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Beth and I are so proud of this couple and what they have achieved.  They are doing a great job of developing others and building a community.  They sent me a write up about their trip and I thought I would put it on here to share with the rest of you.  This couple is a great example of what people should be like.  They are great servants and love helping people.210115383

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Teresa and I choose the Sandals Grande Riviera resort in Jamaica for our vacation earned through the Life Leadership co.  With four vacation destinations to choose from, we had a hard time deciding which one to take. Elisabeth, the travel agent, was great about asking questions to help us discern which vacation was right for us. 

 We have never had an opportunity like this before.  There is something about “FREE” that makes it very unique and special. When all the arrangements are made and everything is paid for, it created the freedom to just sit back, relax, focus on one another and marvel at all of God’s beauty that surrounded the resort.  

 Sailing on the small sail boats was one of our favorite things to do each day. I joked that we should sail all the way to Cuba and back. However, after going out a few miles and starting to lose sight of land, Teresa said it was an idea just not a good one.  We had a great laugh! 

 I would say eating must have rated right up there with sailing because we ate five times a day.  It’s amazing how much of an appetite you can work up with a rigorous daily regiment of walks on the beach, dips in the ocean and reading A Month of  Italy by Chris Brady and The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz in a hammock under a palm tree. Actually to be more truthful the portions were just the right size to pull this off without feeling “stuffed” all day.  The food was absolutely wonderful! 

The thing I have missed the most after coming home was the housekeeper who would tidy up our little cottage every time we would leave. We sure wish we had one of those at home! (Dream solidified!) The care and friendliness of the entire staff at Sandals was great. They made you feel like royalty, as if we were the only ones there that mattered to them. 

 In closing, we would like to thank Steve and Beth Morgan and all our Band of Brothers family who have always lead the way and never stopped believing in us. We also want to thank the Life Leadership Co. and its founders for creating an opportunity for anyone who just wants a shot at life like Teresa and I. Like Orrin Woodward says: It’s not easy but it is worth it and this vacation was a much needed rest stop on the road to achieving more of our dreams. God Bless!

 

Thanks for reading,

Steve Morgan

Some of our good friends were able to earn this great FREE trip.  We are really happy for their success and their growth as leaders.  To earn one of these trips, you must be willing to help others.  Nick and Deanna are a great example of people that are willing to serves others.
Congrats to the Nighbor Family on all of your success,
Steve & Beth Morgan
We just got back from our trip and man it was awesome. We were able to bring our two oldest daughters to Walt Disney World in Florida. I didn’t really believe the trip was real until we landed. Everything was taken care of; flights, food, resort stay, passes to the parks, everything. I asked Audrey what was her favorite part; and she said, “the tea-cups and Ariel.”
It is pretty amazing to know that as we help more people with their life, we are rewarded for those efforts. We have to thank Steve and Beth Morgan for all they have to done to help us and the founders of Life Leadership to even make these incentive trips possible. 
This was a long awaited vacation and it meant even more because there was true meaning behind it. My favorite part by far was being able to spend time with my wife and look into my kids eyes for 5 days straight and not have to worrry about a thing. I got to be an ever present Dad for 5 days!! 
We can’t wait to help more families earn their trip. These trips are for real! It was worth it!!
 
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I think many people are alike, they have limiting beliefs.  I know that growing up I developed limited thinking.  The way that I overcame this personally was through the information in the LIFE business.  We have worked with Best selling authors Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady for a decade of our lives now.  It made all the difference.  They say that over the next 5 years you will be the same person except for the books you read and the people you meet.  I have asked people for years, “if we recorded you talking to yourself would you be embarrassed if we played it for others to hear?” They always say yes.  I can’t believe that we talk so negative to ourselves, but we do.  What I have found by reading the right books, is that you can do anything you put your mind to.

photoI put this picture of this horse on here to show a visual example of what most peoples obstacles look like.  Most of the time they have just learned to submit to them.  I say we break our limitations and run for the things we really want to accomplish.  Henry Ford said ” either you think you can or you think you can’t, but either way your right.”

One of the best books that I have ever read to help with this kind of thinking was The Magic of Thinking Big.  If you have never read this book I highly recommend it.

If you are tired of the same old results you should get involved in an audio education, listening to people that have had success in areas you want to win.  What you find is that you spent a lot of time comparing your weaknesses to their strengths and you hurt the way you see yourself.

My mentor Bill Lewis has one of the best stories that I have ever heard.  He grew up in a rough area in Saginaw Michigan and through getting different information and plugging into new association, is now hugely successful.  Not only is he successful in business but also in his personal life.  Thanks Bill for showing us all whats possible.  Another American success story. You could be the next.

 

Thanks for reading,

Steve Morgan

 

Today we live in a time where it doesn’t really feel as if there are very many real threats to our day to day living here in America.  We can go to the store, go to a movie, drive through states and never worry much at all.  We really live in a time in history that is very low in the savage category.  It wasn’t long ago in history, and some present day situations, that you can read about people that feared for their lives everyday.  As Americans we are raised to be kind of wimpy tax payers.  Its almost like we don’t have that in ate desire to be the best anymore.  

 

A few years back I heard a speaker at an event we went to, talk about the Cycle of the Body Politic.  I had no idea what he was talking about. He then showed us an overhead.  He said that history repeats itself when people don’t learn from it.  I was blown away.  That talk changed my thinking forever.  I, like most Americans, never thought much about it.  I figured my life would be me trying to just make it.  To my surprise, my life can be whatever I want it to be.  I felt like it was a matrix moment.  One of those things that once you learn it you cant unlearn it.  

I left that weekend worried.  I heard about this progression that societies go through and how it keeps cycling.  To my excitement I was told that sometimes in history people actually were able to turn the dial back and preserve their freedom.  Ronald Reagan said that we are only one generation from losing Freedom at any point.

I have attached the chart that I was talking about earlier.  It is pretty crazy as you look at it.  I did an article recently asking people what they thought the biggest problem Americans face today and their were many great answers.  Let me tell a story that may help explain what I think Americans face as a huge issue. 

A young man walks up to someone on the street and says ” excuse me, what do you think the biggest problem our generation faces?”  The man looks down at the young boy and replies,”I don’t know and I don’t care.”

I believe that Apathy is the problem of our time.  It is so sad to see the greatest nation in history get lazy and not defend the freedoms that we have enjoyed for so long.  

I also think that the problems that we don’t know about are larger than we can even comprehend.  I encourage you to dig in and start learning about the freedom that you currently have so that you can defend it if need be.  Its much easier to keep your rights that to ever get them back once they are gone.  I think we are moving our way to Fear and maybe further.  

Lets do our best to keep Freedom for the next generation.

 

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Thanks for reading,

 

Steve Morgan

Orrin Woodward did it again, he wrote an amazing article on why we must always keep our eyes on the Government and there brilliant ideas that will HELP us.  He poses an interesting point that we just get busy and don’t think much about it anymore, which is what they want us to do so we don’t stand and fight it.  I love that he and the Founders of LIFE created a business that teaches people the vital principles that we need to know.

Here is the article:

Social Security or Insecurity?

Orrin Woodward reads and studies many different fields. Indeed, sitting down with Orrin can lead to discussions in many different fields. For instance, this article on social security leaves me wondering how he finds the time to research all of this? Nonetheless, subject after subject is studied and shared in a manner that a person can learn. Americans should be concerned about the unfunded deficits and the LIFE Business is an educational businesses focused on informing America in the 8F’s of life – Faith, Family, Finances, Fitness, Freedom, Fun, Friends, and Following. Chris Brady and Orrin Woodwardhave developed a one of a kind model with LIFE. Here is Orrin’s post.

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When I was eighteen, I had, in one day, two life changing experiences, both coming on my first day of work.  One for good, the other, not so good.  All of the new co-op students for AC Spark Plug, then a division of GM, gathered around a long wooden table in a conference room, to learn of their roles and responsibilities.  It was at this meeting that I first met Chris Brady, my good friend and business partner.  This was the good life changing event, as Chris and I have partnered in business over the last fifteen years, producing results and memories that will last a lifetime.  I will save my Brady stories for another time, mainly, because I want to discuss the other life altering experience that day.  I was an A section student at GMI-EMI (now Kettering), so I went to school during the summer while B section students worked in the summer, with each section rotating between work and school every twelve weeks.  Because I was A section, I was only at work one day that summer for my initiation, meaning AC had to cut a check for that day before I headed to school the following Monday.  You can imagine my anticipation, after leaving work, making my way to my rusty Chevette, when opening my first ever paycheck.  I made a whopping sixty-four dollars minus,  Federal withholding, Michigan State withholding, Flint City witholding, and FICA, leaving a grand total of around forty dollars.  I couldn’t believe the taxes taken from my check, over one third of my check vanished, but still a nice amount for a broke eighteen year old.  I quickly reviewed the taxes and acknowledged some legitimacy (the tax, not the amount) for the Federal, State, and City, but what is this FICA (Social Security)?  No one told me about any FICA tax, exactly what is FICA Tax?  I raced home to talk to my financial guru, my mom,  sharing with her my concern at this extra tax.  Laughing at my ignorance, she shared with me that our benevolent government withholds a certain amount of money from your paycheck, planning to take care of you when you retire.  “But I don’t need the government to take care of me when I retire,” I emphatically stated, “I’m going in there and telling them to stop withholding that FICA tax.”  My mother chuckled at me, like she has many times over the years, figuring I would have to learn this truth the hard way.

Imagine how strange I felt, realizing for the first time, that the State can help itself to my paycheck, not just for protection of my life, liberty, and property, but also to provide nanny services in my retirement years.  I appreciate the offer Mr. State, but I will take care of myself through my own savings plan; sadly, that isn’t an option as we are forced to save our money with the State.  Always the curious one, I asked around, seeking wisdom from some of my older co-workers, learning that employees and employers both pay half the bill, totalling over 12.5% of a employee’s income.  What I learned, that government can take our money, becoming a mandatory bank for us, didn’t sound like freedom as I understood the term.  But like most eighteen year olds, my mind quickly lost focused, conveniently forgetting about my lost freedoms, reassuring myself that I could trust the Federal government to save my money; after all, if you can’t trust your own government, the one assigned to protect our life, liberty and property, who can you trust?
What’s most surprising to me, looking at our Social Security system, isn’t its upcoming bankruptcy, nor its over 12% tax on every incomes, but the curious lack of concern by the American citizens.  Look at the latest statistics from the Mark Crovelli, writing for Mises Institute, on our American Social Security system.

For those people not gifted with accounting ESP like Lindorff, Social Security’s unfunded liabilities are conservatively estimated to be around $17.5 trillion. Oh yeah, and that “trust fund” that Lindorff mentions as if it were really overflowing with saved money — all the money has already been spent by Congress. As you can see, the numbers are not exactly as rosy as Lindorff’s ESP has led him to believe.
What is really interesting is that even while Lindorff is trying to make the case that Social Security’s fiscal condition is not all that serious, he concedes that Social Security will indeed go bankrupt this year. He writes:

So with beneficiaries rising faster than anticipated, and the total national payroll in sharp decline, of course things have gone negative for Social Security earlier than originally anticipated.

One would think that an institution going “negative” (i.e., bankrupt) is a sign that there is something fundamentally flawed with it. For Lindorff, however, bankruptcy is nothing to get ourselves worked up about, especially since the bankruptcy is only caused by the demographic problem posed by the baby boomers.

Lindorff thinks the boomers are only a “demographic wave that will eventually pass.” He’s right — we only have around 30 more years until the “wave” passes. Thirty years of bankruptcy is nothing that need trouble us!

Now, let’s see if we can understand these figures.  The unfunded liabilities is $17.5 trillion, that’s a boat load of money, even if your last name is Buffett or Gates, certainly enough to bankrupt the 100 wealthiest Americans with plenty of room to spare.  The tax money, taken from us against our will allegedly for our own good, because it was assumed government would be more responsible than its citizens, saving it for us until we retired, is missing in action.  Politicians transferred the money out of Social Security into other projects, violating our trust and their fiduciary responsibility, exhausting themselves in an orgy of spending, leaving a huge IOU to unsuspecting Americans.  The problem, as I see it, is our government has proven incapable of balancing the budget with the Social Security surplus; how will they balance the budget and fund Social Security when there is no surplus?  Can anyone say higher taxes or inflation?  I heard recently, that Social Security is now paying out more in benefits than its receiving in taxes; simply put, this means it’s time for us to reap what we the State has sown. Believing Americans, from all regions of the United States, allowed the federal government to go beyond its normal responsibilities, surrendering their money to FICA,  assuming their savings is secure.    Every year, for approximately the next 30 years, the numbers will get worse, accumulating more debt as baby boomers retire faster than the younger generations enter the workforce.  Remember,   currently, the State relies on the tax from the workers to pay the benefits of the non-workers.  If the pool of workers reduces while the pool of non-workers increases, exactly the condition we find ourselves with the Baby Boomer retirements looming, the State is in trouble.  The Social Security system is a classic example of a Ponzi scheme, where people get paid only if new people join fast enough to compensate existing beneficiaries.  If new members do not appear, the system collapses. Population growth, not to mention the economic conditions, are not cooperating with the needed tax revenues to fund.  By reviewing the State’s results, it’s clear to me, that Social Security isn’t going to be social and it certainly isn’t secure.

After hearing the dismal record of government involvement in Social Security, one can only pray for leaders to arise and address the root causes.  America is suffering a courage crisis at the highest leadership levels.  It’s time for government to stop trimming the leaves, calling this change; instead, start pulling out the failed government bureaucracies root and branch.  Leaders in the business community, that want to serve their customers, not partner with the State, need the freedom to do so.  Only production can generate real GNP and job growth, hiring more government employees only means higher taxes for the few courageous enough to still produce.   Perhaps the biggest lesson learned in the Social Security mess is that government is the wrong place to look for retirement planning.  We can make politicians our scapegoat, but the system rewards the wrong behaviors; changing politicians will do nothing, until we change what we ask government to do.  Of course the politicians, tempted by potential votes, increased the Social Security benefits; of course the politicians, enticed by the “free money” surplus, spent it all, writing IOU’s that come due after they leave office.  Social Security is in shambles, whether the government inflates its way or taxes its way out of the mess is the only question. We can complain about how poorly the Social Security system has been managed, but government wasn’t designed to manage our affairs, placing the responsibility upon citizens to clearly define and limit government’s roles.  Politicians, by their nature, cannot think long term, having to stand for re-election every two, four or six years; when you consider that Americans live over seventy years on average, making life a long-term project, even retirement happening after thirty or more years, you quickly see the fallacy of our short term government involved in our long term lives.  This is another example of the “Destruction of the Commons”, the politicians choosing their personal short term “good” creating the public’s long term bad.  A simple way to remove the risk of “Destruction of the Commons” is to privatize, similar to what the airlines did in the early 1980′s, ensuring there is no commons to destroy.  Government has always been a hot bed for short term fixes, pushing the long term consequences off into the future, a future that never comes for them, since they are out of office, being replaced by others who quickly learn the rules of the political game.

The problem, even though accurately defined and easily predicted, is not simply solved.  Because of the politics associated with Social Security, every electable politician is afraid to touch this with a ten foot pole, assuring the problem isn’t addressed, passing the buck into the endless future.  By studying the failure of Social Security, learning the “Destruction of the Commons” principles, seeing the political take over from the economic any field government enters, one becomes certain of the proper course, keeping government out of people’s affairs.  Americans, if we include colonial times, without the help from government, saving their own money and relying on family and friends, survived for 250 years without a Social Security system. Government, it seems, by offering to care for us in retirement, taxed our incomes, reduced our savings, forced us to hope in government’s solvency, a hope perpetually deferred.   I have mentioned only one area of government intervention, but there are plenty of others to choose from.  Each of the areas have their own particular facts, but all have the same underlying failure modes – “Destruction of the Commons.”   Without looking at Public Schools, Medicaid, Federal Housing Aid and many more, don’t we already have enough knowledge to know that less government intervention is better?  Is anyone truly going to argue that a $17.5 trillion deficit in one program is a success? With that said, is it really in our best interest to sacrifice our Health Care system on the State altars?  You don’t have to be a prophet to see the effects of the “Destruction of the Commons” in the Health field, offering slower services, less doctors, but always the higher taxes as our reward for trusting in the State.  As a leader, I learned a long time ago not to listen to what a person or organization says.  Instead, I learned to watch what they did and the results they achieved.  The rhetoric out of Washington may tickle the ears, but it empties the pocketbook.  We can and must do better.  God Bless, Orrin Woodward

 

I hope you liked this as much as I did.

 

Steve Morgan

It’s amazing how many people are upset right now about the future.  I am glad that people are getting upset, thats when things will start to change.  It’s like a big wakeup call.  I read this article the other day and thought it was pretty interesting.  I would like to share it with you.

 

Why We Need a Third Party

November 17th, 2012 // 10:36 am

by Oliver DeMillesigned 3 217x300 Why We Need a Third Party

In the aftermath of the 2012 election, there have been numerous emails, posts, articles and blogs by business owners who say they are planning to sell or close their businesses, or just lay off enough workers that they can afford Obamacare for the employees who remain.

One summary listed the following announced layoffs—all attempts to deal with the new costs of Obamacare:

  • Welch Allyn, 275 layoffs
  • Stryker, 1170 layoffs
  • Boston Scientific, between 1200 and 1400 layoffs
  • Medtronic, 1000 layoffs
  • Smith and Nephew, 770 layoffs
  • Hill Rom, 200 layoffs
  • Kinetic Concepts, 427 layoffs
  • Coviden, 595 layoffs
  • Abbot Labs, 427 layoffs
  • St. June Medical, 300 layoffs

There are many, many others.

One email dated November 7, the day after the election, read:

“Time to sell our business. We can no longer afford to provide a living for 14 employees as soon we’re forced to pay for their healthcare. So sad, too bad. On to new ventures.”

 

For the rest of the article click here.

 

It’s good to see people getting upset when they start to lose freedom.  It’s when they don’t get upset, you should worry.  Don’t think that someone else is gonna fix it though.  A great saying for us all to live by should be “If it is to be it’s up to me.”

 

thanks for reading

 

Steve Morgan 

To whom it may concern,

A new book called Leader Shift, is coming out April 16th 2013.  This book was written by Orrin Woodward and Oliver DeMille.  What appropriate timing.  It seems that everywhere I go people are upset about freedom today.  I know that most people don’t understand the topics and the impact that they have. Woodward and DeMille definitely do, that is why they wrote this book.

I interviewed Woodward last saturday in Grand Rapids Michigan in front of thousands of people.  I asked him to tell us a little about this book, in about 2-5 minutes of his explanation the crowd went crazy.  I believe that this book will be a game changer for Americans.  The book is a fable in which a problem is shown and a solution is given.  I can’t wait to get my hands on this book.  It’s very important to have knowledge about the important things that we need to know about freedom.

I would like to ask you one favor, please dig in and learn about the true pieces of freedom.  I always tell people that we are either part of the problem or part of the solution, but we cant be both.

 

Oliver’s other recent book is 1913 and is an amazing read also.  Click here if you would like to find where you can purchase this book.

 

Dig in, Freedom’s worth it,

 

Steve Morgan