A Learning Call on Purpose, Trust, Character, Leadership, and building Communities against the Financial Matrix


I am so glad to be part of the learning call every Saturday where a group of leaders share their insight on leadership education based on a book worth reading recommended by New York Times bestselling author, INC. Magazine 20th leadership guru, community builder and Chairmain of the LIFE organization Board, Orrin Woodward.
The learning call is a private invite- only community call led by Orrin & Laurie Woodward and Turbo 5 and up leaders in the Life Organization (those who have at least two teams of 5 people attending local seminar sor major events with The LIFE organization).
Leaders Turbo 50 & up are selected to share comments, and their applications of the content in developping their business community.
We started this Saturday, April 20, 2019, with the first two chapters of Les Csorba’s book : “TRUST, the one thing that makes or breaks a leader.”
We have previously covered Simon Senek’s book: “Start with Why: How great Leaders inspire everyone to take action,” and Martin Lloyd-Jones : ”Studies in the Sermon if the Mount.”
This is an opportunity for Orrin Woodward to share the foundation of the principles that have shaped his life with the front line leaders of the Life Organization. Each book resumes the concepts he elaborated in his all time opus “Resolved: 13 resolutions for life.”
We started last summer with the “Studies of the Sermon on the Mount” to lay the establishment of Christlike principles leadership as Jesus stated in the Beatitudes.
Then we covered Senek’s Start with why as the footing of Woodward described in “Resolved” as PURPOSE which aligns our passion, potential, and profits.
We are reading and commenting Trust from author Les Csorba to move along with Woodward’s Resolved Character Chapter.
In introducing, this ongoing community learning, Woodward stated that we need to prepare for the upcoming One Million People organization that we are aiming for.

A quest for Freedom & Liberty

He quoted Peter Senge : “The only sustainable competitive advantage is an organization’s ability to learn faster than the competition.”
This is a huge opportunity for us, as an organization, to learn together and to share real life’s lessons based on our learning and how we can better ourselves to build bigger communities of people free from the financial matrix (a concept coined by Woodward) and to live the life they want with total freedom and liberty.
My goal in this post is not to resume the books. You may go ahead and read ithem yourself. I want to share my notes, comments, and feelings on the conversations I heard, and how they impact me to move ahead in this journey to build compensated communities around the world.
In kicking off the learning call today, Orrin Woodward quoted the author Les Csorba : “Leadership is character in motion.”
“Without motion,” Woodward pointed out, “you’re not in action. And if you don’t act, how can people know about your leadership ability.”
Leadership is a personal choice. Some will start with you, others will quit, other ones will stand by waiting to see the results.
“Make the least of those who quit, and the most of those who come”, Woodward said.
In our case, the LIFE organization’s goal in to reach ONE MILLION people assisting our seminars, and major functions , and connecting to our app platform learning system teaching them the three keys to wealth: literacy (spiritual, financial), leadership, leverage.
Our design is to promote, and defend Freedom, and Liberty from the financial matrix which Woodward said is the “greatest evil which caused the greatest harm to more and more people in the world.”
We are building communities with regular weekly, monthly, and quarterly meetings and events to set an environment where common courtesy, appreciation and respect are the norms.
We want to meet people where they are, listen to their stories, and influence them to join us in the rebellion against the financial warfare.

The right sound & the right tunes
“For if the trumpet gives an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?” 1 Cor 14:8
One of our leaders on the learning call repeated the above verse saying as “leaders we need to give the right sound, play the right tunes, lead the right way for the right reason.”
God bestowed us a magnificent gift which is a beautiful mind to think, to create, and to defend ourselves.
“Use it purposely. Don’t feed it with garbage,” O. Woodward said mentioning “we are living in a dumb down culture where we are entertaining and amusing ourselves to death.”
“Amusing,” he said, is part of the word “muse” which means “thinking.” The prefix “a” means “no.” Amusing means no thinking.
” This is a denial of the use of the beautiful mind gifted to us by the Creator. Let’s stop amusing us to death, and start musing us to life,” Woodward said.
To which Laurie Woodward added her enjoyment, delight, and satisfaction to see “husbands and wives responding present together on this call, reading, growing, and leading together.”
“You don’t train warriors to stay in their comfort zone. Warriors are trained to go to war. Our war is against financial evils”, she added.
Our combat is the battle of the mind to develop self-trust , and to defend our plan one conversation at a time, one presentation at a time, and one influence at a time to make a dent, a crack and dismantle the matrix.
It starts with us having good character in our private and public lives.
“If you don’t have character in your private life, how can you have character in your public life,” Laurie Woodward asked.
There’s no compartmentalization. There’s only one you. Wherever you go , there you are.
We need to constantly check our motives, the motivation of our heart. Self-Examination, introspection are very important to our growth.
O. Woodward shared a couple of stories of his softball’s games playing with his pastor Scott. He won some, and lost some. But, his losses are more interesting for him as a winner. They are his learning crucibles.
“I can’t stand losing so bad, that I’ll do anything to win,” he said adding “fatigue makes coward all of us.”
Woodward invited us in the call to “take our losses personally so that we get better professionally.”
In building our community, we have 3 specific goals we focus on each month:
1.- build 10 levels in depth
2.- new team ten at the bottom
3.- new 1000 PV’s at the bottom

This is the riddle to be solved. When we do, our organizations explode and we impact positively more lives.
Edge and Certainty
Woodward said he woke up with those two words in his mind this morning. It was very early around 3:30 am when he texted them to his spouse Laurie.
He told us that we need an edge. “We are better than this,” should be our self-talk.
“When I lose, I can be very honest with myself, and confront brutal reality,” he said.
“We need to have a reason, a why,” he continued but “we also need to act.”
To know and not to do is not to know. With all of what we know, if we don’t act, we won’t have results, and without results and fruits on our trees, we become like professors of theory on leadership, and not leaders.
Woodward called for boldness, assertiveness, and a winning attitude. That’s why we have this learning call.
To develop our mind, we need to emulate more successful people, pour their brains into our brains, learn their thinking process, and act as they do to be successful.
Woodward invites us to listen constantly to the classic series in our marvelous system of audio learning. He announced that more and more quality audios will be available on our app platform after the upcoming major Week End of Entrepreneurs scheduled from April 26 to April 28 in three locations Massachusetts, UTAH, and Michigan.
“What happens first”, he asked: “do you become a millionaire and have the attitude of a millionaire, or have the attitude of a millionaire and become a millionaire?”
It takes time to develop the right mindset. It takes a conscious effort to get the edge, and to develop the certainty of the winner.
We are going to this upcoming major with one focus in mind: to start with why, to be certain of our why.
Starting with why does not mean, we will end there. The next step is to act with certainty of our just cause with 0 excuse given, 0 accepted.
Woodward concludes the call with a quote from Alexander the Great: “I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.”
“You are a lion,” he told us. “Remember who you are. There are lots of sheeps out there wainting for us to free them.”
“We’re going for them, “he said annoucing that” There are some lions who are ready to do their charge.”
Fired up!
Start the process. Download the free app on your cell phone now, be part of the rebellion, and better, lead the rebellion.

God bless!
Roosevelt

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EDNA LAROCHE: THE BANANA LADY


EDNA LAROCHE, is an Haitian descent media personality, a TV anchor, an executive professional, turning to baking banana breads to change the world one palate at a time.

The story began with her love of bananas. One day in her home, in Sunrise, FL, with Joseph, her fiance, she had a few ripened bananas that they wanted to use in some way and thought of their affection for banana breads.

“The goal initially was to make something that could be shared with close friends and family,” Edna said.

Then, “acquaintances began asking for our baking schedule so we developed one and we have been baking and expanding our selections ever since.”

Edna would love for you to try her artisan Banana Breads and judge for yourself. 

I did taste it myself and enjoyed it.  

Edna Laroche was my guest on my poadcast ouR-Conversation.

If you want to have fun now, just click here, and listen to Edna Laroche’s story of taste, passion, and community fulfillment.

Roosevelt

SELF: Single Element Leadership Failure


I had the pleasure to listen to an audio from Terry Brady on Rascal Radio this morning entitled SELF: Single Element Leadership Failure.

It comes to my mind to share with you some questions she raised that might get you thinking about your own “SELF.”

“SELF,” she said, “is most of the time associated with a negative context.”

The list can be as long as the following:

Self-image

Self-confidence

Self-deception

Selfishness (even if there’s no real fish in this one…)

Self-centered

Self-pity

Self-etc…

When we focus too much on SELF, we live with anxiety, fear, and uncertainty.

Instead of SELF, put your focus on others, and on SERVICE.

And, that can make a lot of difference.

@rooseveltj

You can listen to this audio and other leadership & self-development content on Rascal Radio through a paid subscription on the superapp.

Danielle Gilchrist, a realtor in Florida, is about self-actualization, wealth, and being a “good person.”


It was a Saturday morning, I was home attending a conference’s call, when I heard a knock on my door.

I looked through the windows and saw a young lady waiting outside, holding a clipboard and a pen.

I opened and she greeted me with a “Good Morning, sorry to bother you,” before she added “I am a realtor. I just sold a house in this block , and I wanted to extend my services to you and your family.”

She told me her name showing me her Keller Williams badge with Danielle Gilchrist written on it. She handed me a flyer with her contact information “in case you need it,” she said with a smile and good eye contact.

I took the paper congratulating her to have the courage to be out there knocking doors for her business.

She thanked me and asked me for my contact information with my email and a phone number.

She left. I followed her @daniyourrealtor on Instagram. She did the same on my @rooseveltjf shorly after.

A couple of days went by. We kept the connection on line.

She called me yesterday. I missed her called and she texted asking me to connect. I replied to her text. Then called her back.

We spoke for a couple of minutes, found common ground, and convened to meet, greet, and talk.

That’s what we did earlier today at a coffee shop in Coral Springs, Florida.

Talking to Danielle was fun. She used words and expressed thoughts and feelings with fluent agility, amazing capability, vibrant smiles and gestures.

She exhibits self-confidence, passion, and dedication for what she does, who she is, and where she’s heading in life.

She told me about her journey as a realtor, her mindset to be out there seeing the people, her decisiveness to take the road less traveled of entrepreneurship.

We also spoke about books. She is reading Joseph Murphy’s “The power of the Subconscious Mind.” I told her about Garry Keller’s book “The One Thing.”

We also chatted about our Caribbean roots. Danielle is from Jamaica. I am from Haiti. I told her about places I visited in Kingston and the pleasure I had discovering places like Spanish Town, Trench Town, and Coronation Market.

She told me about her boyfriend being from Haiti and the war they entertain at each other on the question of “who does cook the best food, the best kalalou.”

I made sure not to take side keeping my white meutral flag high and avoiding to be a collateral damage in this war of palates and taste at that level of our relationship’s building.

I laughed out loud telling her “besides my mom, my wife, Marijo, is the best cook I know.”

We talked about business. She dowloaded my super app to take advantage of our cash back and other benefits. I download her app to be linked with her for our real estates’ needs.

We will get together next week and follow up on our conversations and promises.

What a difference a knocking at a door can make!

Aswand Cruickshank: Swift-ly done!


What a difference a simple contact can make!

I met ASWAND recently at the local Toastmasters Leadership Institute where he delivered a well crafted impromptu 1 minute speech called Table Topics.

I was on my way out of the Broward College Building when Aswand was walking to his car.

I said “hi” and congratulated him for delivering such a humorous speech in so less time. He smiled and said “Thank you.”

We started a conversation and parted our ways sharing our contact information.

I called him a week later to continue our conversation and to show him the Super App platform.

Aswand told me his story as a fitness coach born and raised in Maryland, now living in Florida, and preparing to make his next move in life.

Aswand is hungry. He’s eating his pizza while telling me stories after stories. He’s also hungry to move ahead, to grow, and to live a life with no limits.

He subscribed to the Super App Platform on the spot to take advantage of the earning and learning opportunities.

He recently joined Toastmasters to develop his communication and leadership skills to become a motivational speaker.

He just released his first book “SWIFT-LY: Your Guide to Innovative Teamwork.”

I purchased the kindle version of the book. I read it in a trait.

Woah!

I could not put my cellphone down reading from one tap to another.

Aswand shared his passion for sports, his learning lessons from the field, his reading from great coaches, his memories from his family to us in a melee of stories.

The more I read, the more I wanted to know more about him. He also left us with a guide to continually “Lift Yourself,” in whatever state, and position you are as a skilled or well informed worker.

I invite you to read this book “SWIFT-LY: Your Guide to Innovative Teamwork,” listen to his poadcast Swift-ly, and follow him on social media #swift_ly44 .

Learning from 5th graders the ‘Power of Positivity’ at Imagine North Lauderdale Elementary School!


It was fun this Friday the 13th at Imagine.

It was exhilarating to sit, listen, and appreciate for a couple of hours to some bright young minds standing on their own two feet to share their soft skills, manners, and behaviors with a panel of professionals about life issues.

I am so glad to have said “Yes” responding to a request from my fellow toastmaster Shakira Taylor, an office staff at Imagine, to be part of the volunteers to the inaugural ‘Power of Positivity’ for 5th grader students.

From Left to Right : Fellow Toastmasters Lois Margolin, Shakira Taylor, Matt Kinsey, and Suzette Hyde

I didn’t know what to expect from this adventure. I was anxious about what to do, how to dress, and the best way to fullfill my role.

It turned out to be a great learning experience for the whole community including the school faculty, the students, and the volunteers.

What’s the Power of Positivity? 

Teaching students manners, discipline, respect, and how to conduct him or herself in a professional environment are all an important part of our academic program. At Imagine Elementary at North Lauderdale, students learn the mechanics of a proper handshake and working the room so that they are able to present themselves exceptionally well for opportunities today and in the future.

The day begins with about 25 business professionals here at Imagine Elementary at North Lauderdale.  Each student has to go through an obstacle course, spending 1 minute interacting with each professional.  When the student walks away, the professionals score the child based on handshake firmness, eye contact, confidence, common sense, etc.  

At the end of the day, the top 20 students will be told that they will continue on to Round 2 that will take place in the new year. They will have the opportunity to visit a business where they have to interact with more professionals. Those professionals will name the top 8. Round 3 will be another opportunity for our students to utilize their skills and our top winner will be announced.

I listen to almost 50 students telling me in a PSA (Public Service Annoucement) why they think “other people matter.”

Some were better than others. But, all were above “unsatisfactory,” from a scale of 1 to 4. They are almost the same age, but different in size, color, appearance, and performance.

I stood up to strech my legs curled up under the little table. To release from my cramps, I took a walking to the restroom. Standing in the hall, I met Joshua. He locked his eyes to mine, smiled, told me his name, paused, handed me a firm handshake, and asked for my name.

“I’m Roosevelt,” I told him.

“That’s a nice name,” Joshua replied adding “That’s a President Name.”

He asked me if I speak Creole. I told him “yes,” and he said “Sak Pase?”

Joshua rushed back to find his classmates standing in line to make their tour.

At the end, the Principal, Sharon Bailey, reported what she said she has heard from the kids.

“They are excited,” she said.

“Some are eager to move to round 2 and win some gift cards,” she added inviting us, volunteers, to walk one by one on a red carpet to receive a “small token of appreciation” for our community service.

We laughed out loud when each one of us was called to walk, wave, and receive our certificate under the spotlight of the cameras and cellphones.

This surely has been a wonderful, and fun Friday the 13th at Imagine!

A Most Peculiar Celebration: A Humorous Halloween Speech from Gaia Calcaterra


It was a delight to listen to my friend and fellow toastmaster Gaia Calcaterra share her Holloween story at the recent humorous speech contest in Fort Lauderdale. I am enthralled to have her permission to share the content of her speech with you.

Have a good read, and laugh.

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Gaia Calcaterra (right) with David Desposito

With all the political turmoil in the world these days, I wanted to highlight THE most pre-occupying issue at the forefront of everyone’s minds at the moment……and that is…. HALLOWEEN!

Mr President, fellow witches, werewolves and most distinguished pumpkin carvers,
I have lived and travelled all over the world and have witnessed many strange rituals and celebrations, but I assure you, nothing confuses me and is more peculiar to me than Halloween in the US!

AND apparently, I am not alone….

My story started when I arrived in the US 10 years ago, from South Africa, just in time to see people taking down giant inflatable snow globes or Santas in a helicopters off their roofs.

Then a few months later the giant inflatable bunnies appeared out of nowhere in front yards, after that, lots of little US flags….all good, but nothing prepared me for Halloween!
The first disturbing sign happened one day as I walked into the Home Depot. Where the patio furniture section was is now a zombie apocalypse!  Pirate skeletons, mechanical witches, green flashing eyes, AND boxes full of body parts for $9.99.

 Bargain!

 I’ll take 4 severed feet please.

“What was going on here?”
I turned to a gentleman in an orange apron cutting keys…
“Excuse me sir, what’s going on here?” 
“It’s for Halloween, Ma’am”. 
“Yes, but what’s if for?”
“To decorate your yard!”
“Why would you pay money to have this in your yard?”
“Not sure Ma’am.  Anything else, I can help you with?”

I left the store that day, certain that there were hundreds of workers in a factory in China somewhere, puzzled by the exact same question.
Then, a few days later, I went out on my daily walk through the neighborhood, turned the corner and I came to a screeching halt! 
As if by black magic, the corner house was completely transformed into a graveyard, complete with plastic tombstones.
 I read them:

“Here lies Fred, he is dead” – Who is Fred?
“Here lies Chris P. Bacon”  – Who the heck is Crispy Bacon?

On the porch, cobwebs everywhere (finally the ones at my house didn’t look out of place).
And the biggest hairiest spider I have ever seen. 
Now, I’ve been known to buy frivolous thing. But giant plastic spiders?  No.
Swaying gently from the tree, the skeleton of a little girl with pig tails holding her starving skeletal dog!
This was SO weird and very disturbing!

More houses started to pop up over the next few days.   I kept asking, but no one seemed to know why. The answer was always the same:  “It’s for Halloween,” or “It’s for trick or treating”.  No one seemed to be clear on the “why.”

I started to give up. The night of Halloween caught me completely off guard.
I was at home and heard a knock on the door.
I opened and was met by a lady bug and a Minion.
“Yes?”
“Trick or treat!” they screamed
“Excuse me?”
They looked at each other puzzled.
The Minion said “give us candy or we’ll play a trick on you.”
“Ah! Okay…hold on.” 

I ran to my empty kitchen and found two melted, sticky mints from a restaurant and a banana that was turning brown.  I had no other choice.
I presented it to Lady Bug and Minion.
They weren’t impressed.
“I don’t think she understands,” the one said to the other. They shrugged their shoulders and left.
Victory!  They were gone.
But the victory was short lived.
There were more coming up the roadin droves!
I darted around the house as fast as possible, turned off all the lights, the TV and took a dive onto the floor by the couch, just in time for the next  group yelling“trick or treat!”
Silence…
“We know you’re in there!  We saw the lights on AND your car is outside!”
I laid silent on the carpet in the dark, heart pounding.  They finally gave up and left.

I didn’t leave my spot for the rest of the night, which gave me a lot of time to think about how and why I was on the floor in darkness celebrating the most peculiar and  confusing holiday in the world!

Happy Halloween!

Madam Contest Chair!

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Gaia Calcaterra

Division B speech Contest

District 47

Fort Lauderdale

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