Sunday, February 27, 2005

Orrin Woodward of Team - Taking Action

A couple of great quotes:

"We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once."- Calvin Coolidge"

An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied."- Arnold Glasow

One thing I've always admired about Orrin Woodward is that he is a man of action. He gets things done. Because he takes action, the Team has become an idea whose time has come. There is no stopping it. It will become the biggest business on the planet.

That's pretty big.

Thanks for your example Orrin. Keep moving.

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Orrin Woodward of Team - Choice

William Jennings Bryan said: "Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved."

Orrin Woodward made a choice several years ago and created his destiny. And because he did, and because he created a system that you can plug into called the Team, you can choose to create your destiny. You don't create a destiny by waiting for it.

Here are a couple more thoughts to get you started:"Act as if it were impossible to fail."- Dorothea Brande

"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing."- Abraham Lincoln

Be resolved and get moving. You will win.

Friday, February 25, 2005

Orrin Woodward of Team - Decide

I can't remember where I heard this one:

"Some people, if they saw a sign, This Way to Heaven, and another sign, This Way to A Discussion on Heaven, would take the discussion. Some people like to wear out a decision just talking about it."

Not Orrin Woodward of the Team. That's one of the qualities I admire about him most. He takes action.

How 'bout you?

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Orrin Woodward of Team - Governing Oneself

"Self-respect is the root of discipline: The sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself."- Abraham Joshua Heschel

"Not being able to govern events, I govern myself, and apply myself to them, if they will not apply themselves to me."- Michel de Montaigne

When I read these I thought of Orrin Woodward, the most self-disciplined man I know. He could have written them. He most certainly lives them.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Orrin Woodward of Team - Character

Found another great quote from Napoleon Hill which reminded me of Orrin Woodward:


"Even the most popular people have their detractors. Because we are all different, with differing interests and personalities, it is simply impossible for anyone to be beloved by every individual who knows him or her. If your mission in life is to make everyone like you, great disappointment is in store.

But if you are always kind and considerate in your dealings with others, they may not like you, but it will be impossible for them to dislike you. You can cement your relationships with others by making sure that you are a person of character, one who is predictably honest, straightforward, and ethical.

When you follow such a code of conduct, you may not be sought out by others who do not share your values, but you will be respected by all who know you. And in the end, self-respect will mean far more to you than mere popularity."

Thanks Orrin, for being a person of character.

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Orrin Woodward & Dale Carnegie

I found the following in Carnegie's wonderful book, "How To Win Friends and Influence People", one of Orrin Woodward's "Top 5" books:

"You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world's happiness now. How? By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged. Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime." -- Dale Carnegie

How often we forget the power we have. Thanks Orrin, for all the times you've given me that word of encouragement I needed to hear.

What if every one of us gave a few sincere words of encouragement every time we talked to another. What kind of world could we create?

Friday, February 18, 2005

Orrin Woodward - Change

"When you are through changing, you're through."- Bruce Barton

I couldn't agree more with Bruce. Orrin Woodward continues to change... to grow, to get better. He's not through, he's only beginning. His voracious appetite for knowledge and then his discipline to implement what he's learning, marks him as a truly great leader.

Want proof? Just attend one of our upcoming seminars this weekend or next, and just watch how many up-and-coming leaders will be recognized from the stage. There's a whole generation of future leaders coming and they know their mission - to make a difference in the lives of people all over this great country and the world.

This team is just getting started and I'm proud to be a part of it! Thanks Orrin.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Orrin Woodward - Discipline

"What we do on some great occasions will probably depend upon what we already are, and what we are will be the result of previous years of self-discipline."- H.P. Liddon

"Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself."- Abraham J. Heschel"

Don't you just love the truth when you hear it?

Self-discipline describes Orrin Woodward. He has achieved great success because he has mastered the science of self-discipline.

And so can you. As David Rockefeller said, "Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you're not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were."

What's to be frightened of? Creating your own destiny? C'mon! Hook up with the finest leadership development system in the country and create your future!

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Orrin Woodward - Purpose

Saw this quote today and thought of Orrin Woodward :

"Great minds have purposes, others have wishes."- Washington Irving

Orrin has a great mind.


Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Orrin Woodward - Sweat Equity

Ray Kroc, the former milkshake machine distributor who founded McDonald's when he was in his early 50s, once made an insightful statement about the relationship between luck and achievement. "Luck is a dividend of sweat," he said. "The more you sweat, the luckier you get."

Pro golfer Lee Trevino made a similar comment when he said: "The more I practice, the luckier I get."

Compare those tongue-in-cheek comments to the lottery mindset that most people have about success. "Some day my number will come up," they think. "I'll be at the right place at the right time one day and voila! I'll find my four-leaf clover and achieve all my dreams. All I need to be successful is a little bit of luck."

With that kind of attitude, success is the last thing those folks will ever experience. I'm glad that Orrin Woodward thinks more like Ray Kroc and Lee Trevino.

Monday, February 14, 2005

Orrin Woodward - Reader

A vice-president of a Fortune 500 company was getting to know a newcomer in his division, so he asked him what he liked to read. "I'm not really interested in reading," the man said. To which the vice-president said, "Then you aren't really interested in succeeding around here."

Morton Blackwell of the Leadership Institute said: "People who don't read cheat themselves." In a speech titled "Read to Lead" Blackwell continued: "By not reading, they limit what they can achieve, make mistakes they could avoid, and miss opportunities that could improve their lives. Finally, as the gaps in their knowledge become apparent, they must reconcile themselves to not being taken seriously." (emphasis mine)

Glad that's not the case with Orrin Woodward. As near as I can tell, Orrin devours 20-30 books a month and he's been doing that as long as I've known him. That's one of the reasons I decided to hire him years ago. (see my previous post) And that's one of the reasons all of his leaders read voraciously.

How's your reading going?

Or have you just decided to not be taken seriously?

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Orrin Woodward - Enthusiasm redeux

"No one keeps up his enthusiasm automatically. Enthusiasm must be nourished with new actions, new aspirations, new efforts, new vision. It is one’s own fault if his enthusiasm is gone; he has failed to feed it."--Papyrus (empahsis mine)

Want to be enthusiastic? You gotta feed it brother. Hang out with enthusiastic people like Orrin Woodward and the other great leaders on the Team.

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Orrin Woodward - Enthusiasm

"One man has enthusiasm for 30 minutes, another for 30 days, but it is the man who has it for 30 years who makes a success of his life."--Edward B. Butler

Reminds me of Orrin Woodward - the most enthusiastic man I've ever met. His enthusiasm for his masterpiece, aka, the Team, is indestructable.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Orrin Woodward - Disturbing the Routine

William Danforth said: "The best cure for a sluggish mind is to disturb its routine."

That's one of the reasons I love our business. We disturb people's routine. You know, that "go to work - go home - go to work - go home - go to work - go home - go to work - go home - go to work - go home - go to work - go home" routine that describes most people's week? Well that's what we disturb - but only if they're looking for a way out.

So along we come and try to awaken the possibilites for life by asking a few questions. We lend 'em a book by Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady entitled "Leading the Consumer Rebellion" that describes what we do and shows 'em how they can do it too.

I couldn't imagine a more rewarding and fun life!

Thank you Orrin, for disturbing my routine.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Orrin Woodward & Norman Vincent Peale

"The man who lives for himself is a failure; the man who lives for others has achieved true success."- Norman Vincent Peale

Orrin Woodward is a man who truly lives for others. He's proved it night after night, fighting the miasma of victimhood in America. He's inspired a lot of other men to do the same.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Orrin Woodward & Longfellow

An insightful piece of poetry that describes Orrin Woodward :

"The heights by great men reached and kept were not obtained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night."- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

HWL was also describing the rest of the road warriors on the Team. Hail to you all!

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Orrin Woodward - Business Owner

When you start your own independent business, isn't it fair to say that you don’t know what you don’t know? (Yes, it is.)

In other words, you may know a lot about what you do now and you may be extremely good at it. You know nothing about our business when you begin. That's just a fact.

I know it sounds harsh, but think about it.

In my experience, the most successful people I talk to – those who have already built large, successful "B" type businesses (like Orrin Woodward) have always acknowledged that fact. They acknowledge their ignorance! And therein lies a great secret to their success.

Every successful person I have studied has applied these three steps to their lives: First, they clearly DEFINE what they want. Second, they find someone who already has the results they want (and is willing to teach what they know) and LEARN from them. Finally, they DO what they have learned. Pretty simple.

I did those three steps backwards. I DID an Engineering degree, I LEARNED what an engineer did when I went to work, and I DEFINED my lifestyle based on what somebody else thought I was worth. Crazy huh? But I didn't know any better.

I wasn’t getting the results in life I wanted. Orrin was.

I asked Orrin for help and he introduced me to his business. I followed his advice and we have never looked back. I just wish I could have discovered this business when I was 18 years old!

Saturday, February 05, 2005

Orrin Woodward - Robert Kiyosaki

In his wonderful book, "Cashflow Quadrant", Robert Kiyosaki disagrees with people who say "It takes money to make money." As early as page 8, Kiyosaki says, "..... It takes a dream, a lot of determination, a willingness to learn quickly, the ability to use your God-given assets properly and to know which sector of the Cashflow Quadrant to generate your income from."

I have studied Orrin Woodward and watched as he took this advice seriously over the past five years. He has produced an incredible lifestyle because he has produced an incredible system that anyone can follow to produce similar, equal or better results. Many are on that path today.

And still Orrin dares to dream big. He has incredible determination and self-discipline, devours books to feed one of his greatest God-given assets - his insatiable mind - and generates his income from the "B" & "I" side of the Quadrant.

He followed Kiyosaki's advice! Imagine that! Orrin found a man with better results than he had, listened to him and did what he suggested.

It worked.

And it can work for you too

Friday, February 04, 2005

Orrin Woodward - Reading

One of the great things about our business is the book of the month program. I have made it a point to own every book on the list of recommended reading from Orrin Woodward.

One of the books is entitled "Call to Duty - The Sterling Nobility of Robert E. Lee" by J. Steven Wilkins. In it, I found a quote by a British General, Garnett Joseph Wolsely, that speaks of my regard for Orrin.

"I have met with many of the great men of my time, but Lee alone impressed me with the feeling that I was in the presence of a man who was cast in a grander mould and made of different and finer metal than all other men. He is stamped upon my memory as being apart and superior to all others in every way, a man with whom none I ever knew and few of whom I have ever read are worthy to be classed."

I highly recommend that you read the book for insight into the character of great men -- the kind of men who comprise the leadership of our business. These are the kind of men with whom I am blessed to be in business and call my friends.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Orrin Woodward & Hugo Black

"It is the paradox of life that the way to miss pleasure is to seek it first. The very first condition of lasting happiness is that a life should be full of purpose, aiming at something outside self."- Hugo Black

This former Supreme Court Justice got it right. And he describes precisely the view of Orrin Woodward and the other leaders on the Team. Don't believe it? Try us.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Orrin Woodward - Pursuit

"Pursue your goals because if you don't, you'll be used by someone else in pursuit of theirs."~ Stephen Medici, CEO, Black Mountain Group, New York, N.Y.

Food for thought there!

I'm thankful that Orrin Woodward decided to pursue his goals and then show others, like me, how to avoid being used by someone else.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Orrin Woodward - Results

I've heard Orrin Woodward quote so many world leaders that I'm not sure which one of them said the following: "To be conscious that you are ignorant of the facts is a great step to knowledge."

I am so glad that I did not let my ignorance or my ego lead me to reject the business idea called the Team. I'll admit, I almost did. But I remembered hearing someone else (I think it was my Dad) say: "The greatest ignorance is to reject something you know nothing about." True that.

So I decided to do my due diligence. I researched it all.

C'mon. I ran a highly successful multinational engineering consulting company for 12 years. I had attorneys. I researched it all. And because I bought in to Orrin a few years ago, today I really enjoy those best hours of sleep every day.

You know, the hours from 6am to 10am. Sweet, sweet sleep while most of metro Detroit is fighting traffic.

When you do your due diligence, your careful research, I'd highly recommend that you take advice ONLY from the people who have the kind of results in life that you want. Why would you do otherwise? Of course, be sure of what you want.

And before you give anyone's opinion any credence at all, you should find out what kind of life they really have. I mean, that only makes sense, doesn't it?

I just wanted to be debt free, not have to go to a job every day, have time and money to donate to church and charities and causes I believed in, have a healthy monthly passive income cashflow, spend more time with my wife and children and have great relationships with my God, my family and my friends.

Orrin Woodward had and has these results. That's why I decided to listen to him. He was the only person I had met in my several decades on the planet that had all of it. He said he'd help and here's what I found out: If Orrin Woodward says something, you can take it to the bank brother.