Dan Hawkins Leadership http://danhawkinsleadership.com Growing Leaders in LIFE Mon, 01 May 2017 23:18:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 http://danhawkinsleadership.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/cropped-Image-32x32.jpg Dan Hawkins Leadership http://danhawkinsleadership.com 32 32 37395929 The LIFE Financial Fitness Community is the Best! http://danhawkinsleadership.com/2017/05/01/the-life-financial-fitness-community-is-the-best/ http://danhawkinsleadership.com/2017/05/01/the-life-financial-fitness-community-is-the-best/#comments Mon, 01 May 2017 23:18:09 +0000 http://danhawkinsleadership.com/?p=2461 The LIFE Financial Fitness community is one of the most thoughtful groups of people we have ever had the privilege to associate with.

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LIFE Financial Fitness Community Is Making an Impact

 

Wow, what a weekend! IMG_0983 2We are back in Wisconsin now, but our hearts and minds are full from the weekend. We are so blessed to be part of this amazing community. My wife and I had the privilege to have two big moments this past weekend. One was being recognized in front of the group for reaching a new level in the business. The other was the release of my new book “Swing.”

The LIFE community is one of the most thoughtful groups of people we have ever had the privilege to associate with. One of the largest keys to your happiness and success is who you chose to hang out with on a regular basis.

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This weekend was a huge reminder that we have some of the best friends in LIFE. As we took the stage hundreds of friends came down to stand in the front during our recognition speech while thousands stayed in the stands.  You could see the excitement and joy in their eyes from the stage as we spoke. Our favorite part is knowing without a doubt we will be watching their victories over the next few years.

Are You Ready to Take Your “Swing”

Then to top things off, our friends flooded the hallways of the Sprint Center in Kansas City to get a signed copy of “Swing.” Some waiting upwards of 2 hours to get their copy signed. All in all we signed 1000’s of copies! My favorite

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Swing: Finding the Courage to Become

part of the book signing was watching the hunger of this group. Many had gotten 2-3 chapters read while waiting, one gentlemen even finished the book in line! While we signed their copies of the book we were able to hear how they personally were going to apply the lessons they were learning to take their “Swing!” These individuals are ready to stop talking about what they are going to do and actually take steps toward their success. They are ready to not only Dream Big, but Act Big!

Thank you to everyone who attended the Weekend of the Entrepreneurs! (next major event) Our lives are forever changed because of you.

Make 2017 the year you take your “Swing” and chase your dreams!

 

God Bless,

Dan & Lisa

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Orrin Woodward’s Financial Matrix Scam http://danhawkinsleadership.com/2017/04/29/orrin-woodward-financial-matrix-scam/ http://danhawkinsleadership.com/2017/04/29/orrin-woodward-financial-matrix-scam/#comments Sat, 29 Apr 2017 15:22:37 +0000 http://danhawkinsleadership.com/?p=2576 How is it that so many people are being drawn into the Orrin Woodward Financial Matrix Scam?

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What is Orrin Woodward’s Financial Matrix Scam?

How is it that so many people are being drawn into the Financial Matrix Scam? If you are looking for answers to this question look no further. I have been close to Orrin for over a decade now and will share why this scam is affecting so many people.

You see it everyday when you turn on the tv or drive by a billboard, terrible financial advice! Buy now pay later, finance your dreams and the killer closer of the scam, “you deserve it.”

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Why are so many people falling for the Orrin Woodward Financial Matrix Scam?

We are bombarded everyday with financial information. Everyone has dreams and goals but with out the right advice and plan most people wind up living above their means but short of their dreams.

Here is a paragraph from an article by Orrin Woodward explaining the situation we find ourselves in.

Green Box to Financial Literacy

People around the world wake up everyday with a goal to make money, money designed to help them stay ahead of advancing bills, inflation, and taxes. Few, however, have a plan to escape the Financial Rut and live their dreams debt free. Instead, most merely work to live and count the hours until the weekend to enjoy a few days of freedom until the grind returns. Why is this so? Why, in short, do so few people live their dreams without enslaving themselves within the Financial Matrix debt system?

Lacking knowledge of how to escape the Financial Matrix, most people simply surrender to the financial circumstances that overwhelm them. Sure, some seek to save and others to invest, but few seem to do enough to break out of the Financial Rut, because they lack of Financial Literacy. Fortunately, the Green Box Financial Fitness Program, can change this. On one hand, it’s very difficult to save one’s way to wealth in the Tightwad quadrant, but on the other hand, it’s practically impossible to make enough in the Status quadrant to be secure. Indeed, it’s not until a person understands Financial Literacy, marrying making money (Offense), saving money (Defense) and how the Financial Matrix entraps people (Playing Field), will he truly enjoy Financial Freedom.

Do not fall for the Financial Matrix Scam

The reason so many people fall for the Financial Matrix scam is we are all looking to live our dreams. The scam has the promise of fulling those dreams but fails to mention the chains that come with that deal. What if there was a way to live within your means and still get your dreams? What if finances did not have to be a source of pain but a tool to do good? So how does one avoid this scam and find the real path to their dreams? That is why LIFE has launched a Green Box revolution! Getting the right ideas, plan and association can make it possible to live your dreams debt free. Orrin Woodward shares in this article how we were able to escape the Financial Matrix and so can you!

God bless,

Dan Hawkins

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SWING: Finding The Courage to Become http://danhawkinsleadership.com/2017/04/14/swing-finding-courage-become/ http://danhawkinsleadership.com/2017/04/14/swing-finding-courage-become/#comments Fri, 14 Apr 2017 13:59:45 +0000 http://danhawkinsleadership.com/?p=2302 Hello everyone,  here is a small part of my book coming out next weekend. I pray this book helps you find the courage to become everything you have dreamed of. God bless, Dan Swing: Finding the Courage to Become My life is a story of struggle and change, fear and faith. Whenever I consider the […]

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Hello everyone,  here is a small part of my book coming out next weekend. I pray this book helps you find the courage to become everything you have dreamed of.

God bless,

Dan

Swing: Finding the Courage to BecomeSwing: Finding the Courage to Become

My life is a story of struggle and change, fear and faith. Whenever I consider the many experiences of my life I see signs of courage and also lack of courage. Which brings up a question: Why did I have courage in some moments and not in others? I believe courage is within all of us, we just need to learn to embrace it and cultivate it.

Wherever you are right now in your life, fear is the thing holding you back. Some fear stands between you and whatever you really want in the years ahead.

In this book I will share stories of courage and fear (and they often go together). Too many times in life I sat with the bat on my shoulder, afraid to swing. Too often I let fear run my life. Learning how to develop courage has changed every aspect of who I am, and it has impacted all areas of my life. I will share stories, some very personal, about how courage or lack thereof determined the outcome of so many events. Learning to muster the courage and push past fear proved to be the key in my marriage, parenting, finances, faith, and business success.

The same is true for everyone, I believe. If we keep the bat on our shoulder, we are letting fear determine how we live. The courage to swing is essential if we want to succeed, in anything, ever. But this is easier said than done. Wherever you are right now in your life, fear is the thing holding you back. Some fear stands between you and whatever you really want in the years ahead.

The Courage to Act

Knowing how to push past your fear and do what will bring you what you want—this is a powerful lesson and skill. Those who learn how to do it, and use this understanding, are able to consistently progress. Those who don’t, too frequently find themselves in a rut, wanting more, but standing here on this earth with a bat on their shoulder while the pitches of life fly by. One after another.

This book is about becoming the kind of person who changes this pattern and swings. In short, real success in life doesn’t come to those who stand there with the bat on their shoulder. To live the kind of life we really want, we need to swing! Most importantly, this book is about how you can become such a person.

I did. You can.

One thing I know, and all successful people know it as well, is that whoever you are, there is a fear (or fears) standing between you and what you really want. This is just the way life is. But fear isn’t nearly as powerful as it seems. Not when you have a bat in your hands.

So get ready. Because we’re going to learn how to lift that bat and really use it in your life. It’s time to swing! And I can attest from personal experience that this one important change will make all the difference.

“BATTER UP!”

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Taking your “Swing” in LIFE http://danhawkinsleadership.com/2017/04/11/taking-your-swing-in-life/ http://danhawkinsleadership.com/2017/04/11/taking-your-swing-in-life/#comments Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:15:32 +0000 http://danhawkinsleadership.com/?p=2319 The reason I am now an author is not due to a lifelong dream but a lifelong journey to overcome the negative voices holding me back. "Swing" is my attempt at explaining how the right information and association can change everything, even for a shy, low self-confident young man.

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Life has a funny way of working itself out.

I can never remember a time when I IMG_0625dreamed of being an author, I did not ever say, someday I am going to write a book. As a matter of fact, english or language arts was my most dreaded class in school! Growing up had it’s share of struggles and challenges, but never did I think those things would be the foundation for a book to help others overcome their challenges.

The reason I am now an author is not due to a lifelong dream but a lifelong journey to overcome the negative voices holding me back. “Swing” is my attempt at explaining how the right information and association can change everything, even for a shy, low self-confident young man.

I have now been reading, listening and associating in LIFE for over 13 years. Learning from some of the top mentors in the leadership, finance and personal development fields. My life is an example of what is happening all over the globe with the GreenBox or Financial Fitness Program from LIFE.

My hope is that as you go through “Swing” you gain the tools to get the courage to take your swings in life. Too many people go through life with the bat on their shoulder, letting fear hold them back. It is time to lift the bat and take your “SWING!”

“Swing: Finding the Courage to Become” coming April 21st and available at the Weekend of Entrepreneurs.

God Bless,

Dan Hawkins

Praise for Swing: Finding the Courage to Become”

“SWING is jam packed with real life examples, success principles and action steps you need to dust yourself off and get back up.  No matter where you are in life today, Dan Hawkins lays out your plan to SWING for the fences.  But it doesn’t come easy.  It takes that stuff in your gut that few have, but all want.  It takes COURAGE.  This book shows you how to get some.  You won’t regret this read!”   – Chris Swanson, M.P.A., EMT-P, AGO Spokesman

“The Revolution has arrived! Anyone who reads and applies what Dan Hawkins teaches in SWING is going to experience a lot more success in life. Some books are informational, while others are entertaining or fun. This book has all that, but it is also downright powerful! It’s an instant classic. If you want a better life in the years ahead, SWING is one book you simply must read—and your kids, friends, and anyone else who wants to truly (and effectively) live their dreams.”
– Oliver DeMille, New York Times Bestselling Author and Founder of Thomas Jefferson Education

Dan Hawkins has hit a home run in his new book, ‘Swing’!  In my twenty plus years as an entrepreneur I have witnessed, by far, the biggest deterrent to success, failing to act because of self doubt and fear.  Dan describes the most important ingredient to success, ‘courage.’  He inspires us through his own personal story.  I have had a front row seat watching Dan’s growth.  I remember a shy young man who barely made eye contact when he first met me.  I’ve watched him literally transform his life.  In the book, ’Swing,’ he shares the principles that he’s applied.  This book will inspire all of us to have the courage to become the person that God has created us to become. 

– George Guzzardo, Policy Council and Co – Founder LIFE

“Dan Hawkins is so quiet in person that I usually take for granted the incredible battle he fought to control his fears and choose the kind of life he really wants. When I read about how his wife made him leave a seminar and they fought for the entire 9 hour drive home, and how he eventually took a stand and shared his dreams out loud, I found myself saying “Wow!” I had tears in my eyes. This book is so moving, and so relevant. Many readers will share Dan’s experiences, watch how he won his victory, and then they’ll go do the same. This literally could be the most impactful book I’ve ever read.”

– Claude Hamilton, Policy Council and Co – Founder LIFE

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Do you have the Green Box? Financial Fitness Program http://danhawkinsleadership.com/2017/01/23/do-you-have-the-green-box-financial-fitness-program/ http://danhawkinsleadership.com/2017/01/23/do-you-have-the-green-box-financial-fitness-program/#comments Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:22:51 +0000 http://danhawkinsleadership.com/?p=2260 Better information can change everything, it did for us. It was about 13 years ago that someone had the courage to introduce us to new ideas and better information through the Financial Fitness Program.

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Better Financial Information Leads to Better Results

Better information can change everything, it did for us. It was about 13 years ago that someone had the courage to introduce us to new ideas and better information through the Financial Fitness Program. At the time we thought we had everything pretty well figured out. As you may find for yourself in the article below, we realize we were stuck in a financial quadrant that had no promise for a better future.

If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. Jim Rohn

As I read this article, I laugh because we have been in every one of these financial positions over my 39 years on the planet. The problem was, I only thought three were actually possible! It was not until I met a community of people who truly had a mission to help individuals understand, you can live your dreams!

This may seem a bit cliche but it is entirely true. It has been over 13 years now since we have been applying the information in this program. We have accomplished things we never believed possible.

Financial Fitness Program

Inside the “Green Box” is a complete financial education. It incorporates all aspects of ones life in three categories. Financial, personal and professional development. We have created products and services in every category to help you live your dreams, with out the debt and stress!

I encourage you to read this article from Inc. Magazine’s Top 20 Leader, Orrin Woodward. Orrin has been my personal mentor and business partner for over 10 years. Orrin has a life long mission to find individuals that are stuck in a place financially they do not want to be and help them out. Beyond that, we are looking for leaders, leaders that have mastered the “Money Thing” to use the blessings you have been given to help others get free as well.

Enjoy this article and join us in this financial revolution!

God bless,

Dan Hawkins

 

The Financial Matrix graph displays the four ways people can respond to the Defensive and Offensive principles needed for financial success. Strangely, most people, through a combination of ignorance, apathy, and arrogance, ignore these financial laws and suffer in consequence. 2017, however, is a new year, a year to erase past failures and replace them with future victories. This can be achieved through the Financial Fitness Program, the greatest financial game-changer on the market! But before I get ahead of myself, let’s examine the Financial Matrix quadrants to determine where the reader resides currently to ensure we develop the best personalized plan for the future.

Let’s start with the Broke quadrant, the one where people play neither Defense nor Offense. Disastrously, over 50% of households in the USA fall into this quadrant, service debts higher than current incomes and thus falling further and further behind every year. Moreover, they have little Offensive wherewithal to expand incomes and thus are stuck in a situation where they have more outgo than income with little hope of changing it.  The 45 Year Plan for the Broke group, those who have no net worth (assets minus debts), displays expenses higher than incomes and debt loads increasing until they are rejected for further loans (debt maxes out around 3 to 5 times total household income). Needless to say, this is the worst spot in the Financial Matrix, because it maximizes debts and minimizes dreams. The Broke quadrant pays the price for revolving interest, penalty fees, and stress because they lack financial literacy. They live lives of quiet desperation with no assets, massive debt, and little hope to change unless they can access new information and inspiration. The most common expression one hears from the Broke quadrant is, “I owe; I owe; it’s off to work I go,” while the most common attitude is hopelessness because they see no way out of the Financial Matrix.

The Tightwad quadrant, on the other hand, plays Defense (expenses below incomes with decreasing debts), but doesn’t play Offense (little ability to increase incomes). The 45 Year Plan for Tightwads shows expenses under incomes with little debt to service.  Although debt free (or at least progressing towards debt freedom), they only accomplish this by reducing their dreams. This is why most people HATE to talk about finances because they believe it’s just a plan to budget someone out of their dreams. While nothing could be further from the truth in the Financial Fitness Program, to be fair, this is where most financial gurus live. They spend hours talking about how to reduce debt and very little discussing how to increase incomes. As a result, most people do not follow apply Defensive principles because to do so results in them giving up their dreams to be out of debt.  While this, to be sure, is better than remaining in the Broke quadrant, this Financial gurus are only teaching half the story, at best.  For when a person surrenders his dream, a dream that drives his personal growth, he has thrown the baby out with the bath water. Sure, being debt free is a good, but the biggest enemy of great is good and I refuse to sacrifice the great on the altar of the financial gurus good! Why settle for debt-free without dreams when one can learn how to live dreams debt-free. The most common expression in the Tightwad quadrant is, “No thank you. We cannot afford this.” Naturally, after years of self-denial with little to show for it, the most common attitude that results is bitterness, a bitterness caused by repeatedly saying “no” to their dreams.

The Status quadrant, in contrast, plays no Defense (debts increase as fast as incomes), but has an impressive Offense (incomes capable of servicing all debts). The 45 Year Plan for this group displays both incomes and debts increasing. Because they have a solid Offense, but not a corresponding Defense, the total debt loads continue to increase (usually two to five times total income). To be sure, they have enough income to stay ahead of expenses, but only so long as they continue to perform at the top of their game. This group believes it can live their dreams, expand their debts, and live the good life. However, there is a major downside to living in the Status quadrant, namely, the inherent risk that something outside one’s control may occur. Similar to a bobber floating on top of the water, just one financial tug (job loss or health challenge) can lead to the household going underwater financially. After all, if someone lives at his debt limit, he runs the risk of financial catastrophe if the Offense is interrupted unexpectedly while the debt continues to compound expectedly. Debt, to the Status group, appears to be gold – they live their dreams while servicing their debt. But in reality, it’s a golden handcuff that tightens around its unsuspecting victim. Over time, the Status group realizes they are stuck on the financial gerbil wheel, running with everything they have, without the ability to jump off. The most common expression in the Status quadrant is, “Let’s buy it now because we can afford the monthly payments.” The danger, of course, is this commonly leads to arrogance, for when a person shows it all and owes it all, if he’s not careful, he can tend to believe he knows it all.

Unfortunately, by the time the Status quadrant realizes the errors in their strategy, it’s usually too late. Once the Offense loses some of its muster, it doesn’t take long for the Status household to start missing debt payments.  Ironically, the group learning the most from the failures of the Status households is the auctioneers, who sell off the remaining assets of financially ruined families. As noted in The Millionaire Next Door, auctioneers are the profession with the highest percentage of millionaires, probably because they see and feel the pain of the families who have lost everything by playing Offense and ignoring Defense. This lesson reveals the insecurity inherent within the Status quadrant, a quadrant that believes it can outrun debt forever.  As a result, most of the Status quadrant is one economic downturn away from bankruptcy. Debt is omnipresent and compounding continuously against the household; thus, it should not be played with for similar to fire, if you play with it, you will eventually get burned.

The final quadrant, the one everyone should aspire to join, is the Financial Free quadrant. This group plays both Defense (expenses below incomes with decreasing debts) and Offense (increasing incomes). The 45 year plan for this group displays expense remaining fairly constant while the incomes consistently grow.  Debt decreases annually until it is eventually eliminated by the difference between incomes and expenses being used to wipe out the household’s debt cancer. The Financially Free group sacrifices in the short-term by living below their means and wiping out debt so they can live their dreams debt free!  This quadrant is the most secure financially because they own assets and live their dreams debt free. This gives them great strength when financial setbacks do occur because they owe no one anything. Instead of reducing their dreams to pay off debt, they increase the size of their dreams without falling into debt; rather, they use dreams to drive personal improvement (Offense) and use the increased income to pay off debt even faster. In other words, increased dreams and decreased debts. This is the Financially Free lifestyle. The most common expression for Financially Free people is, “Let’s sleep on it first. Then, if we truly want it, let’s set an Offensive goal to achieve it.”  Not surprisingly, the common attitude of this group is thankfulness because they realize they have been blessed by following certain financial principles and aim pay that blessing forward into other’s lives.

Laurie and I dreamed to escape the Financial Matrix and now dream of helping millions more do the same. The Bible teaches, “The borrower is slave to the lender,” indicating a person in debt is in bondage. If someone loves his bondage, then I am not here to argue him out of it. However, if someone recognized himself in one of the above sub-optimized quadrants and desires to live Financially Free by escaping the Financial Matrix, then he needs to get the Green Box (The Financial Fitness Pack). If a person is already Financially Free, then I ask you to get the Green Box and help me help others by teaching these financial principles to the world. In the Green Box, the person will learn the Defense, the Offense, and the pathway out of the Financial Matrix playing field. Further, he can plug into a community of winners to be held accountable to the proper financial principles, playing Defense and Offense, and referring others to do similarly.

In closing, the beginning of all breakthroughs starts the moment a person realizes the road he’s been on will not take him to the destination he desires. This was true for Laurie and me, as we lived in all three sub-optimized quadrants seeking to escape the Financial Matrix. It’s now 2017 and last year’s successes and failures are history. Now it’s time to start this year with momentum.  If a person truly wants to live the life he’s always wanted, perhaps it’s time to address the issues you’ve always avoided.

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward: LIFE Chairman of the Board

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Growing and Protecting Your Financial Fitness in LIFE http://danhawkinsleadership.com/2016/11/21/growing-and-protecting-your-financial-fitness-in-life/ http://danhawkinsleadership.com/2016/11/21/growing-and-protecting-your-financial-fitness-in-life/#comments Tue, 22 Nov 2016 02:34:02 +0000 http://danhawkinsleadership.com/?p=2127 Get Financially Fit LIFE Leadership has done it again, Financial Fitness Program and Services. In a time with so much economic uncertainty it is time for us to do something about our finances. If you are anything like me there comes a point in your life were you get tired of outside circumstances affecting your […]

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Get Financially Fit

LIFE Leadership has done it again, Financial Fitness Program and Services. In a time with so much economic uncertainty it is time

Financial Fitness Servicesfor us to do something about our finances. If you are anything like me there comes a point in your life were you get tired of outside circumstances affecting your finances. It seemed like every time Lisa and I thought we were getting ahead, the refrigerator would die or the car would break down and we would be right back were we started. Every trip past a gas station with rising gas prices, every doctor visit the kids would have, each time the kids would grow out of their clothes and on and on, would add stress to my life.

Then the Financial Fitness Program came into our lives. This began to change everything. For the first time we had the education, plan and tools to really change our financial picture. It has been nearly a decade now since we have had the stress of not having the money to pay for a bill or stress from a surprise cost we could not afford.

Protect Your Financial LIFE

Part of getting financially fit is having the proper tools to not only improve your financial standing but protect the gains you have already and will make. In todays day and age this can be a very complex and challenging task. LIFE has assembled all of the tools you need to track your finances, save on things you are already buying, protect your self and your identify from legal matters and online theft.

Financial Fitness Services

The digital age has opened a pipeline of new threats and dangers to individuals, families, and businesses. Your privacy, safety, and financial security are constantly under attack from a growing number of internet predators, identity thieves, and cyber-criminals looking to take advantage of those who are unaware and unprepared. We believe that having the right personal protection is a vital part of safeguarding your money and your privacy.

That is why Financial Fitness Services is pleased to offer the Protector package, powered by INVISUS. Since 2001, INVISUS has been a pioneer and industry leader in protection and risk management for the digital age for both consumers and businesses.

Financial Fitness Protector also includes

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Casa della Vita & Dream Builder Yacht http://danhawkinsleadership.com/2016/11/16/casa-della-vita-dream-builder-yacht/ Wed, 16 Nov 2016 15:22:13 +0000 http://danhawkinsleadership.com/?p=2221 When I look back over the last 13 years so much has changed! We have been given so many great relationships and experiences. We have been given an opportunity to bring life changing products to the market and watch peoples lives take a turn for the better. At LIFE, we love giving people a chance […]

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When I look back over the last 13 years so much has changed! We have been given so many great relationships and experiences. We have been given an opportunity to bring life changing products to the market and watch peoples lives take a turn for the better. At LIFE, we love giving people a chance to live their dreams and make memories that will last forever. Casa della Vita is just that. A chance to get away with some of your best friends and make awesome memories. I know Lisa and I are headed down with some of our closest friends and business partners in February and can hardly wait. Dream Big, live and lead well. You only have one shot at LIFE, make it count!

God Bless,

Dan Hawkins

Casa della Vita & Dream Builder Yacht

Posted by Orrin Woodward on October 28, 2016

Casa della Vita is one of the ways that LIFE lives its motto of Have Fun, Make Money, and Make a Difference. Top performers qualify to enjoy three days and three nights on nearly nine acres at Casa della Vita with a private chef, access to two fishing boats and the Dream Builder Yacht. Nothing expands the vision of what is possible like an all-expenses paid vacation to Casa della Vita. From the moment an achiever arrives, he will be treated to first class accommodations and service by the Casa della Vita staff.

Before I started building communities, I used to spend Saturday mornings watching fishing on TV, dreaming about catching the big ones in the ocean. Now, through the Casa della Vita rewards program, business builders can experience it first hand. Some of the best fishing in the world is minutes from Casa della Vita resort in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Further, a private chef can prepare your catch as an appetizer for your next meal. LIFE doesn’t ask where a person started in life, only if he is willing to grow and change to become all that God intended him to be.

Laurie and I dreamed of creating a retreat to reward top performers for their impressive results. Thanks to the excellent estate management of Mike Oppenheiser, the amazing interior design work of Anna Huber, and the experienced fishing skills of Captain Bill Howard, the dream has come true for all with the courage to act. Up to nine couples per team can spends three days of fellowship together while enjoying separate bedrooms and bathrooms at night. All of the above, of course, is paid for by LIFE as a reward for business achievement. LIFE provides the vehicle for a person to live the life he’s always wanted by eliminating the debt he’s never needed, through learning the defense, offense, and playing field of finances.

In addition, when Laurie and I are in town, our goal is to crash Casa della Vita on Surf and Turf night! Our hope is our generous and relaxed neighbors will be so kind as to share their private chef with their hungry neighbors. 🙂 We have had several groups down so far and the night with our neighbors has been nothing less than amazing. What a great way to get to know the teams better in an island-time atmosphere. Case della Vita is another dream come true where Laurie and I can bless others with the many blessings God has given to us. Come join the dream by setting your goal to be here next year. Get with your support team to determine how you can qualify and we will see you on surf and turf night!

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Pick Your Curve – Life Leadership and Power Curve Success http://danhawkinsleadership.com/2015/09/02/pick-your-curve-life-leadership-and-power-curve-success/ http://danhawkinsleadership.com/2015/09/02/pick-your-curve-life-leadership-and-power-curve-success/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:55:02 +0000 http://danhawkinsleadership.com/?p=2218 Pick Your Curve – Life Leadership and Power Curve Success Posted on August 31, 2015 | 10 comments I have often taught that we don’t know what we don’t know. But sometimes, we don’t know what we think we know. And this second condition can lead to erroneous conclusions and frustrated efforts. When I was […]

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Pick Your Curve – Life Leadership and Power Curve Success
Posted on August 31, 2015 | 10 comments

I have often taught that we don’t know what we don’t know. But sometimes, we don’t know what we think we know. And this second condition can lead to erroneous conclusions and frustrated efforts.

When I was a child in elementary school, one of my teachers had the nerve to teach me something I didn’t want to learn. She shared with us how the colorful objects we see really aren’t that color, but rather, the range of light waves of the color spectrum that are reflected by the surface of the item make it appear to be that color.

Woah.

And then my Dad taught me about the “birds and the bees.”

Double woah.

Here I was, cruising along on my BMX bike, wearing tube socks and thinking I had the whole world figured out. And then in an instant I discover that the way I thought everything worked was entirely wrong – twice!

Unfortunately, this condition isn’t confined to childhood. As adults, we are susceptible to the same “knowledge bias.” We think we know how something works when we actually don’t. And usually, we are very cock-sure in our incorrectness. It’s a condition I like to refer to as passionate ignorance. We are wrong, but we are certain we are right.

At Life Leadership, we are in the business of setting people free. For the vast majority of people who are in debt and struggle with their finances, we offer debt freedom through our Financial Fitness product suite. For committed, hard-working high-achievers, we provide a compensation program that authorizes people to sell our products and build teams of people who do the same thing. This is a shot at financial freedom. And, perhaps most importantly, for the few who are disenfranchised, disabled, or victims of disaster, we offer functional freedom through our Life on Life Initiative. We developed this terminology about “setting people free” and the three categories of freedom to explain our fundamental mission and how we strive to offer something for the whole spectrum of people and their particular situations.

But there is more to the story.

Most of us, without even realizing it, think of the world like the old “bell curve” we remember being graded upon in high school. We automatically think people and their performance fall into a normal distribution, or what is officially known as a “Gaussian” curve of distribution. I am sure you are familiar with what it looks like, but here it is nonetheless.

And in the case of the population of people in the markets in which Life Leadership operates, as described above, this bell curve of normal distribution describes very well what we see. A few at the high-end choose to take advantage of our pay plan and actually build the business. Most people are in the middle, merely using our Financial Fitness products to whittle down their debt (these people may or may not be “signed up” in our business). And a few are at the “bottom” of the curve in dire need of our help, because they truly can’t help themselves.

But when it comes to describing the actual performance (read: results) of those who attempt to achieve high-level success, those who embrace our pay plan and determine that they want to use it to make money, things don’t follow the Gaussian bell curve, or normal distribution at all. For this case, we must dig into the reality of how success actually “works.” You see, when it comes to success, and especially high-level success, what we think we know just isn’t so.

To demonstrate what I mean, let’s consider an endeavor totally outside of Life Leadership, such as being a professional actor/actress instead. The stage, the screen, the lights, the money, and the fame all have a strong appeal on those with such talents. We hear of high paychecks and we see outlandish lifestyles. We see the glitz and the glitter and the glossy gossip magazines. But we all know that only a few are fortunate enough to make it to this high level, and, thinking the bell or Gaussian curve describes the situation, we assume there must be a lot of people, in fact, most actors and actresses, who are somewhere in the middle, with a few terrible ones down at the lower tail of the curve. We all know this intrinsically, and yet we have it wrong!

According to leader of Google’s “People Operations”, Laszlo Bock, in his book Work Rules!, Screen Actors Guild data published in 2008 show that the financial results of actors does not follow a Gaussian curve at all, but rather what is called a “Power Curve” (or perhaps also a decaying exponential).

According to Bock, “Very roughly, the bottom third of active SAG members made no money from acting in 2007, and the next third earned less than $1,000. The next group, between the 68th and 95th percentiles, were paid between $1,000 and $100,000. The 95th to the 99th percentile actors earned between $100,000 and $250,000. And the top 1 percent earned over $250,000. The top 1 percent of the top 1 percent earned even more: Will Smith was the highest-paid actor, with over $80 million in earnings, followed by Johnny Depp ($72 million), Eddie Murphy and Mike Myers ($55 million each), and Leonardo DiCaprio ($45 million).” [italics added]

So for professional actors/actresses, the curve of distribution, roughly plotted, looks like the following:

Notice that it is not the normal Gaussian bell curve at all, as we all would assume it would be, but rather a power curve. Notice also that the super high achievers at the extreme top end pull the average income way above the median. This means that most people are not average, but actually – wait for it – most people are below average! Stop and think about that for a minute. Most people are below average! (Oh! They’re not going to want to hear that!) Notice that fully 1/3 of the actors/actresses made no money! And the next third only $1,000! That’s two thirds of all the actors and actresses making next-to-nothing!

All of this goes against what we think we know. But if you really study this and understand it, you’ll quickly see that this curve for actors and actresses is exactly how success works in all categories where a government or artificial imposition is not placed upon results. Plot the financial results of people in professional sports, country singers, those who launch tech company start-ups, and even authors of books, and the results are similar – following a power curve and not a Gaussian bell curve.

Enter Life Leadership. In November of 2011 we proudly launched our company with world-class personal, professional, and financial development information and service products. We authorized distributors to sell those products for an immediate sales margin of 25% (a higher margin than many professional salespeople are paid), and then added a compensation plan on top of that sales margin to reward them for also building teams of people who did the same thing (merchandise our products and build teams to do the same). We worked really hard to minimize costs to run the enterprise and formulated a pay plan that paid very generously to the people making the sales.

Next, people joined, worked hard, sold our products, and built teams. Some people prospered and made enough money to live on, making the building of our business their professional career. A handful achieved really high levels of income, while many others only made a little. Many signed up and never did anything, riding off into the night after buying our starter kit never to be heard from again.

Each year, we publish a comprehensive “Income Disclosure Statement” designed to show the exact results of everyone who joins, whether they ever worked the business hard or not, or just signed up and rode into the night. And inevitably, someone looks at this data and says something like, “Only the people at the top make any significant money,” or, “most of those people aren’t making any money.” This criticism didn’t make any sense to us, from our angle, because we simply put a compensation plan out there that pays extremely well, and fairly at various levels all the way along the path of progress. It doesn’t discriminate in any way based upon race, creed, color, age, gender, or anything you can name. It is strictly pay-for-performance. So we have tried to explain it in different ways. But still, there will always be someone out there who says, “only a small percentage make the money.”

In a way, we can see their point. Why shouldn’t more people make more money? Why shouldn’t there be a bunch of people making a medium amount, for instance? How come there isn’t a larger percentage of people “in the middle” making the money our pay plan delivers for those levels? We’ve got a pay scale that rewards effort along the entire journey! And the 25% sales bonus is paid to everyone at every level no matter how long they’ve been with the company or how big their business is. What gives?

What gives is that our population of Life Members is not properly described by the Gaussian bell curve we all carry around in our heads, but rather by the Power Curve that depicts the results of all true performance-only systems (such as professional acting described above). Leave people free to achieve and perform in any endeavor, and you’ll get a power curve. Life Leadership and its compensation plan are no different.

This is very important to understand, and it applies to all areas of life, not just participation in Life Leadership’s compensation plan. High achievers are way ahead of the rest of the pack, and their results skew the scale and pull the average way above the median. What this means is not that one should avoid undertaking a performance-based endeavor, but rather that one should not falsely impose an erroneous bell curve in order to “analyze” the “odds of success.” With power curve situations averages are misleading because they are pulled upward by the lofty achievement of the top performers. And in true performance-only situations, there is no comfortable middle where a large percentage of the participants can hang out and do “pretty good.” Ultimately, one either makes it within the upper 1 or 2 or 5th percentile, or one doesn’t see much reward (at least financially speaking). As we said before, just apply this reality to professional sports, the arts, business start-ups, direct sales, and the like, and you will see that it is true again and again. Our false application of the bell curve simply won’t properly describe these “free to perform” situations. Such a map, in essence, doesn’t match the territory.

This is simply how the world works. In fact, the only alternative is to create a system wherein outside forces eliminate the upper possibilities based upon performance so that everybody instead gets a decent result but nothing big is available for high achievement. This, in fact, is exactly what most jobs provide. In such scenarios you will never hit it big (it’s not even available), but you can count on a steady flow of at least something for the fat middle of the pack. Some will get a little bit more, others will hang out at the bottom, but most people will be kept clumped together in the comfortable middle.

And this brings us full circle to the exact reason we launched our company in the first place. We wanted a legitimate alternative to a closed system of enforced mediocrity. We wanted to provide a legitimate shot upwards, without restriction, that would be available to anyone who chose to work that hard, learn that much, and stay at it that long. As cofounder Orrin Woodward often states, “We don’t promise easy. We just promise worth it.”

So ultimately, we have two choices in life. Find a closed system with outside forces that artificially impose a safe and “comfortable” bell curve, a situation with no chance of high highs but very little worry about low lows. Or, conversely, enter into a power curve situation where there is not much reward unless you perform mightily. It is one or the other.

It is ultimately up to each individual to choose which is right for him/her, and what God has designed and called him/her to accomplish. Just don’t apply bell curve analysis to a power curve situation and call it “unfair,” or a “scheme” or a “pyramid.” And then likewise, those who live in the power curves of life shouldn’t denigrate bell curve situations for being stifling and without upward mobility. Each is for whom it’s for.

Just make sure you choose wisely. Bell curve people are miserable in power curves, and power curve people are miserable in bell curves.

Pick your curve and live it with verve!

Sincerely,

Chris Brady

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Review: Understanding the LIFE Leadership Business Model http://danhawkinsleadership.com/2015/05/07/review-understanding-the-life-leadership-business-model/ http://danhawkinsleadership.com/2015/05/07/review-understanding-the-life-leadership-business-model/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 15:31:39 +0000 http://danhawkinsleadership.com/?p=2207 LIFE Leadership Making a Difference LIFE Leadership has now been in business almost 4 years. In that time period we have experienced so many great things that fall into our motto of Have Fun, Make Money and Make a Difference. Tens of thousands of people receive subscriptions every month of LIFE changing information they can use […]

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LIFE Leadership Making a Difference

LIFE Leadership has now been in business almost 4 years. In that time period we have experienced so many great things that fall into our motto of Have Fun, Make Money and Make a Difference. Tens of thousands of people receive subscriptions every month of LIFE changing information they can use to improve their lives. The stories come in daily of people applying the information to get promoted at work, improve their relationships, get out of debt and on and on. Just yesterday I received a letter from a grown daughter to her father who has been using the LIFE Leadership programs to improve his life. I was brought to tears by the letter applauding her father for becoming a better man and leading his family. Things like this make me want to work harder to reach more people because of the impact this information can have. So many will lay their head on a pillow tonight praying for answers to problems they are having or dreams they want to fulfill.

LIFE Leadership Products Retail Sales

images (2)Not only do we receive constant messages about the products making such an impact in peoples personal lives, but also the stories of people succeeding to incredible levels retailing our products to the world. Some members who join LIFE Leadership decide to learn how to make an income marketing our products and building a team to help. The LIFE Leadership Corporate Program launched a couple of years ago and continues to skyrocket. Individual members from LIFE are going out armed with great marketing tools from LIFE Leadership and introducing the programs. The stories rolling in range from getting a small business owner started to getting entire corporate management teams started! The feed back has been overwhelmingly positive and because of the response we have launch 3 – 6 month programs with a facilitators packs to lead the courses.

However, our number 1 selling product is the Financial Fitness Program (FFP). Members across the world are introducing the FFP to individuals, church groups, schools, accountants and business leaders just to name a few. The stories of people getting control of their finances and removing the stress that money can have on relationships is inspiring. One of the key elements of the FFP is not only the great information and tools offered to help with finances, but the incredible support of a communityimages of people working together to help everyone succeed. Best selling author Orrin Woodward has been able to clarify the financial struggles so many people feel in his ground breaking book The Financial Matrix. In his book, Orrin describes the reason so many are upset but can not explain why, why over a million people a few years back marched on DC to protest agains Wall-street. In this short video about the Financial Matrix, Orrin Woodward summarizes his new book to help people understand how to get free of the matrix. Social media is lighting up with people taking this to heart and thousands of people are reporting their success in eliminating debt. People understand there is a force at work, working against the masses daily, but this can be undone. By learning the right principles you can get free of this matrix.  Yesterday, I received a social medial video of one couple sending in a $10,000+ check to payoff their vehicle, and another sending in a check to pay off their last bit of credit card debt. The FFP is making such a difference, it is creating a revolution of financial independence that will change the way we view money and debt.

LIFE Leadership Business Model

UnknownI get asked the question a lot, the LIFE Leadership materials are great, but to be honest the principles we use have been around forever, why do your materials actually create change? The secret is in the community! The LIFE Leadership community is such a special group of people, a group of entrepreneurs working daily to improve their lives and the lives of others. The LIFE Leadership materials are created by the most successful of the members, people who have worked at applying the principles first in their own lives and after they have succeeded, they are asked to share how the did it. In short, the life changing products are created by people who have changed their own lives first and now feel called to help others do the same. The world really does not need another book calling for change, but a group of people being the example of change, that is what LIFE Leadership is about.

When the founders where deciding how to best create the environment for this change to happen, the network marketing model was the only model we could find that creates the platform to truly make a difference. All of the LIFE founders gained their experience in this field. Working hard to improve ourselves to get more success in business, we realized that real success came by working on self and adding value to others. This industry, is in my option, is the best way to reach out and serve people. As an auto mechanic struggling in so many areas I was not reaching out for help, however in this industry, someone reached out to me, met me where I was at and lead me down a path of seeking truth. I was suddenly surrounded by people encouraging me to be my best and giving me the tools to do so. I remember bringing my first book to work, The Five Love Languages. Now this is not the book to bring into an auto shop, purple with flowers on it, but I knew, through mentorship, that I needed to work on my marriage. I was the laughing stock of the place, I am surprised I was not threatened to be beaten with a wrench. People there felt threatened by someone trying to improve. At the LIFE Leadership events was a different story, they probably would have threatened me if I did not read the book! 🙂 All joking aside, the people you surround yourself with matters, they will either encourage you to grow or criticize you to stay the same and keep them comfortable. LIFE leadership is about moving forward, getting better and helping communities do the same. We hope you decide to join us in this revolution of setting people free!

 

I have attached a short video from one of the LIFE Members explaining the business model we use to Have Fun, Make Money and Make a Difference.

 

God bless,

Dan Hawkins

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Life Leadership: Don’t Scam Yourself http://danhawkinsleadership.com/2015/05/04/life-leadership-dont-scam-yourself/ http://danhawkinsleadership.com/2015/05/04/life-leadership-dont-scam-yourself/#comments Mon, 04 May 2015 15:13:29 +0000 http://danhawkinsleadership.com/?p=2203 Hey everyone, I wanted to share a great post by LIFE Leadership CEO and Creative Director Chris Brady. Chris has to be one of the top teachers because he can take complex concepts and make them so simple to apply to our lives. It is such an honor for me to be in business with […]

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Hey everyone, I wanted to share a great post by LIFE Leadership CEO and Creative Director Chris Brady. Chris has to be one of LIFE Leadership the top teachers because he can take complex concepts and make them so simple to apply to our lives. It is such an honor for me to be in business with Chris. His creative genius and impactful teaching has forever changed my life. Enjoy the video as Chris does what he does best, inspire people to, do more and get better.

God bless,

Dan Hawkins

“Sometimes You Need Outside Eyes”

Lead Yourself Through Life: Perspective
This talk was obviously part of a longer piece of teaching, but I think it stands by itself as a great reminder that we often are too close to a problem to find its answer. When faced with a conundrum that appears to have you beat, try the following:

1. Attempt to gain a new perspective. Take a look at the situation through a different lens, or, as in the case with my 9 year old son, through someone else’s eyes.

2. Take a break. As I said in my book, A Month of Italy, sometimes you need to get away in order to get a way. This means that often, as soon as we break with our normal routine and take some time out, our brains, allowed the freedom to work on the problem in the background, will eventually pop out an answer. So sometimes, paradoxically, the best way to solve a problem is to do nothing about it for a while!

3. Seek new combinations. The late Steve Jobs once said that all innovation is really just creative combination. So ask yourself what new things you can mix together that have never been tried. Often the solution is not a stand alone thing, but rather a blending of a couple of your best ideas.

LIVE YOUR LIFE WITH EYES WIDE OPEN
Mark Twain once called himself a “prodigious noticer.” I love that phrase. It encourages us to make active observation a normal practice. When you look, really see. When you listen, really hear. Try to take in your surroundings in a fresh way, opening your senses to things you might be missing. And above all, live your life with eyes wide open.

So don’t scam yourself out of a rich and abundant life by seeing only what you are used to seeing. Remember these simple techniques and see and feel anew the world around you. Not only might it help you unlock answers to nagging problems, but it will for sure lead to the living of a richer and more fulfilling life.

Rock on!

Chris Brady

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