Life Business Meritocracy

Posted: December 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

Today I wanted to share an article from Orrin Woodward’s blog.  He is a best selling author, world wide speaker, entrepreneur, former engineer ( with 4 US patents), and a Family man.  He just wrote an article about the LIFE company and what it stands for.  I read this article and really wanted to share it with all of you.  He is a very interesting man, he surrounds himself with the best of the best.  He launched this new company giving up any $ as a paid owner, saying that he, like the other founders, would make their money in the field like everyone else.  They did this for many reasons, but the one that sticks out to me is that there wouldn’t be any special deals.

Meritocracy is defined as : an elite group of people whose progress is based on ability andtalent rather than on class privilege or wealth. Here is the article from Orrin I really hope that you like it as much as I did.

 

LIFE Business Meritocracy

Orrin Woodward shares, in his unique style, the opportunity to advance as far as your dreams and effort will take you in the following article. Thomas Jefferson called it the “Aristocracy of Achievement” and that is exactly what the LIFE Business is. Some win big, some win small, and some quit, its just part of human nature. Orrin Woodward describes each of these traits in hisAll-Time Top 100 Leadership book RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions for LIFE. Which group are you part of?

“Let us in education dream of an aristocracy of achievement arising out of a democracy of opportunity” – Thomas Jefferson

A simple definition of meritocracy would be the democracy of opportunity, providing everyone with an equal opportunity to advance based upon, paraphrasing Martin Luther King Jr., “the content of one’s character, not the color of one’s skin.”

However, as I noted in the first two articles (Entrepreneurial Dream and theMiddle Class Squeeze), Jefferson’s dream is certainly not today’s reality. When a person is confronted with this sobering truth, he can respond in one of three ways. His character is revealed by the path chosen.

Three Responses to the Middle Class Squeeze
The first option is to deny the bitter reality. The person continues to keep his head down, refusing to question the increasing financial and opportunity squeeze suffered by the middle class. This choice reminds me of the Matrix movie, where people live in a coma-of-complacency. Sadly, unlike the movie, the brutal reality will eventually jolt people awake, typically through a business failure or job loss.

The second option is when a person recognizes the reality of the middle class squeeze and plays the victim card. These perpetual victims run around crying to anyone who will listen (fewer and fewer do) until they have swallowed enough poison to poison everyone around them. Every person who associates with these embittered victims hears a monotonous refrain about what could have been, or who is to blame, or what a heavy burden they have to carry. What a waste of potential! No matter what has happened, why surrender the future to the past? If a person is still breathing, then he has hope!

The third option is to turn injustice into education. Since bitterness isn’t a viable option for leaders, this, in truth, is the proper response. Every person suffers injustices at some point in life. However, leaders turn injustices into education for growth, while losers turn them into justification for failure. This group perceives the challenges, but instead of whining about them, they begin working on solutions to win. Winners, in other words, choose to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

Why the “Idle Rich” Dislike Leaders
The “Idle Rich” fear effective middle class leadership. Why? Because leaders challenge the status quo, generating change that can threaten the “Idle Rich” and their special deals. The wealthy elites train the middle class to be followers, not educated and effective leaders. Indeed, the middle class are like sheared sheep, tirelessly working to support the lifestyles of both idle groups. If the middle class were to get a true education, not just training, they may ask too many questions and catch on to the real game.

In fact, if the “Idle Rich” had to choose, they would rather have a middle class person fall further down the food chain (this is happening more and more), ending up as part of the “Idle Poor,” versus become a leader and get free. Serfs won’t cause trouble for the elites, but leaders can and do. The Founding Fathers were a middle class group of leaders that broke open the special deal mercantilism of the British Empire. If America hadn’t had leaders like Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Henry, Hamilton, Madison, etc, there simply wouldn’t have been a revolution.

Where are the Middle Class Leaders Today?
Middle class leaders are Missing In Action (MIA)or more accurately, (MII) Missing in Inaction. The elites have worn down the middle class through excessive taxation and regulations, making the temptation to surrender to handouts look more appealing daily. One of the most shocking facts about the rigged game is the “Idle Rich” want and need the “Idle Poor.” For without them, the “Idle Rich” could not put the squeeze on the working middle class.

Before I go further, let me explain who the “Idle Poor” are and who they are not. They aren’t those without a job, but who are still looking. They aren’t people who receive unemployment, while still searching for ways to support themselves. No, the “Idle Poor” are different. They have totally given up on the idea of self-responsibility, expecting others to provide for their lifestyles. Since there are no free lunches, the government must burden the working middle class even further to now support the “Idle Poor.”

If only people understood that this plays right into the hands of the “Idle Rich.” The “Idle Poor,” in other words, are stooges for the “Idle Rich.” Indeed, without the “Idle Poor,” who swallow their pride, decency, and self-respect for endless handouts, the Big Business/Big Government partnership could not maintain the squeeze play on the middle class. Why? Simply because the “Idle Rich” don’t have enough votes by themselves to continue charade parade. They must recruit people into the “Idle Poor” class, building the democratic majorities to maintain the middle class squeeze.

How Can LIFE Help?
The LIFE Community is a group of men and women who have freely chosen the third option. We are a group who of men and women who are sick and tired of being squeezed by Big Banks, Big Business, and Big Government. We refuse to bury our heads in the sand; we refuse to become embittered; and lastly, we refuse to sit back and do nothing! What if we created communities across North America, teaching personal development, leadership, and teamwork, that people refused to join the “Idle Poor?” This fact alone would create a revolution, ending the middle class squeeze!

We must raise up leaders across North America similar to the founding generation. LIFE has formed leadership communities throughout North America to do just that. Our goal is to educate hard working people on the crucial leadership principles necessary to lead their own lives, rather than be led by the “Idle Rich.” A tough assignment? Of course, but leaders don’t ask for easy, they ask for worth it. This is a worthy endeavor, one that brings out the best in leaders.

Because LIFE is a meritocracy, we expect to receive criticism from the victims within middle class society. What else could leaders expect from a group who demands perpetual handouts from others? Even so, we will never surrender the leadership principles involving character, task, and relationship in a meritocratic community. Only leaders and learners, who love a pay for performance community, will be excited about the LIFE opportunity. Therefore, not coincidentally, that’s exactly who we desire to partner with.

Leadership is a luxury in short supply in Western Society. We are not looking nor expecting everyone to be interested in LIFE. A person doesn’t have to be a leader to join the LIFE community; however, he must desire to improve himself through associating with other hungry leaders. I believe its time toLaunch a Leadership Revolution. No matter how bleak it looks, there is always hope. Truthfully, there are no hopeless situations, only hopeless people in situations.

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This is amazing that we get to live in times like this.  Most people wish to live in times where nothing is happening.  Thats rare in history.  Also the hero’s in history were created in times of great struggle.

 

thanks

 

Steve Morgan

Comments
  1. Duane Sneller says:

    Great material Steve – as always. Keep leading the charge.

  2. Laurie Tallio says:

    What will I do? I will be bold and work to create my destiny and to leave a legacy of freedom to my grandchildren.

  3. R. Noel says:

    It is always good to have a strong FAITH. I now think it is just as good to have faith in leaders. To learn from, to follow, to get advice and grow with. You are a leader to me Steve.

    • Rob,
      Isn’t it nice to have found the real people that want the right things without a secret agenda for themselves. Faith in leaders, thats an interesting idea, most people think that they cant trust people. I had a guy say last night at a meeting,”what ever happened to everyone being united?” I told him that is what we are doing, and it good to hear his concern.

      Steve

  4. The “Idle Rich” Everywhere I looked, I was exposed to this bitter reality. The middle-class is in the big squeeze. This isn’t my opinion the irrefutable data is available to all. On one side of the squeeze is the aristocratic elites. They have their special deal monopolies (which raise the prices on all consumers), courtesy of our government. These “idle rich” enjoy a non-competitive life of leisure because they are allegedly “too big to fail.” Since there aren’t any free rides in life, the perks provided by the government are paid for by the middle class through higher prices. (How much money do you put in your gas tank weekly?) However, in order to maintain the special deals for the “idle rich” the government must develop another segment of the populace that approve of the current state of affairs.

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