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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 closing

 

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Servant Leadership at its Best

In life there are so many people who we come in contact with and they play some role in influencing us in a positive or negative way. This past weekend we have seen why so many people follow and trust Orrin and Laurie Woodward. This couple defines servant leadership. From the time we all entered the Woodward’s 9-Acre property on the beautiful coast of St. Lucie Bay Florida, to the time we all left was nothing short of spectacular. As a group of hungry Canadians, we were inspired to come home and serve even more than we have in the past. To watch the Woodward’s serve the whole day, teaching, inspiring, loving on their teams.

Their property, cars, and yacht were all breath taking and stunning, but the most impactful event from the weekend were the people sharing their dreams and goals amongst each other at the “Gazeebinar.” Having Orrin sharing his thoughts and vision for LIFE and hearing Claude talk about the difference we can all make. Watching and hearing grown men share their inner dreams, goals, and struggles strengthen a team. Orrin said when you try to break one pencil with your hands, no problem, but when your start griping a lot of pencils together eventually they become unbreakable even with all your strength. Building communities of people who share a common vision and purpose is much like the pencil example, strength is in numbers.

Raylene said the best part of the day was Laurie and Lana sharing with all the women at the patio table. It was an amazing couple of hours of loving, information, and valuable nuggets to help any woman move forward in all areas of life. Their amazing ways to serve, answer questions, and share stories was incredible. Lana lead the conversation asking important questions that we all needed to hear the answer to, to help with our thinking and our feelings.

To think and know that this amazing couple started out in the community building industry just like we did is so inspiring. Their exceptional rise to the top of the community building industry is by no accident. They are hungry to learn and grow personally even after all their personal success.

I read an article on Phil Jackson and a reporter asked him, “How do you keep your players so motivated to win?” Jackson response was, “When you have the greatest basketball player in the world, out work daily every other player on the team, it’s easy to motivate them, they have the best possible teacher. It’s easy for me.” This example is how I view Orrin and Laurie Woodward, when you have the greatest community builder in the industry out work, out think, out read, out serve, almost all if not all on their team, it’s easy to see why so many are inspired around the Woodward’s to do more personally.

We also would like to personally thank Claude and Lana Hamilton for being such amazing leaders, always out front and believing in us all. Being a great example to follow in this industry, and making this weekend possible for so many.  Check out this video of Claude in action and how amazing he really is: Claude Hamilton – What Voice are you Listening to?

Thank you to the Woodward’s for graciously opening their home and hearts to us all. This experience will be remembered and treasured forever.

Click on the picture of the car to view a short video of Scott Staley, Raylene, Orrin and I in Orrin’s beast of a car, a convertible challenger.

Here are some awesome pictures of our weekend at the Woodward’s.

Enjoy and God bless,

Wayne

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2012 in closing

 

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Claude and Lana Hamilton – LIFE Founders

Here is an article in a series from Orrin Woodward’s leadership blog about the founders of LIFE.

This spotlight of LIFE Founders is on Claude and Lana Hamilton. We have known Claude and Lana personally for 9 years now, and they have been such an inspiration in our lives. They have shown us not only through mentorship and guidance on how to achieve our goals and dreams, but also through being an example day in and day out for us to follow. They have become some of our best friends throughout our journey. We truly appricate them, and we are not surprised by all of their succesess, because they have such servant hearts.

Enjoy,

God Bless, Wayne

Featured Life Founders are Claude and Lana Hamilton. The Hamilton’s home is one of the largest in their Canadian province, which isn’t shocking to me since they have one of the largest dreams in the province also. Neither Claude nor Lana come from wealth, so how did this young couple achieve so much with so little? Simply put, they joined a leadership community, learned principles that allowed them to rise to their potential, and acted upon it.

Both of them started in the Canadian military. Lana in the Navy and Claude in the Great White North’s equivalent to the Navy Seal program. With little money, no connections, and no plans, the Hamilton’s joined networking where they promptly struggled for years. In fact, the miracle of their first five years in business is that they didn’t quit. With little outward success to show for years of relentless effort, only huge dreamers like the Hamilton’s would have continued to hold out hope. This hope, however, was the key to their future success and was not held onto in vane.

After missing numerous leadership conventions, since they were convened on the other side of Canada and the Hamilton’s had no money, Claude did the unthinkable. With Lana serving at sea, Claude, hungry to learn the proper leadership mindset, hitchhiked across Canada, attending his first-ever conference. This may sound crazy to some, but the Hamilton’s lifestyle today is also crazy. Great achievements come with great sacrifice, period! Indeed, the higher the mountain, the harder the climb. Claude and Lana vowed to climb to the top.

I met Claude when his organization joined forces with TEAM in 2006. He had already accomplished great successes in community building before I met him. In fact, his huge dreams, drive, and determination were evident to me immediately. Later, I would also witness first-hand his character, courage, and convictions. As Claude is a voracious student, we quickly teamed up and his business began to surge ahead even further.

In late 2007, when legal disputes arose with our former supplier, Claude and Lana displayed their true valor. With many choosing to hide out, fearful of drawing attention to themselves and falling into litigation, the Hamilton’s charged to the front, leading their teams to fast growth. Even when the TEAM income and numbers dropped precipitously in 2008, the Hamilton’s never wavered on their core belief in the community’s right to freedom.

In early 2009, the Hamilton’s defining moment arrived. The Hamilton’s were offered peace and an end to all litigation. However, they quickly refused the offer. Why do you ask? Because as part of the settlement offer, Claude and Lana would have to separate permanently from TEAM, choosing peace over their principles. This Faustian bargain was not even considered by the principle-centered couple. They knew that the best opportunity for their team to win involved staying with TEAM, even if it meant increased personal hardships and severed friendships. In other words, they kept themselves in harms way in order to ensure the best opportunity for their community. This type of sacrificial leadership is extremely rare today, making Claude and Lana Hamilton modern-day heroes and admired by all who know their story.

Thankfully, in late 2010, all legal disputes were settled and the TEAM finally was free to pursue its destiny. The Hamilton’s are Founders of LIFE because they are leaders of character who have proven their mettle on the front lines, not hiding out in the foxholes. Anyone can talk about character, but living it when it counts is what matters. Claude and Lana live their principles daily.

On another note, on top of leading one of the fastest growing teams with the TEAM, Claude also volunteered to be the PC leader over the TEAM events department. In this role, he has greatly improved the quality and profitability of the opens, seminars, and major functions. I cannot imagine the TEAM’s turnaround without the endless hours sacrificially invested by Claude for the benefit of us all.

Laurie and I want to personally thank our good friends and LIFE Founders Claude and Lana Hamilton. It’s because you are who you are that makes LIFE what it is and what it’s going to be. Sincerely, Orrin Woodward

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2012 in Leadership

 

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Attitude is the Difference

Have you ever wondered why some people just always seem upbeat and vibrant about life?

Have you ever said to yourself that this person just does not have my situations?

Have you thought that maybe they were born with the ability to always stay positive?

I did, for many years I thought something must be was wrong with people who always seemed happy and joyful about their situations, they must be pretending. In my younger years, I always looked at things in life as fun and on the bright side, but as I got older and the responsibilities started piling up, I could not find that something that I was passionate about and that could keep that positive outlook on life. I believed it was circumstances that made me have a positive or negative outlook; I was always looking for an outside event or person to make me happy.

I want to share with you that you can have a positive attitude. It is simply a choice. It may not always be easy, but the greatest minds in the world agree that it is not what happens to you that matters, but how you respond to what happens to you.

Today I have used sources from Top Leadership GuruOrrin Woodward, especially his new book Resolved, as well as other books, online sources, and mentorship from co-founder of LIFE, Claude Hamilton.

Orrin Woodward states in his book Resolved, I Resolve to have a positive attitude in an all situations. Failure in life is not from outside events, but the inside story a person tells himself.

Winners and non-winners receive the same stimulus, but choose to interpret and respond to the events differently.

As an old Native American Cherokee legend states:

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside of me.” he said to the boy “it is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is angry, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside of you and inside every other person too.” The grandson thought about it for a minute and them asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?” the old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Just like those two wolves, we have a negative voice and a positive voice in our heads, many times the negative one screams at you while the positive one is a faint whisper. The difference between a positive and a negative person is not determined by his circumstances, but by which voice he chooses to listen to.

William James said, “Man can change his life simply by changing his attitude.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “You are today where your thoughts have brought you. You will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.”

Norman Vincent Peales states, “Attitudes are more important than facts.”

In the 1970’s, The Andrew Carnegie foundation funded the largest research study ever done to determine what makes a successful individual. They surveyed more than 300,000 people in four different employment sectors. Their findings speak for themselves. It was found that:

1. 7% of your success is determined by the knowledge you have

2. 12% of our success is determined by the skill you possess

3. 81% was determined by your ATTITUDE

John Wooden taught these principles relating to attitude: never whine, never complain, or never make excuses.

Achievement orientated people will not associate for long with a negative voice, either their own or others.

Winners have an attitude that they will until, not accepting excuses from themselves.

The voice that a person chooses to listen to determines the fruit that he produces in life.

I encourage you to choose wisely.

Will you decide to consciously feed your positive voice while deliberately starving your negative one.

Zig Ziglar says: “Your attitude, not your aptitude, determines your altitude.”

God Bless,

Wayne MacNamara

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2012 in Leadership

 

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Entitlement vs Performance in LIFE

In TEAM and LIFE, Orrin Woodward along with the founders of LIFE, have created a culture that rewards performance. So many people have become unwilling to strive for excellence. Today, it’s almost as important for people to get rewarded just for participating versus learning the truth that in life the performers get rewarded.

Some examples of Entitlement Thinking are:

1) I have witnessed kids playing sports and their parents not keeping score of the game. They want to reward every kid equally for just being on the team instead of rewarding the performers on the field. Where will these parents be when their children are in a real life scenario like a job interview and their child doesn’t get picked for the job, nor a reward for showing up. Teach the kids to strive for excellence now and they will later. Teach them the difference between succeeding and failing, let them feel that feeling of failure so they strive not to feel it again. I heard once, our job as adults if to raise responsible adults, not just happy children.

2) My wife Raylene, in her college classes witnessed young men and women asking their teachers how many points they would earn for just handing in their assignment. The scary thing is some professors would give marks for it. What message is that sending. Can you imagine saying to your boss “Hey can you pay me today just for showing up, regardless of my performance?”

Entitlement vs. Performing Behavior

  • Entitlement behavior says; I’m here, I’m alive, we are all equal, reward me the same as the performer. They believe luck plays the most important part of being a winner.
  • Performance behavior says; Can this be done? Is there someone who has done it that can help me? I will learn the skills needed to perform. I will practice over and over so NEVER lower the bar for me, if anything, raise the bar.

What I have learned in the LIFE community building industry is whenever I would reward a non-performer along with the performer, I usually lost both. When I rewarded the non-performer (cause of my feelings/emotions) they never would start Orrin Woodward’s P.D.C.A. (plan, do, check, adjust) process. They had no reason to strive to get better because I would reward their efforts no matter what. Now, because the performer saw me reward the non-performer he started to realize, why should I strive to become better if we both receive the same treatment. This behavior undermines the performer’s belief in themselves. I’m truly thankful today that my mentor/coach Claude Hamilton never done the work for me and never lowered the bar.

Claude has shown me through his example that a performer doesn’t need easy they just need possible!

God Bless,

Wayne Mac Namara

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2011 in closing

 

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Only the Disciplined are Free

Check out this article of Claude and Lana Hamilton’s house that was featured in the Chronicle Herald, in Halifax, NS, http://thechronicleherald.ca/homesnews/26434-dream-big.

Inscribed on Claude and Lana’s gym door are the words “Only the Discipline are Free”. This is just some of the rewards for living a LIFE of discipline.

We are very proud to be in business with Claude and Lana. This couple has gone above and beyond what you would expect as business partners, and life coaches. As you read through this article remember that they started their business journey in a 400-600 sq ft military apartment.

God Bless, Wayne MacNamara

Claude and Lana Hamilton's House

Dreams do come true for those who protect and nourish their dreams!!

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2011 in Finances

 

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