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.
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.
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.
When I was younger in Haiti, I enjoyed visiting “Quai Colomb,” a park erected in memory of Christopher Columbus by the harbor of Port-au-Prince on the Bicentenaire, a brand new name for Croix-des-Bossales.
It was always a delight to wander around this place early evening where the waves of the seashore carried some salty air to the bronze sculpture of Columbus’ face and also the remembrance of thousands of kidnapped Africans dropped off this place.
The last time I saw this Columbus’ statute was on the basement floor of the City Hall building in Port-au-Prince when it was dechouke (uprooted) in 1986 from its socle by the population accusing Columbus of Haiti’s dire situation.
These memories came to my mind early this morning, December 5th, on Christopher Columbus day discovery of Haiti.
In preparation for the release of “HaitiShift,” my next book on Haiti for 2019, I just read last night a chapter from Boies Penrose’s book “Travel and Discovery in the Renaissance.” It contains some good contents on Columbus’ voyage from Spain to the new world and his settlement in Haiti.
This book also brought some fresh memories to my mind about some history lessons I had to memorize word by word by heart from elementary classes.
Columbus was born in Genoa, Italy. Since childhood, he enjoyed the sea. As a young man, he had a vision, and an intense enthusiasm to discover new lands.
Understanding the earth is a sphere contrary to the knowledge of his epoch, he had gone on multiple voyages in the Mediterranean before his 1492 great adventure.
He managed to find sponsorship from the Spanish queen Isabella who put him in contact with the Pinzon brothers who put three boats at his disposal: La Nina, La Pinta, and La Santa Maria.
Columbus was captain of La Nina. The Pinzon brothers, sailors of skill and experience, took command of the other boats.
The expedition left the Spanish port of Palos on August 3, 1492. “It was the most important single voyage,” Boies reported.
After two months of sailing, they saw lands, which turned out to be San Salvador, on October 1992. Salvador, the savior. Columbus has been saved. His sailors became impatient, and exasperated. Some threatened to kill him.
Others, led by one of the Pinzon’s brothers, made defection and sailed away in the Pinta on their own at the end of November.
Native Indians told him of a great island he discovered on December 5th, which he called Hispaniola, Little Spain. He took formal possession of the island for Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain. This was the first Spanish Colony in the New World.
The weather was bad. The Santa Maria, the biggest flagship, was wrecked on a coral reef. It was broken up. Columbus erected a fort off Cap-Haitien with its timbers, called Natividad.
He traveled back to Spain on January 4, 1493, leaving 39 sailors to constitute the ancestor of Haiti, and all Latin American colonies.
What happened after he lef ? This colony became the engine of wealth creation for several European Nations and the place of the biggest human trafficking in History. In my next post, I will write about what he left.