  2. Expose yourself to widely differing disciplines so that you can make new combinations.
  3. Slow down (so you can be more observant)
    • Creative “types” sometimes need to haul off and do nothing because that gives them the chance to think up something.
    • Sometimes you need to go slow in order to go fast.
  4. Think!
  5. Go dark.
    • Shut off the phone, get away from your laptop, turn off the TV, don’t turn on the car radio, etc.
  6. Become a subject matter expert.
  7. Reduce things down to their essential core. Keep the main thing the main thing.
  8. Don’t waste your life on dumb stuff. Be regular and orderly in your life so that you can be violent and original in your work.
  9. Hang around the right people.
  10. Regularly break routine and expose yourself to something new as often as you can.
  11. Steal ideas from everywhere. You don’t want to look like your heroes, you want to see like your heroes. Emulate, steal, and copy until you get your own vibe going from all of the input.
  12. Be adventurous.
    • At a roadblock, ask yourself this question, “what would make the best story?”
  13. Involve your heart.
    • Creativity comes as much from your heart as it does from your head.
  14. Travel.
    • There isn’t a more productive activity you can do to rearrange your paradigm than through traveling.
  15. Create for the sheer joy of it and ignore your critics.

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Second- Getting the Idea to Come to Life

  1. Realization: You see the problem to be fixed, clearly, and perhaps for the first time.
    • Make sure you have invested the thought time to clearly identify and classify the problem, truly understanding it as thoroughly as possible. Be sure to work toward the root cause and avoid being misled by the symptoms.
  2. Mechanization: The method by which you “think it up.”
    • Take steps to actively generate possible solutions. This may involve gathering with others, making sketches, having a brainstorming session, benchmarking the competition, or just playing around with things.
  3. Assimilation: The combining of previous ideas into a new one.
    • Realize that most new ideas are just combinations of previous ones, and ask questions such as, “What could we combine that has never been combined before?” and “What do we already have available or have already done that could be synthesized into something new here?”
  4. Inspiration: The catalystic spark or insight that puts it together for the first time, and the desire to change the status quo that pushes the process along.
    • Provide motivation to yourself and your team by visualizing and vision-casting success and a new, desired reality that will be brought about by the solving of this problem or the creation of a breakthrough idea.
  5. Germination: Most ideas are not hatched fully formed, instead, they need to grow and blossom under more thought and consideration (and even discussion).
    1. Provide healthy nurturing and incubation for your ideas, allowing them to be considered openly without having to survive the negative attacks of “It’ll never work” and “Not my idea.” Keep egos and reality tests away from your new ideas when they are young and give them time to morph into something real.
  6. Elation: The passion that arises when pursuing a real improvement or breakthrough.
    1. Enjoy the process and refuse to become frustrated, which often shuts down creative channels. Instead, foster the enthusiasm of a treasure hunter nearing the red X on a map.
  7. Confirmation: When you first begin to realize you’ve got it, and evidence suggests that it really will work.
    1. Carefully test your new ideas to verify their validity, and have an open process for analyzing how effective they might actually be in the real world.
  8. Dissemination: The act of forcing your good idea down other people’s throats!
    1. Have a process for sharing your idea outward into your organization (or the world)  that allows it to first be received by those who stand the most to gain by it, thereby gaining momentum and strength before it attracts critics and detractors.

You don’t always need to create the good idea, you just need to know how to spot one and carry it across the finish line. By following some of these simple steps, you will be able to create your way to the life you’ve always wanted!

(Italicized text was transcribed directly from Brady’s audio – Posted by Kristen Seidl, on behalf of Chris Brady)

Developing Kids Who Love to Read

As I was packing up boxes and boxes of books for their move across town last year, a thought struck me several times, I don’t think I have ever met anyone with so many books!

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Delilah on top of the book boxes

Literally thousands of books filled the bookshelves of their basement library, with boxes stacked from floor to ceiling. A week into the project, just when I thought the book packing was complete, I was told there was another library…upstairs. I couldn’t imagine! Hundreds more books overflowed on the shelves of the kids’ library; amazing!

My position as a 3rd party writer for this article is truly unique in that I have seen Chris Brady and Terri Brady live exactly what they teach. Not only are they fervent readers themselves, but all four of their children LOVE to read!

It seems appropriate then that one of the most popular Life parenting audios the Brady’s have recorded to date is about reading.

So, for those of you who have children (or plan to have children one day), Chris and Terri Brady offer some tips below that may be helpful to you on your own parenting journey of developing kids who love to read.

“It goes beyond just getting kids to read. The real goal is to help them fall in love with reading. Not just become kids who read, but become kids who LOVE to read.” – Chris Brady

Here are some of the things we did to help our children learn to love reading.

First, what we didn’t do:

  • We didn’t make TV or video games a first option for entertainment. We made books the #1 thing!
    • We had to make the decision to change our habits to ‘not have visual media’ vs. the habit to ‘have visual media.’
      • Once in a while visual media as a treat is okay, but not as a habit.
  • We didn’t let our children watch TV or play video games which then opened the door for them to entertain themselves with reading as their first option when they were looking for something to do.
    • Reading isn’t just part of their lives, but a BIG part of their lives – to the point that they want to grow and change with it.

Some of the things we did do:

  • We read to them even as babies. It created a habit where they just became used to the concept.
  • Regardless of whether they were even paying attention, we just READ (out loud)!
  • When they grew out of the nap time stage, we developed a ‘quiet time’ in their day.
    • cb-and-cmWe would read two books together and then leave the pile of books on the floor for them and walk out of the room.
    • The kids were then able to make the choice themselves- did they want to nap or read books? 
  • Once they grew out of quiet time stage, we created a habit of ‘reading time’ instead.  
  • We would take our kids to used book stores, and we still do even as they’ve gotten older. 
  • We ask questions about the books that they are reading. 
  • We set reading goals with our kids.

How YOU can personally impact your kid’s love for reading:

  • Be the example.
    • Instead of picking up your phone when you are waiting in the car, at a doctor’s appointment, or at halftime of the soccer game- pick up a book. Even if it’s just for 10 minutes.
  • Read a book out loud as a family.
    • In the car, by the fire, etc.
  • Don’t worry so much about how organized your bookshelves are. The books that get read are the books that are on the table.
  • Set a timer.
    • For example: 15 minutes of “mom’s choice” books and then the rest of the hour “your choice” books.
  • Take trips to the library.
    • There’s so much fruit in the library that you can harvest.
    • Set a timer here too, if necessary.
  • For road trips, instead of watching DVD’s in the car, buy your kid’s book lights so they can read at night.

“When I got rid of all my excuses I had for NOT reading and made them reasons TO read, I learned that it helped me influence my children to love reading.” – Terri Brady

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A few more thoughts…

  1. Be sure to elevate reading as a great concept in and of itself and make reading the reward (and not the drudgery) that leads to a different reward.
  2. Our reading should be guided by our desire to grow as leaders fashioning us into becoming better people, and that should be the goal for our children as well.
  3. Helping your kid’s learn to fall in love with reading is one of the most important tools they will need to be successful.

Finally, by implementing a few of these behaviors, your kid’s will eventually discover on their own that reading is a joyous and rewarding activity. Once you lead the horse to water and you get him drinking, he will keep drinking, and that’s what we have seen with our own children.

Reading is important in the life of adults for sure, and if that’s true, then we should strive to cultivate reading in the lives of our children as well. We will then reap the blessing of watching the fruit grow as a result. Developing kids who love to read is a great stewardship, a great responsibility, and a great blessing and joy all by itself.

(Posted by Kristen Seidl, on behalf of Chris Brady)

 

Life Leadership’s “You, Inc.” Financial Hierarchy or Pyramid

Proper Financial Fitness begins with mastering the Defense, Offense, and Playing Field of money.  For the many satisfied customers (click here and scroll down for textual, audio, and video testimonials) of Life’s Financial Fitness suite of products and services, this is exactly what they have discovered and put to good use.

But there IS more.

Just what do you do with the money once you stop being scammed as a victim of debt and start to instead enjoy the thrill ride of having extra money at the end of the month?  Where do you put it? How do you go about determining which investments might be right for you?

In this quick video shot several months ago in the hot Florida sun, I try to give a quick fly-by of how we present the answers to these questions in our new addition to the series: the Beyond Financial Fitness program.  It covers the concept of the “You, Inc. Hierarchy” or Pyramid of priority for your money.

I hope you enjoy the video, and more importantly, that you find the information useful!

God bless!

Chris Brady

The information presented on this blog and in any of its videos is for general educational purposes only, and provides information the authors believe to be accurate on the subject matter covered.  It is presented here with the understanding that neither the authors nor the publisher are providing advice for any particular portfolio or for any individual’s particular situation, or rendering investment advice or other professional services such as legal or accounting advice.  If expert advice in areas that include investment, legal, and accounting are needed, please seek a competent professional’s services.

This publication may make reference to performance data collected over various periods of time.  Remember that past results do not guarantee future performance.  Performance data, as well as laws and regulations, change over time, which could affect the applicability of the information presented on this blog and its videos.  Any data presented herein is used merely to illustrate the underlying principles.

This blog and its videos are not to serve as the basis for any financial decision or as a recommendation of any specific investment.

No warranty is made with respect to the accuracy or completeness of the information contained herein, and both the authors and the publisher specifically disclaim any responsibility for any liability, loss, or risk, personal or otherwise, which is incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the contents of this blog and its videos.

Who Are They To Judge

Matt does a great job here summarizing my favorite points in the book. I LOVE the After Action Review! Read on!

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I just finished reading a short book from the LIFE Leadership development system titled “Get Er Done – The Green Beret Guide To Productivity” by Michael Martel, a former Green Beret (as I would expect).get er done book

It is a short, easy-to-read book with a lot of good wisdom. One section in particular is titled “Who Are They To Judge.” I was pleasantly surprised to discover it was not a typical chapter on critics and how to deal with them, as I had originally assumed.

Have you ever attempted to do something and have been questioned by someone, probably negatively, why you would do that? Prior to your friend’s query, you probably spent time in thought and prayer, studied the potential reward and consequences, acquired special insight and information and, with all positive intentions, decided to move forward and then, WHAM!  You get hit with seemingly unwarranted criticism, rejection and negativity.

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You’ve Always Been Different . . .

. . . done things your way; sought your own path; and chased your own dreams. In fact, deep down, you’ve always known you were made for something great.

Now you’ve got different information, too.

Get ready for different results.

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