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Life Leadership a Cult? Part 2

Let’s dive into the facts that show how Life Leadership is not a “cult”, but a fantastic “culture” that is making a difference in people’s lives around the world.  Here is the link to part 1 of this article –>

Ways to identify a real “cult”:

  1. Who do they identify their source of Authority?
  2. What do they believe about the trinity?
  3. What do they believe about Salvation?
  4. They oppose critical thinking and discourage people from thinking for themselves.
  5. They dishonor the family unit.
  6. They isolate members and penalize them for leaving the group.
  7. They seek loyalty to a leader above loyalty to Jesus.
  8. They cross biblical boundaries of behavior.
  9. They encourage separation from church.
  10. They emphasize special revelations that contradict Scripture.
  11. They group lavishes the leader with un-earned luxury.
  12. They seek to alter personality and, in some cases, create a new name for certain members.

How does Life Leadership stack up to this list?

First of all, Life Leadership is a business that sells a product. A business inherently cannot be scrutinized and compared to a “cult”-like church or organization. Secondly, the Life Leadership does not, and will never harbor prejudice based upon another member’s faith or belief system.  Life Leadership will never profess or publish any particular religious views or doctrine, because Life Leadership is a business.  Success in the marketplace (along with State and Federal law) is the only measuring stick we can use. However, because what we are analyzing are the motives and intentions of this community of people, it is imperative to study its pinnacle of leadership. Orrin Woodward is a founding member of Life Leadership and is currently serving as Chairman of the top leadership group within Life Leadership called “the Policy Council”.  Chris Brady is also a founding member and currently serves as CEO and creative director of Life Leadership. Here is how these two gentlemen stack up to the aforementioned list, keeping in mind that they have never forced their beliefs onto other people:

  1. Orrin and Chris both believe the complete Bible (The 66 books of the Old & New Testament) as the ultimate source of absolute truth.
  2. Orrin and Chris both believe in only one living and true God, and in the Godhead there are three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
  3. Orrin and Chris both believe that, in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process.
  4. Orrin, Chris and the entire Policy Council believe in a self-directed education. They want you to read and think for yourself. There are certain recommendations to build the business model, but no rules. The only rules are ones that are sales and marketing rules enforced by the FTC and federal government.
  5. Every piece of media sold by Life Leadership is meant to encourage people to think and analyze their own lives (not the lives of others).
  6. Members and customers are encouraged to be free to work inside of win-win relationships. There are no penalties for leaving. The goal is for everybody to have a positive experience regardless of his or her tenure.  In reference to business goals, living debt free is elevated as one of the highest goals for every customer and member.
  7. Loyalty is earned through service. Orrin Woodward and the rest of the PC work tirelessly to serve their teams. They are never ashamed to give honor where honor is due.
  8. Character, integrity and strong moral fiber are the goals to personal growth in the Life Leadership business. The Bible is the rock that Orrin and Chris stand upon. However, I will tell you that Orrin and Chris are, just like all Christians, sinners saved by grace.   Every member in Life Leadership is being molded and going through a personal growth process.   To pick them apart and try to find fault, you would first have to “take the log out of your own eye”.
  9. Again, the Life Leadership begins every meeting with a word of prayer. There is a non-denominational Sunday worship service at all National Conventions. Every man and woman has free will to seek their creator their own way.  The leadership team encourages and challenges members to seek answers to the deeper questions about your life.  They don’t tell you what to believe, but instead, as Tim Marks always says, “know why you believe what you believe”. Whatever your faith is, make sure it is a studied faith.
  10. Orrin and Chris certainly do not stand on stage and share revelation that contradicts the Bible.  Again, Life Leadership is a business group, not a religious group.
  11.  There is no special treatment or lavishing of luxuries with any of the PC. They teach by example by either being completely debt-free (including no mortgage) or striving to be. The PC earns his or her bonuses and commissions with the same compensation plan everybody else has.  The Financial Fitness Program is at the center of everything that is taught with respect to money.
  12. As somebody earns success in Life Leadership, they do not become a new person. They are the same person, just a little wiser and a more humble. Wise, because they had to read to learn how to solve problems in people’s lives. Humble, because success in Life Leadership depends on taking your eyes off of yourself and helping another human being towards success.

When you get to know Orrin Woodward, Chris Brady and the rest of the PC leaders, you will see that they are always mindful of where their blessings come from. They understand the truth of Matthew 23:12 and Luke 14:11 –

“And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

 

Life Leadership is NOT a cult

The longer you are around this organization and it’s leaders, you will see that these folks are living right! Keep in mind that I said to get around the leaders (I realize that every once in a while a newer member may make mistakes and sometimes misrepresent the business model). Nobody in the organization is perfect, but they are striving to get better every day. Life Leadership is a fantastic opportunity for people to grow personally and professionally – beginning with understanding the Financial Matrix and how to escape its grasp on your life. Life Leadership is helping customers and members both learn how to experience freedom more abundantly – in the areas of financial freedom, political freedom and spiritual freedom. So do your due diligence; if you have not attended a Life Leadership seminar (especially a major convention) you really wont know what you are missing. Enjoy the journey!

#SetTheRecordStraight

PS. Check out what Life Leadership is doing with the All Grace Outreach (AGO) program:

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Life Leadership a Cult? The truth may shock you!

The answer is NO – and this article will hopefully explain why. As the Life Leadership organization continues to grow larger, one of the weapons that negative critics may use is to call Life Leadership a “cult”. In most cases, ignorant people who are looking for a derogatory and antagonistic word to use in an argument may use this term. In spite of this, Life Leadership will continue to grow and make waves. We live in a world seems to be falling further into the shadow of evil – where the masses rename the word “sin” into politically correct terms like “a person’s choice”, “ a mistake” or “morally dyslexic”. In contrast to this, Life Leadership is simply working to help lead people back to Biblical truth by way of marketplace ministry. This will continue to create a disparity as time goes on.

Cult vs. Culture

The purpose of a cult is to indirectly enslave people for a twisted purpose. In contrast, Life Leadership aims to help people learn how to be free from enslavement, especially enslavement to debt. Consider the following verses:

1 Corinthians 7:23 “You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.”

Proverbs 22:7 “The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.”

This is what Life Leadership is all about – helping people first to not be slaves to poor thinking, then apply new thinking so that people can live freer, more abundant lives. There is no hidden agenda, no plans to exploit or take advantage of people. People are free to be involved in any capacity that they choose.

If you attend a live event, what you will find is not a cult, but instead a positive culture. A grace filled environment where success principles are shared but not mandated. Where positive attitudes are rampant and there is a positive pressure to improve your thinking through the reading of good books.  Once you attend a seminar, your will see how laughable the “cult” label is and how this new “culture” can be a blessing to everybody. How exciting!

History of the term “cult”

From the beginning when God created Man, He included in our being the need to worship. It is hard-wired in all of us. The problem is when we are not taught properly to worship God and his son, Jesus Christ; we will always fill the void by worshiping something, anything else – because we long to do so. Early organizations in history have taken advantage of this to manipulate, exploit or harm groups of people in very subtle ways. This is the real history of a “cult” as we think of them today.

The word “cult” was first used in the early 17th century, borrowed from the French culte, and from Latin cultus (worship). It was originally used as a neutral term, not to describe a group of fanatic religionists, but to describe the different acts of worship or religious ceremonies. In the early 19th century, the term was used to negatively describe “excess devotion” to something. By the 1930’s, the term “cult” was termed “heresy” and the term “cultist” acquired the connotation of Satanism. Today, the term “cult” can be defined many ways:

“Cult” Definition #1:

A relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or sinister.

“Cult” Definition #2:

A belief system that claims to have the truth of Christ and salvation but they deny one or more of the core doctrines of the Christian faith.

“Cult” Definition #3:

A belief system that alters the absolute truth of the Bible. A cult always offers an alternate foundation of truth – something separate from the Bible.

 

Was Life Leadership created to be a cult?

Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady were both raised in lower-middle class families in southeast Michigan. They both worked hard pursuing engineering careers in the automotive field. They did this to raise their families and live a happy life. The problem is that the “secure” corporate world around them was changing.  Part of this was because the early to mid-1990’s signaled the end of the industrial age and beginning of the information age.  They were disconcerted when they saw how the ladder to corporate success lead to more hours, more time away from family and ultimately more stress. In addition, I am sure it was scary to see how easily their jobs could be taken from them in the ever-changing automotive industry. At this point, they did NOT say to each other, “Hey, I have an idea! Lets start a cult so that we can take advantage of brainwashing other cult members so we can be rich!” No, this is ridiculous!   The truth is that they simply looked for opportunities to work for themselves in a business of their own.

 

How could somebody mistake Life Leadership for a “cult”?

Over time, Orrin and Chris decided that, instead of being selfish, they would create the first ever business model where there are no special deal for themselves or any of the other founders. They created a model that would compensate a person solely based upon their performance, even to the point that a new person’s income could surpass anybody’s income, including their own. This is not only fair, but VERY ATTRACTIVE to people looking for an opportunity to be compensated based upon performance only. No politics, no bureaucracy, no “good-ol’-boys” club, just performance! So when you do something this cool, it is going to upset the status quo in the business world. Competitors can either adapt or throw stones.  Because Orrin Woodward, Chris Brady and the other founders have put together something this attractive, they naturally have a large following of people who speak well of them through edification. This type of edification, to the outside observer, could be misinterpreted, especially if what they see and read everyday is negative and full of gossip and back-biting.

 

Ways to identify a real “cult”:

  1. Who do they identify their source of Authority?
  2. What do they believe about the trinity?
  3. What do they believe about Salvation?
  4. They oppose critical thinking and discourage people from thinking for themselves.
  5. They dishonor the family unit.
  6. They isolate members and penalize them for leaving the group.
  7. They seek loyalty to a leader above loyalty to Jesus.
  8. They cross biblical boundaries of behavior.
  9. They encourage separation from church.
  10. They emphasize special revelations that contradict Scripture.
  11. They group lavishes the leader with un-earned luxury.
  12. They seek to alter personality and, in some cases, create a new name for certain members.

Life Leadership passes all 12 of these tests with flying colors.  Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post where we will analyze this list point by point.

#SetTheRecordStraight

 

Life Leadership Business: More Excuses

Continuted from Part 1

Here are a few more excuses you may run into as you begin your journey:

“That is just another MLM, where you have to recruit other people.”

First of all, this is not just another MLM. What an uneducated and acute thing to say! Life Leadership cannot be put in that box (or stereotype). This is next generation community building that is only getting better! Second, every business on planet earth recruits people to buy their product, market their product and improve their product. When somebody says this to you in a derogatory tone, this is a type of vanity – wanting to look good to everybody. To gain acceptance from everybody and, in many cases, look cooler than everybody else. Life Leadership will teach you that the most attractive person is the man or woman that is genuinely interested in other people and has a way to help them live the life they have always wanted to live.

“You have to be a salesman to make it in something like that.”

This is not true. Yes, there are some basic skills to learn about getting people started into your community. You do have to develop confidence and posture. All of these things can be learned. People skills are called “skills” because you can learn them. The real secret to becoming successful in Life Leadership is that you have to cultivate the 3-H’s from Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady’s book, Launching a Leadership Revolution. You have to be Hungry, Hone-able and Honorable. On top of this, you have to genuinely care about people.

“You can’t afford that! They want you to spend $200 per month so the top guy can make his millions.”

Give me a break! The cynic who says this definitely knows nothing about Life Leadership. First of all, customer sales are a requirement of the business side of Life Leadership. An important part of getting you started properly is to help you acquire some customers. Not only does this help you make money faster, but also it helps you satisfy the recommended personal volume requirement to be a PBO (Professional Business Owner). Secondly, show me another business that requires zero investment? Life Leadership is extremely flexible and sensitive to the needs of a person struggling financially. In fact, the first thing you should do is follow the steps outlined in the Financial Fitness Program to cut un-necessary expenses and develop a concise plan to get out of debt. So the “you can’t afford that” comment is ridiculous! Most people can’t afford not to! I would go as far as saying that the Financial Matrix is sucking more money in interest than the average person could invest if they bought every product that Life Leadership offers! This is absolutely a win-win deal for the new member.

“You are too busy to do something like this.”

This is another favorite from your friend, Captain Obvious. Of course you are busy! What, do you think people that succeed in Life Leadership start out with no job, no family, and no other commitments? Give me a break. You will never become “not so busy” that you eventually have time to build communities in Life Leadership! Why not ask the question, “why are you so busy?” or “is your busy-ness producing the results you really desire?” A deeper question to ponder is “What is the best you can expect if you maintain your level of busy-ness for the next 5 years?” If the answer is somewhere in the ballpark of “Your boss’s position, then you have to ask yourself if you would be happy with the lifestyle that he or she lives? Or are they just busier at a little higher level? Seriously? Time to check the fruit on the tree and compare it honestly to what you really want your future to look like. If you like the lifestyle of the person 5 years further into your career, then keep on trucking (you can be a customer of Life Leadership and I am sure it will accelerate that process for you). If not, it is time to look at your busy calendar and squeeze some time in to learn and build communities with Life Leadership.

“I have too much on my plate. When I do something, I want to give 100%.”

This comment makes no sense at all. It is a fancy excuse to say “I’m a chicken” while trying to impress you with their “badge of busy-ness”. Don’t take my comments the wrong way, everybody has the right to say “no”, but this comment sounds really funny to those of us who have thought the matter through. Think about it from a time management perspective, does this person give 100% of their time to their job? No. Does this person give 100% of their time to their family? No. Does this person really give 100% to any worthwhile activity in any given day? No. They split up their time with the things that are most important. What I hope this person does practice is to give 100% concentration and focus to each task in their day. With this in mind, the question that begs to be asked from this person’s life is “are the tasks that you do daily producing the lifestyle you want for you and your family?” If the answer is “yes”, keep doing what you are doing and stop making lame excuses for not getting involved with the business side of Life Leadership. Just say thank you for the information and become a customer. If the answer is “no”, then lets find a way to put more things in your daily schedule that do get you closer to the life you have always wanted to life!

 

There are a few more excuses and objections, but I will save them for a comedy edition titled: “The funniest things that people have said in the process of turning down a great opportunity”.

#SetTheRecordStraight

Life Leadership Business: Common Excuses

OK, so you are new to Life Leadership, or at the very least, checking it out.   You have certainly come to the right place! It is time to pick apart what some of the critics are going to say to you, and help you gain the right perspective.

Let me begin by telling you that your belief and knowledge will be tested any time you attempt to do something great. Maybe not today, but eventually somebody will offer their negative comments or opinion about Life Leadership and try to mess with your head. This will be difficult because these comments can come from a close family member or friend who genuinely cares about you but, quite frankly, does not have a clue what they are talking about. I call this type of person “Acluistic” meaning “one having no clue”. Some will even sound really smart and sound like they know what they are talking about, but unless they have been involved with Life Leadership for the last 3 months, they are “Acluistic” or “they have no clue”. So your task is to do your own homework and make your own decisions based upon facts. Don’t just blindly accept the ignorant analysis of the “Acluist”.

So lets walk through some of the things that your “well-meaning” family member or friend may say to you:

“Oh, that thing sounds like a pyramid.”

Of course they are going to say this because that’s what everybody says to try to make themselves sound smart and discerning! There is a very good chance that the place that your friend works is more of a “pyramid” structure than a Life Leadership organization. The difference is that in all jobs, the top positions/titles always gets the most money. This is how the “credentialist” system works; in Life Leadership, the new guy can earn a spot at the top based upon performance, not position. This is how a “creator” system or a performance/results system works.

“I would be careful if I were you.“

The folks that will say this to you are saying this out of ignorance. What they really should be saying is “I have no facts or experience on building a leadership team or compensated community, so I would go to one of their Leadership conferences to investigate further if I were you.” Unfortunately, pride and ego prevent people from saying this. Instead, they prefer to ‘feel’ smart so instead they advise you to live in their comfort zone to be safe. That being said, there are real scams out there, but Life Leadership is not one. (If it were a scam, it would have been shut down already).

“I knew somebody that did something like that ended up losing friends and alienating people.”

This is a serious comment that I want to make very clear: The only way somebody loses friends it is because they offended them and did not work to resolve the issue. Period! The other dimension to this comment would be this: Most likely you had some good friends in Elementary and Middle School. Then you went to High School- there you probably made good friends with new people. Did you stop being friends with your Elementary school friends? No, not at all. Shared experiences in a new school forces you to develop new “good” friends. After High School, many people go to College and make some more “good” friends. So did you stop being friends with your High School friends? Of course not! You just did not see them as often, but you are still friends. You start a career and make a few friends at your new job. Did you stop being friends with your College buddies? No. Same thing, you are still friends, but you may not see them as often. So what will happen when you build a Life Leadership business? The same thing! You will certainly make some new friends! Does this mean you will lose any of the other friendships you have gained? No. Remember, the only way to lose friends is to hurt or offend them and make no effort to apologize and mend the friendship. My favorite thing about Life Leadership is that you never have to graduate from it and move on! You get to keep gaining friends for the rest of your life. This is fantastic!

“Of course they want you to go to a meeting! They want to get your hopes up so they can sell you their products!”

Way to go, Captain Obvious! Of course you are expected to go to a meeting – the meeting is the most important part of the “product”. There is nothing bad about getting your hopes up and there is nothing bad about marketing a product! So Captain Obvious doesn’t think you should attend a meeting, huh? Ask the moron who makes a comment like this if he would buy a house without walking thru, or buy a car without first taking it on a test drive. The Life Leadership community of people is the heart of the business. Yes, of course there is a sales/marketing plan, but you go to the meeting to meet and get to know the people and the culture in your area. Furthermore, we want to get your hopes up because the possibilities are real. The compensation is real. The system that helps people escape the Financial Matrix is real! Does Captain Obvious really expect you to keep your hopes and expectations low? Wow, nice friend…

Stay tuned for part 2!

#SetTheRecordStraight

Life Leadership: Pyramid Scheme?

Back in 1954, Abraham Maslow wrote a book titled, “Motivation and Personality”.  In this book, he defined what is referred to as a ‘hierarchy of human needs“.  Included are innate, universal needs for things like air, water and food; further up the pyramid, the needs change to shelter, health and safety.  This hierarchy diagram goes all the way to self-transcendence.  In my opinion, this hierarchy requires an amendment to include another universal human need:  This is universal need to always ask the question:  “Is this a pyramid scheme?”  whenever a person is exposed to a home based business idea, like Life Leadership.  I know, this seems crazy!  But based on how often it happens, it clearly belongs as a bullet point in Maslow’s explanation of human beings…

Pyramid Schemes clearly explained:

Thankfully, a new video has surfaced to put this topic to bed, once and for all! Assuming that you are new to the industry or you are doing research on Life Leadership, I have consolidated the four best links to give you the facts about pyramid businesses and why Life Leadership is not only a solid business model, but it is positioned to be the most profitable model in the industry for years to come: Check out these links:

1. “Life Leadership: Business Scam?” video

Link here–>

This is hands down the best explanation on what a pyramid scheme is. Very professional, factual and thorough! It also gives you a fantastic comparison to other billion dollar industries that is quite impressive.

LIFE Leadership Business

Here is a fantastic video that answers several of the common questions asked about compensated communities. Network Marketing has been around for many years, but many still do not understand how and why people and companies are attracted to this business model.

LIFE Leadership has created the best paying compensated community in the profession and has helped thousands of people eliminate tens of thousands of dollars debt previously poured into the Financial Matrix hole. What is your plan to escape the Financial Matrix?

 

 

2. Article titled “Lies, Lies, Lies, and the Life Leadership Scam

Link here –>

The author of this article, Holger Spiewak, holds multiple advanced college degrees and is extremely analytical when it comes to researching and sharing facts. I hope you enjoy this article.

While we are on this subject of “pyramid”, how can LIFE Founder Tim Marks who is UNDERNEATH his sponsor, LIFE Founder Bill Lewis, in the structure of the LIFE Community, make significantly more money for 14 years in a row than Bill?? Guess who made more money when I was an engineer, me or my boss? Corporate America IS a pyramid. “LIFE is a pyramid”, just another popular lie.

 

3. Life Leadership Forums conversation titled “Life Leadership Pyramid Scheme? Seriously?”

Link here –>

This begins with a fantastic article by Orrin Woodward (based upon over 15 years of experience and success); followed up by real members who have done their research prior to joining Life Leadership. This may be my favorite link to share because of the variety of comments from people with first hand experience. Enjoy!

 

4. Article titled, “Is Life Leadership a Pyramid Scam?”

Link here –>

This article contains facts from the Federal Trade Commission that are important to know. Combined with the previous three links, this article should round out your perspective on the viability of the Life Leadership business.

My hope is that you will find these resources insightful and informative as you begin your journey towards living the life you have always wanted.

#SetTheRecordStraight

Orrin Woodward shares truth, becomes lightning rod to critics – Part 1

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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!”
  3. 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.

#SetTheRecordStraight

The Gift of Criticism

In 1 Corinthians 12 we learn that spiritual gifts are given to all of God’s people. They are meant to be graces from God for the edification of the church and for the common good of mankind. Apparently, some people are under the impression that God forgot to tell us about another “gift”. This “gift” is one that many people are excited to use faithfully day and night. Some people are so proud of this gift that they spend decades mastering it and ignoring any other lesser gifts in their repertoire: The gift of criticism. I love the following story from Woodrow Kroll:

It was after a church service one morning in which the minister had preached on spiritual gifts that he was greeted at the door by a lady who said, “Pastor, I believe I have the gift of criticism.” The pastor looked at her and asked, “Remember the person in Jesus’ parable who had the one talent?” The woman nodded her understanding. “Do you recall what he did with it?” “Yes,” replied the lady, “he went out and buried it.” The pastor suggested, “Go, thou, and do likewise!”

Just to be clear, criticism is NOT a spiritual gift. Everybody can do it – you are not special in this regard. It takes maturity and discipline to harness the power of one’s tongue. Proverbs 18:21 (NIV) says, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

 

Two types of criticism

There are two types of criticism, solicited and unsolicited. Unsolicited criticism typically comes from those who falsely think they have the spiritual gift of criticism. Sometimes, on very rare occasions, unsolicited criticism that comes from a loved one is necessary, albeit painful. Sometimes a “good ol’ fashioned butt-whooping” is warranted. However, more often it is the unsolicited criticism that not only falls on deaf ears, but damages relationships and drives wedges between people. On the other hand, solicited criticism is derived out of a desire to improve and remove “blind spots”.

 

The Value of Criticism

I love what Chris Brady has to say about criticism in his best-selling book, Rascal:

(Excerpt taken from his blog article, Rascalinity Test)

Certainly we don’t want to over-fixate on our problems. Doing so causes us to pull our focus away from the areas where we are naturally endowed, depletes our confidence, and drains our motivation. However, if the weaknesses are large enough, they can smother any chance the strengths have of moving us forward. In particular, if our weaknesses are weaknesses of character, they must be addressed immediately or the kind of success and significance for which a Rascal longs will never be realized. For some people, their weaknesses are so prevalent that they must be fixed in order to succeed any further. This is why it is helpful to have someone else take the test on your behalf. It might just point out some blind spots for which you are not aware. However, do this carefully, and only with people for whom you have the highest trust and respect. We should always invite “constructive” criticism carefully, as it is still criticism, and no matter how much of a Rascal we are, we can only handle so much of it.

 

Criticism of Orrin Woodward and the Life Leadership business

I have read all of the reviews, good and bad, of Orrin Woodward.  I want to set the record straight that what Orrin Woodward stands for is truth, justice and freedom. He is attacked because he is sharing absolute truth in a fallen world that likes to twist truth to satisfy bad behavior. Period!

Is Orrin Woodward a scam artist like some of his critics claim?

The answer is a resounding NO. The best proofs are in the area of personal finance and the Financial Matrix.  There are so many cases that have followed the Financial Fitness program and have wiped out multiple 5-figures of debt. There are testimonials plastered all over the Life Leadership Forums and YouTube videos that speak about how much the materials and success principles have made a positive impact that is impossible to put a monetary value on.

Is the Life Leadership a pyramid scam?

Again, the answer is NO. It is neither a pyramid nor a scam. It is the fairest (and the most lucrative) way to compensate people for building a compensated community. This community that encourages one another to read, listen and associate with success-oriented people so that all grow in the three necessary areas: Body, mind, and soul.

The only problem Orrin Woodward and the Life Leadership have is that, so far, they have been incapable of building a system good enough to overcome stupidity! Like it or not, this is the truth!

#SetTheRecordStraight