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!
The Truth about Orrin Woodward and Life Leadership
There exist countless facts, testimonials and life-changing stories concerning the positive impact that Orrin and Laurie Woodward have made over the last 15 years to conclude anything other than the fact that they are time-tested leaders of leaders. However, because they have worked very hard to live for truth and justice, they are criticized. Because they work hard to develop people and develop a business system that educates people, they are criticized.
Could you imagine what the world will look like when Orrin Woodward actually accomplishes his first stated goal with Life Leadership: 1 million people reading good books; 1 million people turning off the media and listening to positive messaging; 1 million people striving to improve body, mind and soul? I believe that the world would be a better place. I am excited that there is finally somebody with an eschatology of victory focused on making the world that our children have to grow up in a better place. Orrin’s biggest challenge is that he has yet to create a training system good enough to fix ‘stupid’.
Read what other people are saying about Orrin Woodward:
The shocking part about Orrin Woodward, the man, is that he is not only driven to succeed, but he also desires to do so in the right way, based on principles. Indeed, if something is not based on principles, then Orrin refuses to function in that environment. He is more driven to improve himself daily because he understands the principle of The Law of the Lid: An organization grows to the level of its leader; therefore, Orrin continually attacks his own thinking in an effort to learn and grow. With all of that said, he is human and, therefore, has made mistakes. But his willingness to admit those mistakes and to do what he can to fix them is extremely impressive. In a world where people perpetually blame others, Orrin, instead, accepts responsibility and focuses on improving. It’s hard to not like someone like that. His humility and his faith also separate him from the crowd. In most organizations, the person that created it makes himself the supreme being of that company. Orrin, on the other hand, usually takes a back seat in order to let others lead and receive the glory. His goal is to surround himself with the best leaders, which takes a person who understands where he comes from and possesses a humble spirit that enables him to realize that one person doesn’t have all the answers. On a personal level, Orrin has developed a successful marriage with his wife Laurie and raised four wonderful kids.
I am so proud to be in business with Orrin Woodward for his courage to stand on principle. While many people talk the talk Orrin Woodward walks the walk. The “Amway Drones” accuse Orrin of being only concerned about money; however, as far back as 2005, he volunteered to take a pay cut to fix the business model. What leader that is only concerned about money would do that? Clearly Orrin is more concerned with helping new people win then padding his own pocketbook.
When Orrin chose to confront the powers-that-be, and try to fix the problems, he did so knowing it would jeopardize his respected position at the company. Instead of making millions while other struggled, Orrin risked bankruptcy and spent tens of millions of dollars in order to stand on his convictions. Orrin did not enter this conflict with the intention of starting a new company, or gaining more wealth; rather, he did it because principles he holds dear were at stake; freedom and justice.
I was with him one weekend during probably the hardest part of this fight when he said to me, “If Laurie and I have to sell everything and move back into a trailer, that is what we will do to make this right.”
Does that sound like a money-hungry greedy person, or a person who is willing to sell everything except his principles?
Orrin Woodward’ accomplishments include:
- Orrin Woodward is the co-author of the New York Times, BusinessWeek, and USA Today best-selling book, Launching a Leadership Revolution
- He is an honored alumni of the esteemed Kettering University for his incredible entrepreneurial achievements
- He was ranked #6 in 2011 on the Top-30 Leadership Guru list, alongside other world-class authors and thought leaders such as Stephen Covey and John Maxwell
- He was ranked #20 on the Inc. Magazine Top 50 Leadership and Management Experts, alongside John Maxwell, Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard!
There have been thousands of books published by the leaders in other networks, but how many have made the NY Time best-seller list? Less than can be counted on one hand!
Orrin Woodward is a Leader
In one of the silliest blog postings I’ve ever read about Orrin, someone in public relations from a multi-billion dollar company (Amway Global) actually had the gall to call Orrin a “MIS-Leader”, despite the fact that over 40,000 people followed him out of Amway’s former sister corporation Quixtar. Have you ever heard of a billion dollar plus company singling out an individual to throw tomatoes at before? I certainly haven’t. In my mind, above anything else, this confirms Orrin must be a top leader because one of his billion dollar competitors fears him enough to write an entire blog post in a futile attempt to defame his leadership and character. Perhaps this is the real motivation for the Amway drones continued attempts to knock Orrin – they must be feeling pretty embarrassed, having misjudged the character and resolve of Orrin Woodward. Each time he receives another leadership award or accolade these guys are probably reaching for the towel to wipe the egg off of their faces. Orrin, the so called “MIS-leader” just won one of the most prestigious leadership awards in the country in direct competition with Jack Welch, Tony Robbins, and Jim Collins to name just a few of his peers. Ouch… that one had to hurt.
As Orrin Woodward and Life Leadership continue to grow, they will continue to be a lightning rod for critics. It is simply because they are trying to help people. Period. As a new person doing his or her research, you have to realize this simple truth and then jump on board. There is a lot of work to do and a lot of hurting people to help. Lets get to it!
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.
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!
Before you put any stock in what a critic has to say, check their qualifications! Doing your research on Orrin Woodward, Chris Brady and the Life Leadership business? Beware! All of the critics are completely unqualified (and many are emotionally unfit) to give their opinion! I have yet to read an online opinion of Orrin Woodward, Chris Brady and the Life Leadership business that holds any credibility. To understand why this is, we must research the history of concept of criticism.
As it relates to Orrin Woodward, the Wikipedia definition of a “critic”
The word critic comes from Greek κριτικός (kritikós), meaning “able to discern”, which is a Greek derivation of the word κριτής (krités), meaning a person who offers reasoned judgment or analysis, value judgment, interpretation or observation.
Based upon this definition, every person (in my opinion) that has a negative word to write about Orrin Woodward and the Life Leadership business has not established themselves as a qualified source that is “able to discern”. Even bloggers who have been involved in past business models with Orrin Woodward, but have quit, are not experts and their “time on the water” does not give them license to criticize; conversely, they are examples of bitter people who illustrate what not to do. They teach us that the recipe for failure is to give up half way, don’t learn from your mistakes and blame others for your lack of success.
So who would qualify as a valid critic? The experts that earn 7-figures in the industry of community building (not network marketing, there is a difference) would qualify as a critic. My guess is that all of these experts would applaud Orrin Woodward! What about Life Leadership’s keystone product, The Financial Fitness Pack? Again, only people who are free from the Financial Matrix and teach on debt-free financial intelligence would qualify, in my opinion. Once again, my guess is they would cheer and promote his material.
Let’s dig deeper into the roots of criticism:
As it relates to Orrin Woodward, Wikipedia article on “criticism”
Criticism is the practice of judging the merits and faults of something (or somebody) in an intelligible (or articulate) way.
The judger is called “the critic”.
To engage in criticism is “to criticise”/”criticize”.
One specific item of criticism is called “a criticism” or a “critique”.
Criticism as an evaluative or corrective exercise can occur in any area of human life. Criticism can therefore take many different forms (see below). How exactly people go about criticizing, can vary a great deal. In specific areas of human endeavour, the form of criticism can be highly specialized and technical; it often requires professional knowledge to understand the criticism.
To be critical meant, positively, to have good, informed judgement about matters of culture (to be cultivated, to be a man or woman of distinction), but negatively it could also refer to the (unreasonable) rejection or (unfair) treatment of some outside group (“to be critical of them”). Derivatively, “a criticism” also referred to a nice point or a distinction, a tiny detail, a pedantic nicety, a subtlety, or a quibble (the sense of what today is called a “minor criticism”). Often criticism was governed by very strict cultural rules of politeness, propriety and decency, and there could be immediate penalties if the wrong words were said or written down.
So for centuries, it was widely known that a critic must also be an expert on the field in which they are offering criticism. Furthermore, they were ladies and gentlemen of class that were governed by rules of politeness, propriety and decency. These two statements disqualify just about everybody that I have read online that has offered their negative opinions about Orrin, Chris and the Life business. To me, the negative bloggers are worse than the kids that spray graffiti on the sides of buildings and trains (the reason I say worse is that at least some of the graffiti has creative/artistic flair!) The few that have at least attempted class and impartiality have only rendered their opinions in the form of unsubstantiated gossip and tale bearing.
Wikipedia further describes most of the “criticism” of our generation as “lousy” and “unhelpful”:
The main effect of lousy criticism is usually that, rather than clarifying things, it becomes disorienting or confusing to people. Therefore, lousy criticism is usually regarded as unhelpful, or as an unwanted distraction getting in the way of things.
What this means is that reading negative articles from unqualified sources is disorienting and unhelpful at best. At worst, it could cloud your decision-making process and cause you to miss out on a fantastic, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
The critics cannot deny the Financial Matrix
If you have not read Orrin Woodward’s new book, The Financial Matrix, you have no idea what the Life Leadership business is about. Period. Compared to the investment (through investing in this information and an ongoing subscription), the returns are staggering based upon the countless number of testimonials. People that have followed the principles are wiping out debt at a fantastic rate. Some have even reduced their debt by $20,000 (thereby reducing all of the negative income in interest required to service that debt). The ratio of negative debt erased to the cost of the Life Business system and Financial Fitness Pack is one of the best value propositions in the world today!
There is no system good enough to overcome stupidity.
As Forrest Gump said, “Stupid is as stupid does”. And today we seem to be surrounded by a world of financially stupid people (and a media designed to keep us trapped in the matrix). So I will continue to ‘charge hell with a squirt gun’ by writing my rebuttal articles to set the record straight. If you are new to this blog, here are a few back links to get you caught up:
You can’t watch the fist clip without watching the second–
If you are new to, or are checking out, the LIFE Leadership business there are a few things you need to know to help you on your journey. This blog is dedicated to setting the record straight about twisted facts and bad information you will find online.
The Leadership Train
The best advice I could tell a person who is looking for the answer to the question: “will this work for me?” Is to get your hands on a book titled, “The Leadership Train” by Orrin Woodward. This book will give you an excellent perspective on how the Life Leadership business can play out in your life. READ IT!
That being said, here are a few of the dead-ends to watch out for in your journey:
Negative opinions from quitters.
In any great story, there are heroes and villains. There is a worthy cause (or goal), then there is a struggle (or mighty battle) and then the victory. Your success story will be no different. Critics and negative nay-sayers that vomit their cynical and pessimistic opinions are a given in every great story. There is an old saying, “the bigger the goal, the bigger the Goliath”. Expect some resistance – it is a test of your hunger and tenacity. How bad to you want it!!
Don’t want any criticism?
Then say nothing, Do nothing and Be nothing.
Negative opinions from PR guys that are paid to write negative.
In today’s business world, some people play dirty. There are many PR companies and social media folks that will gladly take a sum of money to lead a smear campaign online. The companies that fund these PR guys have the attitude that ‘If I diminish or destroy my competition, then my business will grow because it is the only one left!’ These people foolishly spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to try to tear down others to try to make themselves look better. The fact is that when the negative company is revealed, they look like that pathetic bully on the playground that finally gets sent home to his mommy.
Positive opinions with an alternate motive to sell you a shortcut.
Beware of shortcuts. Everything in the Life Leadership business has a purpose. The methods have been well thought out. Even those parts that seem difficult. As you learn how to expand your customer base and your member network, you may come across a blog or video that promises an easier path to success (a shortcut). The fact is that if there was a better way to earn success in Life Leadership, it would be taught systematically at all of the seminars. This is the primary responsibility of the inner-circle group called “Life Coach Policy Council”: to make the path to success as easy as possible WITHOUT SACRIFICING THE GROWTH PROCESS.
Let me give you an example: There are a few companies out there that want to sell you their Internet Marketing program to generate leads for you. They are supportive of you and the Life Leadership business, but they are also supportive of all other businesses too! (This makes sense because their business is trying to get you to buy their leads). This may be a good way to obtain a few customers in Life Leadership, but we have yet to see a person obtain a significant lifestyle from building a community based upon a mass marketing leads program. As far as I can tell, this is a shortcut that leads down a dead-end.
Nature gives us a great example in the life of a butterfly. In the long, difficult process of breaking out of a cocoon, the butterfly forces the necessary fluids and develops the necessary wing strength to fly. If you were to shortcut this process by cutting the cocoon open and “helping”, you would destroy the thing you were trying to help.
So it is with success. Life Leadership is simple enough that anybody can do it, yet hard enough that YOU are developed in the process. That’s the point! Life Leadership is NOT traditional network marketing! Oh, you can try to build it this way, but I doubt it will last. The Life Leadership business, when build the correct way, is a next-generation community building business. There is a difference. Teams are built through relationships. Through structured depth and a house-plan to house-plan approach. Not getting random leads and just signing people up.
You don’t need to fly solo
The best part about being involved in a community like Life Leadership is you can call somebody. You can call them for help. You can call them for encouragement. You can even call when you are having a pity party (but don’t’ be surprised if they don’t want to attend. They will cancel your pity party and encourage more productive activities). Your support team cannot read minds – you have to call them.
I hope this article helps. God Bless you on your journey!
As Life Leadership continues to expand around the country (and around the world), the number of critics may expand proportionally. Therefore, I think it is necessary to circle back and address the question again: Is Life Leadership a pyramid scheme designed to scam people? Or is it a legitimate company generating sales and rewarding members fairly based upon their results?
The Lazy Man who has theories but makes no Money
Before we answer these questions, I ran across a very funny video that may be helpful in discerning who to get your facts from. The critic and negative blogger, in my opinion and in most cases, resembles “Ali G ” talking about “Techmology” in the following video. Check it out:
So you see, to argue with an idiot is useless and frustrating! To the people that know the truth and have been blessed by Life Leadership, conversations with the “Ali G’s of the world” become a great source of humor!
A pyramid scheme – defined:
ILLEGAL pyramid schemes
From US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) specialist, Aditi Jhaveri, on signs of an illegal pyramid scheme (paraphrased):
Pyramid schemes are illegal.
Pyramid schemes are where your income is based mainly on the number of people you recruit, and the money those new recruits pay to join the company — not on the sales of products to consumers.
You’re required to buy lots of inventory.
You’re forced to buy other things you don’t want or need just to stay in good standing with the company.
LEGAL pyramid schemes
Need I say more? I always wondered why my co-workers were in a bad mood most of the time!
Home-based businesses are poised for an explosion!
Life Leadership is positioned to be the most timely and most lucrative home based business in the world today. Why? Simply because people need to make more money while at the same time cannot quit their current job. They also need more time flexibility. Finally, most people cannot afford to invest the cash for a conventional business startup (or they cannot afford to risk borrowing 5 to 6 figures in loans). Here is an excerpt from Orrin Woodward’s blog.
For instance, one of the first conundrums I was faced with when I first studied community building was the statistic bantered around against the profession such as the following: “Only 1 out of 100 people actually makes 50k or more per year.” At first hearing, this sounds terrible. You mean to tell me that if I get started I only have a 1 out of 100 chance of making it? But these two statements are not saying the same thing, even though on the surface they may appear to do so.
Let me explain.
The first statement (“only 1 out of 100 people make 50 k or more”) is a snapshot of the profession based upon the fact that for anyone to reach the top of the chart (15,000 points), he must build customers, members, and help them do enough volume for him to hit this level. Typically, by the time a person hits the top of the chart (whether he does it in 3 months or 3 years) he has around 100 active members. Hence, the 1 out of 100 number. In other words, even if 100% of the people made it, they would still make it by bringing in around 100 other active members and the 1% who made it at any particular time would still be true.
However, this doesn’t mean the other 100 people cannot also bring in customers and members who enjoy the life-changing products and do the exact same thing as the person who brought them in. And, when they do, the will have built a team (on average) of 100 people so the 1 out of 100 number remains.
Now to my point.
Given that the nature of community building involves building a community (how’s that for obvious?) and that a leader’s goal is to build 100 active people into his community who service customers and members, then the “1 out of 100” number tells us nothing of the success or failure of the business. Rather, it simply reports on the size of community necessary to earn a certain income, as in my example above when I threw out the hypothetical 50k.
Indeed, the model is hard-wired, or designed for a leader to service a community of 100 people in order to reach 15,000 points and thereby achieve the Leader level in LIFE Leadership to make anywhere from 20k to upwards of 50k (with the CAB program included – see the LIFE Income Disclosure Statement attached at the bottom of this post). Therefore, the real question a new person should be asking is not the 1 out of 100 snapshot, which merely reports that a Leader must build 100 people communities, but rather, how fast can one build 100 people communities?
A system to leverage
Life Leadership has a fine tuned system that is simple to follow. It includes a web based marketing system that is second to none. It has a systematic seminar system that allows you to duplicate leaders across multiple states and countries. It has a step by step manual to follow called the TeamBuilder’s Textbook. It has 10 “how-to” packs and a top 50 CD set that can get you up to speed on the history and cultural dynamics fast.
A focus on serving Customers
Life Leadership works hard to make sure its products are relevant and priced appropriate for the marketplace. This is rare, because there are thousands of other home-based businesses that have products that are way too expensive for the price-conscious consumer.
A fantastic group of Leaders
The best part of Life Leadership is the leaders. Let me explain. People are messy. People make mistakes. When people spend enough time around each other, they eventually offend each other. The best part of the leadership core is that they really practice Biblical conflict resolution. When two parties work to apologize, forgive, and show grace, something magical happens – the bonds of friendship grow stronger.
A real solution to the Financial Matrix
Life Leadership has a best selling product: The Financial Fitness Pack. The reason it is a best selling product is because finances are a real problem! We are surrounded and bombarded with media that gets paid to convince us to get into debt. For most people, it is becoming harder to stay afloat. So do yourself a favor, quit stewing over the negative garbage on the Internet. Quit confusing the “Ali G’s” as valid perspectives. The Life Leadership business is never going to be perfect. It’s just going to be one of the best endeavors that you will experience in your lifetime.
Before you believe everything you read about the “Climb to the Top” article by Forbes online, make sure you check their facts. Beginning with their opening statements, the authors showcase their ignorance about the networking industry and made it clear that the goal was to publish a twisted version of the truth resembling propaganda at great risk of being libel. Since 2008 (when the original article was written) Orrin Woodward has been busy using “inter-sectional innovation” to create a brilliant business model known as Life Leadership. Check out clips from these 4 rebuttal articles to Forbes:
At the time of the article, Orrin Woodward was in a major legal dispute with Amway/Quixtar. Somehow, this important fact was not mentioned.
At the same time, Amway was funding a major advertising campaign in Forbes (no links online, but see 2008 Forbes Magazine for Amway ads).
Some of Amway’s principals were supporters of Steve Forbes and his political aspirations. (Click here)
Of all the people the journalist interviewed for the article (Orrin gave her complete access to everyone in his organization), the only person she quoted from her many interviews (other than Orrin himself and one guy standing in line to attend a meeting), was the negative husband of a woman in Orrin’s team that had never attended a single event, nor participated in any way. In contrast, not one of the many positive people interviewed were even mentioned.
When Orrin invited the journalist to his company’s international convention, offering her full back-stage access to everything and everyone, she politely declined because she had purchased tickets to attend a Willie Nelson concert instead.
The journalist referred to Network Marketing as “pyramid selling schemes,” proceeded to give a very incorrect description of how they supposedly function, and then wrote, “sounds like a chain letter, doesn’t it?”, even though networking companies operate legally in all 50 states every business day. AND Forbes itself has done many positive (or at least professionally balanced) articles on the industry, as recently as last month (Click here).
“One parting thought Orrin Woodward was in the middle of a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Amway at the time this article was written. Amway founders are some of the largest donators to the Republican Party… Steve Forbes is a former Republican Presidential Candidate and long time friend of the family. Plus Amway has been a long time client of Forbes Magazine.”
I asked Orrin how this unprecedented interview came to be. He said, “Shortly after joining Monavie, I received a call from the Team office stating that Forbes had contacted me asking for an interview about Team.” He continued, “Why would Forbes want to do an article on a small, $42 million dollar company? Especially when it was in the middle of the legal battle of its life?”
Being part of the process myself, I remember Woodward telling me the interviewer asked questions about Team being a pyramid, which anyone who knows anything about pyramid law would know it is nowhere near being a pyramid scheme. She also wanted to know why is it that some people don’t make money and others do. Other questions focused on how much did it cost to be a member of Team and so forth. Woodward continued to explain that Team wasn’t a MLM, it only supplied the support for those building one; but that seemed to fall on deaf ears.
It became obvious to both of us, based upon the question content, that his interview wasn’t about finding the good in Team. Regardless, Woodward knew he had nothing to hide and answered all the questions truthfully and completely. I know that Woodward personally invited the interviewer to the Columbus Major as a VIP, but she already had tickets for a Willie Nelson concert and had to turn the offer down.
I also remember my interview, which lasted for 40 minutes. I actually thought my interview went really well. She asked a lot of great questions. I told her how I was able to get out of massive amounts of debt, how my marriage was dramatically improved, how I thought Orrin Woodward was an amazing leader, and that I thought the Team business was the best financial decision I’d ever made. Interestingly, not a single word of that 40 minute interview was used. Instead, a short quote jabbing Team about a man and woman who had gotten divorced due to her involvement in Team and Amway was used instead.
As it turns out, the man quoted in the Forbes article was an atheist and the woman a Christian. But the man claimed in the article the divorce was blamed on her involvement with Team. Why would Forbes choose to quote this person and not me? Or better yet, any of the thousands who believe that Team has strengthened their marriage? Had the interviewer attended the convention she could have asked any number of people the blessing Team has been in their lives. And yet all that was used was one negative quote about a divorce.
Meanwhile, I began asking my own questions. What led the reporter to take this article in the first place? What was her background in the leadership field and did she understand the moral dimensions from a Christian perspective? She admitted she had never heard of John Maxwell (the #1 leadership teacher) nor, even though living in Chicago, had she ever heard of Bill Hybels (pastor of Chicago’s largest church.)
Every reputable network marketing organization separates itself from pyramid schemes and scams by ensuring significant sales to outside customers of its products. Impressively, LIFE Leadership has over 40% of its monthly subscriptions going to customers who are not even part of the compensation plan. This is a testament to just how good the leadership materials are from LIFE.
Sadly, some people have drawn the conclusion that network marketing is like a lottery where only a few draw the winning ticket and everyone else loses. In truth, I was one of those people until I took the time to study the numbers myself. Here is my story of how I went from a community building skeptic to building one of the largest leadership communities in North America.
I would also encourage you to read the condensed business history of Orrin Woodward and his amazing band of mighty men (here is the link). As Life Leadership moves towards a billion dollar plus company, eventually Emily Lambert, Klaus Kneale and Forbes will have to write a detraction and an apology letter to Orrin Woodward this amazing group of leaders known as Life Leadership.
Let the dogs bark, the caravan is moving on! Life Leadership is continuously improving and getting closer to its goal of helping millions of people worldwide learn solid principles for success.
Life Leadership is not a scam..
On the contrary, it is a constantly improving educational system. I almost think that Orrin Woodward and the folks that sit on Life Leadership’s policy council are masters in the martial art of Aikido. Wikipedia describes Aikido as “techniques consist of entering and turning movements that redirect the momentum of an opponent’s attack, and a throw or joint lock that terminates the technique.”
Life Leadership gets better, not bitter
For example, when a critic or negative blogger identifies a legitimate flaw, the leaders of Life Leadership don’t get bitter, they get better. They choose to constantly attack their own status quo and find ways to make the product or the organization better. They will say to themselves, “this is a valid argument and an area we can get better at”, then they implement a PDCA or plan of action to improve. Meanwhile, the critic or negative blogger is the ultimate loser from the interaction because their attitude causes them to stay bitter and dormant.
The dog will always bark
If a critic or negative blogger does not have a valid argument, they are like the dogs that bark as the caravan loads up and moves on. These dogs should simply be ignored. Then, over time, their barks become distant ‘yelps’ in the background. I bet, if you stick around the dog to see what happens next, you will find it barking at another caravan that is trying to improve and move on. Maybe, once in a while, somebody feels sorry and pets the dog or throws it a bone, but when that person tries to move on, the dog will still bark (in spite of the kind gesture towards the dog).
Life Leadership and the Financial Matrix
Life Leadership will continue to grow because it seeks to identify real problems and offer real, world-class solutions. Check out the Financial Matrix, for example. This is a real problem that is undeniable, and Life Leadership has packaged a solid solution: The Financial Fitness Pack. The people that have contacted you about becoming either a customer or member of Life Leadership are sincere and legitimate. This is a solid organization heading towards a bright future. I encourage you to hop on board the caravan and don’t worry about the barking dog – that’s what they are supposed to do…
Life Leadership business: Will it work?
Doing your research on the Life Leadership business? You came to the right place!
The purpose of this blog is to set the record straight, so that you can make a quality decision about becoming a member of Life Leadership. You see, when a person is new to this concept and to the entrepreneurial field, there are only two questions: 1. Will this work? 2. Will this work for me?
1. Will this work?
The first thing you have to determine is your definition of “working”. This is different for every person. The definitions range from financial gain, learning how to get out of debt, improving leadership skills, enhancing interpersonal skills, marketplace ministry and many more.
The next step is to attend multiple live events so that you can see the growth for yourself. It is OK to be a little skeptical (skeptical is right in between gullible and cynical). Make sure you talk to people that are succeeding and feel free to ask a lot of questions. As the old saying goes, “if you want to become a doctor, don’t talk to the guy who quit or flunked out”.
Let’s be very clear on what the leaders of Life Leadership offer: AN OPPORTUNITY AND A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD. Period. Like the game of golf, it will be simple yet challenging. To really succeed, this will require you to improve yourself continuously. This is where the critics of Life Leadership always miss the point. The critic is wrong in two ways: 1. They started out assuming that success will be guaranteed. 2. They falsely assumed that they would really not have to improve and become better. They assumed that they are already proficient enough to deserve success. Then when things don’t work out in their timing they can either get better or bitter. When they take the bitter path, they must blame somebody else (they are the victim and there is no way it could have been their fault!)
This is where I would like to, in general, address the few negative websites to toughen you up. Here are a few bullet points to help you discern solid facts from twisted opinion.
- The people that lead Life Leadership are not perfect, but they strive to get better every year. Anybody that criticizes Life Leadership or any of its leaders or members should preface all of their articles with the following: “I hold all other people to a higher standard than I hold myself, therefore the people that started Life Leadership should have made every business endeavor (past and present) perfect for me, the center of the universe. They should have been able to guarantee success and make this business model perfect from the start! They should have predicted every challenge and formulated a perfect solution before they even launched. They should also have known that I was a whiner and future quitter who would blame everybody but myself for my lack of success if the business model was not perfect. What a rip-off! What a scam! You are all liars because my past experience in the business did not live up to my expectations!! Waaaaahhhh!”
- Notice that almost all of the complaints are backdated to a previous business model and typically attack a person, not the Life Leadership business! I have even read some recent complaints that date back to 2001 – that is 14 years ago! Even “recent” complaints are about events that happened around 2008-2009 – That is still 6 years ago!
- Negative comments are extremely sparse and concentrated to a few cases. With the tens of thousands of customers and members involved in Life Leadership, it is logical to assume that if there were a problem, the criticism would be widespread!
- The majority of complaints are because of a gap between expectation and results. For each negative story that attempts to pass blame to Orrin Woodward or somebody in business with him, there are countless success stories (see Life Leadership forums) that showcase a person with similar circumstances that had a positive outcome.
- There are a lot of critics that are actually paid to do so. Negative PR campaigns have been around for ages and the internet has made this process easier than ever. Do not be fooled. The critic will not get in their car and drive to your house to help you with an alternative solution – there are leaders in Life Leadership who will.
- Before you believe any of the critics, make sure you read the entire condensed history (linked here) of where Orrin Woodward, Chris Brady and the rest of the leaders have come from. Then ask yourself why are they still together today after almost 20 years of adventures? Against this backdrop, all criticisms and attacks become exposed as petty and ridiculous.
Will this work for me?
Once you get the “will this work” sorted out, the “will this work for me” is a more personal question. The answer to this question depends on a more personal introspection:
- Are you hungry for success?
- Are you “hone-able” or teachable?
- Are you honorable and can you work on your character and strive to get better every day?
If the answers are ‘yes’, then get back with the person that introduced you to Life Leadership and get started. I would also recommend the book, “The Leadership Train” by Orrin Woodward. This is the best book to help illuminate your path into the business side of Life Leadership.
Enjoy the journey!