Chris Brady is Founder, CEO and Creative Director of the Life Leadership business. Although Chris takes his duties and responsibilities very serious, he does not take himself too serious. What I mean is that Chris is one of the most likeable and joy-filled guys that you would ever have the privilege of meeting. Chris is seriously fun to listen to, with his quick wit and the ability to turn a funny tale into a fantastic lesson. Along with Orrin Woodward, Chris is an extremely well read individual who teaches people to dig into books as if they contained priceless buried treasure inside. Most importantly, Chris has a passion to lead people to his savior, Jesus Christ, and to empower other people to become a force for good in this fallen world.
The Vision of Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward
With Chris’s impressive professional credentials (see below), solid personal character and his drive towards excellence in all areas of life, I am appalled that anybody could write anything derogatory online. Both Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward have dedicated their lives to the building of something magnificent that will provide some of the greatest opportunities that the masses will ever be exposed to. They are fighting to keep the American Dream alive and well – and not just in America, but all over the world. They are creating a company that can equip the masses to excel in their personal and professional lives. At the same time, they are creating opportunities for people who want their ladder of success to not be limited by a corporate pay scale by creating a compensation plan that has no ceiling. They are both revolutionizing the home-based industry.
Chris Brady’s message to critics
Here is a short excerpt from Chris as he indirectly addresses critics to Life Leadership in the classy and witty style that he does everything else with:
Enter the Antagonists (Who Would Dare Say LIFE Leadership is a Scam)
Opposed to our revolutionizing the industry is, of course, anyone who wants things to stay as they are in any of the above four trends. As the saying goes, “When you set out to change the world, you’d better beware of those who already run it!” This includes entrenched competitors and those who work for them or prosper by their position, who are, as is only natural, threatened by what we are attempting to achieve. What results is the most natural situation in which two different sides are battling it out in the marketplace for proof that their way of doing things is best. As is so wonderful in the capitalistic system (as Orrin Woodward has written about on numerous occasions) the customer gets to decide. We respect our competitors of all stripes and sizes and look forward to the challenge they provide on the playing field of free enterprise!
To Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward: Thanks for all you do!
To the Antagonists, big and small: If you have a better way to make the world a better place, then go do it. Otherwise, shut up!
Short summary of Chris Brady’s professional credentials:
Chris Brady is founder, CEO, and Creative Director of LIFE Leadership. He also serves as the Executive Publisher of Obstaclés Press and is a New York Times bestselling author, speaker, humorist, and businessman. Chris has sold over a million copies of his books in 6 different languages.
Just recently, Chris was named the #2 Humorist to Follow on Twitter.
He also made the Likeable Local’s Top 150 Great Marketers to Follow in 2015.
Chris was named one of the The Modern Servant Leader’s Top Leadership Experts to Follow in 2015.
Also in 2015 he made the list for The Top 20 Most Followed Leadership Gurus on Twitter!
In May of 2014, Chris was ranked number 39 on Inc. magazine’s Top 50 Leadership and Management Experts .
Chris is also listed among the Top 100 Authors to Follow on Twitter (@RascalTweets).
In 2010, he received the Kettering/GMI Alumni Association Entrepreneurial Achievement Award.
His blog has been chosen by Online Masters Degree Programs for a Masters Award in Leadership, selected as a Top Management Resource for 2012, and listed in the Top 150 Management and Leadership Blogs.
Launching a Leadership Revolution (coauthored with Orrin Woodward)
Rascal (Gold Medal winner in the 2013 Living Now Evergreen Book Awards)
EDGE (co-authored with Orrin Woodward)
Leadership and Liberty (co-authored with Orrin Woodward)
Leadership: Tidbits and Treasures (co-authored with Orrin Woodward)
LIFE (co-authored with Orrin Woodward)
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”.
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!
Earlier in this blog, I published two articles as a rebuttal to an article written back in 2013 by Pastor Dave Marriott of Lakewood Baptist Church. His article about the Life Leadership business and it’s leaders was nothing more than a weak attempt to take one-sided opinions from negative critics and add credibility to their vomit. Jumping on the band-wagon does not turn opinion into truth! Pastor Marriott’s article did nothing more than turn a young, naïve Pastor into a talebearer and sower of the seeds of discord.
Life Leadership’s All Grace Outreach (AGO) program
The reason for this follow up article it that a new video has just been produced that makes Pastor Marriott’s article look even more pathetic. Life Leadership is taking big steps to expand its influence as a marketplace ministry and become a greater force for the cause of Christ. Chris Swanson has been recently welcomed as the new spokesman for the All Grace Outreach (AGO) program – which is at the heart and soul of the Life Leadership mission. Chris has been a devoted and passionate public servant for many years with an impeccable track record. He was promoted to under-sheriff of the Flint, MI police department in 2011. Chris has a passion to make a difference across the world and lead people to truth.
Churches all over the country are losing influence. Biblical truths are being dismissed and ignored all over the world. The fall of Rome will repeat itself in America if we don’t change something! Life Leadership does not have all of the answers, but it is doing more than almost every other organization I know of today. Enjoy the video and support the AGO ministry.
P.S. If you are reading this and you are Pastor Marriott (or a member of Lakewood Baptist Church), please consider removing this old article – it’s making you look bad..
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
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
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?”
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?”
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.
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.