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 want....to 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."