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Everything Within You Was Created To Win

Throughout my life I have learned that to achieve any goal you need to have belief that it can be done.  Whether it was motorcycle racing, body building, business, relationships, or even having my son, I had to believe that I could achieve what I wanted or it never would have happened.  Often, the best place to find belief is in the story of another individual who has struggled and came through victorious in what you are trying to achieve yourself.  My goal today is to tell you our story and hopefully give you some belief that you can do whatever it is that you are striving for.

My wife and I moved from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia to Kitchener, Ontario for security.  We both had money problems in our families growing up and we promised each other we wouldn’t live that way.  We didn’t want to have to go through the struggles we saw our families go through.  At that point in our lives, we thought money was the answer to security, and Ontario was the place to go if you wanted to get rich.  So we left.

Raylene and I were chasing security while we should have been chasing opportunity.  Claude Hamilton always says “if you chase security instead of opportunity, you’ll lose both”.  Raylene ended up being in an accident at work which dislocated her pelvis and pinched her SI joint leaving her unable to work.  While she was off work  we got a call from her sister about a business opportunity.  We decided that our jobs were not secure enough, so we might as well take control of our own business.

I overheard a CD Raylene was listening to and it peaked my interest so I called Raylene’s sister and asked more about it and ended up being put in contact with Claude Hamilton.  Claude called me and, before ever meeting me, asked me to buy a plane ticket and come out to New Brunswick for a Major Function. I was looking for something, I was fed up of losing in my job everyday, not getting ahead just getting more and more tired.  Every year I worked, I got farther in debt and I wanted something better for my family, so I bought tickets to the Major Function.  I knew that nothing in my life was going to change if I didn’t change something in my life.

At that Major Function we saw the big picture of what we were involved in and what was possible.  I heard a gentleman speak from stage about being able to raise his daughters after retiring from his job at the age of 32.  Something clicked and I realized that is something I wanted to do.  I didn’t have kids at the time, but I knew this was something I wanted to do and I was not going to give up until I had achieved it.

While building our business we went through lots of struggles.  From little things like broken pant zippers at meetings, our shoes being chewed by dogs at the door, and forgetting Claude’s name while introducing him at a meeting, to big things like our cars breaking down and costing thousands to fix.  Throughout all of it I have learned two things; expect these things to happen, and be prepared for them.  We did things that most people called us crazy for doing; gave up trips, sold motorcycles and sold skidoos.  Things that people think make you look successful.  We liked those things and wanted them but we knew that they would distract us from our ultimate goals of what we wanted our life to look like, real success.

I talked to people at work, telling them that I had found a way to get rich together and every single one of them said no.  They wouldn’t even agree to sit down with me.  But I had the naive belief that it would work, that I would make it work, and I wasn’t going to quit no matter what.  I remember showing the plan so many times that I couldn’t even remember how many I was at, and they still kept saying no.  I would go straight from work to show the plan 4 hours away from home, meet with some leaders after the meeting then drive 4 hours home to get 2 hours of sleep before work the next morning.  We were tested.  We questioned if this was the right thing to do.  We couldn’t figure out why we couldn’t get it to work, why we were struggling so much.  But looking back now, we know it was not only the right thing to do, but the only thing to do.  If you are struggling right now like we did, there’s a reason.  You are being tested because one day you are going to lead a big team, and that team is going to be blessed because you went through these struggles and you are going to be able to help them go through struggles that could stop them.

Hunger is the most important ingredient that you need to create success.  You don’t need new clothes, a new car, new shoes…you need hunger.  With hunger you will ask questions and seek knowledge, you will get more CD’s and books and put good information in your head.  You know that when you are learning, there is a sweet sound to truth and when you hear it you know its right and you start to apply it.  When you seek more knowledge you get a different way of thinking, and when you think differently you start to make different decisions.  Through hunger you will gain correct information which leads to correct thinking which leads to correct actions.  These correct actions will lead to long-term results in all areas of your life; finances, family, faith, anything you are hungry for.  Most people will overestimate what they can do in a very short period of time, but they will underestimate what they can do in the next five to ten years.  The only lid you have is the one you place on yourself.  If you put yourself in the arena to grow you can create massive success.

The memories you will make with your business support team are worth all you’ve got to go through to get them.  Going on trips, flying off seadoos in Mexico, watching our business partners, Claude and Lana Hamilton,  run after and capture their dreams, and having our son Beau are all memories that would not have been possible without this opportunity or the struggle.  When you are going through struggles, you will be frustrated but when success finally comes to you, you will be humbled and feel truly blessed.  When I left my job, because of the financial stability we had built in our business, I called my dad and we just sat on the phone crying because of what we had accomplished.  It’s moments like those that are worth fighting for, worth all the struggles, and worth never giving up.

God Bless,

Wayne

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2013 in Family, Following, Freedom

 

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TOUGHEN UP: The Pointy Tip

The third and final section of Claude Hamilton‘s new book, TOUGHEN UP, covers passion and tenacity; the last two strengths considered in the book.  When I think of my good friend Claude, passion and tenacity are two of the first words that come to mind.  It takes a man of passion to decide to walk across Canada, and it takes a man with incredible tenacity to actually complete the journey while overcoming obstacle after obstacle.  In these last two chapters Claude really shows his readers his heart and his passion for what he did and is doing to build an amazing life for his family.  The reason why TOUGHEN UP is so engaging and effective is because Claude exemplifies what he writes.  He is a man of integrity and has not written anything in this book that he has not lived himself and has dedicated his life to improving.  He knows what he is talking about, and we can all learn something from him.

Part three of TOUGHEN UP outlines the last two strengths:

  1. Attitude
  2. Courage
  3. Character
  4. Duty
  5. Honour
  6. Relationships
  7. Passion
  8. Tenacity

Here are some of my favourite sections of Part Three: The Pointy Tip

  • Passion

“Passion amplifies effort.”

“But when you act and speak from passion, it is electrifying and contagious.  People will be drawn to you.  Sure, you’ll turn some people off too, but they’re the ones who probably would have been turned off no matter what you did.  And even the ones who are turned off will eventually come to respect your commitment if you stick with it”

“It’s the passionate ones, ruffians and rascals though we may be, who really make a difference.  As Jim Butcher wrote, ‘Passion has overthrown tyrants and freed prisoners and slaves.  Passion has brought justice where there was savagery.  Passion has created freedom where there was nothing but fear.  Passion has helped souls rise from the ashes of their horrible lives and build something better, stronger, more beautiful’.”

  • Tenacity

“Quitters quit everything”

“The closer you are to your goal, the less timid you can afford to be.  And since its often difficult to see how close we are to real achievement, we should just get in the habit of being more and more passionate as we go along.”

“Tenacity means you know that tough times are coming sooner or later, and instead of wondering about the ifs and whens, you get ready to face them by asking about the hows.  How will you preparer yourself to meet challenges, how will you react when they come, and how will you overcome them?”

“Success is more about tenacity than talent, more about perseverance than intelligence.  Those who stick with it until they succeed may appear smarter – but it’s because they’ve learned more than those who were unwilling to do the hard things.”

I hope you have all enjoyed reading TOUGHEN UP as much as I have.  There are so many little things in that book that could make such a big difference in so many lives.  If you haven’t already, take the time to flip over your TOUGHEN UP book and read the back cover.

About the Author

Claude Hamilton grew up in a small town in northern Ontario, Canada.  At the age of seventeen, he enrolled and served eight years in the Canadian Armed Forces.  After a few years of coping with the demands of an uncertain schedule and constant travel, he became frustrated with his inability to control many aspects of his own life and longed for more freedom to take risks and achieve the life he desired.  He knew the life of an entrepreneur was the only life for him.  Therefore, Claude became a dedicated student of leadership principles and built a highly successful leadership business with thousands of followers.  Then, with his devoted friends, he co-founded the company LIFE.  Along the journey, Claude became a passionate promoter of his principles of success and has helped many business partners duplicate his results.  His determination, character, and courage make him a powerful leader who persistently inspires people to reach for their dreams.  Claude is deeply committed to his family and takes great pleasure in being a father.  He also enjoys adventure, mentoring others, and working hard to be the best example he can be to his business partners, friends and loved ones.

What will you choose to be passionate about?  What will you make your life’s mission, and tenaciously run after?   I hope you chose something worthwhile and never give up.

God Bless,

Wayne

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2013 in Freedom

 

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TOUGHEN UP: Oath of Allegiance

Part two of Claude Hamilton‘s new book TOUGHEN UP covers three more of Claude’s strengths.  These three principles are essential for long-term success and are only mastered through a long-term commitment to pursuing greatness in them, just as Claude has done.  As you are reading through TOUGHEN UP I encourage you to really study its principle’s and apply them to your life, not just read the book to say you did.  There are so many great lessons that can be learned throughout the entire book that can be used to improve your life in so many areas.

Part two of TOUGHEN UP outlines the second three strengths:

  1. Attitude
  2. Courage
  3. Character
  4. Duty
  5. Honour
  6. Relationships

Here are some of my favourite sections of Part Two: Oath of Allegiance

  • Duty

“Success means doing the right thing no matter what.”

“I am a firm believer that love, not hope of reward or fear of bad consequences, is the real reason people do their duty.  I learned this in the military, and I believe it holds true in other areas of life as well”.

“This is duty to God, family, and country – because when you are your best self, your truly excellent self, you serve God, family, and country at the highest level!  This is real.  Anything less than excellence means you aren’t quite doing your duty”.

  • Honour

“Be the kind of person who always honours those who deserve it.”

“Without honour, nothing else really matters in our lives.  George Bernard Shaw wrote, ‘The most tragic thing in the world is a man of genius who is not a man of honour’.”

“Honour, on the other hand, is all about enthusiasm!  When we have honour, we do the right things because we really, truly feel passionate about them.  We don’t necessarily have to do them to be a good person, like we do with out duties, but we choose to do them because we care.”

“As Lana and I started experiencing real success, we felt overwhelming gratitude for Orrin and Laurie Woodward and the others who showed us the way.  We felt great respect and a profound sense of honour toward them.  We knew we simply could not have accomplished what we did without their help.”

  • Relationships

“Let them see me cry.  It’s okay.  I cry sometimes when I cuddle my son.  I’m soft with him and tough about pursuing my life purpose.”

“Monday morning I put on my search-and-rescue jacket and combat boots, stashed three samples of the vitamins and other products I sold for my business into my pack, and put my pistol in my belt, and I walked to the highway and started hitchhiking.”

“This means spending a lot of time with those you care about most.  Time builds depth, if you approach it with the right attitude.  As I already mentioned, I hated that my military work kept me too busy to spend as much time as I wanted with my family.”

“They say the word sacrifice as if it’s something bad.  But my military background taught me a different way to think about sacrifice.  For me, sacrifice is the production of sacred things.  I sacrificed my twenties for my business, but I got the rest of my life with financial freedom.”

I hope everyone is enjoying reading this book as much as I have and learning more about what it takes to TOUGHEN UP!  Maybe you know someone who needs to TOUGHEN UP a little in some area of their life, or maybe you know someone who would just really enjoy what Claude has to share.  Either way, this book could make an awesome gift for Christmas or any occasion.

Make sure to check back next week for the third and final instalment of my TOUGHEN UP series.

God Bless,

Wayne

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2013 in Freedom

 

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TOUGHEN UP: Rules of Engagement

Over the years in the community building industry, I have seen my business partner and leadership expert, Claude Hamilton, exemplify the statement; It’s not only what you tell me, but what you show me.  Albert Schweitzer says, “Example is not the main thing in influencing others; it’s the only thing.”  Claude’s example as a husband, Father, and business leader have been invaluable in my life.

Claude has many loyal business partners and friends because he loves and serves them unconditionally. I remember the first time I met Claude 10 years ago; by his posture alone I could tell he was someone who was going somewhere.  Everywhere he went, people were looking to get time with him and introduce their newest business partners to him. He seemed to be a magnet that attracted everyone that was hungry to learn leadership and business building principles. If you are ever blessed to spend time with Claude, you will quickly realize that his powerful vision and unstoppable work ethic inspire others to act boldly. Many times I have heard him say, “The spines of the weak are stiffened in the presence of the bold.” Claude Hamilton is BOLD!

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You can get a glimpse of Claude’s knowledge and wisdom in his new book TOUGHEN UP!  Through personal experience in both his military and business life, Claude outlines eight strengths that are essential for real toughness in leadership.  Claude reveals these principles, and their importance to toughness, through his real life struggles; from military basic training to financial stresses.  Overcoming his struggles and striving for excellence in each of the eight strengths is what makes Claude the great leader he is today.

Part one of TOUGHEN UP outlines the first three strengths:

  1. Attitude
  2. Courage
  3. Character

The following excerpts from the first three chapters are just a glimpse of the wisdom that is etched into the pages of TOUGHEN UP!

  • Attitude

“Attitude makes all the difference.  The tougher things are, the more opportunity we have to analyze our attitude and choose the right posture.  Those early rejections defined me because they made me take stock of what I really wanted and decide whether to fight for what our family needed or give in and just let life happen to us”.

  • Courage

“…if you do the right thing in small matters, you’re going to be a lot more likely to do the right thing when it’s hard.  We build courage every time we do the right thing, even something seemingly simple as listening to audios and reading important books.  In fact, these things are actually high.  Find a great leader with success in your field, and you’re almost certain to find that he or she listens to audios and reads – a lot”.

  • Character

“…when I say someone is ‘a man of character’ or ‘he has character,’ I mean he has integrity, loyalty, and strength.  I mean he will stand for the right things, even when it is hard.  I mean he is honest and dedicated.  I mean I can trust him to do the right thing”.

“I learned as a military diver that a person’s real character is seen when he faces adversity.  Paul Newman once noted, ‘A man with no enemies is a man with no character’.”

Anyone, in any profession, at any stage of their life will benefit from the knowledge they gain from reading TOUGHEN UP!  The principles are universal and the values are timeless.  I encourage everyone to read this book then pass it on to someone else they care about who they want to see succeed in any area of their life.

God Bless,

Wayne

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2013 in Freedom

 

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Orrin Woodward hits another Grand Slam with Mental Fitness Challenge Groups

With last night being our first Mental Fitness Challenge Group, to say it was an amazing success is an understatement. We had a group of 10 people and it was great to hear them all share and open up on some surface level stuff and then after starting to ask a few questions about their purpose the conversations were amazing.

I remember early on in our leadership journey Claude Hamilton would gather his leaders around a fire or around a room and have them all share what their take away was from the recent event which we had just attended. It was magical and was always a favourite part of the night for me.

Orrin Woodward and Claude Hamilton and the rest of the LIFE founders have really come up with another incredible idea of once again bringing the leadership to the brand new guy and giving them another new experience on what community building is all about and leadership.

Are you taking the 90 Day Mental Fitness Challenge?

What were your significant take-away and nugget from last nights challenge group that you will start applying in your life today?

God Bless,

Wayne

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2012 in Fun, Leadership

 

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Testimonies of the Mental Fitness Challenge

Today, is two weeks into the Mental Fitness Challenge (MFC), and the results are incredible. Claude Hamilton taught me early on in my business journey that my personal development was what was going to make me succesful. Not how much money I made, or how much stuff I had. It was, Who was I? Who was following me? How did I make people feel? Many areas in which I hadn’t paid much attention to. I just thought if I helped people make money they would be happy…but people want to know how much you care not how much you know.

Check out these other amazing testimonies at Orrin Woodward’s blog Testimonies of Mental Fitness Challenge of what the MFC is doing for people.

What is the life you have always wanted to live? Many know what they want, but are unsure how to get there. The MFC is a roadmap to help you get there through the new book RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions for LIFE.

I encourage you go out there spark up a conversation, and start talking about the MFC and see what happens.

I would love to hear your experience and testimony so far with the Mental Fitness Challenge, and with all the materials LIFE has to offer.

God Bless,

Wayne

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2012 in Leadership

 

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Embrace The Challenge

The launch of the Mental Fitness Challenge has been incredible. Orrin Woodward’s blog about how many customers had joined the challenge in the first 3 days is staggering. Check it out: Mental Fitness Challenge For Customers

The MFC is sharp, fun a professional.

There are so many facets to this program:

* You can join as a customer and take the challenge for yourself

* You can have your friends, family, and co-workers take an assessment test of you a 360 degree view which is     a completely FREE and part of the challenge

* You can have them join you and take their own test at the same time and work together at it

* You can have accountability partners – people to help keep you on track

* You can participate in the 3 for FREE program, have 3 friends join you and yours is FREE

* You can become part of the compensated community and start Trip Tracking and earn yourself and amazing luxury family vacation,  and build a community to become personally free in life

 

Thank you to Claude Hamilton for believing in me for many years and being my accountability partner in life. Your leadership and guidance have made a huge impact in my life and I cherish your mentorship and friendship.

Embrace the Challenge, Embrace the Change!!! Go after The Life you’ve Always Wanted!!!

God Bless,

Wayne

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2012 in Leadership

 

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