What Do The Kids Think?

13 08 2015

Life Leadership is making such a huge impact throughout the world on people’s personal dreams and the many less fortunate that members in Life go out and serve through their charitable actions, but the question has to be asked, “How are their kids doing?”  Well, I’m glad you asked!

In a new post by LifeLeadership.com/blog they took some time to hear from the many kids throughout Life Leadership to answer just that. I may be a be a bit biased because my kids are in this article, but this write-up is awesome! I want everyone to know that these answers were un-edited.  I listened as my wife asked our kids the questions and wrote down their answers exactly as they came out.  If anyone is concerned if your kids will be ok while they watch you pursue your dreams, my answer is, heck yes!  We want our kids to go out and do their best, but how many of us our doing that?  In Life Leadership, our kids learn how to strive for their dreams by watching us pursue our dreams.

Enjoy, Steve Leurquin

Life Leadership Kid Testimonies (unedited): Part 1

“One of the biggest impacts that Life Leadership has had is that we get to spend a lot of time with our family because my mom doesn’t have to go to a job all day long.” Geneva (age 8)

Life Leadership (LL) continues to be at the forefront of creating change; specifically by pouring efforts into influencing the next generation. With the Edge series subscription, Edge book and newly published comic book, The Big Meeting, kids are sure to learn leadership and success principles that will help them in all areas of their life for years to come. Additionally, for parents who involve their kids in dream-building, goal-setting, reading, listening, associating and living the Life Leadership experience as a family, the impact is vastly different. These “Life kids” are Rascals; they are leaders in their schools, churches and communities and they see the world through a lens that is uncommon in the world today.

…but, they are still kids! :)

…and these kids have a voice! They have stories to tell and testimonies to share! So we are excited to feature a multi-part-series of Life Leadership kid testimonies on this blog. The kids were asked a variety of questions: what is your favorite book or CD in the LL Library? What have you learned the most from LL? What do you love the most about LL? These (mostly) “unedited” quotes will make you smile, laugh and even bring tears to your eyes. We hope that you enjoy reading their responses and encourage you to share your kid’s testimonies in the comments section of this article so we can feature them in future posts!

Mielke kids reading together 8 yrs ago (ages 4, 6, 8)

What is your favorite book in the LL Library and why?

“The Dream Giver – I liked that he had obstacles but didn’t give up.  He made it through the obstacles and stepped outside his comfort zone to get his dream.” Emma (age 13)

“The Magic of Thinking Big: It helps you to be better with your words and actions.” Ava (age 7)

“My favorite book is Wooden.  He teaches you how to never give up and to always try your hardest.” Cader (age 10)

“I liked the Slight Edge because it taught that if I do little things right, one day it will lead to success.” Lucas (age 13)

“Personality Plus: It helps you understand people better and how to make better conversation.” McKenzie (age 13)

“I like the month in Italy book because it is exciting, and because of it I want to go there and to a lot of other countries in the world.” Terrel (age 10)

“The Financial Fitness for Teens book because it helped me balance my finances for better times in the future. I read the book in 8th grade and wrote a 2-page paper.” Alex (age 14)

“Toughen up! I like this book because it has a lot of stories and tips.” Aiden (age 11)

“My favorite book is Personality Plus.  I think this book really gives real-life, applicable knowledge and tips.” Reilly (age 16)

“I don’t have a favorite book but Life Leadership has encouraged my whole family to read more and I’m thankful for that.” Anna (age 12)

What is your favorite CD created by LL and why?

“I like the CD about the boy who helped build a playground because it shows me what I can do for others.” Anna (age 12)

“Buried Treasure: It’s full of adventure and trial and error, and it tells you never to give up” Aiden (age 11)

“I read the Rascal book and loved it. The Edge CDs have great stories of people you can learn from. I love the one about Mel Fisher. It makes learning fun!” Luke (age 13)

“My favorite CD is bird dogging which bumped out bug in my ear.  I don’t think I learned from it, but it’s hilarious.” Geneva (age 8)

“Buried Treasure by Chris Brady: It teaches you to never give up and to never lose hope with whatever you are trying to do.” McKenzie (age 13)

“My favorite Edge CD is How to Control Your Attitude by Dan Hawkins.  I like it because he teaches about having to practice to be good.  Also, sometimes you’ll need to sacrifice some fun things to do in order to practice so you can be good.” Cader (age 10)

“…Buried treasure: It was exciting, I liked who he was and what he did. I appreciate his personality and that he kept digging for his son even when his son died.  Even when people tried to stop him he never gave up and always looked for another way. I love his saying today’s the day and I think if I’m trying to do something like I want to be a professional football player that if some team drops me I will keep trying and have another team pick me up……..Another cd that I like is the one that tells the story of Martin. I learned that when he was in school he was studying when everyone else was playing and people in the whole town were willing to help pay because they saw how hard he was working, and when he went to college he was a great student because he didn’t want to let the people from the village down.  He repaid everyone too.  He is great because he kept going to get his dream and he is still going. He is strong in his faith and I want to be like that………I have one more CD that I like which is when Tim marks interviewed his children. Parents don’t have to wait til they are on a CD, they can talk to their kids now.  The CD taught modesty.  It also taught if you are hanging with your friends to include your younger siblings.  Always be kind to people even if they aren’t kind to you.  I think they made a big difference by including the boy they talked about and that he might be more likely to go and make friends and he may come back and they could include him again.” Terrel (age 10)  ~ We understand Terrel, it’s so hard to pick just one! :) ~

“My favorite CD is S.L.O.W. by Lindsey Spiewak.  I like when my mom and dad take time to play with me and spend time with me like the CD talks about.”  Colby (age 8)

“I have many favorite EDGE CDs.  I like the one where Mr. Brady interviewed Martin because when everyone else was playing Martin was working hard and studying. He was always going after his dreams.  I think he got his dreams way faster than other people who were playing.” Geneva (age 8)

What have you learned the most from LL?

“I have learned that you don’t need a boss to work. You are your own boss! And you can spend time with your family.” Anna (age 12)

“I have learned to believe in myself more.” Lucas (age 13)

“I like that our parents can stay home with us and we are learning more as a family. I’ve learned more people skills over the years and I love that I can learn from people who failed.” Aiden (age 11)

“I learned about money and how to save for better things instead of spending it on just good things.  Also, I like how it is a faith-based business because most businesses don’t have that. I like being around the people and meeting new people.” Emma (age 13)

“I think one of the most important things I’ve learned from being involved in this community since I was three years old is understanding the different personalities.  As a young person growing up, I believe this is a very important skill that not a lot of people have under their belt, and it allows us to extend grace to people by being able to recognize that; that a person just has a different personality than you and isn’t just out to bother you.  Another important skill is emotional intelligence.  Sometimes it’s hard being a teenager and just wanting to let those natural emotions run rampant, but I’ve (mostly) learned to control them and to stay cool in both formal and informal situations.  Being able to control those emotions and be mature in settings where you might not want to be, is a very handy skill, in my opinion.” Reilly (age 16)

“I have learned delayed gratification and how to save money. The best part is to set a goal to get what I want.” Kaleb (age 15)

“Always be kind to people even if they aren’t kind to you.” Terrel (age 10)

“I’ve learned more about God than most people will and I like that my parents try to do their best with parenting by reading books. They teach us everything they know so we can do the same for our kids.” McKenzie (age 13)

“I’ve learned to never give up, because when the going gets tough the tough get going.” Geneva (age 8)

“You have to be encouraging and helpful to have people trust you.” Alex (age 14)

Kid Testimonies 1

What do you love the most about LL?

“I love being involved with Life leadership because we get to go on trips that we wouldn’t otherwise, my parents wouldn’t have even known to be debt free and some of my friends are people I would have never met if my parents weren’t in this business. Another thing I know is that if anything ever happened to one of my parents that they would be ok because they would have money to pay their bills and for medical attention, and the prayers of everyone else in Life Leadership would help.  It makes me feel secure and I don’t have to worry because I know my mom and dad will be ok.” Geneva (age 8)

“I like how my parents teach us good things, that they stay home and hang out with us.” Ava (age 7)

“I love attending the Life Leadership conferences because I get to hang around people who are growing and can help me grow.” Kaleb (age 15)

“My favorite thing about Life Leadership is all of my friends.” Michaela (age 3)

“I like that my mom and dad get to stay home with me instead of working like other parents do.  I like that they help other people and make money.”  Colby (age 8)

“I like that my parents are always home and not gone all day.” Ethan (age 12)

“My family is always having fun and spending a lot more time together than a regular family.  Also, if someone in my family is hurt, we will always have people praying for us.  We have nice communities and we work together to build so it helps people have enough for medical bills and to make our communities better.  If people are just customers they should try to get involved in the communities because their children could have great friends through this.  Without Life Leadership I wouldn’t have been able to get the dogs I have. We are also going to have animals and a farm because of Life leadership and we are going to be able to share those with other people who love them too. The time with my family on a daily basis and the trips we go on together are the best things about Life Leadership.” Terrel (age 10)

“It seemed like there was a lot more fighting and not a lot of love before Life Leadership. Now our house is a lot happier and my parent’s are happier. That’s what I like the most. I think Life Leadership saved my parent’s marriage.” Lucas (age 13)

“Knowing that every Tuesday my parents go out to help other people.” Savannah (age 10)

“I like that my parents get to stay home with me and not have jobs.  I like being able to spend time with them.  I also like that they can help other parents to do the same thing.”  Cader (age 10)

Such wisdom in the words of these kids! We are so proud of them for their hunger to want to learn and grow alongside their parents! Do you have a child that loves Life Leadership? If so, we would love to hear from them! You can share their testimony in the comments section or e mail them to: kristen.seidl@lifeleadership.com and their quote will be featured in another future article!





How to Stump A Slump

22 05 2015

We have all felt the power of excitement, the dream that propels us out of bed in the morning eager to face the life_logochallenge the new day will bring us. These days, weeks, months, and even years bring such vitality that one can hardly relate to the person who does not have that passion inside them.  But what happens if and when that excitement wains or even dies inside?

Life Leadership Essentials Series has recently released the book, Ladder: Climbing Out Of A Slump  to help people get back on the path of goals and a vision that they know they want to be on, but can’t figure out how.  In what I feel is a must read for anyone who has ever felt as if they have hit a plateau, or the mid-life crises, this book walks you through the 6 rungs of the ladder to climbing out of a slump.

Success is never promised to be easy, only worth it. Life is too short to spend not pursuing the dreams that God has placed in out lives.  When it’s too late, we will look back and wonder what we waited for.  If you are reading this blog post, you are one of the 5%ers in this world who need to be pursuing your passions so others have model to follow. Climb out of your slump and get moving. It’s Time!

Steve Leurquin

 





Regrets of the Dying

4 03 2014

I was recently reading a book by Best-Selling Author Chris Brady titled PAiLS: Twenty Years from Now, What Will You Wish PAiLS Cover (2) (130x200)You Had Done Today? It is an amazing read with many soul searching questions for everyone to ask themselves as they go through life wondering, why am I here?

From the beginning you are attracted to this amazing read. On the first page of the introduction, Brady references a woman who worked with the dying for many years and authored an article sharing “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying”. I took a look and honestly questioned myself on these five regrets. It led me to write a message to a friend that I respect very much, in hopes of refreshing what was once an awesome relationship.

I hope the following five regrets inspire you to Live The Life You Have Always Wanted as well.

Steve Leurquin

Top Five Regrets of the Dying:

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

5. I wish I had let myself be happier.





Power of Personality

18 11 2012

Recently I read a post from Author and community leader of thousands Tim Marks. The two things I respect about Tim Marks is his perspective he brings from his own life and his humility in knowing that he can learn something from anybody. Enjoy His perspective on a great book that has helped many in all 8f’s of their lives. Steve Leurquin

 

Four Personality Temperaments

Published October 12, 2012 | By Tim Marks

As we each build our leadership communities, one thing that quickly becomes obvious is that people are unique!  Everyone has their own history, their own list of accomplishments, their own family situation, their favorite sport, favorite food, and their own personality style.  Despite all of the differences, when you start spending a lot of time with a lot of people over the years, you start to see some patterns in behavior emerge.  For example, you see that certain people are shy, and certain people are really confident.  Some people really love details and tasks, and some people just love to be around friends.  With practice, you can start to recognize the general patterns in people’s personalities, it can help you understand them a little better and relate to them more successfully.

 

Recognizing the different personality styles is nothing new.  People have been studying other people for as long as people have been around!  For example, a very famous Greek Philosopher named Hippocrates (after whom the Hippocratic Oath for medical practitioners is named) believed that in order to be healthy, your body needed equal amounts of four specific liquids. He called these liquids “humors” and they listed them as black bile, yellow bile, phlegm (“flem”), and blood. If you got sick, Hippocrates and his students thought it was because you had too much of one of these humors. So, they tried to cure you by removing some of those fluids! (Not always successfully, mind you, and not a very wise decision to begin with.  Just imagine the conversation!  “Hey Pythagoras, you still sick?  Well, let’s drain off a few quarts of that yucky blood stuff you’ve got inside and see if that doesn’t put some spring in yer step!”)

Fast forward a few thousand years and we humans are still trying to figure out ourselves and the people around us!  Luckily, some very smart people have done a lot of the heavy lifting for us.  A wonderful author, Florence Littauer, has written a great book to help us understand the four personality types.  That book is Personality Plus, available through the LIFE website, and I really recommend you get a copy and start to master your understanding of the four personalities!   Why take the time to learn more about our personality style, as well as the people around us?  Because by better understanding ourselves, we know who we really are and why we react the way we do in certain situations.  We can recognize our strengths and amplify them, and we can be aware of our weakness and manage them more effectively.  When I got started in community building, my upline leaders Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady both took me aside and gently suggested that I learn more about the Choleric personality and study some people skills books, because my demanding choleric nature was a definite weakness for me!  So, let’s dive into our four personality styles: Melancholy, Phlegmatic, Sanguine, and Choleric!  (And yes, Melancholy’s, I know that isn’t in alphabetical order… it’s not the end of the world!)

Sanguine

This is the outgoing, people-oriented social-type. Sanguines are also known as the “Popular” type. They enjoy fun, socializing, chatting, telling stories – and are fond of promising the world, because that’s the friendly thing to do. A Sanguine gets on well with people and can get others excited about issues, but cannot always be relied upon to get things done. They love interacting with others and play the role of the entertainer or center of attention in group interactions. They have a tendency to over-promise and under-deliver.   A Sanguine would benefit from LISTENING more and letting other people tell stories… and not trying to upstage them!  As well, if you are a Sanguine and don’t know the correct answer, DON’T make up the numbers… the Melancholy’s will spot you doing it and you’ll lose their respect!  Some famous examples are Bill Clinton, Robin Williams, Kelly Ripa and Richard Simmons.

Melancholy

This is the reserved, task-oriented cautious type. Melancholies are also known as the “Perfect” type.  Their typical behavior involves thinking, assessing, making lists, evaluating the positives and negatives, and general analysis of facts. They love maps, charts and graphs. They are usually the most intelligent of the four types; however they tend to dwell on details. A Melancholy is a planner, making sure things happen, although sometimes they can paralyze themselves with over-analysis. Lists and “doing things the right way” are characteristics of this personality type.  Melancholy’s need to loosen up and let their hair down.  No one is perfect, even if a Melancholoy tries to be.  Don’t be so hard on yourself when you make a mistake… you are probably your own toughest critic.  Probably no one else noticed, so you don’t need to point out your error.  Remember that Cholerics and Sanguines are bored to tears with details, even if you find the details interesting.  When presenting to them, try to summarize the key points and move on.  Some famous examples are Hillary Clinton, Bill Gates, and Beethoven.

Phlegmatic

This is the reserved and people-oriented type. They are easy going, laid back, nonchalant, unexcitable and relaxed.  Desiring a quiet and peaceful environment above all else. They tend not to actively upset people, but their indifference may frustrate people. They try not to make decisions, and generally go for the status quo. They are good as mediators because they don’t usually have many enemies. Phlegmatics are also known as the “Peaceful” type; they tend to want everyone to get along and not rock the boat.  They also have a “dry” and quick sense of humor. Phlegmatic leaders may not move as quickly as real Cholerics, but they can be just as—or even more—effective.  They may not work harder, but they just may work smarter!  If you are a Phlegmatic, you don’t have to say “yes” to every request… sometimes other people will take advantage of you if you don’t set up some boundaries and say “no” once in a while.  Some famous examples are Calvin Coolidge, Tim Duncan, and Keanu Reeves (Not his Matrix action-hero character, mind you… His Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure surfer character.)

 

Choleric

I’ve put Cholerics last so that they can practice being patient and recognize that they aren’t always the alpha male in the room!  :)  This is the outgoing and task-oriented style.  Choleric are dominant, strong, decisive, stubborn and sometimes even arrogant.  Cholerics are also known as the “POWEFUL” type.  They tend to be good leaders because they are driven to get things done.  Unfortunately, they might offend some people along the way by not taking their feelings into account and stepping on some toes.  We joke that they are often wrong but never in doubt!  Cholerics often have the answers; they know what to do; they can make quick decisions; they bail others out in a jam—but they can struggle with being popular because their assurance and assertiveness make others feel insecure, and their ability to lead can easily make them appear bossy. Powerful Choleric should try to soften their approach with people while maintaining their amazing work ethic and results so that others will celebrate the Cholerics and not be offended by them.  As Orrin Woodward’s amazing wife Laurie Woodward has said, “The #1 job of Cholerics is to love your people.”  Some famous examples are Donald Trump, General Patton and Bill O’Reilly.

So we’ve briefly touched on each of the four personalities, but it gives you a good introduction to them.  It’s my hope this blog inspires you to devour Personality Plus.  One thing to always remember: no personality style is better than the other.  Each has strengths and weaknesses.  Each style is complemented by someone else…. Which is why working as part of a team can be so powerful!  If you haven’t done so, take the time to read this book and learn about these styles.  If you’ve read the book once, read it again and master it!  You’ll discover the people around you are amazing!





There Is No Tomorrow

28 09 2012

A few years ago my daughter asked me if I could build her a tree house. “At this time I can not because we are trying to sell our house and I wouldn’t want to build something and then have to leave it”, was the reason I told her. The next year my excuse was that I didn’t have the time because we were running pretty hard for some goals. The next year came and my reasoning switched again to not having a proper tree to put up a good treehouse. My daughter patiently waited.

Then one night I sat up in bed almost in a cold sweat realizing my daughter is not getting any younger. She is 10 years old. In three years she most likely will not care about having a treehouse and in eight years she will be out on her own. The realization hit me because I didn’t want to look back on my time with her and realize I missed out on a father-daughter moment of being the hero to her. This is something her and I can do together and she will have a lifetime memory of what her daddy and her did together back when she was ten and who knows, maybe her kids will someday be able to play in it.

I’m proud to say that we have begun the process of building the treehouse and we are having so much fun doing it together as a family.

You know the real reason why I never started building the tree house? …….I’m not very handy and I had no idea how to start. I was afraid to do something I had never done before and the fear kept me from taking the first step. I wonder how many people in life get to their deathbeds filled with regret because of all the things they never accomplished on account of fear of not knowing how to start?

What goal in your life are you not taking the first step toward because you’re afraid to start. Well guys, I know that if I had never built my daughter a tree house I would have looked back a few years from know with regret knowing I had missed a great parent-child opportunity. Take the first step, you won’t regret it!

I love this clip from Rocky III as a message of don’t put off until tomorrow what you know you want to start today. Be advised, there is some minor swearing around minute 3:50, but the message of “There is not tomorrow!” is one we all need to hear.

Enjoy, Steve Leurquin





Guys, Sorry For Posting This But….

4 06 2012

The other day I heard a conversation that surprised me a bit to say the least. There were three ladies having a conversation when the husband of one called on the cell phone. He had left the location where she was and he was calling to apologize for accidentally taking her car keys with him when he left and that he would be bringing them back as soon as he could.

Sounds harmless enough. What surprised me was the other two ladies response to the husbands call. They were absolutely floored that her husband had just apologized! They were saying things like, “I can’t believe I just heard that come from a man’s mouth” and “My husband never apologizes to me”.

This encounter led met to believe guys, how much smoother things would run on the homefront if we just learned the lost art of apologizing. LIFE-Team Leadership had a book that came down through their leadership development system a couple years ago by Gary Chapman and Jennifer Thomas titled The Five Langauges of Apology. I know for a fact the gentleman in the above story has read this book surely garnishing him many brownie points in the relationship.

The authors explain that we each have a language of apology we need to hear before we truly forgive the other person. The easy part is knowing them. The hard part is knowing what other people’s apology language and even harder is saying it.

The Five Languages of Apology are:

1. Expressing Regret – “I am sorry.”

2. Accepting Responsibility – “I was wrong.”

3. Making Restitution – “What can I do to make it right.”

4. Genuinely Repenting – I’ll try not to do it again.”

5. Requesting Forgiveness – “Will you please forgive me.”

Now guys, before you send me messages in outrage that I would make this information known I want you to think of benefits of reading and implementing this one area into your lives. I’m a man so I’m posting this to the men who read my blog, but I imagine if a wife saw her husband reading this you not only could knock her over with a feather, but she just might pick it up as well!

Enjoy, Steve Leurquin





Take A Stand

24 05 2012

As you read a history book do you ever see the names and faces of people and wonder what they attributes they possessed that helped their names to be separated from the rest? We hear names like Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther Kind Jr., Mother Theresa and we think that they were blessed with some kind of special talent that resulted in them becoming so famous. The truth is the only thing every person who is remembered for a lasting (positive) legacy has done is they took a stand.

Rick Hoyt took a stand many years ago that took great courage. Through his decision he has inspired many other families in similar situations to realize how truly blessed they are.

What is Legacy? It’s leaving a place better than you found it by living a model for others to follow. I think if we look close enough, those models are all around us of people who are leaving a lasting legacy by taking a stand doing the right thing because it’s the right thing to do.

Enjoy this video of a father and son who have left a legacy for others to follow.

Steve Leurquin








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