Before you believe any of the negative garbage posted online about Orrin Woodward, let me explain why he has become a lightning rod for critics. It is simply because he is trying to help people. Period. Any time a great person attempts to do something that could help millions of people, the same people can make the whole process messy. This is nothing new in history; in fact, this storyline goes back to the beginning of time.
Critics are always in the shadows of great men
The old-testament classic comes to my mind immediately. God empowered Moses to lead the Hebrew slaves out of Egypt to freedom – land of milk and honey! Freedom! Prosperity! The pursuit of happiness! Then what happened along the way? People! They whined, they criticized and many blamed Moses for their struggles along the way. This is stunning to me because previously they were slaves! The critics of old sincerely felt that being a slave was better, because it was familiar. Or maybe some took pride in being a better slave than others. Maybe it was because the tasks of being a slave was inside their mental “comfort zone”. In spite of the critic’s voice – the motive of everything Moses said and did was to help people and be a mighty force for good in God’s keeping. It just illustrates that when a leader is inspired to do something great, critics will always be there – it does not mean that the great aspirations are wrong.
Do not take this the wrong way. I am not saying that Orrin is some type of modern-day Moses or somebody that should be deified. Not at all! I am simply saying that it is nothing new in the context of history to see a group of great men and women (like the PC of Life Leadership) pursue a great and noble task and encounter resistance and criticism from within the same group of people they are trying to help.
Orrin Woodward and Life Leadership
I believe that to understand why Orrin Woodward and Life Leadership receive criticism we have to consider the human ego. Wikipedia defines “Ego” as “the relationship to self, your soul”. The thing you need to understand is that the human ego is very sensitive. Les Giblin, in his classic, How to Have Confidence and Power Dealing with People, quoted Edward Bok as saying this: “what the world calls ego and conceit is really a divine spark planted in man”. Les Giblin continues to write, “1. We are all egotists. 2. We are all more interested in ourselves than in anything else in the world. 3. Every person you meet wants to feel important, and to ‘amount to something’. 4. There is a craving in every human being for the approval of others, so that he can approve of himself.”
EGO and the Criticism Process
Ego plays a big part in the criticism process, as it relates to Orrin Woodward and Life Leadership. Generally speaking, lets consider a group of 10 people who know each other well. Over time, 2 try to improve themselves through reading good books, listening to examples of success and associating with other people who encourage them to strive for excellence. Over time, the ‘2’ will show obvious internal and external improvement. The question is, what happens to the ‘8’ that did not take the same journey (in reference to ego)? The success of others creates a disparity that proves that the ‘8’ could have also experienced an elevated level of success, a greater feeling of importance and increased approval from others. From this point, a person can only respond 1 of 3 ways:
- The ‘8’ can ignore the ‘2’ and make excuses that the ‘2’ received a special deal that the ‘8’ didn’t receive. Lying to themselves and pretending that the success of the ‘2’ did not really happen will help to placate the ego.
- The ‘8’ can attack the ‘2’, saying things like “Oh, you think you are better than us?” Or attack the system of personal growth that the ‘2’ used, “that thing is a scam. They are just brainwashing you. That motivational crap doesn’t work for me!”
- The ‘8’ can allow the heightened success of the ‘2’ to inspire them to follow because they know that if the ‘2’ can do it, so can the ‘8’ because they used to be at the same place (mentally).
The ugly part of human nature is that if the ‘2’ ever have a setback in their success journey, some of the ‘8’ will take revenge for their bruised ego by attacking the ‘2’. Some will gossip, some will write scathing opinions online in hopes that it will help their ego feel better.
The Cowardly Critic
The other source of online criticism is when a bruised ego has enough money to pay another person or PR firm to do their dirty work. This is absolutely cowardly! This person wants to make sure their attacks sound credible and newsworthy. The truth is that they are suffering from the same bruised ego. If you are looking for truth, look to Godly men attempting great things and sacrificing for a worthy cause, not to the critic in his shadow.