Remarkable Life

22 07 2014

There are many powerful books that come out through the Life Leadership Subscription Series. This past month a remarkable book titled RemarkableRemarkable was sent to me and every page has caused me think deeper and deeper. What I do for a living is build communities of leaders who go out and add value to this world. Through 4 maxims, Remarkable will teach you how to make choices that create value in not only your life, but everyone’s life around you.

The four maxims of value you creation as state in Remarkable are:

1. Maxim of Creativity – We are designed to create value in life.

2. Maxim of Positivity – Authentic positivity is the by-product of creating true value.

3. Maxim of Sustainability – To continuously create value, leverage your passion and strengths to solve problems.

4. Maxim of Responsibility – Ownership empowers people to take responsibility for creating value.

It is never my intention to tell people what to think, rather to give people the tools to lead their self to live the life they have always wanted. To do that I offer you my recommendation of this book to add to your “toolbox”. This book, along with the maxims, will leave you searching for what you can do to create more value in people’s lives. This statement alone is the true meaning of success – adding value to people’s lives.

I hope you enjoy this read and I look forward to your comments on what this it has done for your life and the lives of the people you have added value to.

Steve Leurquin

 

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Make Yourself Unforgettable

1 07 2014

In living out my purpose in life helping others, I meet hundreds if not thousands of people for the first time every month.  When I first Make yourself unforgettablebegan this journey I was so self conscious that I would try to impress them as fast as possible with the words that came out of my mouth. After reading many books and many hours of experience, without a doubt I know the best way to be unforgettable to someone is to become a great listener.

The Dale Carnegie Training book: Make Yourself Unforgettable, teaches how to make a lasting impression through class. In a world where everyone is talking but nobody is being heard, becoming unforgettable is as simple as becoming a good listener.

Some common mistakes when listening to others:

*Rehearsing – Thinking of what you will say and not hearing what they are saying.

*Evaluating or Prejudging.

*Story Topping.

*Truth Telling – You are fixer so you “tell them how it is” as they are telling you a stressor in their life.

*Fault Finding – Disagreeing with them for the fun of it.

*Placating – Not listing but saying things like “Really” to appear that you are listening.

*Derailing – Taking over the conversation.

Now, we are all guilty of doing each of these mistakes at some point in our lives. The idea is to not beat yourself up about it rather know what they are so we can identify them in the future. This would be the defense of good listening. The offense of good listening is taking a proactive approach and not focus just on what bad listening is, but also focus on what good listeners do.

What good listening is:

*Make listening a conscious choice – make a decision to become a good listener.

*Put your expectations aside – Hear what they are saying and not what you think they are saying through your filter.

*Ask Questions

*Maintain eye contact

*Pay attention – focus Danielson! Don’t check out!

It is funny that when my influence was smaller, I did most of the talking. Now I found that most places I go, I do most of the listening and yet now I lead much larger groups of people. I find that people are so hungry to be heard in a world that does not listen, you become a person of class when you will truly listen to them to inspire them to reach the the life they have always wanted to live.

Hope this helps! It has helped me immensely!

Steve Leurquin





PAiLS Part II

14 03 2014

Last week I did a write up on the book PAilS and how much it has impacted my life. I thought I would do a follow-up with a review from the top LIFE Leadership mind and best-selling author Orrin Woodward.

Enjoy, Steve Leurquin

Chris Brady Releases New Book: PAiLS

Chris Brady released his new book PAiLS at the LIFE Leadership Major Functions and it is already receiving rave reviews. Here is the Foreword I wrote for this powerful book helping one develop his game plan for the game of life.

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward

Chris Brady: PAiLS

Chris Brady: PAiLS

When NY Times bestselling author and speaker Chris Brady notified me that he was sending a hardcopy of his latest book to me, I was intrigued.  For any time I read his works I find my mind expanded, my heart encouraged, and my resolve strengthened.  Although I have partnered with Chris for nearly twenty years, I still find myself marveling at Chris’s ability to communicate truth in a disarming fashion.  Further, he somehow does this while making everyone laugh hysterically.  Seriously, the only thing more fun than reading a Chris Brady book is having the privilege of sitting in the front row when he is speaking.

In any event, when I received the book, I devoured it in a matter of hours.  Thankfully, for me, no one was home, since there were several times when Chris brought me to tears – several times with his humor and other points with his poignancy.  If the reader has read Chris’s critically acclaimed book A Month of Italy, then he can relate to what I am saying.  Nonetheless, this book breaks new ground for the author as it addresses an important issue for today’s youth (and people of all ages, for that matter), namely, what is the best way to pursue one’s life goals and dreams?

In answering that question, Chris develops a framework for life and happiness that is both innovative and compelling.  In fact, Chris’s four-layer Ziggurat has become the basis for mentoring my own teenagers as they prepare for their journeys through life.  Starting with Preparatory Experiences and a Pragmatic Occupation, Chris then explains how these two layers can then be the foundation for chasing one’s Passionate Pursuit, culminating in fulfilling one’s Purposeful Calling. They say genius is the ability to make the complex seem simple.  Accordingly, the first chapter alone qualifies Chris for Mensa membership as he simplified one’s life into four layers that build upon one another.  Such insight is priceless.

Taking this information, I quickly reviewed in my mind the many people I have modeled, mentored, and studied to confirm the truthfulness of the life’s Ziggurat.  Every successful person utilizes the principles in this book whether they realize it or not.  Fortunately, with the writing of this book, Chris has provided the next-generation with a revolutionary approach to living that breaks down the half-truths and outright fallacies that hold people back from achieving their purpose in life.

Finally, when taking any advice in life, it is important to identify whether the person has “fruit on the tree” in the area he proposes to teach.  Having known Chris Brady since both of us were eighteen-year-old college kids, I have been blessed to watch Chris Brady build his life Ziggurat.  From his preparatory experiences in motor-cross racing to his pragmatic career as an engineer, Chris laid the foundation necessary to pursue his passion.  Indeed, after eight to ten hour workdays, Chris progressively developed mastery in the fields of writing, speaking, and leading.

After five years of toiling in anonymity, Chris broke into the mainstream with a string of bestselling books (having sold over a million copies in seven languages) and speaking engagements around the world in front of tens-of-thousands of people.  Moreover, he has supported numerous charitable works through his board position in All Grace Outreach Ministries.  In addition, Chris, and his lovely wife Terri Brady are nurturing parents to four entrepreneurially minded children.  To wrap up, I believe the best teachers model before they message, and Chris Brady’s life has authentically modeled the message he illuminates here.

Orrin Woodward

New York Times bestselling author

Founder of LIFE Leadership





Regrets of the Dying

4 03 2014

I was recently reading a book by Best-Selling Author Chris Brady titled PAiLS: Twenty Years from Now, What Will You Wish PAiLS Cover (2) (130x200)You Had Done Today? It is an amazing read with many soul searching questions for everyone to ask themselves as they go through life wondering, why am I here?

From the beginning you are attracted to this amazing read. On the first page of the introduction, Brady references a woman who worked with the dying for many years and authored an article sharing “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying”. I took a look and honestly questioned myself on these five regrets. It led me to write a message to a friend that I respect very much, in hopes of refreshing what was once an awesome relationship.

I hope the following five regrets inspire you to Live The Life You Have Always Wanted as well.

Steve Leurquin

Top Five Regrets of the Dying:

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

5. I wish I had let myself be happier.





Wrestling-Life-Hero

30 09 2013

It seems as though people doing great things is becoming cool again! After many years of a constant bombardment of negative happenings being the only thing highlighted in the media, I have had an enormous amount of people sending me stories of great people doing even greater things!

Thanks to the heroes like the two gentlemen you about to see, our generation is waking up to the fact that when you realize where you came from, everyone should be treated like the special creation they are!  Demetrius…..Thank you! 

This life is a great journey, Enjoy it! Steve Leurquin

high school wrestler down syndrome

We share a pretty thorough amount of stuff to make you cry on this site, from sick kids in wheelchairs scoring touchdowns to army dads returning home to surprise their families todead dog mascots who tweet from Heaven, so it’s amazing to me that a story as inspiring and touching as the one between Atlanta high schoolers Demetrius de Moors and Michael Lind could be almost a year old and not have any major mainstream coverage.

Demetrius was set to compete in Georgia’s prestigious South Metro Wrestling Tournament and stepped in against Lind, a kid with Down Syndrome. I won’t spoil it for you in an asinine paragraph, but if you’ve got five free minutes, watch this video in its entirety, cry a little bit, and feel a hell of a lot better about humanity.

 

It’s such a great story, even if Randy Orton makes an unwelcome cameo.

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Demetrius ended up winning a 2012 National Sportsmanship Award for his efforts, and it was well-deserved. But hey, Demetrius? It’s okay to tell your mom when you do something cool like this.

People are pretty okay sometimes, huh?

 





Assist of a Champion, Shot of a Lifetime

20 09 2013

There are moments when I am just so proud to be a human being I just can’t stand it! With tears in my eyes I watched this video several time and I am in awe of God’s glory! God? You may ask. God didn’t pass Mitchell the ball.

Well, if a creator did not exist, if we were just products of chance and only the fittest survive in a quest of superiority to advance the best genes, then Jonathan would have never done what he did and Coach Moralas would not even bother taking Mitchell under his care. There is absolute truth and thank you to Coach, Mitchell, and Jonathan for your shinning light of how great that truth can be!

Enjoy the video, Steve Leurquin





Freedom In Life

21 09 2012

We all love dream-struggle-victory movies. We cheer when Rocky goes from the poor streets of Philadelphia working at a meat packing industry to a world champion boxer. We cry when un-athletic, not meant for college Rudy who gets ridiculed from his family for his dream, gets carried off the field for fulfilling a life long dream.

This is a great story by Dan Hawkins of dream-struggle-victory. The difference here is they did it by helping people. Along with this story I wish you could hear of the many people’s lives the Sagers have touched along their road to their first of many victories.

Enjoy, Steve Leurquin


Success in the LIFE Business

The LIFE Business is less than 1 year old and gaining momentum at record rates.  Orrin Woodward and the rest of the founders at LIFE have created a compensation plan that is helping people get free from financial bondage.

From time to time I like to recognize leaders who are out in living rooms night after night making it happen and hitting new levels. The level I would like to recognize today is significate to say the least. The couple I am featuring has accomplished a leadership level few people in any  field ever experience. The goal of leadership is to first develop a following, but then more important create other leaders. This couple is doing both with character and class.

This story begins with a police officer and a factory worker who began to dream of a better life for themselves and others around them. It was less than 1 yr ago….  For the rest of the story click here.