“You cannot change Truth, but Truth can change you” MFC

“Methods are many,principles are few.methods always change,principles never do” is a quote I will never forget hearing at a conference I attended at 19 years old.  There is only one Truth for salvation and that is Jesus Christ and that Truth can be learned about by the infallible word of God , the Bible.  All good principles in day-to-day living also have their roots in the bible as well.  Fortunately for the last 4 years I was given the chance to learn about many principles that have changed my LIFE and  I thought today I would give a few ideas on resources for books etc that can help with great principles on topics such as character, purpose, attitude, programming, gameplanning,keeping score, family, friendship, financial management, leadership, conflict resolution, systems thinking,anxiety, depression, forgiveness, handling adversity, and legacy. These are some of my favorites for sure. Orrin Woodwards book “Resolved” has been the most influential on principles for me and Tim Marks book “Voyage of a Viking” is a biography I will never forget.    If anyone has any other great resources for great principles feel free to comment. god bless

 

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I also “of course” recommend the 90 Day Mental Fitness Challenge for a chance to have someone to be accountable to for growth!   www.90daymentalfitchallenge.com/

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“The Beginning of our Life Team”

TEAM VIP PHALANX 

Team Very Important Purpose was birthed out of a purpose to overcome business oppression that started the understanding of the difference between  free enterprise and capitalism.  That team was started by courageous men and women that I respect very much. Ive heard it said 

“Courage is the ladder on which all the  other virtues mount”
Just as a company has many divisions, Team VIP now has another division of it,  that was just named Team VIP PHALANX which is men and women that is willing to stand strong to help others out in a better LIFE         

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The Phalanx was a military formation put into practice by the Greeks as a strategy for overwhelming their opponents.  This was a very intimidating formation, especially at its inception.  It was a grouping of soldiers who carried a short sword, a long spear with a metal tip on both ends and a large, curved shield.  There was a leader in each row of the formation to give direction and keep order.  Each soldier was responsible for the purchase and upkeep of his own armor and weapons.  The phalanx is an example of a military formation in which the individualistic elements of battle were suppressed for the good of the whole.  A soldier fighting independently stood a much greater chance of defeat than if he was supported by those at each side of him and who were also committed to the success of the unit.

 The hoplites had to trust their neighbors to protect them, and be willing to protect their neighbor; a phalanx was thus only as strong as its weakest elements.  For this reason, the formation was deliberately organized to group friends and family closely together, thus providing a psychological incentive to support one’s fellow comrade.  Each soldier operated in very close formation with his comrades for the defense and solidarity of the unit.  Each man had to be committed to be trained and do his best otherwise the unit would suffer harm or defeat. 

 How it applies to us with TEAM and LIFE is that we as a team are on a mission with a Very Important Purpose, that of accomplishing Operation Freedom for our team members and society as a whole.  To accomplish that Purpose will require a band of committed people who will put aside their personal fears for the good of the team.  We figuratively link arms and move forward to meet the challenge facing our society today.  We are trained by those who have experienced the battle first hand and who are willing to help us learn the lessons discovered in the conflict.    

 We are in a battle for the hearts and minds of those people around us.  The onslaught against us is willful and determined and it will require us to be resolute in face of that onslaught.  Our purpose brings us together to stand strong, growing in numbers and strength of each individual so that we can overcome those who would seek to do us harm as a nation.

 

There was a song written to those who are courageous.    “Now of those, who dare, abiding one beside another, to advance to the close fray, and the foremost champions, fewer die, and they save the people in the rear; but in men that fear, all excellence is lost. No one could ever in words go through those several ills, which befall a man, if he has been actuated by cowardice. For ’tis grievous to wound in the rear the back of a flying man in hostile war. Shameful too is a corpse lying low in the dust, wounded behind in the back by the point of a spear.” TyrtaeusThe War Songs Of Tyrtaeus          

 thank you Don Schultz for the idea of the name and the better understanding of  Phalanx.. Team VIP PHALANX “OPERATION FREEDOM”      

 

 

 

Free Enterprise vs Capitalism “Which one is Better?'”

Coming into a business and friendship with the WORLD’S TOP 25 LEADERSHIP EXPERTSWORLD’S TOP 30 LEADERSHIP PROFESSIONAL’S for  Orrin  Woodward, Chris Brady, Tim Marks and the Policy Counsel of Life , I truly believed that “capitalism” was the exact same as “free enterprise” and “man oh man” was I way wrong.  Oliver DeMille, the former president and founder of George Wythe College educates on the differences between the two.  George Wythe was the mentor of Thomas Jefferson and 30 other congressman, senators and presidents and Oliver would be the top authoritive historian on George,  Thomas Jefferson and Free Enterprise.  Here is some information on the differences that make all the difference. God  Bless Cody

“If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”
Samuel Adams

To summarize: capitalism gives special government-supported benefits to capital and those with capital (wealthy individuals, families and business entities).

This is the opposite of socialism, which promotes special government-supported benefits to those without capital—the proletariat, as Karl Marx put it.

In contrast to both capitalism and socialism, free enterprise establishes good laws and government policies that treat the rich, middle and poor the same.

Some people may believe that this is the system we live under in the United States today—that the law treats all the same.

Such an assumption is incorrect.

The U.S. commercial code has numerous laws which are written specifically to treat people differently based on their wealth.

For example, it is illegal for those with less than a certain amount of wealth to be offered many of the best investment opportunities.

Only those with a high net worth (the levels and amounts are set by law) are able to invest in such offerings.

This naturally benefits the wealthy to the detriment of wage earners.

This system is called capitalism, and it is a bad system—better than socialism or communism, to be sure, but not nearly as good as free enterprise.

In a free enterprise system, the law would allow all people to take part in any investments.

The law would be the same for all.

If this seems abstract, try starting a business in your local area.

In fact, start two.

Let the local zoning commissions, city council and other regulating agencies know that you are starting a business, that it will employ you and nine employees, and then keep track of what fees you must pay and how many hoops you must jump through.

Have your agent announce to the same agencies that a separate company, a big corporation, is bringing in a large enterprise that will employ 4,000 people (or, in a more urban setting, 24,000 people)—all of whom will pay taxes to the local area and bring growth and prestige.

Then simply sit back and watch how the two businesses are treated.

In most places in the United States, one will face an amazing amount of red tape, meetings, filings and obstacles—the other will likely be courted and given waivers, tax breaks, benefits and publicity.

Add up the cost to government of each, and two things will likely surprise you: 1) how much you will have to spend to set up a small business, and 2) how much the government will be willing to spend to court the large business.

Of course, I don’t really suggest that anyone announce such a fake business.

But imagine, theoretically, what would happen if you did.

Our current mentality in government is to treat big business better than small business.

This is the natural model in a capitalist system.

Capital gets special benefits.

In free enterprise, in contrast, the costs and obstacles would be identical for the two businesses.

In free enterprise, the operative words are “free” and “enterprise.”

Note that American business and ownership stayed mostly small—with most people owning family farms or small businesses—until the 1960s.

It was debt (often promoted by government) which wiped out the farming culture that dominated the South and Midwest, and the rise of big corporations over family-owned businesses came after the U.S. commercial code was changed by law to a capitalist rather than a free enterprise model.

If we altered today’s laws at all levels so that government entities treated all businesses and citizens the same, regardless of their level of capital, the natural result would be the spread of more small businesses.

Note that nearly all major growth in America’s economy since 1985 has come from small business.

Today, small businesses are struggling under a veritable “mountain” of regulatory red tape—the result is economic downturn.

And, while some in government hold an anti-business attitude, even many of those ostensibly promoting pro-business policies are more aligned with Wall Street corporations than the needs of small business.

Capitalism, sometimes called “Corporatism”, is not the same thing as free enterprise.

Both are certainly preferable to socialism or communism, but free enterprise is considerably more conducive to freedom and widespread prosperity than capitalism.

History has proven the following: 1) Under capitalism, the divide between rich and poor naturally increases; 2) In a free enterprise system, the prosperity, freedom and dignity of nearly everyone in the society inevitably rises.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn pointed out that while modern American capitalism was clearly better than Russia’s twentieth-century communism or Europe’s contemporary attempts at socialism, the U.S. implementation of capitalism left much to be desired.

For example, he noted, under American capitalism the question of, “is it right?” became less important to many people and companies than, “is it legal?”

Likewise, the culture of capitalism frequently asks, “is it profitable?” before (or instead of) asking, “is it good?”

American capitalism, Solzhenitsyn said, created a nation more materialistic than spiritual, more interested in superficial success than genuine human progress.

Note that Solzhenitsyn was adamantly anti-communist and anti-socialist.

But he also found capitalism lacking.

In every particular, however, Solzhenitsyn’s criticisms of capitalism don’t apply to the free enterprise model of economics. When the law treats all people and businesses the same—regardless of their size, connections, power or wealth—an interesting consequence occurs.

Put succinctly:

  • In socialism the government ignores, downplays and literally abuses prosperity and freedom to the point that both are lost for nearly everyone.

 

  • Under capitalism, the laws promote the wealth and license of a few above the freedom and prosperity of all, with the cultural result of valuing attainment of wealth above almost everything—including virtue, compassion, and the liberty of all.

 

In free enterprise, the laws treat everyone the same, thereby incentivizing freedom, prosperity and enterprise (as long as such enterprise doesn’t violate the inalienable rights of others). The application of this model is rare in human history, but the results when it has been applied are nothing less than spectacular (see Ancient Israel, Athens, the vales period of Switzerland, the Saracens, the Anglo-Saxons, and the United States—which by 1944 had 6% of the world’s population and produced over half of its goods and services).

The lesson?

Freedom works.

Enterprise works.

Oliver DeMille

 

IN LIFE Freedom Begins With Education

This is a post by a great friend of mine talking about how much Orrin Woodward and his LIFE Leadership Materials have benefitted his Life journey over the last couple of years. Pappa Biggs as we call him,  has become a staunch reader and can relate to all walks of life because of the education he has received from Chris Brady, Tim Marks, and Orrin Woodwards Leadership. god bless cody

             IN LIFE FREEDOM BEGINS WITH EDUCATION
I’ve been in the Community Building Industry for 19 years.  My background before
entering the industry was in banking industry for 16 years chiefly as a
lending officer and several other higher functions toward the end of that
career.  So I’ve seen the various viabilities of many businesses, including
the banking industry.  And I might add that I’m not at all surprised that
the banking industry and our nation’s businesses are in their current
situation, because of errant and misguided heads in both the banking
industry and the regulation of the banking industry.  I remember having a
philosophical discussion with a head bank examiner in 1991, that the Feds
(FDIC) and Federal Reserve Bank were taking the country down the wrong path
by grading consumer loans as gold and toileting solid entrepreneurial loans.
It was a path of consumerism vs production.

I must admit that during those years I wasn’t much of a broad range reader.
My focus and my identity was the BANKER.  Leaving that industry at that time
was not easy from  personal and financial perspectives, but it was the best
decision I’ve made in my life!  The impending consolidation of small
independent banks in Kansas would mean the sacrifice of my family for a
risky career.  Much of the impetuous for the consolidation was caused by
increasing regulatory burdens and the arrogance of big city regulators, who
courted the big banks for their next career advancement into a large bank or
up the regulatory political ladder, to the detriment of our country’s
economic engine – small community banks, who knew the character of
entrepreneurs in their community.

The networking industry appealed to me because of the independence
and reward based on merit.  However, I did find in my journey in this
industry, that similar to the banking industry, whoever had the gold wrote
the rules.  So it wasn’t always right that ruled.  Truly, just more of the
same!

It was a breath of fresh air  a few years back when Cody Newton finallyasked to meet with me

aaaannnd   If you know Cody, he gets to the heart of
matter, quickly, that’s an attribute I like.  Anyway, he asked, if I would
be interested in  the TEAM Leadership Material.  My
immediate responds was, “WHEN”?  I was aware of the progress people using
their system had achieved and it was being repeated over and over.  It is a
personally demanding system, but well worth it.  As in all endeavors, no
struggle, no advancement.  I’ve certainly grown by listening, reading and
associating with the humble, vision focused leadership of this support
group.

Tying both the thinking and experiences from my banking and networking
background in light of the future of the environment that my progeny will be
looking at has been coming into focus in the last couple of months.  Two
books have been enlightening to me: “1776” by David McCullough and “Freedom
Shift” by Oliver DeMille.  Especially, chapter 2 in “1776” – ‘Rabble in
Arms’, which gives the background of two American Generals, who were
initially inexperienced militarily, but were personally responsible for
their education.  These generals were Nathanael Greene and John Knox.
“1776” is a great read to understand the indomitable spirit of men, who burn
to be free.  To quote an opening line from General George Washington,
“Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.”  After reading this
book, you will understand “perseverance” at a level a modern American has no
clue about!

In “Freedom Shift” the last sections of Chapter 1 headed up as ‘The Growing
Popularity of Producer Education” and “Entrepreneurs and Freedom” speaks to
the foundation of freedom begins.  With people “taking charge” of their
education!  In the colonies, key people took charge of their education,
which lead to an understanding of the issues during the reign of King George
over the colonies.  Their reading lead them further toward courage from the
understanding of the spiritual nature of the endowment in us by our creator
toward freedom.  We all have that same call to freedom (witness the current
protest toward Wall Street).  Although, many do not have the direction
toward the pursuit of that freedom, because they don’t take personal
responsibility to improve their education on personal and societal issues
and/or they don’t have the wisdom to pursue mentors, who have produced
success through achievement from their own endeavors.

Orrin Woodward says, “Ideals have consequences!”  That’s so true!  Ideals
can work either way – Good or Evil!  As Chris Brady asks, “Are you going to
be a force for Good or Evil?”  Be careful!  Choose your mentors wisely!
Choose the ones, who strive to follow the attainment of a God inspired
purpose, in God inspired ways!  I believe, I have chosen well by following
Cody, who is following and holding his leaders and himself accountable to a
God given purpose.  Welcome to the journey of LIFE>>>>