This year leaders from around the world will gather at the LIFE Leadership conventions held at the Visalia Convention Center in California, the Ernst and Young Centre in Ontario Canada, and the U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The situations in our lives, the financial position we are in, the quality of our relationships, the health of our business community, the answers politicians are trying to provide, and even the future of the next generations won’t be determined by someone else. The answers to those questions will be determined by us, yes, us! Unlike popular opinion that says, “someone, somewhere, sometime, will provide our people with the answer to their situations and problems” the answer is, has been, and always will be, the people’s responsibility. The LIFE Leadership community is expanding rapidly as people begin to take hold of the reality that “if it’s to be, it’s up to me.” The leaders who attend these conventions that will be the difference makers in our country in the future.
This is why people will be attending? There is a tension inside of us. That tension is the tension that is created between our current reality and the vision of our future. To a leader, vision is a statement of our future reality expressed in words today. People realize that something must change in the area of personal finances, future financial security, and even the state of the current economy. Those who attend will seek to learn from others who are achieving results in these areas. As a leader’s influence increases, they will begin to make a difference in other people’s thinking and inspire them to act. A leader’s influence is ultimately what is lacking in the country today. At one time, our country was ladened with leaders. How is it that a nation has gone so far away from that scenario?
It takes sophisticated manipulation on several fronts to develop a nation that is void of leaders. The political arena, backed up by the media monopoly, permeated by the education system, all together influenced by the financial institutions is the only way this could have happened. Notice that politics, media, and education have become completely frozen with good intentions. Anyone in those fields knows what is needed to do the right thing but the financial vices strongly hold those good intentions from coming into fruition. What is needed is an independent group of leaders not manipulated by the financial institutions. Rather, a group of leaders who will not give up their character and principles to those who wish to take total control.
As a leader it’s our duty to make a difference. Best selling author Orrin Woodward describes it in his Guinness Record breaking book ‘And Justice For All.’ The two metaphysical duties are described as the dream and distinction. Remember, one of the last great leaders of modern times was assassinated. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “The time is always right to do what is right.” He confronted all of our silence with this truth, “History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period… was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.” Today, the dream is alive again, that each of us can make a difference. We can begin by making a difference in our own lives and we can expand to make a difference in other people’s lives. Orrin writes, “With the death of liberty comes the death of dreams… because they stop believing hard work can make their dreams come true.” People will attend these leadership conventions because they have a dream but it doesn’t stop there.
There must be distinction. Distinction is a difference that you can see, hear, smell, and feel. It’s a noticeable difference between people. Distinction is a way of measuring success. As our country is heavily loaded in favor of a welfare state where we begin to become dependent on the state for our needs. It appears that the goal is conformity or lack of distinction. Is this an accident? We must begin to reward those who distinguish themselves because they have put forth the effort to break the chains of complacency caused from dependency. I’ve heard so many people say, “We don’t need all the motivation.” Distinction is not motivation. Distinction is recognizing those who have stepped out of their complacency to get into the action phase that is necessary to achieve their goals. We applaud anyone who will step out of the “Matrix.” As a nation we’ve become hypnotized with our credentials instead of nurturing the hunger to continue personal and professional leadership. We must reward those who, like Harriet Tubman during the civil war, are willing to risk everything just to ride the train to freedom. Let’s be honest, freedom does not come without a price. If only there was a way to reward those who distinguished themselves with the right behaviors with some type of financial reward.
I can’t wait to go the leadership conventions just to see those people who will distinguish themselves because they are making the difference that we all know needs to happen to preserve a free society. “Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat,” Theodore Roosevelt.
If your freedom or your children’s freedom were left hanging in the balance, would you say you didn’t have the time or the money to go to the leadership conventions this October? That’s why I want to go, because it means that to me. I know that each and everyone of the people at those conventions have a decision to make. They are led by their dream of a better future. They distinguish themselves like the Pilgrims of the past who left everything behind for the opportunity to pursue their dreams. I want to be with the people who help create a civilization of free people. Preserving freedom will not come without sacrifice. But what sacrifice: a weekend away from the kids, or a hotel bill on the credit card? What is that price to pay compared to the freedom fighters from the past that gave their lives so we could have a chance? How easy is it to hide in the comforts of our circumstances? I don’t want to send the future generations the bill for our comfort. I want them to know that we took responsibility and carried the torch for their freedom in hope that they would do the same for those next generations. Thomas Paine said it better than I can, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” God Bless, George Guzzardo