Bird dog diva & connector queen: What a difference a bag and a shirt make!


Mariejo picking up her bag and shirt from Laurie Woodward at the Life Leadership Convention in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

I am very proud of my wife to have stepped of her comfort zone to share a shirt 7 minutes videos with friends and family and engage them in conversations about financial literacy and entrepreneurship.

Thank you to Laurie Woodward for the opportunity you give to women throughout the world to become the best them they can be.

Laurie Woodward has helped us to turn our “crazy cycles” into “energy cycles” and rewards us for this achievement.

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A moment at Dunkin’ leading a conversation by asking questions!


I was at this Dunkin’ Donuts in Fort Lauderdale this morning for breakfast.

I was in line when the lady at the counter called “Next.”

“Good morning,” she said with a smile asking me what I want to order today.

I replied with a “Good morning” as well before I added:

“Let me have a medium hot coffee with cream and sugar, an egg English muffin, and a coffee cake muffin.”

She repeated my order with her eyes glancing on the screen of her cash register.

“Your total will be $6.50,” she said.

She pulled a foam plastic cup asking me my name, holding a black marker ready to write my name on the cup.

“Roosevelt,” I said.

“Rooseselvellsevelt….,” I heard her replied back to me.

I repeated my name and she said “ok. Is this the way you write it?” showing me what you see on the above picture.

I answered “this is the way you… you write it.”

At this moment, the coffee was more important to me than a spelling bee on my name. I agreed on her writing and wanted to have my cup of coffee.

Her coworker who was on her left pouring coffee told her the coffee pot does not have enough to fill my medium size cup.

She told me ” there’s not enough coffee. Would you take this as it is  pointing the half full cup at me.”

“If you were in my place, would you take it like that?,” I asked her.

She smiled, typed something on her screen, and told me “if it’s free, would you take it.”

I smiled and eased up asking her the same question repeating her name which I read on her badge “Karen, if you were in my place, would you take it?”

She said “yes, of course… why not.”

I said “ok, you decide.”

She handed me the bag with the muffins, the coffee telling me my order is 4.93.

I paid her and said “Thank you.”

 How to grow an increasing portfolio of cash-flow producing assets?


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This Saturday, March 24th, Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward will be discussing various topics related to financial literacy, such as:
–        How to grow an increasing portfolio of cash-flow producing assets
–        A detailed discussion on several asset classes, such as Gold, Annuities, Life Insurance, Stocks, Bonds, Mutual Funds, ETF’s, and more!
–        The Risk Meter and how to spread out your risk
–        Increasing productivity by leading your life through leading your time commitments
–        How to set goals to produce results
Last month, New York Times best-selling authors Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward held their first Financial Literacy Webinar featuring topics such as Bitcoins, cryptocurrencies, the hierarchy of your investment, and the new economy.
Due to the popularity of the first event, they’ve decided to hold another.
When: Saturday, March 24th, 2018
Time: 1-3pm (EST)
Price: $20 (USD)
 This event will stream at the above time for anyone who purchases the pay-per-view webinar on or before March 24th.
To purchase and watch the webinar, login to:

Some tips to check your money reality and to live the life you want!


“It’s not what you make but what you keep that determines financial success. Pay yourself first and save what you pay yourself.”

This is the first principles stated in the 47 principles of the Financial Fitness Pack introduced by New-York Times best-selling authors Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady.

Rjf-friendI just read a story released by the Washington Post describing families making over half million dollars a year who are struggling financially and have no saving.

They live paycheck to paycheck being “trapped by lifestyle,” quoting Lori Atwood, a financial adviser based in Washington DC.

People need to do a money reality check. Here are some tips I cut, paste, and adapt based on that story I read from the Washington Post.

* Prioritize. Try not to live each month to the very last dollar you earn.

* Always have at least  $1,000 in liquid savings for non-discretionary expenses . If you don’t have this, the only place to turn to use credit cards.

* Never use a credit card with a balance for daily needs. You will never pay it off.

* Try to make sure your fixed expenses — housing, child care, car payments, student loans, credit card minimums — are no more than 43 percent of your household take-home pay. Anything above that percentage generally means you will feel financial stress.

* Spend less than you earn each month.

* Make trade-offs for discretionary expenses. “Should we eat out? No, let’s use the money instead for Susie’s soccer camp.”

* Never say “might as well” when it comes to a purchase if you don’t have the money on hand.

* Decide between what you must have and what is optional. Only the basics — housing, utilities, health, groceries, transportation — are “must haves.” Everything else is optional and ripe for trimming.

* Track your discretionary spending closely. That’s where the train goes off the tracks. Your utility bills are predictable. Your outside dining is not. You can change where and how much you eat so know where you spend so you can trim.

tracker_promoI am so glad that the Financial Fitness Services offer the tracking and other services needed to face this ongoing money reality check. But, it all starts with your ongoing financial literacy education which is the best investment you can make, and be part of a community of like minded people aspiring for financial freedom.

Congratulations to have read so far. You are qualified to receive a free gift. Just inbox me, and I will give you access to a free educational video on financial literacy and entrepreneurship which will help you start your journey towards financial freedom and to live the life you’ve always wanted.

Be well,

Roosevelt

The online Leadership Book Club will discuss this Wednesday: “Make your Bed,” authored by Admiral William H. McRaven.


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I had fun reading this book that I received as a Christmas gift from my daughter. I am as much delighted to the coincidence that “Make your Bed, Little Things That can Change Your Life … And Maybe The World,”  has been chosen to be discussed this Wednesday January 24, from 8:00 pm, at the online Leadership Book club hosting by my friend Lois Margollin.

McRaven in  130 short pages invite us to change ourselves and the world through 10 simple lessons he addressed, in 2014, the graduating class of the University of Texas.

Those are 10 lessons he learned himself during his Navy SEAL training that helped him overcome challenges, and to become who he is throughout his life.

I invite you to read the book yourself and be part of our conversation. At least, be part of this learning experience where we will discuss our own understanding, and tell our own stories in our own words from these 10 lessons:

1.- Start each day with a task completed.

2.- Find someone to help you with life.

3.- Respect everyone.

4.- Know that life is not fair.

5.- Failure can make you stronger

6.- Dare greatly.

7.- Stand up to the bullies

8.- Rise to the occasion

9. Give people hope

10.- Never, ever quit.

Those are simple life wisdom, practical daily advice that we will discuss to empower us to live the life we want.

We will not live the life we’ve always wanted by chance, but by change. And change starts with reading and the new story narrative we are telling ourselves.

See you, hear you Wednesday at 8:00 pm Eastern time.

Meeting Bob Burg at the Toastmasters Leadership Institute in West Palm Beach and learning the Go Givers Laws for success in Life.


I was serving at the West Palm Beach, Florida, Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI,) last Saturday morning when I met bestselling author Bob Burg who was the keynote speaker for this event.

pic-wpb-2I was at the check in table when this tall man showed up with a beam smile, great eye contact, a vibrant energetic handshake to tell me with a deep low toned voice:

“Good morning, I am Bob Burg. Is this the Toastmasters’ meeting?”

“Yes, It is,” I replied welcoming him with great enthusiasm.

I told him my name and my pleasure to meet him in person having read his Go Giver series books.

Bob Burg was scheduled to speak at 12:00. He showed up at 10:30 am.

“I always want to be early to make sure everything is ok,” he said.

Bob took the stage to address an audience of 200 toastmasters leaders about the laws of Go Givers whose main goals are to add value to others by shifting their focus on others instead of themselves.

“If you want to make money in sales, don’t make money your target. Focus your target on others.  When you hit the target, you get a reward. And that reward comes in form of money, in form of kindness, in form of referrals” Bob said.

“Great leadership is not about the leader,” he added.

pic-wpb-1When we focus more on others with a giving spirit, we attract values back to us far greater than anyone owes us.

“If you can create so many great relationships with so many people who know you, like you, trust you that they want you to succeed, they want to be part of your life journey; your world  would become a benevolent context for your success,” Bob Burg said evoking the law of cause (giving) and effect (receiving).

“The greatest gifts would come at moments and from places we least expect,” he concluded with great applause.

 

Life Reaches New Heights in 2017! [Year in Review]


“People of integrity expect to be believed, and when they are not, they let time prove them right.” – Orrin Woodward

As 2017 comes to a close, we thought it would be gratifying to take a look back at all of the growth and progress that took place within our company. There is much to cover, but at a high level these are the accomplishments that defined the past year in Life!

FRANCE GRAND OPENING!

For most companies and entrepreneurs, building and maintaining a local customer base is one of the first steps on the road to success. Once companies have achieved this goal, they often feel they are ready to take on the next step: expanding internationally.

Becoming a global company is an impressive feat, and not every business that sets out to do it actually accomplishes the goal. However, Life continues to be the exception. Currently, Life operates in the following countries: Australia, Bahamas, Canada, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Saint Lucia, Trinidad, Tobago, United States, US Virgin Islands, Guadeloupe, Guiana, Martinique, Mayotte, Réunion, and now FRANCE!

In an effort to welcome the French citizens into the Life community, an official launch event was held in Paris on Saturday, January 7th, 2017 with Life Founder and CEO, Chris Brady! Many people traveled from far and wide to attend the 8 hour seminar.

“The opening of the market in France was a smashing success! Already there are individuals who are embracing our mission of ‘Setting People Free’ and embodying our motto of ‘Having Fun, Making Money, and Making a Difference!’ Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make this a reality! We look forward to serving the people of France with our life changing products.” – Chris Brady

Also, with the opening of France, we launched the Wealth Habits subscription in French! The Wealth Habits subscription was created to help people develop the long-term habits of the wealthy in small, ongoing training sessions that can be easily worked into a busy schedule. French Wealth Habits is available to all US, Canadian, and Caribbean markets in both physical and digital formats and is available digitally in France and the rest of the world.

 NEW LIFE PRODUCTS

Life offers products in three categories of development: Financial Development, Professional Development, and Personal Development, each designed to help you improve your life. Our products and services include audios, videos, and books both in physical and digital formats, as well as interactive educational experiences in language learning and sales skills. We are very proud of our wide suite of products and want to introduce you to some of our new releases in 2017!

1.       Life Mix subscription

–  Life Mix is one of Life’s most unique subscriptions. It is essentially a grab bag of your favorite books, audios, and swag.

–  The subscription is available physically in English in the US, Canada, and Caribbean.

–  To subscribe, login to your Life account and go to Access Products > Subscriptions

2.       New Book and Audio Book: Swing by Dan Hawkins

–  Life Founder, Dan Hawkins, released his first book this year, Swing, and it was published as a physical book and an audio book. So, whether you enjoy reading at home or on the go, this new book will help you develop the courage to swing for the fences.

–  To purchase, click here.

3.       New Feature Added to the Financial Fitness Services subscription for FREE

–  Financial Fitness Services is a monthly subscription created to supplement the principles taught in the Financial Fitness Program and Beyond Financial Fitness Pack. There are currently four services that are offered: Protector, Legal, Tracker, and Saver. In August, we introduced a new feature called The Financial Literacy Video Training Series for FREE to all Financial Fitness Services subscribers. The series is a collection of instructional videos, taught by Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady, and is designed to reinforce the 47 principles taught in the Financial Fitness Program.

4.       More on Building Communities Pack #5

–  The Building Compensated Communities series is designed to teach you the principles and basics of how to build a successful direct selling business. The audios contained in this pack are exclusive and available nowhere else. The 5th edition of this series will help lead and guide future entrepreneurs to the life they’ve always wanted.

–  To purchase, click here.

5.       Public Service Packs 1 & 2

–  Featuring AGO Spokesman, Chris Swanson, the first and second edition of the Public Service Packs are filled with truth and wisdom that will inspire anyone who wants to commit their lives to serving others.

–  To purchase, click here.

FINANCIAL FITNESS SUCCESSES

The Financial Fitness Program is one of Life’s flagship products and teaches all three aspects of personal finance; offense, defense, and playing field. For several years, Financial Fitness has helped people all over the world rid themselves of millions of dollars in debt and develop stability and prosperity for a more secure future. Check out some of our featured Financial Fitness success stories in 2017!

·         Financial Fitness is Setting People Free from Debt [Testimonials]

·         Financial Fitness Wipes Away $323K of Debt – Murray and Anne Mason [Full story]

·         More Financial Fitness Successes Are Pouring In [Testimonials]

·         Financial Fitness Gives People Financial Purpose [Testimonials]

·         Financial Fitness Wipes Out $150K of Debt – Rob and Gail Daley [Full story]

·         Financial Fitness Helps People Escape the Financial Matrix – Kent and Bobbie Butters [Full story]

·         Financial Fitness Provides True Financial Freedom [Testimonials]

·         Financial Fitness Helps the Embry Family Rid $400K of Debt [Full story]

·         Financial Fitness Inspires Change – Joshua Rickards [Full story]

·         Financial Fitness Continues to Set People Free from Debt [Testimonials]

·         Financial Fitness Principles Make a Difference – Jeremy and Echelle Slade [Full story]

·         Financial Fitness Reignites Dreams – Alex and Trina Smith [Full story]

·         Financial Fitness Green Box Testimony – Rodney and Brenda Kilhoffer [Full story]

·         Financial Fitness Green Box Program Changes Lives [Testimonials]

·         Financial Fitness Can Change Your Life – Jeff and Tina Moulton [Full story]

·         More Financial Fitness Green Box Testimonials

·         Financial Fitness Helps Rid $425K of Debt – Bill and Brandie Schmidt [Full story]

·         Financial Fitness Continues to Make a Difference [Testimonials]

·         Financial Fitness Eliminates $104K in Debt – Jeremy and Samantha Pethke [story pending]

NEW IT DEVELOPMENTS

What makes Life so unique when compared to other businesses is that we are an online business that is built through relationships offline. Because of our online presence, we are constantly striving to innovate with mobile friendly technology and diverse web applications in order to meet all of our customers’ needs. With that said, check out all of the exciting IT Developments that have taken place over the past 12 months.

·         Life App

–    The Life App organizes everything you do in Life into one convenient location. For more information on the Life App features, watch this video: https://vimeo.com/232546950.

–    To download for your device, click one of these links:

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/life-info/id999969537?ls=1&mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lifeleadership.lifestream

·         Newly Designed Dedicated Product Websites

–    FinancialFitnessInfo.com

–    AGOinfopage.com

–    EDGEinfopage.com

–    Freedominfopage.com

–    LLRCinfo.com

–    TPDinfo.com

·         Rascal Radio 3.0 

–    On a global scale, Rascal Radio has been one of Life’s most popular products to date! Rascal Radio 3.0 wasn’t just a new paint job on an old car. In 2017, the entire platform was completely redesigned from the ground up.

–    Click here for a complete list of new features and information.

·         New Life Shopping Cart and My Library

–    Life’s new shopping cart is categorized and color coded into 5 main areas: Financial Development, Personal Development, Professional Development, Life Training, and Sales Aids. The new search function, which includes a detailed filter, will get you to all of your favorite products and training tools.

–    As a result of the new shopping cart and the ability to purchase physical and digital products all in one place, Life also developed a new feature called My Library that houses all of your digital audio, video, and ebook purchases. That’s right, no more searching through hundreds of files to find what you’re looking for. My Library offers searching, sorting, and filtering by categories so you will be able to separate your purchases based on the product and series.

–  My Library is connected to the Life shopping cart so if you purchase any digital product on the shopping cart, you will receive an email with a direct link to My Library and the product that you purchased. Simply click on the link, login with your Life credentials, and access your content.

LIFE EVENTS

Life events are designed to introduce, inspire, and train Life Members on how to build a successful Life business and Live the LIFE They’ve Always Wanted. The events consist of introductory Open Meetings, Monthly Seminars, Quarterly Leadership Conventions, and Men’s Leaderships.

·         In 2017, Life held an impressive 4,564 LIVE events in the 19 countries and territories where we operate.

LIFE’S 2017 GOLDEN RASCALS!

Do you want to get to know some of Life’s Corporate staff? Now’s your chance! One of the ways Life recognizes its employees is by rewarding them with the Golden Rascal award at each staff meeting. These rascals are men and women who have modeled leadership, excellence, character, attitude, hunger, and many other respected qualities in the workplace. Here is a list of Life’s Golden Rascals in 2017:

·         Rachel Hoover – Special Events Coordinator

·         Jacqueline Tilma – Office Coordinator

·         Jordan Woodward – Lead Graphic Designer

·         Gaby Theriot – Spanish Media Specialist

·         Taslim Kerr – Customer Service Administrator

To read the interviews of all of Life’s past Golden Rascals, click here.

CREDIBILITY

With decades of experience building businesses, investing, managing personal finances, developing security and prosperity for their families, and mentoring others to do the same, it’s safe to say that Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward have both the credibility and experience to teach people about leadership, business, and the complex subject of money and wealth creation. It’s hard to hide from the spotlight when you are getting results. So, here are just a few examples of outside recognition we have attracted this year because of our life-changing products and exceptional Founders.

·         Beyond Financial Fitness is Available for CPE Credits

Financial Fitness products continue to gain credibility in the public eye because the principles taught are truly helping people make more money, pay less in taxes, get out of debt, and achieve financial freedom. In fact, we are excited to share that not only is the Financial Fitness Program an accredited course with CPE Think, but now the Beyond Financial Fitness Program is accredited as well! Beyond Financial Fitness satisfies the AICPA/NASBA QAS Self-Study guidelines in all 50 states and US territories for Self-Study CPE credits through CPEthink.com[For more information, Click here.]

If you are interested in purchasing the CPE Final Exam for Beyond Financial Fitness, you can visit this link: www.cpethink.com/lifeUpon completion of the Final Exam with a passing grade of 70% or better, you will receive 15 Self-Study CPE credits.

·         Chris Brady Chosen as a Featured Speaker at the 13th Annual Mastermind Event!

The Mastermind Event is one of the most exclusive, direct selling events available anywhere. It is attended annually by entrepreneurs from over 50 countries representing over 100 Direct Selling companies and is a place where attendees can learn from people who have made it to the top in the industry.

Chris Brady has been a Senior Faculty Member and top speaker draw at the event for many years. At the 13th Annual Mastermind Event in Orlando, Florida, Brady delivered entertaining and inspiring insights to a sold out crowd. He is simply a Mastermind Faculty Member you won’t find on the usual speaking circuit. Like other presenters, he’s agreed to participate in this event in order to elevate the profession for everyone in the industry.

·         Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward Named Top 200 Most Influential Authors in the World!

In February of 2017, Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward were listed on Richtopia’s Top 200 list of most influential authors in the world. Woodward was listed at #92 and Brady was listed at #132. According to Richtopia, the list is comprised of authors who are influential and effective at having soft-power and the ability to be proactive, particularly in the digital sphere. The Richtopia authors list is compiled using a number of metrics combining to produce rank order. Two of the main influencers on a person’s ranking are their social media profiles and standard media coverage. Life is proud to have two of its Founders on this list.

CHARITABLE OUTREACHES

The Life on Life Initiative

The Life on Life Initiative is a Life sponsored program dedicated to helping people gain functional freedom through literacy and other necessary life skills. On an on-going basis, Life Members and Corporate employees organize community outreach events in order to serve the needs of people who cannot help themselves. In addition to serving, Life donated $1 for every Total Personal Development subscription that was sold this year to help fight illiteracy in the markets in which we operate. Check out all of the Life on Life stories that took place in 2017.

·         Life on Life Featured Stories

o    Life Members Bless Hundreds of Children During Christmas in Lima, Peru [click here]

o    Life Members Support Children in Need Around the World [click here]

o    Life Members Serve the Homeless in Salisbury, Maryland [click here]

o    Life Members Make Large Donation to Pregnancy Center [click here]

o    Life Members Donate Crosses to Haiti for Life on Life [click here]

o    Life on Life Helps Lori Hughes Heal [click here]

o    Life on Life Makes a Difference for Underprivileged Children in Michigan [click here]

o    Life Members Serve at New Life Mission for Life on Life [click here]

o    Life Members Help Renovate a Military Family’s Home [click here]

o    Life Members Make Large Donation to Kansas City Rescue Mission [click here]

o    Life Members Serve in Multiple States for Life on Life [click here]

o    Life Members Feed Thousands of Starving Children [click here]

o    Life on Life Youth Push-Up Challenge Brings in $2,650 for O.U.R. [click here]

o    Life on Life Field Day for a Cause and Church Clean-Up [click here]

o    Life on Life Helps Underprivileged Children in South Carolina [click here]

o    Life Members Donate Goods to Support Women and Children at A Place of Refuge [story pending]

o    Life Members Serve at an Orphanage in Peru [story pending]

·         Corporate Life on Life Initiatives

o    Life Corporate Staff Make a Difference at Corral Riding Academy [click here]

o    Life on Life Saves Saves 84 Lives at the Life Corporate Office Blood Drive [click here]

o    Life Raises Over $800,000 for Operation Underground Railroad! [click here]

o    Life Donates Hundreds of RESOLVED books to local Atlanta Charities [story pending]

All Grace Outreach (AGO)

In addition to Life on Life events, the Life Founders operate a 501(c)3 charity called All Grace Outreach which is committed to providing assistance to those in need. AGO’s main focus is spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world and helping abused, abandoned, and distressed children and widows. Here is a list of all of the organizations that AGO supported financially in the past year.

·         CareNet Pregnancy Center

·         GAP Ministries

·         Wisdom for the Heart

·         Shepherds Theological Seminary

·         Milwaukee Rescue Mission

·         Souls Harbour Mission

·         Operation Underground Railroad

·         Italy for Christ

·         CWE

·         Zoie Sky Ministries

·         A New Beginning Pregnancy Center

·         Fellowship Christian School

·         Catholic Christian Outreach

·         Feeding the 5000

Life is so proud of all of the accomplishments that took place in 2017! We are looking forward to an even more prosperous 2018.