One of my favorite parts of building LIFE leadership groups is watching the transformation that happens in an individual’s, or couple’s, life. When starting out on the leadership journey, I remember hearing from LIFE founders Dan Hawkins, Orrin Woodward and George Guzzardo, “If you can help the new person win in life, you will be rewarded too.”
For the last few years, Michelle and I have had the privilege of working with a young couple, Eric and Miriam Schilling, from Watertown, Wisconsin. I met Eric when he was a freshman in high school. He is the son of Mike and Robin Schilling and Mike and I worked together in the pharmacy. I was always impressed how Mike and Robin balanced many “hats”: pharmacist, home-school mother, and pig farmers all at the same time.
Eric graduated from high school as an accomplished wrestler, entered the carpentry trade, and met his soon-to-be wife Miriam in their late teens. When Eric and Miriam were introduced to an entrepreneur opportunity with the TEAM leadership training, they jumped on board.
Were they excited at first? No! But what we have witnessed first-hand is a man and woman transformed before our eyes. Eric has gone from not liking people to learning how to become a compassionate listener and a man who appreciates relationships. Miriam has changed from a mild, unconfident teenager into a extremely competent student and leader of many people. Below is a selection from her LIFE testimony.
On average, in the U.S., a suicide happens every 17 seconds….. When I left high school, I had a deep sense of hopelessness for this life. When I was introduced to the information that LIFE has to provide, that feeling was lifted. In it’s place was a sure sense of purpose….. The information I receive through the LLR series gave me a sense of personal responsibility for my community, showed me the role I could play in my country, and how my actions do effect the bigger picture.
Earlier in February, Eric and Miriam were recognized as new Turbo 50’s at a TEAM/LIFE leadership seminar. That means they had at least 50 people in 2 different organizations each, learning and growing in a LIFE environment. WOW! How many 20-something-year-olds do you know that lead over 100 people? They will be the first to admit that it couldn’t have been accomplished without the help of a tremendous team of developing leaders (see Josh and Kristina Meinel’s Turbo 25 recognition coming soon in a future post and Jeff and Kathy Wood’s Turbo 25 recognition).
I recently heard Miriam describe how the money they make from LIFE/TEAM leadership fills in the gaps when Eric’s job is slow during the winter season. And they’re just beginning!!
We are so proud of Eric and Miriam for hitting this milestone and we know it’s just a mile-marker in their journey toward greater victories…Pig farmer becoming millionaire! Matt