Monumental 2014!

1 01 2014

Happy New Year Everyone! My family and I are excited for what we know is going to be a great year for so many people who believe in Freedom! A friend of mine recently gave me a documentary by Kirk Cameron titled Monumental. It was a powerful must see for every family to say the least! Jamie and I along with our three kids nestled down with some snacks as we watched in shock what we are not being taught regarding the truth of our country’s founding.

After the movie we all shared what we got most from it and I want to tell you, our kids (your kids too) get it! My wife and I have chose early on to educate our children because as you will see, that was the way it was meant to be and the people who we have given the power to do it are doing a terrible job (and I’m not blaming the teachers. As a teacher I was blinded too)!

I left the trailer for you to watch in hopes that you bring in this new year by watching eye opener with your family. Happy Freedom! Enjoy, Steve Leurquin





The Power of Media

25 11 2013

Founder of Life Orrin Woodward recently put out a leadership post on the power of media and how it influences our world. It was such a great read I reposted it for you to read and think on it for yourself. Very interesting and thought provoking! Enjoy, Steve Leurquin.

 

Media Monopoly and the Five Laws of Decline

Posted by Orrin Woodward on November 24, 2013

Happy Sunday to everyone! I woke up early and continued work on my new book project. Amazingly, the research and subsequent analysis of my finding is shocking even me! I have committed to follow truth wherever it leads me in life and I have researched the below topic extensively. Never underestimate man’s fallen nature and thus the avenues people will seek to exploit others. The Bible states, “Be harmless as doves and wise as serpents.” This means to me – do not practice exploitation, but be wise enough to discover it and stop it. This is what I intend to do with the help of other people who are harmless as doves, but wise as serpents.LIFE Leadership is on the move!

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward

In consequence, in any society where the FLD is progressing, one also discovers increasing control of the media by the exploiters. In essence, the media’s role is to deflect people’s attentions from the exploitations they are suffering and instead focus them on sports & entertainment, the stock market, and various political disputes that do not address the real injustices. In effect the people are lulled to sleep by the media who are funded by the FLD exploiters. For instance, Aberto Fujimori, the democratically elected leader of Peru, led a coup that  transformed the democracy into a dictatorship in 1992. He relied heavily on the support of his right-hand man Valdimiro Montesinos, who organized a mass system of bribery, payoffs, and hush money to ensure the support of influential members of Peruvian society for his dictatorship. Interestingly, however, after the fall of Fujimori’s government, the meticulously documented records of Montesinos misdeeds fell into the public’s hands. Acemoglu and Robinson wrote:

The amounts are revealing about the value of the media to a dictatorship. A Supreme Court judge was worth between $5,000 and $10,000 a month, and politicians in the same or different parties were paid similar amounts. But when it came to newspapers and TV stations, the sums were in the millions. They paid more than $1 million to a mainstream newspaper, and to other newspapers they paid any amount between $3,000 and $8,000 per headline. Fujimori and Montesinos thought that controlling the media was much more important than controlling politicians and judges. One of Montesinos’s henchmen, General Bello summed this up in one of the videos by stating, “If we do not control the television we do not do anything.”

Does anyone seriously doubt, considering human nature is common to us all, that similar activities do not occur in the Western World? True, the influence may be less direct and the bribes rationalized as perks of the job, but the result is the same. Needless to say, the exploiters use the media to redirect, entertain, and rationalize  the people into passivity. Interestingly, since all governments exist through the “consent of the governed”, the press, in a democracy, is responsible for the “manufacturing of consent” as Walter Lippmann stated nearly a century ago.

Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky

In any event, propaganda blossomed as a tool of social control during WWI when the British, realizing they were losing the “War to End All Wars” to the Germans. In consequence, they poured funds into their propaganda machine, called the Ministry of Information, to convince America to help defeat the barbaric “Huns”.  Noam Chomsky explained:

The British Ministry documents (a lot have been released) show their goal was, as they put it, to control the thought of the entire world . . . but mainly the US. . . In the US there was a counterpart. Woodrow Wilson was elected in 1916 on an anti-war platform. . . But he decided to go to war. So the question was how do you get a pacifist population to become raving anti-German lunatics so they want to go kill all the Germans? That requires propaganda. So they set up the first and really only major state propaganda agency in US history (Committee of Public Information or more commonly called the “Creel Commission” in honor of its founder George Creel). . . The task of this commission was to propagandize the population into jingoist hysteria. It worked incredibly well. Within a few months the US was able to go to war. . . the American business community was also very impressed with the propaganda effort. . . the huge public relations industry, which is a US invention and a monstrous industry came out of the first World War. . . Edward Bernays, comes right out of the Creel Commission. He has a book that came out a few years afterward called Propaganda . . . The propaganda system of the first World War and this commission that he was part of showed, he says, that it is possible to “regiment the public mind every bit as much as an army regiments their bodies.” These new techniques of regimentation of minds, he said, had to be used by “intelligent minorities” in order to make sure that the slobs stay the right course. We can do it now because we have these new techniques.

Presumably, if the few were benefitting from unjust FLD plunder over the many and knew the importance of the “consent of the governed” in a democratic republic, it would logically follow that they would seek “manufactured consent” to maintain societal  peace while they enjoyed the plunder. In fact, the big corporations (Big Banks/Big Business/Big Government), hired the members of the “Creel Commission” propaganda ministry to improve the messaging of their companies. Naturally, when the companies realized great success from these techniques, they sought to own the media outright to manage the message to the masses daily. Not coincidentally, this is exactly what they did. For instance, when the book The Media Monopoly first hit US shelves in 1983, author Ben Bagdikian stated that, “Fifty corporations dominated almost every mass medium.” Significantly, with every new release of the book, the number of corporations controlling the media dropped. From 29 firms in 1987, 23 in 1990, 14 in 1992, ten in 1997 and only six today! Six corporations, in other words, create, print, and deliver the news that the US public consumes. This consolidation of media ownership ought to be concerning to anyone who understand the FLD and the role of propaganda within society. For the “Freedom of the press,” as noted journalist A.J. Liebling once remarked, “is guaranteed to those who own one.” In reality, the six remaining media conglomerates are not truly independent since they are closely connected through their interlocking corporate boards. Media critic Mark Crispin Miller emphasized, “The implications of these mergers for journalism and the arts are enormous. It seems to me that this is, by definition, an undemocratic development. The media system in a democracy should not be inordinately dominated by a few very powerful interests” On the other hand, however, if the goal of the rulers was the “manufacturing of consent” to support its agenda over the many, then a media monopoly is exactly the intended result.





Walk A Mile In Someone Else’s Shoes

27 05 2013

One phase that I have tried to eliminate from my vocabulary is, “I know exactly how you feel.” We may have gone through simliar experiences but as we are all created uniquely thus, we all deal with lives events in our own way.

A quality of leadership is understanding people. One of the best ways I have discovered to understanding people is to be on a continuous course of self-improvement. We will never know exactly how how people feel, but striving to always better ourselves, especially in the area of relationships, we can understand with more empathy, the people in our lives.

For the past several years I have been on a self-directed leadership education with LIFE. The information has helped me be a better teacher, coach, and now a business owner. People can say what they want about leadership development but they can not argue with the results it has for people who have worked to implement the principles into their lives.

I always try to walk a mile in other people’s shoes before I make a judgement on anything. This help me understand before making any kind of decision in the several areas of leadership I am in. Well…..I always felt I wanted to know how my wife felt bringing our three great children into this world. After watching this video, I’m pretty sure I never want to find out.

Enjoy, Steve Leurquin





LeaderShift Is A Best Seller

30 04 2013

Wow! What an impact LeaderShift is already making. Anyone can take this book and apply the 5 Laws of Decline to their business, their sports team, their family, and even improvement into their own life. Even more important, this book shows America a true path to freedom! Orrin Woodward and Oliver DeMile have created a must read for anyone who loves freedom and wants to keep it in place by looking inward for change and stop blaming others for the state of our country.

Here is an blogpost about LeaderShift already hitting the best seller list.

Enjoy, Steve Leurquin

LeaderShift Hits New York Times Bestseller List

The first round of LeaderShift book signings and the corresponding radio interviews is complete for Oliver DeMille and myself. Through this effort and the many friends, fans, and concerned citizens of North America, LeaderShift has made the NY Times, Publishers Weekly, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. I want to personally thank everyone who purchased a book and helped launch the LeaderShift towards freedom within society.

The goal of the first book in the series was to begin a transformation in the dialog between citizens and government. Instead of asking government to do more and more for people, we believe government should be limited to the specific fields where “force” is needed, permitting “freedom” and responsibility to reign in the rest of society. Since responsibility demands leadership, the book was namedLeaderShift to capture the essence of freedom, responsibility, and limits upon force within society.

Feel free, if so inclined, to write a review on Amazon, Barnes & Nobles and GoodReads, sharing the concepts and key distinctions learned from the book. David Mersher and his team will not rest until their job is done. :) What part will you play in the LeaderShift?

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward

NY Times Bestseller - LeaderShift

NY Times Bestseller – LeaderShift





Training Your Life For Success

29 01 2013

On becoming a leaderAll great leaders overcome. Many have to overcome financial hardship either being born into poverty or the financial risk it takes to get ahead. Others have to overcome circumstances of overcoming physical limitations or being born into cultures that do not naturally nurture the gifts they were born with. Warren Bennis explains in his book On Becoming A Leader, all will have to overcome obstacles but the toughest obstacle to overcome is oneself.

Bennis stresses the importance of knowing oneself to overcome any obstacle. The bad news is that we all struggle with self-imposed limitations that stem from our thinking. The good news is all of those limitations can be defeated by reframing our thinking in a constant search of knowing ourself.

All of the leaders I talked with agreed that no one can teach you how to become yourself, to take charge, to express yourself, except you.” 

I have read many books about great leaders, past and present, with a common theme, all of them struggled throughout their journey with their own negative thinking. I recently read books about a national championship coach and a super bowl winning quarterback and do you know what both of them struggled with? Their own bad thinking. Now if leaders at that level with that much success struggle with themselves how do you think your friend is doing? How about yourself?

Author Bennis explains there are four ways to develop your self-knowledge in-turn destroying your self doubt.

1. Know that you are your best teacher - Learning is intimately connected to self and the only way to learn is to get out there and do thus learning the lesson through self-evaluation.

2. Accept responsibility – Blame no one.

3. You can learn anything you want to learn.

4. True understanding comes from reflecting on your experience – Having a conversation with yourself at asking good questions at the appropriate time to come to truth about you and your life.

Leadership is a tough game only because the four things above are so easy to do, but they are even easier not to do. When one begins to do the easy over the easier their leadership journey has begun.

Steve Leurquin





Many Years From Now

28 12 2012

PURPOSE FILLED LIFEOne of my all-time favorite movies is Braveheart. I think of the courage many men and women had to have to fight for freedom throughout history. At any point in time I question if I would have had that same courage to take a stand regardless of cost. As I watch the battles in Braveheart I am overwhelmed by the loss of life with one quick strike of the sword and I think, would I run in fear of having a sword thrust in me or would my quest for freedom overrun my fear?

Thank the Lord we are not in times where we have to take up a sword to defend our freedom with the risk of getting our heads lopped off. Regardless, we are never in a time where we can be ignorant to the fact that freedom always has been and always will be under attack. We do not have to garnish a sword but in the information age we do have to be vigilant to the war of ideas.

I hope everyone understands that there is a battle to win over how you think. Don’t believe me? Go turn on the television to any channel and watch it with an open mind and ask yourself this question, “What is this program trying to program me to do?”

At one time we were the most free country in the world, but we are no longer. We have not lost any military battles to loose this freedom. The only battle we have lost is our ability to think.

Like William Wallace in the clip below I pray this country realizes there is a battle going on and people pick up their sword. Only in today’s world the sword is information. Let’s fight for getting people to start thinking again to perserve the freedom that once was in this country. I leave you with this last thought, lying on your deathbed many years from now, what will you wish you would have done today to preserve freedom?

Enjoy, Steve Leurquin





Get Up Each Time You Fall

28 11 2012

My friend and business partner Eric Blomdahl recently put up a post that made me get that tingly feeling you get when you see greatness! I was so inspired by this woman’s relentless tenacity in pursuit of her dream.  She would let nothing, not even a fall, stop her from leaving everything she had a the field.

My question for myself (and you) as I watched it is, am I giving everything I have every day in pursuit of my dream. I hope when my time on this Earth expires I able to answer yes. I hope you are too!  Enjoy, Steve Leurquin.

The Race

When I was younger, I had a feeling inside of me that I could never quite figure out. It wasn’t until joining LIFE/TEAM and Orrin Woodward that I realized that feeling was placed inside of me by God as an “indicator” that He had something big planned for me. I believe God has something big planned for you too. Our job is to figure out what God’s plan is for each of us and then…fulfill it.

At some point in each of our lives, an opportunity will present itself where we are given a chance to show the world what we are made of…will you be ready when that opportunity arises for you? All the training and preparation will not matter…you can’t coach it…it will come down to sheer heart and determination from down deep inside. God has given each of us everything needed for greatness. Never underestimate what you can accomplish with God’s help and guidance. The video below is one of those “must see to believe” moments for a young Minnesota athlete…enjoy!

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

God bless,
Eric C. Blomdahl





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!





A Simple Math Lesson

22 10 2012

As a teacher of high school aged students for thirteen years, I taught the same lesson every year, and to my surprise (and theirs) I got the same result. The lesson was on how to calculate percentages and different areas of our lives where we might use this skill.

After teaching the basic operation we would then move to application. I would ask how much you should tip at 20% if your meal was $34.78. We would do this for many different scenarios and talk about how if your base number is higher than your percentage will be higher. To which all the students after seeing the facts agreed.

Then came the moment of surprise! I would then ask the students how much they thought a wealthy person made? Differing from year to year, in general the students said the wealthy make about $300,000 per year. Now the discussion would get really heated lasting for a couple of class periods as I would now state, “Now you see that the wealthy pay more in taxes than everyone else.”

“No way Mr. Leurquin!”

“Your Lying Mr. L!”

“They should pay more but they don’t!”

“Mr. L, what are you smoking!”

These were some of the most repeated responses I received to my statement throughout the years.

I would then proceed to write three examples on the board using Bob, Cindy, and Cliff.

If Bob makes $30,000/year and is taxed at 10% he pays $3,000 in taxes.  If Cindy makes $300,000/year and is taxed at 10% she pays $30,000 in taxes. If Cliff makes $3,000,000/per year and is taxed 10% he pays $300,000 in taxes.

Now usually the room was silent as I would bring attention to the fact that the wealthy (based on their definition of wealthy) do pay more in taxes. Every year the response was the same, “I guess they do pay more in taxes.” What gets me the most is that the kids I taught were generally not that good at math so of course they were not aware of this right? Nope! When I show this to adults I usually get the same stunned response.

Wouldn’t it be great if we were only taxed at 10% freeing up more of our money to spend as we see fit? Wouldn’t it be great if the handcuffs were taken off people so they could go out to become “wealthy” so they could pay the same tax percentage as everyone else yet pay so much more? Thus providing more revenue for this country to provide for the programs that are needed. Let’s encourage people to go out and make a lot of money, tax the heck out of them at the same percentage as everyone else. Raising their tax percentage as they make more only discourages the motivated one from pulling the cart and if nobody is pulling the cart, who will?

It’s crazy that when one just thinks on their own how much clearer things start to become. Enjoy the thinking journey, Steve Leurquin





Freedom In Life

21 09 2012

We all love dream-struggle-victory movies. We cheer when Rocky goes from the poor streets of Philadelphia working at a meat packing industry to a world champion boxer. We cry when un-athletic, not meant for college Rudy who gets ridiculed from his family for his dream, gets carried off the field for fulfilling a life long dream.

This is a great story by Dan Hawkins of dream-struggle-victory. The difference here is they did it by helping people. Along with this story I wish you could hear of the many people’s lives the Sagers have touched along their road to their first of many victories.

Enjoy, Steve Leurquin


Success in the LIFE Business

The LIFE Business is less than 1 year old and gaining momentum at record rates.  Orrin Woodward and the rest of the founders at LIFE have created a compensation plan that is helping people get free from financial bondage.

From time to time I like to recognize leaders who are out in living rooms night after night making it happen and hitting new levels. The level I would like to recognize today is significate to say the least. The couple I am featuring has accomplished a leadership level few people in any  field ever experience. The goal of leadership is to first develop a following, but then more important create other leaders. This couple is doing both with character and class.

This story begins with a police officer and a factory worker who began to dream of a better life for themselves and others around them. It was less than 1 yr ago….  For the rest of the story click here.








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