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20-Something Year Old Inspired to Change the World!

“LIFE Leadership has been the fuel to our vehicle, and it’s what kept us going, motivated and inspired to change the world.”  Travis Allen

I just read this press release and copied it from Life Leadership founder Tim Mark’s blog.  Quite impressive vision from a 20-something year old.  For the original article log on to PRWeB.

Matt


Travis Allen, Founder of iSchool Initiative, to Speak at Walt Disney World® Conference on July 25, 2014

Travis Allen is the president and CEO of iSchool Initiative. He is speaking on July 25, 2014, about the evolution of technology in the classroom at the Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence 2014 Educator Leadership Institute held at Walt Disney World® Resort, FL, as part of the Disney Youth Education Series.

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LIFE Leadership has been the fuel to our vehicle, and it’s what kept us going, motivated and inspired to change the world.

(PRWEB) July 23, 2014

Recently, Readers Legacy PR spoke with Travis Allen, the young CEO of iSchool Initiative, about the success his company has experienced, the inspiration from LIFE Leadership that made him who he is today, and his upcoming speech at a Walt Disney World® educators conference. Allen was a high school student five years ago; today, he is the president and CEO of his own company. His meteoric rise to success, however, is not an accident. He attributes his vision for creating his company in part to the inspiration he received from the informational and motivational materials offered by LIFE Leadership.

Allen frequently used technology to take notes, read books, and perform other tasks when he was in high school. However, his school had a zero-tolerance policy for cell phone use, and he was reprimanded for the usage. Troubled by this problem, Allen soon created a YouTube video about one-to-one mobile learning and how it could transform the educational industry. The video soon went viral, and the educational world began to pay attention to Travis’s message that technology and education can, in fact, be combined effectively to engender authentic student engagement and increased learning.

Through this experience, the idea for iSchool Initiative was born. The foundation for this successful company was built over the next few years, ignited and fueled by LIFE Leadership’s products, speeches, and events. Following LIFE Leadership’s example, Travis started iSchool with a team that gave motivational speeches to build awareness of how technology could be successfully paired with education. These teachings became widespread and sought-after, and the Digital Learning Revolution (DLR) mobile classroom on wheels was born. Today, Allen’s company also offers professional development, consulting, and a mobile toolkit. Nearly 90 percent of the work is with teachers in grades K through 12. To date, the company has recruited several large clients, including a $1.4 million account, from schools that wish to purchase large numbers of iPads for their classrooms.

Travis Allen credits the insight and encouragement he received from a LIFE Leadership convention he attended in Ohio with helping to move his company forward. Says Allen, “LIFE leadership has been the fuel to our vehicle, and it’s what kept us going, motivated and inspired to change the world. It’s us in the trenches; we’re the ones doing the work. But it’s so vital that we have that support and constant fuel to keep us excited and energized to change the world.”

One of the products that Allen says benefited him greatly is the ‘Mental Fitness Challenge (MFC)’ created by LIFE Leadership cofounders Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady to help participants grow and improve in thirteen key areas of life set forth in Woodward’s acclaimed book ‘RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions for LIFE.’ Through this all-encompassing three-month subscription, clients receive access to an interactive website, a self-assessment test, ninety days worth of worksheets, audios, videos, and books written by Woodward and Brady, and so much more. Among the bestselling books included is a copy of Brady’s and Woodward’s ‘Launching a Leadership Revolution,’ which is one of Travis’s favorites. He equates the foundational principles put in place for iSchool with the teaching found in this informative guide to increasing leadership effectiveness.

Now, Travis is taking his teachings from LIFE Leadership and his continually growing business prowess and sharing his wisdom at a Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence educator conference held at Walt Disney World Resort, FL, July 23 – 25, 2014, as part of the Disney Youth Education Series. Thanks to LIFE Leadership, Travis Allen and iSchool continue to help teachers understand the technological culture and buy in to the idea that education can effectively incorporate the latest devices. He and his company aim to revolutionize the American education system and promote a culture of lifelong learning.

About Travis Allen and iSchool:
At only seventeen years old, Travis Allen had a dream that schools would change their approach to integrating technology in the classroom. Today, iSchool helps teachers, administrators, and students understand how technological advances can be incorporated into everyday teaching and revolutionize learning. His employees are all subscribed to Rascal Radio, a personal and professional development product of LIFE Leadership, and he continually puts the ideas he learns from LIFE Leadership to work in his company.

About LIFE Leadership:
LIFE Leadership develops and inspires current and future leaders. With the belief that applying the right information consistently over time can produce lasting change and increased influence, the company provides life-changing informational materials to business professionals, administrators, community service leaders, pastors, teachers, parents, and more to help them increase their leadership effectiveness, passionately pursue their purpose, and live the lives they’ve always wanted.


 

What is your vision to change the world?

Inc.com Top 50 Leadership and Management Experts

Here is an official press release recognizing Life Leadership cofounders Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady, named on the Inc.com Top 50 Leadership and Management Experts list. I am so thankful to be associated with Life Leadership and two of the top 50 most influential leaders in the fields of leadership and management.  Congratulations Orrin and Chris!!


 

Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady Named Top Leadership Experts by Inc.com Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady, cofounders of LIFE Leadership, have been named on the Top 50 Leadership and Management Experts list published by Inc.com. These two men are both authors and experts in the field of leadership and personal development.

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(PRWEB) June 11, 2014

It is not often that two founders of the same company are named on a nationally recognized list of top leadership experts at the same time. That makes the accomplishment of LIFE Leadership cofounders Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady particularly impressive. Both men were named on the Inc.com Top 50 Leadership and Management Experts list. Mr. Woodward was listed as number 20, while Mr. Brady came in at number 39 among the top 50 most influential leaders in the fields of leadership and management.

Orrin Woodward is the Chairman of the Board of LIFE Leadership and is a New York Times bestselling author. He has sold over one million copies of his books on leadership and personal development, such as LeaderShift and Launching a Leadership Revolution. His book RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions for LIFE was named one of the All-Time Top 100 Leadership Books and is used by schools and businesses across North America to teach leadership principles. Mr. Woodward regularly speaks to large audiences across the globe on the topics of leadership, success, personal development, economics, mentoring, history, and freedom.Woodward’s blog was chosen as an All-Top Leadership Blog selection and one of HR’s Top 100 Blogs for Management and Leadership. Mr. Woodward’s latest book, And Justice for All, will be published in the summer of 2014 by Obstaclés Press in conjunction with Next Century Publishing and will be featured at an event on June 21 in Columbus, Ohio, in which Mr. Woodward will attempt to set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® title for the Largest Book Signing in history.

Chris Brady is also a New York Times bestselling author. He coauthored Launching a Leadership Revolution with Orrin Woodward, and he has sold over one million copies of his books on leadership and personal development, including A Month of Italy, which was a 2013 Gold ADDY Award winner and was featured in the movie A Long Way Off, and Rascal, which won the 2013 Living Now Evergreen Book Awards Gold Medal. Mr. Brady is the cofounder, CEO, and Creative Director of LIFE Leadership. He speaks to audiences of thousands around the world about leadership, personal development, success, and motivation and was named one of the Top 100 Authors to Follow on Twitter. His blog was chosen by Online Masters Degree Programs for the Masters Award in Leadership. Brady is a humorist, historian, and the creator of the beloved characters Obstaclés, the villain who tries to stop anyone from achieving excellence, and Rascal, the courageous hero who defeats Obstaclés and stays true to his purpose. These characters formed the inspiration for Rascal Radio and Obstaclés Press, both owned by Brady and Woodward.

Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady are also cofounders of All Grace Outreach, an organization that is dedicated to philanthropic work. Both men are impeccable examples of leadership through a multitude of channels and sources. Their personal development speaking engagements, with thousands in attendance, are a small measure of the insurmountable life guidance they have provided individuals, families, and companies. Well-deserving of these titles through Inc.com, both Woodward and Brady plan to continue inspiring others to live a fulfilled life of gratitude, perseverance, and success.

About Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady:
Both Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady regularly impart their wisdom to others through writing and speaking. Both men are avid bloggers, regularly speak in front of large audiences, and together own multimillion-dollar companies. Both Mr. Woodward and Mr. Brady try to assist others in fulfilling their dreams and becoming the best they can be by thinking properly, applying the right information, and working hard and smart.


 

Matt

 

Harness the Right Mentality: Lessons from African Teams in the World Cup.

“Some people believe football [soccer] is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude.  I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.” ~Bill Shankley (1913-1981; regarded as one of football’s greatest managers)

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Ghana lost on penalties to Uruguay in the quarter-finals of the last World Cup in South Africa

I love sports of all kinds.  I’m fascinated by the LIFE lessons I can learn by studying the players, coaches, management and fans.  I am by no means an officiando of sports psychology but I have a growing fascination with what it takes to achieve a winning attitude, whether on or off the field.

I recently ran across an interesting article written by Steve Vickers on the World Cup titled “Mentality holds African teams back at World Cup – John Barnes.”

In 1997 world football legend Pele predicted that an African nation would win the World Cup.  Yet, seventeen years and four World Cups later, no African team has even scored in the top 4 teams.  In fact, since the start of the FIFA World Cup in 1930, no African team has ever been in the top 4.

John Barnes, former Liverpool football elite that played for England in two World Cups, coached the Jamaican National team and is currently an analyst for African broadcaster SuperSport.  He cites many problems with the African national teams:  not paying the athletes on time, poor travel conditions, and lack of communication with the administrators and their respective teams, to name a few.  Barnes further states that African players that play for European teams are treated much better by the European teams than when Africans play for their own national teams.

These are outside circumstances contributing to the lack of success of the African football players.  Yet, I agree with Barnes that there is a potentially bigger reason for their lack of results:  their thinking.

As football fans across Africa are hoping that one of their World Cup representatives can reach the semi-finals or even win the tournament in Brazil this year, …… John Barnes believes that the mental aspect of the game is holding the continent back.

Though the African players are physically and technically equal, Barnes believes  they haven’t adopted the correct mental attitude and desire to win the World Cup.

There are many great lessons to learn from this example.  For starters, how we think about and respond to the outside circumstances in our life will dictate the results we have in life.  In addition, I identified 4 specific lessons to learn from the example of these African football players:  trust, appreciation, attitude, and work ethic.

1) Trust is everything in relationships.  The African administrators have broken trust with the players.  The results of that are underperformance through decreased discipline and desire, lack of unity between the players and administrators, and lack of national identity and respect. If you have a lack of trust, it must be earned back.  As the saying goes, trust may take years to develop, but it can be lost overnight and it takes a long time to re-establish.  Individuals with poor trust in relationships defaults to functioning on minimums rather than living up to their potential.  In order to start building trust in your relationships, I recommend reading the book Speed of Trust by Stephen M. R. Covey as a starting point.

2) The African players are probably feeling underappreciated by their team management.  Underappreciation is a much bigger issue then we realize.  We all feel appreciation differently and appreciation may look different at work than at home.  Ask yourself this question, “How do I feel appreciated?”  Then ask yourself how can you make others feel appreciated.  The more an individual feels appreciated, the more they are willing to perform up to their potential.  Some great reads include How to have Power and Confidence in Dealing with People by Les Giblin and The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman.

3)  Attitude is a choice, regardless of the circumstances.  Why do some people thrive while others flounder under the same circumstances?  Attitude! There is a great book on positive attitude I just read titled The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor.  Attitude really is everything.

4)  Work ethic:  It may not be the external work that is lacking but the internal work of developing and  managing our thinking.  Like Henry Ford said, “Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few people engage in it.”  I reccommend reading Resolved by Orrin Woodward.

As I have embarked on my own personal leadership journey over the last 7 years, I have asked myself and helped others ask the question, “Am I willing to develop the discipline and adopt the correct behaviors to win in life?”  This sameFIFA world cup trophy question stands before the African football players.  If they accept that responsibility, than with the right information, support, and discipline, I believe they can win the World Cup.  Will you accept the same challenge to conquer your mental game?  If you say yes, I predict a “Word Cup” sized victory in your life too.

Godspeed toward your “World Cup” victories in LIFE.

 

The “Moon Man” – Robert Goddard and Thoughts on Leadership

“It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.”  Dr. Robert H. Goddard

The other day, my wife was working through some writing exercises with our home schooled son when she ran across a sentence that intrigued her.  “In 1914, Robert Goddard, called the “moon man,” was ridiculed by newspapers because he proposed that man could travel to the moon. ”  Hmmm…

To quote best-selling author and CEO of LIFE Leadership, Chris Brady, “There’s a story behind this.”

That one sentence propelled us to look into the “moon man.”  It seems that goddard rocketRobert Goddard (1882-1945) is now recognized, after his death, as the American founding father of modern rocket propulsion.  He was an American professor, physicist, and inventor who is credited for creating, building, testing and launching the world’s 1st liquid-fueled rocket.  In essence, he was integral in ushering in the Space Age but didn’t live to see the age of space flight.  It seems he was a man with a vision before his time.

As a little boy in 1899, climbing an old cherry tree, Goddard imagined how wonderful it would be to make a device to travel to Mars.  He later wrote in his autobiography, “After I descended the tree from when I ascended, for existence at last seemed very purposive.”  On that day, Goddard found his purpose in life and meaning for his existence.  In 1907, while a student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Goddard experimented on a rocket powered by gunpowder and thus began his lifetime of dedicated work in rocketry.

Goddard was awarded  two U.S. patents by 1914 and by 1916 Goddard published his classic document, “A Method of Reaching Extreme Altitudes,” where he detailed his development of the mathematical theories of rocket propulsion.  Running low on funding, Goddard resorted to sponsored research and the Smithsonian granted him $5000 in 1917 and modest contributions from the Gugenheim foundation.

By 1920, Goddard’s discoveries were virtually ignored by the U.S. government and he received very little public support for his research.  The press and public ridiculed, mocked and insulted him, pushing him into a life of secluded research, only sharing his findings and ideas with private groups. Yet, he held firm to his convictions of what he knew to be true.

“Every vision is a joke until the first man accomplishes it; once realized, it becomes commonplace.”  – Robert Goddard in response to questions from reporters.

In March 1926, contrary to the stinging criticisms, Goddard successfully launched the world’s first liquid-fuelled rocket which ushered in the “Space Age” which would forever change our world.

On July 17, 1969 (the day after the launch of Apollo 11), forty-nine years after its editorial mocking Goddard, apollo 11The New York Times published a short item under the headline “A Correction.” The three-paragraph statement summarized its 1920 editorial criticizing Goddard’s rocketry research, and concluded:

Further investigation and experimentation have confirmed the findings of Isaac Newton in the 17th Century and it is now definitely established that a rocket can function in a vacuum as well as in an atmosphere. The Times regrets the error.

Years after his death (August 10, 1945), at the beginning of the race to the moon, Goddard was recognized as the founding father of modern rocketry.

Goddard held 214 patents, and over 100+ of these were awarded post-mortem. He now has the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, a high school, a postal stamp and a street named after him, commemorating his vision and his legacy.

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Leadership Lessons

What an incredible story of personal leadership, a man with a dream, and what it takes to bring a vision to reality.  I can’t help but believe that if we could only teach these leadership lessons in the general public today we would see countless new discoveries and personal dreams realized.  There are 5 distinct leadership principles that I believe we can study from Robert Goddard’s life:

1) To live a fulfilled life, one must discover his purpose.  Without Goddard’s “cherry tree dream,” who knows where our world would be today.  What is your “cherry tree dream?”

2) Any great idea will take time to develop and often times will require us to dedicate significant “un-busyness” to fully develop that dream.  Goddard used “leaves of absence” from Worcester Polytechnic Institute to focus on his research.  Find ways to lessen your daily busyness so you can focus on developing your life purpose.

3) Criticism, ridicule and mockery will happen, especially when your idea challenges the status quo.  However, if you have discovered and developed your purpose, use the negative push back as a way to strengthen your resolve to follow through on your ideas to the end.

4) Be very selective who you share your dreams with as they may become your biggest critics.  Once the goal or dream is publicly expressed, the enemies of that idea will be revealed.  The Bible says not to cast our pearls before swine. Unfortunately, we don’t always know who will become our judges, critics and naysayers  so use caution!

5) Your efforts may not be fully realized or recognized until after you’re dead.  Do it anyway!  The ripple effect of your dreams and leadership will be part of your legacy.

LIFE leadership is one path to teach common men and women of today how to walk through a leadership journey.  We are all called to leadership yet many of us are not trained how to lead and how to push through the challenges.  Via the LIFE Leadership business, the idea that leadership principles can be brought to the masses is on the table.  We are taking the criticisms and ridicule, yet there are masses of people around the globe that are catching on to the vision.  Men and women are identifying and discovering their purpose, rolling up their shirt sleeves and getting to work to develop their dreams and dedicate their lives to move their vision and goals forward.  Join the LIFE Leadership movement!  God speed on your journey!

 

They won, we lost….. Not Anymore!

Freedom series

I just listened to an excellent CD from the November 2013 LIFE Leadership Freedom Series titled “Three Bubbles” by Chris Brady.  Brady describes three bubbles that are effecting our daily freedoms:  money, commodities, and housing.

The money bubble:  With all the printing of money, currently known as quantitative easing, or QE, our dollars aren’t worth as much.  In other words, it takes significantly more money to buy the same things.  For further information on this topic, listen to the LIFE Leadership audios titled “Camel in the Tent” and “Good as Gold” by Chris Brady.  I’ve also embedded below an excellent video describing the problem by Mike Maloney.  An interesting fact is Facebook has banned this video, labeling it “aggressive content.”   The only thing “aggressive” in my opinion is that truth can be bittersweet to the ears and the manipulation from a few, very large banks has been exposed and “they” don’t like it.   So far, they won, we lost.

The commodities bubble:  Commodities are things we need for everyday living like oil, corn, wheat, beef etc.  In a five-year period, 2003-2008, the average prices of these everyday things rose over 200%.  What’s interesting is how Brady exposes that prices didn’t just inflate naturally, but happened out of design through secret, special deals for a few investment banks.  Instead, we were led to believe that price increases were entirely our fault (a nation of gluttons driving oil-guzzling SUV s).  Again, they won, we lost.

The housing bubble:  Bank failures and government bail-outs of those banks in 2008 led to home values decreasing yet mortgage payments stayed the same.  Because the American public had less money left over each month because of the first two bubbles, they defaulted more on their home loans. They won, we lost.

This post isn’t to throw a pity party for the American public.  Many Americans have spent well above their means, prioritizing entertainment over real priorities. The root of the problem comes down to our thinking lays in our ignorance.

We are lead to believe the problem is Republican vs Democrat, red vs blue, elephant vs donkey.    The winds of truth our lifting the smoke screen and exposing the lies that have clouded our thinking for over a century.  Our political system is broken and we are waking up to the fact we are just a cog in someone else’s wheel.  We are at the mercy of a small group of people who purposefully create these scenarios which has ultimately eroded much of our freedom.  

It is surprising how free we can be when we chose to live by principles and not opinions.  How free we will become when truth and justice are anchored again by a biblical foundation and not moral relativism.

There are great men and women starting to stand-up for truth and the LIFE Leadership organization has become the beacon for many to identify as the leading place to find that truth.   Godspeed on your journey to truth.  Matt

Beauty Is Only Skin Deep

One thing I have appreciated over the years about LIFE Leadership is the culture of acceptance and encouragement while pushing individuals to reach their created potential.  Michelle and I had a unique experience the other night I wanted to share with you.

Do not let your adorning be external – the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear – but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.  1 Peter 3:3-4

Her name is Lily and I met her for the first time while sitting in the bleachers at a high school talent contest.  As the emcee introduced her to the stage, I couldn’t help but recognize the unusual explosion of applause from the student body.  What was so special about Lily?  She didn’t look any different from the other girls.  She sang “The Call” by Regina Spektor and mesmerized us with her beautiful voice.  I could tell the song had meaning to her as she sang from her heart.  Interestingly, when she finished, almost her entire class erupted with a standing ovation!  When the contest was over, Lily won the talent show competition by a landslide against other amazing performances.

I learned later that Lily transferred from another high school for “social” reasons.  Probably bullying or insensitive comments or…you know, the typical immature behaviors that come from boys and girls going through pubescent hormone changes and awful social programming from current influences like gaming, Internet, TV, etc..

What brought a tear to my eye was the massive encouragement that came from the student body.  It reminded me of the power of being around a group of encouraging and uplifting people.  Lily is wonderfully and beautifully made as a creation from God.  On that stage, Lily and her vocal talent was lifted to the heavens by her peers and friends.  It was a memory I’m sure she’ll cherish forever and one that I hope not to soon forget.

Ninety percent of the world’s woe comes from people not knowing themselves, their abilities, their frailties, and even their real virtues.  Most of us go almost all the way through life as complete strangers to ourselves – so how can we know anyone else?-   Sidney J. Harris – from Confidence of a Champion by Tim Marks

It made me ponder why there is so much depression and social isolation today, not just among adolescents but adults as well.  Could it be partly because of the lack of this type of empowering environment?  Could it be partly because of the current technology that can create altered senses of reality?  Gaming has created worlds of make-believe where players can re-create their body and personality.  We can “Photoshop” pictures and watch “reality” programs that aren’t even close to being real.  Our real beauty lies somewhere beneath all of this superficial stuff.

Watch this video!

How can anyone compete with that?!

What I love about LIFE leadership is we are forming adult communities all over the world that continue to provide the kind of encouragement that I witnessed last night with Lily.  Just like those highschoolers, we are learning how to accept and love people unconditionally, ignore social labels, and empower and celebrate people as they develop the gifts that the Creator has given them.  It is a new “third space” concept, a community where the “successful” and “unsuccessful” come together on equal terms.  It is a place where nobodies can become some bodies, not because of how they look, act, or sing, but because a group of people reminds them of how God uniquely created them to love, live, learn and lead.

It’s time for a true transformation in your life.   Join LIFE Leadership!  Think of it as the best dermabrasion to discover and reveal the real you!

God speed on your journey!

Matt

Forgiveness

“I think forgiveness is a great idea until you have someone to forgive.” Ed Dobson

I watched an incredible video on forgiveness today and I want to share it with you.  Ed Dobson was the pastor of a large church for many years before he was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or “Lou Gehrig’s disease”).

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.

When Ed stepped down from pastoring his church, he discovered the emptiness of life caused by unreconciled relationships.

How many of us have relationships that require forgiveness?   I know I have too many to count!

Enjoy the 10 minute video and I pray that someday we all can say, “The list is done” as we look for opportunities to forgive and to ask for forgiveness. ~Matt

“When I die, I don’t want people to be silent.”  Ed Dobson

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