Friday, November 10, 2006

orrin - magic of thinking big

I've just got to share Chris Brady's blog post of July 16th having just finished another reading of a truly great book - "The Magic of Thinking Big". Here it is:

"People often ask me what book, of all the millions that have been written, is my favorite. This is undoubtedly a difficult question to answer. It is easier if I am allowed to categorize books and then answer by category. While this may be an artful dodge of the question, it is the best I can do.

In the category of "success" or "personal improvement" my answer has always been the same: "The Magic of Thinking Big" by David Schwartz. This book was first published in 1959, but remains a classic. It is filled with timeless wisdom on the topic of success, and directly confronts the issue holding most people back in life; their lack of a big picture. The book is filled with nuggets on how to think big, dream creatively, and manage one's attitudes while turning defeat into victory.

Some of my favorite quotes are:

Life is too short to be little.

Believe, really believe, you can succeed and you will.

The more successful the individual, the less inclined he is to make excuses.

Resolve to live until you die.

It's better to wear out than rust out.

Einstein taught us a big lesson. He felt it was more important to use your mind to think than to use it as a warehouse for facts.

Action cures fear.

No one ever does anything worthwhile for which he is not criticized.

People are alike in many, many more ways than they are different.

Look at things not as they are, but as they can be!

These quotes are just a sample of the gold dripping from the pages of this timeless little book. As you can see, it contains some powerful stuff. If you choose to read it, it will be of great assistance in your life and career.

Think big! Dream big! Fulfill your destiny!! "

Well done Chris! I couldn't have said it any better myself. Thsi is exactly how Orrin Woodward lives his life.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Orrin Woodward - Commitment

Saw this quote from Napoleon Hill the other day which reminded me of Orrin Woodward:

"It is a fact of life that most of us try and fail many times before we ultimately achieve the level of success that we desire. You can expect to travel the extra mile many times only to find fool’s gold at the end of some rainbows. But you will most certainly miss out on the great riches that await you if you quit trying. A superficial commitment to doing more than expected based only on what you expect to receive will not sustain you in the long term. Great achievement results from a commitment to do the right thing regardless of the consequences, and that commitment will ultimately lead you to the pot of gold at the end of your rainbow."

Thanks Orrin, for leading by example. You committed to do the right thing and never wavered.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Orrin Woodward of Team - Character by Design

Orrin Woodward is an uncommon man. And one of the most impressive qualities of this uncommon man is his character.

It would be unrealistic to expect an inexpensive, mass-produced watch to perform with the same degree of accuracy as a finely crafted Rolex. They are not made with the same quality of materials or with the same craftsmanship.

Yet most of us somehow think that we don't need to pay any attention to our most important asset: ourselves.

Don’t leave something as important as your character to chance. Just as I have watched Orrin do, choose the character traits you admire, and work to develop them.

And don’t be discouraged when you stumble. Building character is a process that takes a lifetime to complete. Fortunately, like anything else, the more you work at character building, the better you become at it, and the better person you become.

I have proof. I know Orrin Woodward.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Team Orrin Woodward's Belief System for Success

Here is Orrin Woodward’s Top 6 Beliefs for Success:

1. Orrin Woodward’s belief in God helps maintain perspective in success and failure.

2. Orrin Woodward's belief in others helps him develop win-win relationships.

3. Orrin Woodward’s belief in free enterprise helps him maintain an abundance mentality.

4. Orrin Woodward's belief in teamwork helps him develop others into team leaders.

5. Orrin Woodward’s belief in character and integrity ensures everyone has a equal opportunity.

6. Orrin Woodward’s belief in long term planning helps him plan for next generation leadership of the Team business.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Leading the Consumer Rebellion & Chris Brady

We have caught up with co-author Chris Brady from the best selling Team of Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady. Over lunch we asked Chris some questions about the book Leading the Consumer Rebellion.

LCR: What motivated you to build your Team business?

Chris Brady: I knew what I wanted in life, but did not have the vehicle to achieve it. When I met Orrin Woodward and he shared some of the details of his business project, I got excited.

LCR: How do you explain the incredible success you two have had, from building the Team to writing best selling books?

Chris Brady: First we give credit to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Second I would say focus and persistence.

LCR: Aren’t you concerned about mixing religion and business?

Chris Brady: I would be more concerned with not answering truthfully. My faith has helped me immensely in overcoming roadblocks and challenges. I will not push my faith on anyone, but if you ask me a question then I feel bound to give you the whole answer.

LCR: I respect that. Chris, what do you see in your future?

Chris Brady: I see building communities of leaders that can affect culture with positive change. I see the Team becoming a major player in on-line communities through off-line relationships. I also see more books that can help a person develop into the leader they always wanted to be.

LCR: It seems you are convinced that anyone can be a leader? Aren’t there some people who will never be leaders?

Chris Brady: Yes there are some people who will never be leaders of people, but not because they couldn’t be. They are not leaders because they have chosen not to grow. Everyone should strive to be better and by utilizing the Team business systems they will learn to be better leaders. At the end of the day it is the responsibility of every individual to make something of their life and we want to help people achieve this. That is what I respect so much about Orrin Woodward. Orrin didn’t come from any wealth or have any advantages, besides his own attitude. Orrin is a mentor of mine because he has proven results and has earned my trust through years of proven excellence.

LCR: It sounds like you need the right business and the right leadership team to achieve success in business?

Chris Brady: I agree and would add a willingness to learn. Orrin taught me many principles and led me to many books and CD’s to learn from, but I was responsible to take the information and apply. That is the key with life. Knowing the right thing to do, but not doing it still means failure. Terri and I made a decision early in our marriage to only take advice from people who had the results in life we want. Orrin and Laurie Woodward have the results and lifestyle we wanted and we applied the same principles and now have similar results. We wrote Leading the Consumer Rebellion to help others achieve their dreams and judging by its success, it seems to be working.

LCR: Chris thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to share with our reader audience.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Orrin Woodward - Knowing What to Do

Two quotes by Benjamin Disraeli that bring to mind Orrin Woodward,

"The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but to reveal to him his own."

"The more extensive a man's knowledge of what has been done, the greater will be his power of knowing what to do."

Thanks Orrin, for always pointing out my potential riches, and for being a great example.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Orrin Woodward - Set a Goal - continued

In my last post I quoted the book "Conversations With Millionaires" and Mike Litman's interview with Jim Rohn, who had an intersting take on becoming a millionaire.

In their conversation Rohn said, "When I was 25 years old, my mentor said, 'I suggest Mr. Rohn, that you set a goal to become a millionaire...... for what it makes of you to achieve it."

Again: Set a goal to become a millionaire for what it makes of you to achieve it.

Rohn continues, "Do it for the skills you have to learn and the person you have to become. Do it for what you'll end up knowing about the marketplace, what you'll learn about the management of time and working with people. Do it for dicovering how to keep your ego in check....for what you have to learn about becoming benevolent.... for what you have to learn about society and business and government and taxes and becoming an accomplished person to reach the status of millionaire. All that you have learned and all that you've become to reach the status of millionaire is what's valuable. Not the million dollars. If you do it that way, then once you've become a millionaire, you can give your money away. Because it's not the money that's really important. What's important is the person you have become."

This is one of the best pieces of philosophy I have ever heard. And the man I know who did it the right way - the way described here, is my mentor, Orrin Woodward. Sure Orrin has gone from a struggling Platinum to fully qualified Founders Executive Diamond in the six 6 short years I've known him. But how he did it is what has earned him my admiration and respect. Orrin made himself the project. For the past six years, I have watched Orrin focus on improving himself and serving his team. He epitomizes the philosophy that Jim Rohn speaks about in the "Conversations..." book. Orrin Woodward has incredible results in all aspects of his life. That's why I'm following his lead as he builds his business.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Orrin Woodward - Set A Goal

In the book "Conversations With Millionaires" Mike Litman interviewed Jim Rohn who had an intersting take on becoming a millionaire. In their conversation Rohn said,"When I was 25 years old, my mentor said, 'I suggest Mr. Rohn, that you set a goal to become a millionaire.' I was intrigued by that. You know, it's got a nice ring to it - millionaire. Then he said, 'Here's why.' I said, 'Gosh, you don't need to teach me why. Wouldn't it be great to have a million dollars.' Then he said, 'No, then you'll never acquire it. Here's why. Set a goal to become a millionaire for what it makes of you to achieve it.'"

Lets go over that again. "Set a goal to become a millionaire for what it makes of you to achieve it."

Wonderful advice. And I've watched Orrin Woodward on his journey. I'll go into more detail about this in my next post.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Orrin Woodward - An Enemy Called Average

In his dynamic book An Enemy Called Average John Mason writes, "Average people compare themselves with others, but we should always compare ourselves with what we are called to be."

You and I can always find someone richer than we are or poorer than we are, healthier than we are or sicker than we are, taller than we are or shorter than we are. I hope you realize that however others "are" has no effect on what you are to be.

You are unique. You are one of a kind. Trying to copy others is to cheat yourself out of the fullness of what you are called to be and to do. As Mason says, "Imitation is limitation."

As Orrin Woodward would say, "We are not to be copies. We are, each one of us, born an original." "My prayer for you is that you decide to accept and become all you were created to be. I'll be cheering you on!" says Orrin Woodward.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Orrin Woodward on Prosperity

In his book "Conversations with Millionaires", Mike Litman includes transcripts of his interviews with several successful people, one of whom is Mark Victor Hansen, co-author of the "Chicken Soup...." books.

Listen to what MVH has to say about prosperity. "Prosperity is a Latin word. It means 'to be in the flow'. And everyone of us is in the flow when we are thinking right, talking right, acting right and living right. We get the right results, right here and right now. And when you think negatively, you're into immobilization. When you're thinking positively and correctly, you're into mobilization and you start taking right action to get right results!"

Now the concept of prosperity isn't taught in any schools that I know of. Yet it is what we all really be in the flow of 'good'. My own experience confirms what Hansen says here. It's really all about thinking. What you are, what you are becoming, starts with how you think.

It's great to know we can pick up a book or listen to a tape/CD to discover how people from all walks of life, including a man as successful as Orrin Woodward....... think.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Orrin Woodard of Team - Character

George MacDonald said: "To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved."

Anton Chekhov said: "You must trust and believe in people or life becomes impossible."

Think on these and ask yourself two questions:
1) Who do I trust and why?
2) Who trusts me, and why?

Don't your answers include some component of character or integrity?

Let's define Integrity as the qualities of absolute honesty, trustworthiness, uprightness of character and high moral principles.

Integrity can be practiced by doing the following: Tell the truth - always. Stand for what you believe in, even if the belief is unpopular. Use your power to work for the welfare of your teammates and not for your own personal gain.

I can categogically state that Orrin Woodward is a man of the highest integrity. He lives all three of these behaviors. In fact, Orrin has said that you can't even enter the field of leadership without integrity. He's right. I wouldn't be on his team if he didn't have integrity. I certainly trust him, and that has made a life of earning other people's trust possible. Thanks Orrin.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Orrin Woodward - Listening

One of the skills Orrin Woodward has refined is the skill of listening.

Orrin would agree with Epictetus who said, "We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak." In fact, I've heard Orrin deliver that line repeatedly. I have found that if Orrin repeats something, it must be very important. And he lives this one. I can "hear" his example. And Orrin can "listen behind the words" which is a skill every great leader has developed. Management guru Peter Drucker said, "The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said." The next time you listen to someone, try to listen for the meaning "behind" the words. You will be surprised how easy this really is.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Orrin Woodward - Character

Orrin Woodward has said often said, "Leadership is influence."

The ideal leader is someone whose life and character motivate people to follow. The best kind of leadership derives its authority first from the force of a righteous example, and not merely from the power of prestige, personality or position.

So much of the so-called "leadership" we observe in the world today, which is often nothing more than the manipulation of people thru threats and rewards. This is not true leadership. It is exploitation, pure and simple. Real leadership seeks to motivate people from the inside, by an appeal to the heart, not by external pressure or coercion.

For all these reasons and probably more, leadership is not about style or technique as much as it is about character.

Orrin Woodward is a true leader because he is a man of character. His is authentic, heart-based leadership.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Orrin Woodward Empowering Beliefs

In a recent speech to business owners in Kansas, Orrin Woodward told the audience that, "Wealth comes from proper thinking. The biggest thing I do as a leader is help people attack their limiting beliefs. Most people develop habits based upon limiting beliefs, and then live for years without questioning those original beliefs, forcing themselves to live with the results of those habits. Changing the results is a matter of changing the thinking."

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Achievers have Self-Discipline - Thoughts from Orrin Woodward

Written by Orrin Woodward

What do all great achievers have in common? During my life-long study of high achievers, and especially during these past few years while I have been building the Team, I have discovered one common trait that stands out above all others. Every great achiever has amazing self-discipline. What is self-discipline? Here are a few synonyms – self-control, discipline, willpower, restraint, strength of mind, strength of will, self-will.

I am regularly amazed by the number of people looking for shortcuts on their way to success. There is no quick or easy path to accomplishing any great achievement – at least no path I have discovered. Outstanding success is realized by disciplining yourself for longer periods of time and at a greater level when compared to your peers. And with discipline, your success over time begins to compound itself. It has been said that the toughest million you will ever earn is the first million dollars – and I agree with that statement. Olympic athletes, to the person, have amazing discipline when it comes to preparing, training and continuously visualizing.

There is no easy way to achieve great things - I recommend you introduce the habit of self discipline into your daily life, and grow to your potential.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Orrin Woodward's Top Economics Books

Gather Around Everyone! I have requested and received Orrin Woodward's recommended economics books reading list. Orrin has read 1000's of books and I asked him to give a list and review of his top economics books for others to read. Here is the list for the whole Quixtar team.
The top economic books that shaped my thinking the most are:

Wealth of Nations – Adam Smith. This is the classic text on free enterprise economics and still one if not the best. Adam Smith shaped the minds of many of the founding fathers in our country.

Human Action – Ludwig Von Mises. This is the magnum opus from the best of the Austrian school economist. No economist I have read takes complex thoughts and describes as clearly as Mr. Mises.

Making of Modern Economics – Mark Skousen. The best basic primer on economic thought as well as the historic figures of economics. One of the first books I would recommend to anyone interested in economics.

Road to Serfdom – F. A. Hayek. This chilling book was written in the midst of WWII and is as relevant today as the day it was written, perhaps more so. Mr. Hayek stood on principles against an army of socialist thinkers describing what happens to freedom when economic liberties are taken lightly.

Economy in Mind – Warren Brookes. For a first rate discussion on how wealth is more a matter of mind than material I highly recommend this book. Mr. Brookes was an entrepreneur himself and had a gift of describing how the economy works through mental learning. An enjoyable read for anyone striving to be a top rate entrepreneur.

Religion and Capitalism, Allies Not Enemies – Edmund Opitz. No book better describes the economics of the Bible in laymen’s language than this one. Every concerned American should read and master the material in this book.

Change Makers – Murray Klein. This book is more of an overview of the role of entrepreneurs in stimulating growth in the economy. Where would America be without its great legacy of entrepreneurship? An exciting read for every would be entrepreneur.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Orrin Woodward Team - Second Quote

Remember when all is said and done, much more is said than done.

Orrin Woodward Team Quote

It is not the size of the man in the fight that counts, but the size of the fight in the man.
Quixtar Team

Quixtar Team DCI's Billy Florence Corrects Internet Critic Scott Larsen

Scott Larsen has unjustly attacked another diamond Billy Florence. Billy Florence is the past president of the IBOAI and one of the most respected leaders in the Quixtar business. Scott Larsen does not understand the basics of the Quixtar marketing plan. Scott’s analysis of Billy Florence’s SA-4400 was filled with logical errors and mathematical mistakes. This is the second diamond that has spelled out in detail Scott Larsen’s misleading commentary and outright errors. Interestingly, Scott Larsen has not retracted his article or offered a public apology for his inappropriate behavior. Stay tuned as the story unfolds. Here is Billy's letter.

Dear Mr. Larsen:

I have recently taken the time to review some the statements and information you have published about my business and me on While I respect your right to express opinions and beliefs, making false and damaging statements about my business and me is entirely unacceptable.

Unfortunately, the number of errors you make about my business and our entire business model demonstrates your lack of understanding of that business model. There are fundamental facts known to any established IBO, which you either don’t know or badly mangle. These "fundamental facts" are also easily accessible and could have been checked and verified prior to your posting. You present yourself as an expert source, but in fact you have merely taken a few facts grossly out of context and combined that distortion with directly false information. This is also completely unacceptable.

The purpose of this letter is to inform you of the accurate facts relative to the false information you have posted, and to demand that you correct the record immediately. Specifically, your post, dated January 30, 2005, contains false and misleading information, including the following:
The "custom SA-4400" to which you refer is a document prepared for my organization in cooperation with Quixtar and is copyrighted by Quixtar. I did not stamp a Quixtar copyright on the document. Please refer to the enclosed Statement from Quixtar for accurate information about the document.

You erroneously assert that an IBO with two qualifying legs must have at least 2500 PV in side volume to qualify for the leadership bonus. There has never been a side volume requirement to be eligible for the leadership bonus when an IBO has two qualifying legs. The accurate information is readily available by simply reading the Independent Business Ownership Plan, a copy of which is no doubt in your possession.

Near the beginning of your post, you accurately state that the SA-4400 "shows an income potential of $56,940 earned over 24 months or more." Conversely, later in your post you indicate that the form highlights a potential income stream of "$56,940/year." The plain language of the example contained in the SA-4400 provides that the $56,940 cumulative cash awards are "earned over a period of 24 months or more." The inconsistencies can only serve to confuse the reader.

You further state, falsely, that an IBO with two qualifying legs and 7500 PV in side volume would generate "at most $750/month" in leadership bonus. The correct figures may be ascertained by making a simple computation from the information provided in the SA-4400.
You claim that the Quixtar approved and copyrighted SA-4400 is "overly deceptive" and that by using the form I am deceiving others who rely in the information provided. However, the issues you raise are not subject to any meaningful debate because the underlying facts you use to support your premise are false and misleading.

Like others, I have undertaken the onerous task of reviewing your Web site and other locations for other false and misleading information you have published. If such information is found, I will also demand that you correct the record where appropriate.

I am demanding that, on or before January 17, 2006, you remove all of the foregoing false and misleading statements and information from your Web site or any other site or medium where they may appear. In addition, I am demanding that you promptly confirm to me, in writing, that you have taken such action.

I will not stand by and allow you to continue disparaging me with false and damaging statements and information. Your conduct has caused me damage and has damaged my business. If you fail to remove all of the false information and correct the record, I will take any and all measures to obtain the redress to which I am entitled.


Billy Florence

Monday, January 09, 2006

Orrin Woodward Observations #5

From Orrin Woodward. Here is installment number five in the Observations from Orrin series:

"Victory is a decision backed by commitment."