• LIFE Leadership Opens for Business in St. Lucia August 1, 2015
    July 23, 2015 - LIFE Leadership Opens for Business in St. Lucia August 1, 2015

    As we make progress toward our mission of reaching a million or more people with our life-changing information, we continue to build up momentum, expand our operations into new territories, and widen our circle of influence. Wherever there are people looking to increase their leadership effectiveness, make a difference in the world, and live a better life, that’s where we want to be, providing the information and guidance they seek to help them make their dreams reality.

    That’s why we are ecstatic to announce that the newest location we are bringing into the LIFE Leadership fold is the exquisite eastern Caribbean island of St. Lucia! We will officially be open for business in St. Lucia on August 1, 2015.

    St. Lucia has long been an ideal place to vacation. The diverse culture of the friendly locals is distinguished by African, Indian, Caribbean, British, Spanish, and French influences. The island boasts pristine waters, natural waterfalls, unspoiled rainforest, majestic mountains, volcanoes, secluded palm-fringed white-sand beaches, opportunities for adventure, relaxation, or romance, breathtaking views, and much more. And now it is a perfect place for Members of LIFE Leadership to do business as well!

    We are overjoyed to be able to welcome the people of St. Lucia into the LIFE Leadership community. So get ready to start building your team and making dreams come true on this tropical paradise island!

  • Back to Back Fitness Retail Sales Contest Winner!
    July 17, 2015 - Back to Back Fitness Retail Sales Contest Winner!

    The Financial Fitness Retail Sales Contest results were revealed at the 2015 Summer Leadership Conventions and once again Matt Ovadek ended up on top for the second time in a row! The top sellers got to take the stage and enjoy some well-deserved praise and applause. Congratulations to the top sellers for their incredible achievements and to all contest participants for contributing toward a powerful force for good by working to spread awareness and knowledge of the essential principles of financial fitness! We had repeat winners who are obviously putting forth a tremendous effort and setting an excellent example for everyone to follow! Here are the top six sellers and the prizes they earned:

    • First Place: Matt Ovadek (96 total sales)

    *  Prize: A 4-night stay at an exclusive hotel in Waikiki Beach, Hawaii, a plaque, and 50% back on total retail sales

    • Second Place: Dante Zompetti

    *  Prize: A 3-night stay at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, plus 35% back on total retail sales

    • Third Place: Tiffany and Scott Ward

    *  Prize: $500 plus 25% back on total retail sales

    • Fourth Place: Mervyn and Chantel Byrd

    *  Prize: $250 plus 15% back on total retail sales

    • Fifth Place: Brandon Perry

    *  Prize: $150 plus 10% back on total retail sales

    • Sixth Place: Kelly Wells

    *  Prize: $100 plus 5% back on total retail sales

    Our Financial Fitness Program has already helped many people break free from the overwhelming debt and stress of the Financial Matrix. But there are many, many more still in the clutches of the elites’ system of control and seeking a way out. So we are not letting up in trying to reach people with the truth and life-changing information that can help them get out of debt and create a financially free life. We are making the world a better place one person at a time, and we have only just begun to build up steam!

    Therefore, the next Financial Fitness Retail Sales Contest has already started. It runs until 5:00 p.m. EST on October 22, 2015, and the winners will be announced at FLC15. So it’s not too late to join in on the excitement. And helping us to help others also helps you. Get this product out to as many people as possible and potentially earn some spectacular rewards for yourself in the process!
    In addition to the top six sellers earning a cash prize equal to a certain percentage of their total retail sales for the contest, the first place winner will receive a four-night stay at an exclusive hotel in Waikiki Beach, and the second place winner will get a three-night stay at an elegant hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona!

    We just know this is going to be the best round of the contest yet! We look forward to seeing the spectacular results everyone will achieve and finding out who the top sellers will be. Just think: the crowd could be cheering for YOU at the next convention!

  • SLC 15 CAB Coordinator Group Sales Contest Winners
    July 17, 2015 - SLC 15 CAB Coordinator Group Sales Contest Winners

    We are extremely proud of all of the group achievements during our most recent CAB Coordinator Group Sales Contest. Once again, the top-selling group was Mark and Jenn Paul’s CAB Coordinator Organization. Congratulations to this phenomenal group!

    And for that reason, CAB Coordinator Leaders Mark and Jenn accepted the award onstage at the 2015 Summer Leadership Convention in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and the top 15 selling couples on their team earned the special privilege of having a private meeting backstage with one or more of LIFE Leadership’s esteemed LIFE Coaches.

    The top ten groups in the contest were as follows:

    1. Mark and Jenn Paul
    2. Greg and Lin Johnson
    3. Larry and Marsie VanBuskirk
    4. Curtis and Debbie Spolar
    5. Wayne and Raylene MacNamara
    6. Jerry and Polly Harteis
    7. Manase and Lisa Fotu
    8. Bill and Jann Newton
    9. Steve and Beth Morgan
    10. Brian and Sherry Powers

      The remarkable efforts of all of these teams demonstrate what can be accomplished with focused teamwork!To keep up the powerful momentum in all CAB Coordinator Organizations, the next CAB Coordinator Group Sales Contest is already underway. With a focused team effort, your team can be the one enjoying an exclusive meeting with one or more LIFE Coaches at the 2015 Fall Leadership Convention!
      Every sale of any LIFE Leadership product by anyone in your CAB Coordinator Organization counts toward your team’s total for the contest. You have until 5:00 p.m. EST on October 22, 2015 to achieve the highest overall retail sales volume and take the top team honors.

      So get out there and sell to get your CAB Coordinator group on top!

    1. Orrin Woodward Reveals the Way Out of the Financial Matrix System of Control
      May 01, 2015 - Orrin Woodward Reveals the Way Out of the Financial Matrix System of Control

      Feel like you’re drowning in a sea of debt? Look around, and you’ll see that a majority of people are in the same position. Why is that?

      Orrin Woodward reveals the answer. In his latest release, he brings to light the various systems elites have used throughout history to control the masses, in particular the newest and most effective one: the Financial Matrix. Dependent upon the creation of debt money and bolstered by the fractional-reserve banking system, the Financial Matrix is the best system of control elites have ever employed because it is difficult to detect. Unfortunately, since many are unaware of the existence and power of the Financial Matrix, people tend to give themselves over freely to the snares of debt in exchange for the convenience of immediate but fleeting benefits.

      Orrin shares his own story of getting stuck in the Financial Matrix as well as the principles and habits of billionaires like Warren Buffett, Sam Walton, and Robert Kiyosaki he studied and applied to his life in order to free himself from the shackles of debt. Gain an understanding of the Financial Matrix (the playing field of money), and learn the principles of offense (making money) and defense (protecting your money) that can make you financially free and keep you that way. Get your copy of Orrin’s new book today, and disconnect and disentangle yourself from the Financial Matrix for good!

      Click “Read More” to see the book trailer.

    2. Two Obstaclés Press eBooks Win in the 2015 eLit Awards!
      April 28, 2015 - Two Obstaclés Press eBooks Win in the 2015 eLit Awards!

      We are very proud to announce that two Obstaclés Press ebooks are winners in the sixth annual eLit Awards! Orrin Woodward'sAnd Justice for All received a Bronze Medal in the Current Events (Political/Economic/Legal/Media) Category, and Wavemakers from the LIFE Leadership Essentials Series won a Bronze Medal in the Self-Help Category.

      The eLit Awards are a global, industry-wide, unaffiliated awards program committed to illuminating and honoring the very best of English language digital publishing excellence. The contest is presented by Jenkins Group Inc., a Michigan-based book publishing and marketing services company.

      In And Justice for All, Orrin Woodward digs into the questions of why humanity's long quest for concord, that ideal state in which neither tyranny nor chaos reigns, has only ever had fleeting success and how we can reverse the current trend toward less freedom and prosperity. Get your copy of the ebook or print edition today to find out what actions you can take to stop the erosion of freedom and establish society on a firm foundation of freedom and justice for all.

      Wavemakers from the LIFE Leadership Essentials Series showcases various people from all walks of life, political affiliations, and worldviews whose actions created not only a ripple effect but such huge waves that our world has been forever changed. Learn from these inspiring Wavemakers with your very own ebook or print copy how even the smallest pebbles (disturbances in the status quo) can sometimes create the biggest waves of lasting change for the better.

      Congratulations to our award winners! Click the "Read More" link below to see the full list of winners.

    3. Orrin Woodward makes 'Inc.' Magazine's Top 100 Speakers List
      January 16, 2015 - Orrin Woodward makes 'Inc.' Magazine's Top 100 Speakers List

      The speaking prowess of LIFE Leadership's cofounder and Chairman of the Board, Orrin Woodward, is no secret to those in the LIFE Leadership community. He has been drawing large crowds and igniting a passionate fire in our Members and Customers for years. And recognition for his leadership influence continues to expand throughout the business world. Most recently, he was recognized for his exceptional ability as a leadership speaker and trainer by being named on Inc. magazine's list of " 100 Great Leadership Speakers for Your Next Conference ."

      But believe it or not, Orrin wasn't always such an excellent speaker. He readily admits that he had to work to overcome fears and limiting beliefs to get where he is as a speaker today. In fact, he says experiences with public speaking in high school and college left him feeling like a failure. But he had a hunger and passion inside him to run a leadership company and make a difference in the lives of others, and he knew that his dream and his limiting beliefs about speaking could not coexist. So he spent years developing his speaking ability and vowed never to give a speech again but, rather, to learn his subject so well that he could simply "speak extemporaneously for hours at a time." He says, "To this day, I don't give speeches; I merely share what is in my heart with others."

      The Inc. magazine list of recommended business speakers (and thinkers) was compiled by keynote speaker, bestselling author, and entrepreneur Kevin Kruse at the request of Inc. magazine contributing editor Jeff Haden. If you are looking for great speakers for an event, Haden recommends checking out the people, such as Orrin Woodward, on Kruse's list. And if you are considering going to a certain event, he recommends dropping everything to attend if one of these people is on the program.

      So if you haven't yet made it out to one of LIFE Leadership's live events to hear Orrin speak, we join Haden in highly recommending that you make it a top priority to do so. As Haden says, "You'll be glad you did."

      And if you would like some help with improving your own public speaking abilities, check out Orrin's blog post "Replacing Limiting Beliefs" and the book SPLASH!: A Leader's Guide to Effective Public Speaking from the LIFE Leadership Essentials Series.

      Click the "Read More" link to read the Inc. magazine article and see the full list of recommended business and leadership speakers.

    4. Tim Marks Comes Back Strong with His New Book Confidence of a Champion
      September 27, 2013 - Tim Marks Comes Back Strong with His New Book Confidence of a Champion

      Tim Marks’s second book, Confidence of a Champion, just released in June, 2013, is an epic follow-up to his extremely successful and popular first, Voyage of a Viking. Tim provides a powerful exposition on building confidence that will help you learn to recognize your own self worth and value. Let him show you how to become the person that you’ve always wanted to be! This book will leave you encouraged, full of hope, and ready to unleash the spirit within to show the world your strengths and talents.
      Tim has already been spotted across America doing book signings. If you’re able to attend one, you will see the confidence that he exudes, which makes it no wonder why he was the right man to author Confidence of a Champion. And that just brings up one question: What will Tim write next?

    5. Financial Fitness Pack has Launched!
      September 25, 2013 - Financial Fitness Pack has Launched!

      Summer 2013 saw one of LIFE Leadership's most successful product launches to date with the Financial Fitness Pack. In just a few short months since its introduction, thousands have benefited from The 47 Principles of personal finance and the invaluable logic behind the Offense (your long-term vision and plan for making money), Defense (your habits of saving and budgeting) and Playing Field (the history, rules, and philosophy of money) approach to becoming fiscally fantastic. With a basic understanding of these three areas, everyone can learn how to build income, get out of debt, and succeed in any economy. This must-have pack provides an education on budgeting, roll-down debt reduction, planning tools, offensive game plans, and how to arrange your funds into a hierarchy. It even shows how your nation’s monetary policy is affecting your finances. The pack includes a book with an introduction by New York Times bestselling authors Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward, a companion workbook, and eight life-changing audio recordings. Investing in yourself is the best investment you’ll ever make. It’s a money thing, and the power to prosper is now all yours!

    6. Chris Brady’s A Month of Italy Recommended by Vaughn Public Libraries
      May 29, 2013 - Chris Brady’s A Month of Italy Recommended by Vaughn Public Libraries

      The staff members of the Vaughn Public Libraries have chosen A Month of Italy: Rediscovering the Art of Vacation by Chris Brady as one their picks for their Adult Summer Shortlist. The other books included on their recommended reading list for summer are: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, Mrs. Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, and Midwife of Venice by Roberta Rich. These books will be on display in all seven Vaughn Public Libraries locations. Customers are allowed to check them out for two-week periods. Visit www.vaughnpl.info/programs for more information.

      For all those whose wanderlust has been suffocating stuffed deep down in the realm of Someday, New York Times bestselling author Chris Brady offers good news and renewed hope. With his book A Month of Italy: Rediscovering the Art of Vacation, he endeavors to prove to readers that they not only can go on a dream vacation but that they should, all the while removing any guilt they might be inclined to feel at such a prospect by illuminating the many-faceted benefits of vacationing.

      Brady shares the highlights (and some not-so-highlights) of what he calls his “radical sabbatical” in Italy: a one-month-long family vacation designed to help the Bradys enjoy quantity as well as quality family time; entrench themselves in the authentic, day-to-day life of a rich, fascinating, and warm-hearted culture; and “sharpen the saw” by, as Brady explains it, going “slow in order to go fast.” With wit and humor, he illustrates how such a break from his normally frenzied life rejuvenated and inspired him and made him even more productive after his return. Within one year of his sabbatical, he relocated his family home to another state as he had long dreamt of doing, founded a multimillion dollar company with several of his best friends, and wrote a bestselling book—not bad for the clarity provided by just one four-week break!

      The author expresses his own frustration in struggling to truly and sufficiently capture and portray the wonder, awe, and amazement of the whole experience with mere words or even photography. But with as much skill as is linguistically possible, Brady takes readers along on his family’s journey through Italy. Readers can feel the ground beneath their feet, the radiant sun on their skin, and the breeze in their hair. The aromas and tastes of pizza, pasta, cheese, wine, and gelato bring them sweet satisfaction. They relish the suppleness of fine Italian leather and admire all of the beauty that surrounds them. Claustrophobia and motion sickness can even set in for some as motorcycles whiz by while they maneuver around tight curves in a big, white, clunky minibus. A competitive spirit arises as they count Smart Cars with the kids. The weight of the locals’ stares engenders feelings of embarrassment at their obvious foreignness and humbleness for their lack of knowledge of the local area and its rules, customs, and language. But the locals’ accents, loud conversation, and sweeping gestures (which readers will surely catch themselves trying to imitate!) amuse them, and the warm hearts and smiles of the locals welcome them. A profound sense of smallness and yet interconnectedness overtakes readers as they consider the vast array of others who have trod the land before them and all of the history that has taken place there. The extreme heat and sweat are oppressive while climbing the many stairs and towers, but readers are enraptured and enthralled by the sight of all of the breathtaking, majestic views. In fact, readers feel so certain that they have witnessed and experienced the entire adventure with the Bradys that they realize their own dreams are most definitely not lost.

      With revived wanderlust (and not even the tiniest bit of guilt), readers start planning their own “strategic/radical sabbatical” that they have been dreaming of for so long, knowing that it is undoubtedly the best course of action. Readers seeking further information and inspiration to help them achieve reinvigoration that results in greater clarity of thought and increased productivity can join the community of others who are Rediscovering the Art of Vacation by going to the book’s website www.amonthofitaly.com.

    7. Orrin Woodward, Recipient of the National Benchmarking Award at Age 25
      February 06, 2013 - Orrin Woodward, Recipient of the National Benchmarking Award at Age 25

      Orrin Woodward is an entrepreneur that has succeeded in a number of arenas throughout his life. Prior to co-authoring his bestselling book Launching a Leadership Revolution and becoming one of the most sought after leadership development speakers across the globe, Orrin Woodward started his career as an engineer for GM and climbed up the ranks rapidly.

      At the age of 25, Orrin became the youngest winner of a prestigious engineering award “The National Benchmarking Award.” The International Benchmarking Clearinghouse presented Orrin with this award in recognition of his astounding benchmarking research on automotive fuel pumps. The two-year study that Orrin conducted gave the industry a better understanding of the technology, trends, and correlations of various competitors’ fuel pumps, which allowed vast improvements for the future production of AC Delco Systems’ fuel pump. This research resulted in massive enhancements that saved the company a great deal of money during the production stage, significantly improved durability and efficiency, and reduced the vibration level to limit unwanted noise for the driver.

      This award recognizes excellence and is not handed out lightly. Orrin is adept at taking something that is good and making it great. This is one reason why Orrin Woodward has four patents (three in production at one time) to his name. This feat is mind boggling, as many engineers will go their entire career without developing even one patent, but Orrin put his mind to work at the young age of 25 and cranked out four patents in a relatively short amount of time.

      The success that Orrin achieved grabbed the attention of a number of people across the nation, sending them on a race to recruit him for the knowledge that he could lend to their firms. He accepted an offer and became a successful consultant, developing further benchmarking studies. Orrin retired after a few years of consulting, developed a large number of successful businesses across the country, and is now excited about the impact that his leadership books are having with readers all over the world. View a PDF file of the 1994 Engineering Update article about Orrin’s award here or read the text of the article below.


       AC Delco Systems


       Benchmarking has been defined as the search for, and implementation of, best practices. Benchmarking supports the evolution of an organization that continuously improves. Benchmarking is also a Quality Network Action Strategy and a key AC Delco Systems initiative.

      AC Delco Systems won a national award for its work on benchmarking automotive fuel pumps (detailed in June 1992 issue of Engineering Update). A paper describing AC Delco Systems’ benchmarking success story was recognized as an outstanding example of both the process and potential of benchmarking. The authors, Orrin Woodward and John Predmore, presented their work on Technical Competitive Analysis (TCA) at a benchmarking conference in June 1994.

      AC Delco Systems’ two year study of competitors’ fuel pumps pinpointed major differences among the motors of the various pumps, and revealed some interesting trends and correlations. “Best-in-class” test results were summarized as targets for all future pump designs. Engineers were able to implement this new-found knowledge and incorporate several major improvements in both current and future generation fuel pumps. These improvements resulted from a better understanding of motor technology, not direct copying. The new generation AC Delco Systems fuel pump will leapfrog the best of the current competition in several key product attributes.

      Some of the improvements that resulted from this project were: durability of motor brushes was doubled, motor efficiency was doubled, and vibration (which contributes to noise) was reduced by a factor of five.

      The non-profit agency sponsoring the Benchmarking Awards, the American Productivity & Quality Center, works with business, labor, government, health care and academia to improve productivity, quality, and quality of work life. The Center’s International Benchmarking Clearinghouse, which began operation in 1992, provides a number of products and services to assist organizations with their benchmarking efforts.

      The purpose of the Benchmarking Awards is to provide criteria for self-assessment, recognize teams and organizations that provide models of excellence, and extend the state-of-the-art by encouraging and communicating new techniques and the results of on-going research.

      Criteria for the Benchmarking Awards include overall benchmarking approach, implementation of findings and documented savings. In 1993, the inaugural year of the Benchmarking Awards, there were seven finalists but no awards were given (a reflection of the high standards set by the judging committee). This year, AC Delco Systems was one of the seven organizations nationwide receiving an award. Other functions benchmarked include: maintenance, customer satisfaction measurement, coolant recovery, and education planning.

      For more information about competitive product benchmarking or the Technical Competitive Analysis Quality Council, contact John Predmore at 8-387-8553. Training and support materials for product teams and TCA champions include a videotaped summary of the fuel pump analysis.

      Engineering Update October/November/December 1994


    8. Orrin Woodward Hits a Home Run with His RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions for LIFE!
      October 16, 2012 - Orrin Woodward Hits a Home Run with His RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions for LIFE!

      In a recent article, Michael McCaffery named Orrin Woodward’s RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions for LIFE as one of Learn About LLC’s100 Books to Inspire Leadership and Create Movers and Shakers. McCaffery said the list included the “very best books on leadership” which will give readers “the same dynamic potential as the movers and shakers that caused change and progress across the globe and throughout history.” With RESOLVED, Orrin Woodward has truly captured the essence of his time-tested principles that forge real leaders, and he has elicited an awakening among men and women to step up and start living by these principles so they can make a difference in this world. Orrin is extremely honored to have his book included in this list of the all-time best leadership books, and he looks forward to seeing what the movers and shakers inspired by his book will do!

    9. Orrin Woodward's Newest Release RESOLVED Primer Is Now Available!
      October 05, 2012 - Orrin Woodward's Newest Release RESOLVED Primer Is Now Available!

      Fantastic news: The latest book from New York Times bestselling author and leadership guru Orrin Woodward has officially been released! How would you like to have one of the most influential leaders in the world in your home, teaching you how to live your most successful and fulfilling life? With Orrin Woodward’s RESOLVED Primer, you can have just that!

      Orrin Woodward is a genuine legend. He is the co-author of the New York Times bestseller Launching a Leadership Revolution, as well as several other popular books on leadership and personal development, and the recipient of the IAB’s 2011 Leadership Award, along with various other prestigious awards. The positive impact of his work has been far-reaching and extensive, touching the lives of thousands upon thousands of people and developing other leaders who are working to do the same.

      Orrin's RESOLVED Primer is a compact, highly accessible companion volume to his RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions for LIFE designed by New York Times bestselling author (and Networking Times senior editor) John David Mann to be a quick, easy, and powerful read. With his vast knowledge and experience, Orrin has streamlined the essentials of personal and leadership development. Applying and implementing this book’s thirteen resolutions engenders profound personal growth and achievements. A truly fulfilled life is within reach. If you want richer relationships, more personal satisfaction, a compelling sense of purpose, mastery over your finances and business, and a strong cultural influence that will enable you to leave a lasting legacy, the RESOLVED Primer is for you!

    10. A Month of Italy by Chris Brady Now Available!
      June 29, 2012 - A Month of Italy by Chris Brady Now Available!

      Have you ever felt overworked, overstressed, maxed out, and out of focus?

      Have you ever needed a break from it all, meaning something more than a frenzied weekend or busy plastic vacation?

      Have you ever had enough of your cell phone, emails, social networks, texts, and the like?Have you ever felt like you were out of balance and needed some serious restoration?

      Have you ever considered the fact that you could take a career break—a sabbatical—to allow you to clear your head and restore your focus?

      Have you ever dreamed of traveling through the back roads of Italy and seeing the famous Tuscan countryside?

      Have you ever wanted to sample Italy's cuisine, sunsets, culture, art, architecture, and history?

      Are you entertained by humorous narrative and adventure stories?

      Anyone who can answer "yes" to even one of these questions will be happy to learn of the release of NY Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal best-selling author Chris Brady's latest book A Month of Italy: Rediscovering the Art of Vacation this July. For just a little taste, here is the dust jacket inscription:

      “What can possibly be said about Italy that hasn't been already? Primarily, that you can enjoy it, too! Refreshingly relatable in a genre previously populated by wealthy expats and Hollywood stars, this book chronicles an ordinary family taking an extraordinary trip, and most importantly, paves the way for you to take one of your own! With hilarious wit and fast-paced narrative, Brady thrills with honest commentary on what a ‘trip of a lifetime’ actually feels like, and most endearingly, he succeeds in convincing you that not only should you take a similar one, but that you will! Within a few pages, you'll be visualizing panoramic Tuscan vistas and breaking open the piggy bank, laughing as you turn the pages and dreaming of your own escape. This story is one of going slow in order to go fast; it’s about rediscovering and bringing back into favor a lost art, namely, the art of vacation, and it is—or rather should be—a story about you.”

      In his uniquely humorous fashion, Brady relates the importance of strategic breaks and even sometimes "radical sabbaticals" to sharpen one's saw and maintain peak performance, optimum health, and overall well-being. The dominant message of the book is: "Sometimes you have to go slow in order to go fast!"

      Brady's book certainly couldn't come out at a better time. Americans are working more and more hours and taking fewer and fewer vacations, leading to stress, burnout, and health challenges. Among the list of developed countries, the U.S. now ranks near the bottom when it comes to the average number of paid vacation days taken per year, with a staggeringly low average of just thirteen days (compared to forty-two for Italy, thirty-seven for France, and thirty-five for Germany). Even worse than the small number of breaks Americans take in a year is what they do with their time during those breaks. One survey stated that 88 percent of Americans carry electronic devices while on vacation to communicate with work! That's 88 percent! Given the fact that the idea of taking a vacation is nothing new and almost everyone seems to agree that at least some downtime is critical for maintaining peak performance and happiness, these trends in the opposite direction are shocking.

      Brady relates his own personal story in the book, where he explains that he had lost his passion for excellence, was finding himself snapping at people, and was becoming annoyed at situations that would normally not even bother him. Then he realized that he had gotten away from his own well-proven formula for what he calls "strategic sabbaticals": intentionally scheduled breaks of various durations taken with the express purpose of keeping himself sharp and fully engaged in life. "People used to ask me all the time how I stayed so enthusiastic and motivated," Brady states. "Suddenly, I realized they weren't asking me that anymore!"

      The solution?

      A "radical sabbatical." Brady packed up his family of six and headed to the dreamy land of Italy, sticking mostly to the back roads and blending as deeply and smoothly as possible into the local cultures. What followed was a love and adventure story filled with hilarity, architecture, history, art, family, and success fundamentals.  

      And the result?

      Within one year of Brady's sabbatical, he relocated his family home to another state as he had long dreamt of doing, founded a multimillion dollar company with several of his best friends, and wrote a best-selling book—not bad for the clarity provided by just one four-week break!

      "Most people don't think of vacation as an art form," says Brady, "but it is. Too many people aren't taking sufficient breaks, or the right kind of breaks. A proper vacation should be more than rest—it should bring restoration. Living a fulfilling life that matters only happens with specific intent. And learning how to stay sharp and 'in the zone' is a very important, in fact strategic, part of that." Brady's book does an excellent job of communicating these important life truths, largely because of its wildly entertaining narrative style. Brady doesn't pontificate with a bunch of "dos and don'ts," but instead demonstrates the art of vacation through his own adventures.

      Critics are already raving about the book.  Here are some of the early reviews:

      “I was intrigued from the first sentence clear through the book! It teaches so many life and leadership lessons—about family, relationships, learning, improving, and becoming better. I’ll read it again and again, and I’ll read it on the plane on every vacation I ever go on.” – Oliver DeMille, NY Times Best-Selling Author of A Thomas Jefferson Education, Freedom Shift, and 1913

      "A beautiful story and pivotal idea for a book!" – Richard Bliss Brooke, Author of Mach II, The Art of Vision and Self Motivation, and The Four Year Career

      "With humor, Brady shares the unbounded pleasure of vacationing with your family in a land of heart-warming history, incredible beauty, the most gracious people, and of course, the world's most delicious food and wine! After reading his entertaining work, you will be charting your own course to Italy."  – Sharon Lechter, Co-Author of Outwitting the Devil, Three Feet from Gold, and Rich Dad Poor Dad

      “Extremely engaging and delightful—a well told story!” – Chris Gross, CEO of Gabriel Media Group, Inc. and Co-Founder of Networking Times

      “This is a book every traveler should read and bring along in order to experience the best of Italy.” – Dr. Gaetano (Guy) Sottile, President and Founder of Italy for Christ, Inc.

      “Witty, funny, and at points downright hilarious, but mixed with profound truths shared in a way that makes one pause and ponder.” – Orrin Woodward

      “A spellbinding lesson in learning how to live again, with real purpose. You can’t stop turning the pages . . .” – Art Jonak, Founder of Mastermind Event.com

      “I have never read a book that teaches so much while being this fun at the same time.” – Tim Marks, Best-Selling Author of Voyage of a Viking

      “This is the best work Chris Brady has written to date. If this is a vacation handbook, it has redefined the vacation experience.” – Venkat Varada, Silicon Valley Executive

      “Vacationing truly is a lost art, and Brady poignantly and beautifully illustrates why it is so vital for driven leaders. A timeless treatise on ‘sharpening the saw,’ A Month of Italy is a book I will sip and savor, ponder and reflect on time and time again. Not only are Chris’s insights powerful and refreshing, but his vivid and witty writing is simply a pleasure to read. Reading this book is a charming vacation itself, and it will inspire you to vacation deliberately, effectively, and joyfully.” – Stephen Palmer, New York Times Best-Selling Author of Uncommon Sense: A Common Citizen’s Guide to Rebuilding America“

      In our hectic lives, we are rarely 100 percent present in any situation. Chris Brady shows that with proper play time, our work time is so much more effective. He has freed my spirit!” – Jason Ashley, Country Singer/Songwriter (Texas Songwriter of the Year 2008)

      “Italy is unique. Moreover, it is a country where the traveler can enjoy the most various experiences. Chris Brady’s book has the ability, astonishing even for an Italian, to convey to the reader that variety, that richness of feelings, sights, perfumes, tastes . . . and people.” – Senator Lucio Malan, Senior Secretary of the Presidency of the Italian Senate

      Whether readers are looking for an entertaining summer beach read or a manual for living a better life, A Month of Italy will surely fit the bill. A Month of Italy can be found wherever books are sold, and the author invites readers to join the community of others who are Rediscovering the Art of Vacation at www.amonthofitaly.com

    11. Oliver DeMille Reviews Voyage of a Viking by Tim Marks
      April 23, 2012 - Oliver DeMille Reviews Voyage of a Viking by Tim Marks

      Years ago I gave a speech at a business convention. I’ve done a lot of these, so I don’t remember every detail or venue, but several really stand out as memorable. On this occasion, the big arena had many thousands of people, but due to construction there was only one way to the stage, and we had to get there early and sit on the wing of the temporary stadium stage with all the speakers for that session. A construction boss walked us all through together to ensure that we were safe and avoided the danger areas.

      This turned out to be a real blessing to me because the speaker who shared the session with me changed my life. He spoke just after me, and because of the special construction circumstances, I had to stay after I spoke and listen to what he had to say. I think if I had been scheduled after him, I would have been busy thinking about my own speech and not listened closely to his message. Thankfully, I was highly motivated after my speech, and I listened carefully to every word he said.

      He started by saying that nearly all his important lessons in life had come from his struggles, failures, mistakes, or losses. He was a fan of golf and talked about how every golf mistake he made taught him how to be a better golfer. He related this to life and business losses and discussed at length how he was taught in school to avoid mistakes and focus on the lessons of success—but how real life had taught him exactly the opposite.

      It was a moving speech. He had us all pencil out our five biggest losses and mistakes in life and then helped us brainstorm at least three major lessons we should have learned from each. That’s fifteen top lessons, and he assured us that these lessons were some of the things we most need to achieve our goals in life. I was mesmerized, instructed, and moved. The speaker was right: my fifteen lessons have been invaluable to me.

      I went away deeply touched by this speech. I have seldom listened to a speech or read a book that was so genuine, so real, so deep, and so powerful—until today.

      Today I read a book that struck me the same way this speech did. Voyage of a Viking by Tim Marks is a must read for anyone who cares about success and leadership. It will apply to moms, dads, mentors, professionals, executives, entrepreneurs, and everyone else. Once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. I read the book straight through from the beginning to the end.

      I was touched, moved, motivated, and instructed. I cried. I read quotes to my wife and later to two of my kids. I found myself taking notes about my own life and making plans to be better. This book is incredibly real, genuine, and powerful.

      Marks admits that not everything in Viking history should be emulated, but he emphasizes how much we can learn from the positive Viking traits, including such things as yearning for freedom, being courageous explorers, and connecting communities. He teaches how the name for the modern Bluetooth comes from the Viking king “Bluetooth” Gormsson of AD 958, a great builder of bridges (literally and figuratively) between communities. This concept of bridge-building is still much needed in all facets of modern leadership.

      Marks shows how another Viking trait worthy of emulation is bullheadedness, which combines initiative and innovation with tenacity and ingenuity. Together these form the base of the great entrepreneurial values—they are also the de facto values of the great free societies in history.

      One of the most moving things in this book is Marks’ view of what it means to be an adult, a leader, and a man. In many ways, this reminds me of one of my favorite authors—Louis L’Amour. Some prestigious universities were criticized a few years back when they began using L’Amour texts in great literature courses, but this didn’t surprise me. Some of his works are, in fact, truly great.

      As a youth, one of my favorite pastimes was reading L’Amour. My dad was a school teacher by trade, and my mom was an English teacher for both high school and college. But our family ran a farm with croplands as well as cattle, sheep, horses, and other animals, and a lot of my non-school time was spent working with my dad and brothers on the farm.

      In later years, after I became an author, my brothers made it a standing joke to laugh about how often they’d be in the middle of a farm project (hauling hay, moving wheat into bins, building fences, shearing sheep, exercising the horses, etc.) only to notice that somehow I’d slipped away from the work and was nowhere to be found—I was nearly always high on a haystack in one of the barns reading books by L’Amour or some other author. Marks’ Voyage of a Viking book would have fit right in.

      This is a book about life, what it means to live a good one, and how all of us have to overcome our challenges if we want to make a positive difference in the world. In my book The Student Whisperer, which I wrote with Tiffany Earl, I wrote about the “desert” or “wilderness” that all leaders must pass through on the path to any success, but I have never seen it more effectively described than in Voyage of a Viking. This alone is worth the price of the book.

      But there is so much more. Marks’ thesis sums up what this book, and in fact all success in life, is all about: “Define what you want, learn from someone who has gone before you, and then do it for the glory of God.” Right on. It is full of profound gems. For example: “Being humble doesn’t mean you think less of yourself—it means you think of yourself less” and “We can judge how good we are as students by how fast we implement our mentor’s advice.”

      Perhaps the most powerful thing about this excellent book, as I mentioned earlier, is that it is one of those rare contributions to success literature that shows how our losses, struggles, setbacks, mistakes, and challenges are some of our most important teachers and mentors. A lot of books tell us to make lemonade out of lemons or see the silver lining in things, but this book shows us how this works—in real life, in the face of real obstacles, in our own experiences. As such, it is literally a must read.

      Leadership is about wisdom, and Voyage of a Viking is a profoundly wise book. There are a few wisdom books every leader simply must read, like Corrie Ten Boom’s Tramp for the Lord, Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints, or L’Amour’s The Last of the Breed. And, of course, there are a few truly wise business books, such as The Radical Leap by Steve Farber, Good to Great by Jim Collins, Organizing Genius by Warren Bennis, and Johnson’s and Blanchard’s Who Moved My Cheese?, among others. And who can forget Goleman’s Primal Leadership or The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey? Tim Marks’ Voyage of a Viking fits right in to this list.

      As Marks himself says about this book: “This is a no-holds-barred discussion on the speed of the leader determining the speed of the group.” This book is fun. It is about finding yourself as a leader by dedicating your life to serving others, and it is about the adage, as articulated in the foreword by Orrin Woodward, that example in leadership isn’t the main thing; it’s everything.

      I’m still applying those fifteen lessons I penciled out years ago as I listened just off stage, and I know that many years in the future, I’ll still be re-reading and applying the things I learned today in Voyage of a Viking. It’s a truly great book. So do yourself a favor and don’t miss out on this great contribution to leadership!

      Oliver DeMille is the author of A Thomas Jefferson Education, Leadership Education, The Student Whisperer, The Coming Aristocracy, FreedomShift, and other books on freedom and leadership.

    12. Voyage of a Viking by Tim Marks
      April 05, 2012 - Voyage of a Viking by Tim Marks

      The world today is filled with people who are enslaved by debt and riddled with fear that their situations will never improve because of the failing economy. More marriages seem to fail these days than the ones that last. Children all over are growing up in broken homes with absentee parents, wondering who will love them and take the time to play with them and be involved in their lives. The tragedies and struggles that we humans face can sometimes seem overwhelming and diminish our confidence so far that we feel unloved and doubt whether we are smart enough, talented enough, or good enough to be successful and enjoy peace and happiness in our lives. Many harden their hearts and try to shut down their emotions to avoid the pain, or they turn to drugs and alcohol to try to find some kind of relief. But these kinds of self-preservation methods do not bring peace, joy, or freedom. The pain is only compounded as relationships, finances, health, and self-respect suffer from the addictions and the lack of heart-felt emotion.

      How does one overcome and get to a place of joy, hope, and success? Tim Marks, nationally acclaimed speaker, activist, mentor, and co-founder of LIFE, knows. In his new book Voyage of a Viking, Marks details his dramatic personal achievement in the face of adversity with a little dose of humor. He candidly shares his personal tragedies and triumphs in the hope that others can learn from his mistakes and gain wisdom from the lessons he has learned in life as he has worked to sand off the rough edges of his Viking personality in order to become a man of grace. Laugh with him, cry with him, and get inspired by his personal success to reach for your own dreams and goals.

      You can live the life you have always wanted! Let Tim Marks help you start the journey with Voyage of a Viking. He started out as a poor, dyslexic child from a broken family who was failing in school and engrossed in habits such as drinking and smoking in order to avoid the pain and fit in with the cool kids. Now he is a happily married man of faith and a dedicated father of four with a highly successful leadership business that has helped thousands of families rekindle the dreams, hope, and joy in their lives. Now that is a success story worthy of emulation!

    13. RESOLVED - 13 Resolutions for LIFE by Orrin Woodward
      November 01, 2011 - RESOLVED - 13 Resolutions for LIFE by Orrin Woodward

      Orrin Woodward’s first solo project is a book that takes us back in time to recapture the essence of what made America great while at the same time beckons men and women to step up and recapture those principles and begin living them today. It is at once a book of resolutions to assist a person in forging himself a true leader, a textbook of instructions to serve as a guide in tackling life’s toughest challenges, and lastly, fully inspirational in capturing the heart and soul of leaders who have lived and achieved using the principles in this book. Resolved: 13 Resolutions for Life, is a must read for anyone desiring to capture, in one book, the essence of the proven leadership principles of Orrin Woodward.

    14. Woodward and Brady Recognized for "The Best 25 Management & Leadership Blogs of 2011"
      February 24, 2011 - Woodward and Brady Recognized for "The Best 25 Management & Leadership Blogs of 2011"

      The modern leadership movement is based upon the principle that leaders aren’t born, they’re made. The arts of leadership and management, like all arts and skills, are learned and honed by practice over time. And one only learns how to practice from others who are farther along than oneself. That’s where blogs can be helpful. Hundreds of experienced leadership coaches and management experts publish their thoughts online. While not everyone can afford to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars for a management seminar, anyone with a computer and an internet connection can access high quality leadership advice for free. To help you get started we’ve compiled a list of what we think are the 25 best blogs on leadership and management of 2011.

    15. Chris Brady is Gathering the Warriors by Stephen Palmer
      November 22, 2010 - Chris Brady is Gathering the Warriors by Stephen Palmer

      I read at least a book per week. I’ve read hundreds of books on leadership and freedom. Rascal Chris Brady is Gathering the Warriors. I say that so my next statements will carry weight: I know of no single book that describes social leadership better than Chris Brady’s most recent, Rascal: Making a Difference by Becoming an Original Character. And there’s no other book I would recommend more to aspiring social leaders — even more so than all the other books we’ve listed here.

    16. Book Review: Rascal by Oliver DeMille
      November 22, 2010 - Book Review: Rascal by Oliver DeMille

      In his modern classic, Rascal: Making a Difference by Becoming an Original Character, bestselling author Chris Brady introduces two groups that are currently leading our nation and world. Both groups can be found in Wall Street, Main Street, Las Vegas, Silicon Valley, Hollywood and in both of the major parties on Capitol Hill.

    17. Chris Brady Recognized with Top Leadership Blog
      November 18, 2010 - Chris Brady Recognized with Top Leadership Blog

      Chris Brady was recognized by Online Masters Degree Programs as being among the following: "The best leaders are examples of what they teach; they don’t control others but lead them to the next step or the next direction." Check out all the winners and read more!

    18. First Week of MonaVie RVL Pre-Launch Exceeds Highest Expectations!
      November 05, 2010 - First Week of MonaVie RVL Pre-Launch Exceeds Highest Expectations!

      MonaVie is pleased to report a record demand for MonaVie RVL during our first week of the pre-launch period! We thank you for the incredible enthusiasm that has been generated nationwide surrounding the MonaVie RVL Premier Weight Solution.

    19. LLR Named Top Must-Read Leadership Book!!
      September 27, 2010 - LLR Named Top Must-Read Leadership Book!!

      Bill Hybels names “Launching a Leadership Revolution” as one of his top must-read Leadership Books! 

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      Bill Hybels, founding and senior pastor of Willow Creek, is well-known for his relevant and insightful Bible-based teaching. He is the author of 17 books, including Rediscovering Church and Fit to Be Tied (both co-authored with his wife Lynne), Too Busy Not to Pray, Becoming a Contagious Christian (with Mark Mittelberg), and The God You're Looking For. He is chairman of the Willow Creek Association's board of directors. Bill received a bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies and an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Trinity College.

    20. Best Selling Author Chris Brady Releases "Rascal"
      September 20, 2010 - Best Selling Author Chris Brady Releases "Rascal"

      Don’t miss out on the latest book from the Launching a Leadership Revolution arsenal by Chris Brady with a Foreword by Orrin Woodward. Discover how to develop the character of a Rascal, to get out of line, and to be different in order to make a difference. Your individual future and the future of freedom depend on it!

    21. Kettering University Honors Woodward and Brady for Entrepreneurial Achievement
      September 07, 2010 - Kettering University Honors Woodward and Brady for Entrepreneurial Achievement

      Christopher J. Brady ’90 and Orrin Woodward ’90, director of All-Brand Marketing for TEAM and chairman of the board for TEAM respectively, will receive the Entrepreneurial Achievement Award recognizing a specific contribution in organizing, managing and assuming the risk of business or enterprise.

    22. Information in a Nutshell Radio Interview
      February 02, 2010 - Information in a Nutshell Radio Interview

      Felice Gerwitz, successful author and consultant to aspiring authors, is also the host of Writing and Publishing Radio (writingandpublishingradio.com), "Information in a Nutshell Radio." Yesterday, I had the pleasure of appearing on her show, and thoroughly enjoyed Felice's professional questions and very informed commentary. If you'd like to listen in, click on the read more link and scroll down to On Demand Episodes. I hope you enjoy the show!

    23. Orrin Woodward & Chris Brady Honored as 100+ Greatest Authors to Follow on Twitter!
      August 22, 2009 - Orrin Woodward & Chris Brady Honored as 100+ Greatest Authors to Follow on Twitter!

      Nextvoice Twenty Four Seven recently listed Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady among the 100+ best authors to follow on Twitter for business success.

    24. Orrin Woodward & Chris Brady Release New Book: <i>Leadership and Liberty</i>
      August 17, 2009 - Orrin Woodward & Chris Brady Release New Book: Leadership and Liberty

      An overwhelmingly positive response was given to Chris Brady on his blog regarding the launch of Leadership and Liberty. People absolutely love this book and what they are learning from it!

    25. LLR Hits the Mainstream
      June 10, 2009 - LLR Hits the Mainstream

      Michael Cuddyer is a baseball player for the Minnesota Twins, and he has listed LLR as his current read!

    26. Orrin Woodward Honored as One of the Top 250 People to Follow on Twitter!
      April 13, 2009 - Orrin Woodward Honored as One of the Top 250 People to Follow on Twitter!

      Well, the honors keep flowing in for Orrin Woodward. Just this week, Orrin was honored as one of the top 250 most influential people to follow on Twitter.com.

    27. Orrin Woodward Nationally Recognized
      February 06, 2009 - Orrin Woodward Nationally Recognized

    28. HR World Ranks Orrin Woodward's blog in Top 100 Best Blogs to Read!
      January 14, 2009 - HR World Ranks Orrin Woodward's blog in Top 100 Best Blogs to Read!

      Well the recognition keeps rolling in for NY Times best selling author Orrin Woodward as we close out 2008. Just a few days ago I mentioned that Alltop ranks Orrin's blog as a ""Top 10"" leadership blog to follow. Just yesterday I learned that HRWorld put together a list of the top 100 blogs and websites for business leaders to read. Orrin Woodward's leadership blog once again made this list and was ranked 17th overall!

    29. Orrin Woodward's Leadership Blog Cracks Alltops' Top Ten List
      December 31, 2008 - Orrin Woodward's Leadership Blog Cracks Alltops' Top Ten List

      Prolific best selling author and international leadership coach and community building guru, Orrin Woodward, recently had his personal leadership blog recognized as one of the top ten leadership blogs on the internet. He ranks in Alltops's top ten with best selling author Seth Godin and numerous other noteworthy leaders in the world today.

    30. The BusinessWeek Best Sellers List
      December 03, 2007 - The BusinessWeek Best Sellers List

      Just out. Launching a Leadership Revolution: Mastering the Five Levels of Influence is now #6 on The BusinessWeek Best Sellers list.

    31. USA Today Money Best Sellers
      November 18, 2007 - USA Today Money Best Sellers

      Just out. Launching a Leadership Revolution: Mastering the Five Levels of Influence is now #1 on The USA Today's Money Best Sellers list.

      November 09, 2007 - WALL STREET JOURNAL BEST-SELLERS

      Just out. Launching a Leadership Revolution: Mastering the Five Levels of Influence is now #1 on The Wall Street Journal's Business List.

    33. Time Warner to Publish Orrin Woodward & Chris Brady's Leadership Book!
      August 17, 2007 - Time Warner to Publish Orrin Woodward & Chris Brady's Leadership Book!

      This is some exciting news! It has just been announced that the highly successful self published book by Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady has just been picked up by Time Warner publishing! Rumor has it this book will be released as in 2007. Based on the best sellers that Time Warner has had in the past from this book could be a best seller as well.