Leadership & Respect: What you do matters, and your actions will attract your followers.

I am part of a leadership book club which has offered to read for the last three months “The 21 irrefutable Laws of Leadership” from the New York Times Best-selling author John Maxwell.

I am sitting at the doctor’s office and, instead of picking up one of those phony magazines in the waiting room, I have preferred re-reading Maxwell’s law of respect which portrays the outstanding story of Harriet Tubman who exemplifies respect, action, and commitment to a cause greater than herself.


She was respected not for her look, but her actions to free men and women  from the slavery matrix speak loud for more than 100 years

Tubman came to be called Moses because of her ability to go into the land of captivity and bring people out of bondage, Maxwell reported.

She started life as a slave herself. She became free by marrying a free black man.

Attempting in vain many times to have her husband escaped to the North, Harriett resolved to flee alone, without a word to him, making her way via the Underground Railroad, “a secret network of free blacks, white abolitionists, and Quakers who helped escaping slaves on the run,” as described by John Maxwell.

She risked her life by returning south to free more people. She guided more than three hundred people tout of slavery.

“I had reasoned this out in my mind: there was one or two things  I had a right to, liberty or death. If I could not have one, I would have the other, for no man should take me alive. I should fight for my liberty as my strength lasted, and when the time came for me to, the Lord will let them take me,” Harriet Tubman told her first biographer Sarah Bradford.

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Maxwell points out that Tubman was an “unlikely candidate for leadership,” having no formal education, being a woman, beginning life as a slave. The deck was stacked against her and, despite those circumstances, she gained respect, influence, and leadership in the long fight for freedom in humankind history.

JMThose are the lessons I learned for this story based on Maxwell’s teaching on the law of respect:

1.- All leadership is voluntary. You can not rely on violence and intimidation to get people to do what you want.

2.- Leaders do what’s right. They exemplify courage , even at the risk of failure, or criticism.

3.- Leadership is about results. People respect other’s accomplishments. Leaders are successful in their own endeavors.

4.- Leadership & respect are about loyalty. Leaders stick with the team until the job is done.

“One measure of leadership is the caliber of people who choose to follow you,” said Dennis Peer.

The more you grow, the better people you will attract. “People naturally follow leaders stronger than themselves,” Maxwell said inviting us to grow our leadership ability.



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Reading Ariely’s “Dollars and Sense” to understand “how we misthink money and how to spend smarter.”

This is the moment of the week to visit my local bookstore and discover what’s new on the shelves.

reading-1Walking through the aisles, my eyes glanced over a blue hard cover book entitled “Dollars and Sense” with a human head design which carries the subtitle “How we misthink money and how to spend smarter,” co-authored by Dan Ariely and Jeff Kreisler.

I read the inside front and back jacket to know about the content and the authors. Interesting enough to pick it and go for a read.

You have to read it yourself for an in depth summary of this material.

I will just mention that this book brings to life a definition of money and how it interacts with our emotional being. It is dedicated for the wonderful things money does for us, the terrible things it does to us, and all the grey matter in between.

dollars-3We are all inside a “Money volcano,” say the authors inviting us to think more and better about money and make better financial decisions in a more and more complex and advanced world.

Money is the top reason for divorce and the number one cause for stress, they say.

What can we do to sharpen the way we think?

Their answer: Financial Education, or financial literacy.

They mention that this book is not intended to “financial literate” us . It reveals, according to the authors, how we think about money and the gaps between our conscious understanding of how money works and our reasoning.

This is a good read. But, after a couple of hours flipping more than 200 pages, I am still thirsty on my quest about how to be smarter about the money thing.

To spend more and smarter will require to become smarter to make more, to keep more, and to accumulate more.

I have not yet seen this “more” in the book. And , I am still thirsty. But I can’t agree more with the authors: “Ignorance is  bliss.”


Do you know why “Ignorance is Bliss?”

Read, and you’ll know.

Be well!


Development: moving from nations development, to personal & self-development

The  half of the 20th century is called the century of development. Geographer Alfred Sauvy coined the concept of “developed country” which he opposed to “underdeveloped countries.”
One question being posed: what enabled some societies to develop democratic institutions and sustainable economic wealth while others were prone to dictatorship and outcry poverty?
Some argued that their paths to modernization were different based on their historical conditions.
Among these are whether the pre-modern agriculture of a country involved serfs who were tied to the land in near slavery, or was based on more or less independent peasants?
Immanuel Wallenstein , a sociologist, stated that in a world dominated by capitalist trade, poorer countries could not grow wealthy by simply following the example of those who had done so earlier.
The world systems have been already dominated by countries which led industries that innovated and could compete more in a capitalist trade environment.
Countries with less advanced technology capacity and industry development were at a disadvantage.
Internal underdevelopment factors added to external forces of the world systems, and global trade will keep them in disarray.
The new century is shifting toward personal development and self-development. More and more people understand that they have to take into their own hands their well being and not to count on institutions and government for help.
People have choices to live their lives and the social roles they assume.
We all agree with Shakespeare “Life is a theater. Everyone is playing a role.”
The better you are, the better you play your role, and the better you contribute to the development of your community.

There’s a financial-literacy crisis in the U.S., according to the WSJ. And, we have a program for that!

Can you imagine taking a test, and 99% of the class fails the test. Who is at fault: the teacher, and/or the students?

when I ask my friends this questions, some of them answer the teacher, others tell me the students are at fault, and some others agree both of them.

12998_0ab07Whatever their answer, I tell them this is exactly what happened with the test of personal finance in our life.

Only 1% has been successful in this test of personal finance. Only 1% has conquered the passing grade to have time and money and to be financially free.

I just read this story from the Washington Street Journal. It confirms that ” here’s a financial-literacy crisis in the U.S. And it is probably even worse than it seems.”

I invite you to read this story yourself. Click here…

Now that the problem is defined, we also have a solution which a Total Financial Literacy Program married to an Entrepreneurship Program.

I invite you to watch this quick video and I will appreciate to have your feedback and continue this conversation. Click here…

God Bless,








After Irma, an upcoming leadership week-end in Florida with life coaches Georges & Jill Guzzardo to bring hope and meaning to LIFE.

I am excited to announce a full, pack leadership development event in Florida, this upcoming week-end with life coaches Georges and Jill Guzzardo. After the passage of hurricane Irma, this self-development and community event will bring hope, power, and meaning to live the life we’ve always wanted.



After completing their college degrees in Chicago, they moved to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Over the next twenty years George worked in a private Physical Therapy practice where he pioneered a state of the art industrial wellness program for the mining and forest industry. In addition, George was active in sports medicine and stress management. Jill built a home health agency that expanded into four counties. She helped develop a computerized home health assessment record system that was eventually marketed nationally.

George and Jill’s passion to help people was rekindled after partnering with best-selling author and leadership experts Orrin and Laurie Woodward. They became job optional after learning about the leadership and financial principles taught in LIFE Leadership. This new found autonomy led to the the opportunity to relocate into the foothills of Tucson, Arizona where they reside full-time.

george-jill-guzzardo-jeepThey own a private eight acre retreat where they enjoy rescue horses, nature trails, photography, and off-road four-wheel driving in the mountains behind their Tucson home. It has been particularly fulfilling to be to able assist a local non-profit organization involved in helping children and families. They enjoy spending time with their new grandchild and helping friends succeed in the LIFE Leadership program.

They are extremely passionate about their purpose, which is helping people learn about the financial and leadership principles taught through the LIFE Leadership company. Best-selling author Orrin Woodward writes about how they survived the 2008 boom/bust cycle first-hand in his book, ‘The Financial Matrix.’ They have used those same principles to help numerous people free themselves from debt, develop additional assets, and most importantly: help others pursue their dreams.

George and Jill currently mentor aspiring leaders across the world. They speak to thousands about leadership and lead communities all across the country. George has a widely read blog at: georgeguzzardo.typepad.com. and is currently working on the release of his new book about ‘Historical Leaders and the Torch of Freedom.’ They directly mentor with top leadership experts, Orrin and Laurie Woodward and are currently Policy Council members, LIFE Coaches, and Co-Founders of LIFE Leadership.

Florida Men’s Leadership Meeting – September 15, 2017

Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport
9300 Jeff Fuqua Blvd
Orlando, FL 32827

When: September 15, 2017
Time: 8:00pm
Qualification: Any Member with a ticket to the September seminar can attend. There is no rank qualification for men to attend the first talks of the evening from our speakers. We then welcome anyone who is Go-Getter to stay and listen to additional talks from our speakers!
Cost: $10.00 (Cash Only) At the Door
Speakers: George Guzzardo

Florida September Seminar – September 16, 2017

Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport
9300 Jeff Fuqua Blvd
Orlando, FL 32827

Date: 09/16/2017
Time: 5:00 pm
Cost: $35 (USD)