Attributes of Great Achievers

20 08 2012

Why do some people born with average ability achieve greatness while others with much more talent never reach the full God-given potential inside them? Author Cameron C. Taylor in 8 Attributes of Great Achievers studied hundreds of great achievers throughout history and found that these achievers were not born, they are developed. Each achiever worked to develop themselves in 8 attributes to becoming a great achiever. The attributes are:

Attribute 1: Responsible,

Attribute 2: Creator,

Attribute 3: Independent,

Attribute 4: Humble,

Attribute 5: Honest,

Attribute 6: Optimistic,

Attribute 7: Vision,

Attribute 8: Persistent.

Taylor gives examples throughout history of people who have lived these attributes telling their story of why they are remembered. I have decided to tell you about 8 people/couples who may not be as well-known but still have lived these principles to the fullest.

Attribute 1 : ResponsibleDan and Lisa Hawkins. Taking Responsibility for not only their own success but showing countless others that if you obey the laws of success over time you increase your freedom by increasing the number of choices you have. From auto mechanic/day care provider to independently community leader of thousands, in a world where it is common to pass the buck, this couple has excepted they are responsible to show people how to live the life the always wanted.

Attribute 2: CreatorGary and Erika Severson. A creator looks for ways to add value. Gary and Erika Severson always look for ways to add value by lifting people up through edification. They are leaders of people and great achievers because when people are around them they feel better in their presence.

Attribute 3: IndependentRichard and Jammie Fisher. I have had first hand experience watching this couple in the time of crises and uncertainty, do the right thing. An independent thinker despite being mocked will think idependently and take initiative to always do the right thing.

Attribute 4: HumbleCorey & Amy Clark. Being a servant leader means helping a community have success while giving the credit away. This couple has quietly established themselves as leaders of large communities because they never stop learning to grow themselves, in-turn, that growth drives people to want to be part of them as leaders.

Attribute 5: HonestJohn & Penny Graff. Throughout the years I have seen John and Penny exhibit integrity. When push came to shove the Graffs turned down security for the face of the unknown because it was the right thing to do. In times where doing what is right is not always rewarded right away, John and Penny have shown that people of integrity expect to be believed, and when they are not, they let time prove them right.

Attribute 6: OptimisticGeorge and Jill Guzzardo. Always an uplifter, George Guzzardo leads thousands of people because people want to around him for the value in them he creates. When adversity strikes one can choose to make excuses or find solutions. George Guzzardo has never been one to dwell in victum mentality, rather focusing on finding the silver lining.

Attribute 7: VisionOrrin and Laurie Woodward. How does one go from broke, relationship-poor engineer to leadership guru creating a path for tens of thousands to change the world by affectively changing themselves? Vison! Thank you Orrin Woodward for having the vision to believe that one person can change the world!

Attribute 8: PersistentSteve and Kelli Sager. From meager beginnings to an adult life of debt, excepting that they would probably have to live paycheck to paycheck for the rest of their lives. Steve and Kelli have proven that those who stay will be champions! Many admire the leadership of this couple because they have proven that they can take a gut shot and remain standing.

As we examine the attributes of achievers in our Life, I hope you have some that you can say have them. We all would love to hear about them and learn from their example.

Enjoy, Steve Leurquin

Building a Life Pipeline

15 08 2012

Recently friend and Life Founder Dan Hawkins posted on his blog a parable explaining how to build pipelines. The concept seems simple enough. While watching this video I encourage you to think of how to apply this simple concept in other areas of life to not only simplify it but make it more productive.

Enjoy, Steve Leurquin 

Are you building your pipeline?

Hey Everyone,

I was thinking through what the LIFE business offers and came across this short video that explains the Parable of the Pipeline.

The LIFE Founders (Orrin WoodwardChris BradyTim MarksClaude HamiltonGeorge GuzzardoBill Lewis and my self) are doing their part to provide the best business to offer this kind of income and lifestyle to anyone willing to do the work.

In todays economy everyone should be investing in a self directed education and building a pipeline, why not join LIFE and do both!

God bless, Dan Hawkins

Motivation For Pushing Forward

26 07 2012

The difference between going through life and living Life to the fullest is what drives us to our personal best for excellence. Not excellence for the recognition or the money but doing our personal best because it is our purpose that we were put on this Earth to do!

I enjoy this video on motivation because it reminds me to do my best every day pursuing my pasion, my purpose. It makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck every time I watch it as I usually play it right before I am about to go out to speak in front of people about going after their dreams. I hope you can use it a motivational reminder for doing your best everyday in whatever you do!

Enjoy, Steve Leurquin

Feeding Your Faith Or Fear

8 07 2012

Recently I asked my readers what are some topics they want to read about. Kristen Seidl  gave me the idea of taking the poem by Marianne Williamson “Our Deepest Fear” and breaking it down in sections to help people live the life they’ve always wanted. Best selling author Orrin Woodward in his book Resolved writes of this poem in relation to one’s purpose.

Here is the poem in bold italics section by section followed by my thoughts in regular font.

Our Deepest Fear

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

Many times I see people on the verge of success only to let it crumble only steps away from the victory line. Before reading this I would only scratch my head confused but now realize that many times it’s because their greatness is being revealed and its scares them.

It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous?

In a world where darkness is celebrated as the norm, a ray of light not only frightens us but those around us. That light which should be celebrated is often shunned making it more comfortable for the person shining the light to return to the darkness.

Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.

When we discover this our fears don’t seem to matter much at all.

Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do.

Probably my favorite section of the poem! How many times do we or others shrink because we think there is no way one person can change the world. There is greatness inside each one of us and if everyone didn’t stop until we discovered that individual greatness, imagine how much better this world would be?! Also, children shine in greatness and believe they have it in them. At what age do they stop believing there is greatness in them and why?

We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us. It is not just in some; it is in everyone.

Keep searching and working to unveil the God-given greatness that is in each one of us.

And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give
other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.

Many people are trapped in a world of mediocrity because of fear.  Every time someone else has the courage to step out of their fear it causes a ripple affect of others who now have “permission” to overcome their fears. The catch is someone has to lead. Someone has to be the first one so that there is a blueprint for others to follow. Who will that be? Get off the couch, take a stand, and be the change so desperately needed in this world giving someone else the faith to overcome their fear!

Enjoy the journey, Steve Leurquin

How To Raise Taxes

30 06 2012

I have never claimed to be the sharpest tool in the shed but I believe I can think logically so let me give you some of my thoughts and see if you agree. (That I can think logically, not my thoughts.)

Jamie and I are throwing around the idea of hiring an employee. As of right now we have decided not do it for two reasons. The first is all the loops and hoops that needed to be jumped through that end up costing someone who wants to hire someone else twice as much as you want to pay the person. The second reason is because of our success running our own business we have jumped into a higher tax bracket resulting in us not being able to keep a good portion of the money we worked hard to make. Thus we can’t spend it where and on what we see fit.

Here’s what I was thinking. If I was able to keep more of the money that I earned, I would hire an employee who who then would not only be taxed on that income, but then would use that income to go buy things from other people and company’s resulting in more money stimulating our economy. I have a friend who makes much more more money than I and wants to hire three employees but for much of the same reasons is only able to higher one. Imagine how much taxes would be coming in if three people who currently don’t have jobs were working!

Sam Walton had a revolutionary idea of lower prices/higher volume and he made up loss of profit in one item with the sheer mass of what was sold because people would buy more. With the same idea, imagine lower taxes, more people spending/employing people, which results in overall more taxes being able to be taken in and more things being bought. At first there would be less taxes coming in but much like Walton it would be made up by the mass of people being employed and spending that money on things they can now afford to buy.

I don’t know, maybe I’m not smart enough in this area because I’m in the hunt of life living in it everyday. When I was teaching I had an administrator who hadn’t taught in the classroom for over 20 years tell how I should be doing things. Those ideas didn’t make much sense or work but heck, she was the person in charge and shouldn’t she know what’s best for the overall good of the school?

Like I said in the beginning, maybe my lack of sharp tools is not allowing me to think clearly on this concept. If you stumble across this article and have an idea that either agrees with me or can set me straight feel free to share your thoughts because right about now, with everything that’s happening in our world, I sure could use some ideas from clear thinking people.

Steve Leurquin

I’m Stealing Again!

12 03 2012

I confess, it seems like all I am doing lately is stealing! I see something I like and I just can’t help but take it. I recently stole an old Chris Brady post on dreaming, then I stole a leadership blog post from Orrin Woodward on having fun, now I’m going to steal a Chuck Cullen post on Perseverance. 

With many great leaders in LIFE-Team it is easy to find so much material that one can use to better themselves and keep moving forward for a better life.

Chuck Cullen writes of a young man who got to where he is by becoming an “overnight success” through years and years of hard work. The difference between him and most people who work hard is when he was dealt a bad hand he made the decision to persist.

Enjoy the Article, Steve Leurquin


Oh the Lin-sanity!!!

For all of you that are following the amazing story of Jeremy Lin…the current point guard phenom for the New York Knicks…here are some facts.  Hopefully, after you read through this you’ll understand that there is no such thing as an overnight success…

High School career-

-Led his High School team to a 32-1 record his senior year and won the State Championship in California

-First team All-State selection

-Northern California Player of the Year in 2006

RESULT = Minimal college interest and NO SCHOLARSHIP!

What did he do?  PERSIST!!

College Career-

-Walk-on player at Harvard

-Sophomore year – starting guard and selected All-Ivy League second team.

-Junior year- All-Ivy League FIRST TEAM selection

-Led his teams to wins over 17th ranked Boston College and #1 ranked North Carolina

-Senior year- averaged 16.4 pts./ 4.4 rebounds/ 4.5 assists/ 2.4 steals/ 1.1 blocked shots

-Finalist for the John Wooden award and Bob Cousy award

-ESPN’s 12 most versatile players in College basketball

-First player in Ivy League history to finish his career with at least 1450 pts./ 450 rebounds/ 400 assists/ 200 steals

– Graduated with a degree in Economics in 2010

RESULT = 2010 Draft UNDRAFTED…minimal interest from pro teams

What did he do?  PERSIST!

NBA Career –

-8 teams allowed him to come to pre-draft workouts

-Dallas Mavericks let him play in the summer league with the team

-Signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Golden State Warriors following summer league play

-On roster for first game, but listed as “inactive”

-3 times demoted to Warriors D-League affiliate Reno Bighorns

-His Warriors coach said he kept him in the D-League because “he’s a minimum, inexpensive asset.  You need to look at him as developing…is he going to be a Superstar? NO!”

-Jeremy’s response – “part of being on a team is putting your ego aside…”

-December 9, 2011- waived on the first day of training camp (60 days away from $800,000 guaranteed contract)

-Claimed off waivers by the Houston Rockets – waived before start of season.

-January 17th, 2013 – claimed off waivers by the New York Knicks and immediately sent to the D-League Erie Bay Hawks.

-January 20th, 2012 – Due to injuries to Knicks starters, Lin is brought in to a starting lineup in his first NBA game.

RESULT = 25pts./5 rebounds/ 7 assists and a win over the New Jersey Nets

Second NBA game = 28pts./ 8 assists and a win over the Utah Jazz

Third NBA game = 38pts./ 7 assists and a win over the L.A. Lakers outscoring All-Star Kobe Bryant by 4 pts.

Fourth NBA game = 20 pts./ 8 assists and a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves

Fith NBA game = 27 pts./ 11 assists and a game winning 3-point shot against the Toronto Raptors!!

-Currently has scored more points in his first 5 NBA starts than ANY player in NBA history since the merger…just AHEAD of Shaquille O’neil!

Here is what Kobe Bryant had to say about Lin after the Knicks beat the Lakers and Lin had a career high 38 pts…”When a player is playing that well, he doesn’t just come out of nowhere…it just seems like it. Go back and take a look at where he’s been…”

Here’s the deal…Jeremy Lin is no overnight success.  He is a talented, tenacious, hard-working professional basketball player that was overlooked because of his size, and over-all athletic ability.  Nobody knew the size of his heart nor understood his mastery of the game.  Because he never gave up, and he continued to  work hard and prepare, he was ready when his opportunity came.  PERSIST!!

Click here to watch Lin’s last second game winning 3-point shot against the Toronto Raptors…

Can Switching To LIFE-Team really Improve Your Finances?

28 11 2011

It is said if you want something different you must do something different. Sounds simple enough, but as we all know knowing and doing are two different things. Albert Einstein is credited with saying that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Orrin Woodward, Chris Brady, Cluade Hamilton, and Tim Marks, the Founders of LIFE, have produced financial information that is helping so many people do something different to get off the insanity of the financial train wreck.

What is LIFE/TEAM all about? How about helping people get information they have long been searching for but don’t have any idea where to look. I can attest to numerous couples who have listened to the financial pack offered by LIFE using the principles taught to help them on a path of financial security.

Is this information needed? This past Thanksgiving I went to my hometown and spent some time with family/friends. I was amazed at how many things that were said in casual conversation about money that everyone should know but do not. The statistics are stagering on our debt crises. As a whole our knowledge of money and how it can work for us or against is poor at best. Before learning the principles on the LIFE-Maximize Your Finances pack I realized I was “throwing my money out the window”.

The Maximize Your Finances Pack has LIFE leaders teach the sound principles they learned and implemented to improve their financial situations. LIFE founder Orrin Woodward has created leadership material that is helping thousands of people improve all their 8F’s.  Getting Finances in order can help people have a better quality of life in all areas of life.

This funny skit below is a good first step to improve our finances. It’s a good start!  Enjoy, Steve Leurquin


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