Posts Tagged ‘Eric Blomdahl’

Character and Integrity Win Out in the End

Back in January 2013, a question was raised as to the legitimacy of Orrin Woodward’s and Chris Brady’s Top 30 ranking on the Leadership Guru website. We knew from the beginning that the website’s claims were false and their disqualification was unjustified, but we also knew that the truth would prevail over time. Remember, people of integrity expect to be believed and when they are not, they let time prove them right. So, please find below a copy of the website’s apology and retraction…

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We are so blessed to be following men that have character, integrity, morals and ethics like Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady…don’t find that much in today’s society.

We are in good hands, so dare to go after the life you’ve always wanted…LIFE Leadership.

God bless and have a great week everyone!

Eric C. Blomdahl

Lessons of a Compensated Community Builder – Part 4 & Final (Revisited)


In this fourth and final article regarding lessons of a community builder, I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to Orrin Woodward and the rest of the Co-Founders and Policy Council. It is because of their personal sacrifices and dedication to purpose and excellence that all of us have such incredible information on how to successfully build compensated communities and have the opportunity to pursue the life we’ve always wanted through LIFE Leadership. I hope you have enjoyed this series of articles and have found these lessons helpful in your pursuit of the life you’ve always wanted.

Be a Problem Solver: As previously mentioned in this series, compensated community builders need to use empathy rather than sympathy when helping people succeed in life. The reason why people are where they are at in life is because of the information they allow into their head, which leads to the way they think, which leads to the decisions they make, which leads to the actions they take, which leads to the life they are living. When you meet someone who is not happy with where they are at in life, you will find a big reason is because they continually allow obstacles to get in the way of doing the things that are necessary to make positive changes in their life. Empathy says that you understand what they are going through, but you don’t allow their excuses to stop them from doing the right things. This will require you to become good at empathetic listening and solving problems. Because of their current thinking, they will need someone with an outside perspective to help them think “outside the box”. Someone to offer solutions to obstacles that they would have previously allowed to stop them from doing what’s needed to positively change their circumstances. The better problem solver you become; the more people you’ll help; the bigger the difference you’ll make; the faster you’ll live the life you’ve always wanted. Check out Habit 5 in Stephen R. Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”.

Become a Great Edifier: Edification is a biblical principle that in layman’s terms means to uplift and speak favorably about a specific individual or group to another individual or group. It is very important when edifying someone that only characteristics that are honest and true about that person are used to uplift. If you’ve ever heard someone give false edification using characteristics that aren’t honest and truthful, it is very obvious and usually results in a negative impression on both parties involved in the edification process. When used properly with truth, honesty, and a sincere heart, edification is a very powerful principle. The best edifiers have the biggest communities; and the biggest communities have the best edifiers. Become great at truthful, honest, sincere edification. Listen multiple times to TEAM 1 – “Edification, Duplication, Association” CD by Orrin Woodward in the “Top 50″. In fact, go ahead and listen to the rest of the Top 50 while you’re at it…you won’t regret it (even if you’ve listened to it before).

Get Your Worldview Right: I was raised and confirmed Lutheran, believed in God, but at 32 years of age, if you would have asked me to explain my worldview, I wouldn’t have been able to do it. At that point in my life, my worldview was that faith time with God was on Sundays from 9:30am – 10:30am and that the rest of the week was broken into work time, family time, fun time, etc. In addition, I did not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I knew of Him, but did not have a relationship with Him…which are two drastically different things. Back in those days, I believed that all the 8 “F’s” that we talk about in LIFE were separate from one another. Today, I now know that 7 of the “F’s” are governed by the 8th “F” (Faith), and that having a personal relationship on a daily basis with Jesus Christ is crucial…not just for life on earth, but for life eternal. I know that as each of you read this article, everyone’s worldview may be all over the place, but I strongly recommend seeking and understanding why you believe what you believe…you just might surprise yourself with what you discover. I would recommend starting your journey by listening to the “No Regrets – AGO First Night Pack” and “The LIFE of Christ Pack”. Remember, you’re going to be gone from this world a lot longer than you’ll be in this world…eternity is a long time to be wrong about your worldview…please take the time to get it right.

Resolve Conflict: If you’ve been around the community building industry for any length of time, you may have heard the following statement, or something similar, “Building communities is great because of the people, but it sure can be frustrating at times because of the people.” God has made us all different. In fact, it is because of those differences that communities are so powerful. But, at the same time, it is because of those differences that we will encounter conflicts with people. Unresolved conflict within a community of people over time will fester and spread like a cancer…ultimately having devastating results. Don’t allow conflict to have more than 24 hours of life…deal with it and resolve it immediately. Read Chapter 10 in Orrin Woodward’s book, “RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions for LIFE”.

I want to end this series with the following thought: The only difference between ordinary and extraordinary, is a little extra…this world needs you to be extraordinary!

Your future awaits…go get it!!!

Have a great week and God bless,

Eric C. Blomdahl

Lessons of a Compensated Community Builder – Part 3 (Revisited)


I am so grateful and blessed to have been given the opportunity to be associated with Orrin Woodward and the rest of the Policy Council. The information that they have developed regarding building compensated communities through LIFE is world-class. I hope you find these lessons helpful.

Lessons of a Compensated Community Builder – Part 3:

Stop worrying about what others think of you: For as long as I can remember, I worried about what others would think of me…at work, at church, other parents, neighbors…just about everyone. So naturally, this worry carried over when I started building communities too. And because of that worry, the speed at which I would grow my community was very slow. I would not contact great people who were probably in “the looking zone” for fear they’d think something negative of me…how selfish. I represented the greatest business in the world (LIFE) and because of my own selfish insecurities, I was withholding an opportunity from people that could allow them to pursue the life they’ve always wanted. Then one day I was listening to a sermon and the pastor made the following statement, “Instead of worrying about what other people think of you, start worrying about what God thinks of you.” That sentence changed my entire perspective. If you are pursuing your God-given purpose, who cares what others think of you. At that point, I decided that what God thinks of me will govern my life. Since that decision, it’s amazing how much more confidence a person has when dealing with people. Remember, in the end, it’s much more important to hear, “Well done thy good and faithful servant.”; than to have your neighbor approve of what you are doing. I recommend the following: “The Christian Comfort Guide”.

Don’t argue with people: This principle is best explained through an example. Awhile back, I was getting a gentleman started in the community and he made a statement that he does not attend seminars of any kind. He was very adamant about his position. In the past, I would have responded like most people and proceed to explain to him how awesome these seminars are, how it is so important for him to go, and actually start to argue with him. This would only drive a wedge in between us and I would have lost my ability to positively influence him. As the saying goes, “A person convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.” But, in this case, I just responded with “I understand” and left him more CD’s. Each time I saw him, I would feed him more CD’s, remind him of his dream and just be his friend. Now, he did not go to the very next seminar, but he did contact me a month later and asked me how he could get a ticket for the next seminar. I could have argued with him, after all, I knew I was right and he was wrong, but what I learned is that I had to let him learn he was wrong on his own by feeding him CD’s and just being a friend to him. I strongly recommend everyone read, “How to Win Friends and Influence People”.

Be an uplifting and encouraging person: Most people find themselves in environments throughout the course of their day that are negative, critical, depressing, and degrading. The reason why communities are so appealing to people is because they are looking for association that is different from their everyday routine. This principle will help you create the right environment. Encourage and uplift people. Be a “good-finder” with people. You will encounter people that need correcting, but if you just encourage and uplift and let the CD’s and books do the correcting, you will be amazed with your results. Not to mention, you’ll develop a lot of friends. If you create an environment where people feel great every time they are around you and around the association you create, your community will explode. Conversely, if you create an environment that doesn’t make people feel great, they will not stick around long. They will continue their search for a community where they do feel great and write off the LIFE TEAM as “not for them”. I recommend reading the following book: “Bringing Out the Best in People”.

No negative around community: I have been to community-building meetings where the excitement and energy is high, people are getting started, taking first-night material, booking follow-throughs and then here comes someone who’s been around for a while with a long face and proceeds on informing me (at a volume level for all to hear) how all their people didn’t show, how “so and so” quit, and 45 miles was way too far to drive. Within a few minutes, all the energy and excitement is sucked out of the room. Now, don’t get me wrong, I know when you are pursuing greatness and building communities you are going to have frustrating moments. When those moments happen, I am the first to encourage people to talk to their support person or mentor. However, there is a time and place to deal with frustrations…a fired up community-building meeting is not one of them. Develop the discipline and professionalism to have that discussion with your support person or mentor before/after meeting…not during. Only positive around community. I recommend reading, “Developing the Leader Within You”

Empathy, not sympathy: People who get started with LIFE and TEAM typically have big hearts and they want to help people succeed. When building communities, you are going to meet people with sad stories and difficult situations. It is very important when you encounter these situations that you display empathy, not sympathy. Here’s an example between the two: Sympathy says, “I know that you can’t afford to go to the leadership convention in Milwaukee in July, so it’s okay if you don’t go.” Empathy says, “I understand that you can’t afford to go to the leadership convention in Milwaukee in July, but I know that if you want to change your circumstances, you need to be there. What do you say we brainstorm together and figure out a way to help you get the money needed to go.” Sympathy actually hurts people more than helps them. Empathy says you care about them enough to help them fight through their obstacles so they can win in life. Read, “The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People”.

Mentoring: If you’ve ever watched a NASCAR race, what you observed was 40+ cars driving at very high speeds all at once around a racetrack or road course with eventually one driver in the winner’s circle at the end of the race. The driver gets all the credit in the after-race interviews, but most drivers are quick to point out that it took a whole team to collect the victory. One of the members of the team is called a “spotter.” A spotter is positioned in a location where they can see the entire track and remains in communication with the driver at all times. Because the spotter has a different perspective of the race than the driver, he/she is able to help the driver avoid debris, accidents, etc. Basically, the spotter offers the driver information from a different perspective so that mid-race adjustments can be made to give the driver the best chance for victory. This is exactly the role of a mentor when building communities. A mentor can give you a different perspective about a given situation and then provide critical information to help you not only successfully maneuver around the track, but to make sure you win at the end. The driver that does not utilize a spotter is at great risk of crashing and knocking themselves out of the race. This is true of building communities and not using a mentor too. If you want to build large communities of people that will last over time, make sure you mentor on a regular basis. Please listen to the CD titled, “This is Mentoring”.

The fourth and final part of this article coming soon.

God bless and have a great day!

Eric C. Blomdahl

Lessons of a Compensated Community Builder – Part 2 (Revisited)


I am so grateful and blessed to have been given the opportunity to be associated with Orrin Woodward and the rest of the Policy Council. The information that they have developed regarding building compensated communities and helping people live the life they’ve always wanted through LIFE is world-class. I hope you find these lessons helpful.

Lessons of a Compensated Community Builder – Part 2:

Grace Over Law: The melancholy part of my personality had a tough time with this one. Let me explain through an example. I had an individual that was relatively new to the community and had incredible potential to become a great leader. He was listening to CD’s, reading books, associating on a regular basis, but was a little hesitant to make phone calls because of fear. Over time, he finally mustered the courage to make a phone call. The phone call was a “no”, but this gentleman was extremely excited about his phone call and couldn’t wait to call me and tell me about it. He explained to me what he did and said and was really fired up.

Now for the moment I wish I could take back…instead of congratulating him on his personal victory of overcoming fear and making the phone call, I chose to concentrate on the fact that it was a “no” and focused the next ten minutes on correcting him on everything he did wrong according to the “LIFE Team Builder’s Textbook”. Over the course of the next 3-4 weeks, he stopped listening to CD’s, stopped reading, stopped associating and drifted away forever. Even after all these years it still weighs heavy on my heart, because I am convinced that if I would have just congratulated him on his courage and be excited with him and for him regardless of the result of the phone call, he would still be around today. Remember, being excited and congratulating on someone’s personal victory (regardless of the end result) is way more important than correcting or condemning.

Relationship Over Task: This principle was tough for the choleric part of my personality. When I take time away from my family to build communities, I want to fill my schedule and maximize my results…which for a choleric means I’m on a mission with tunnel vision…get out of my way. The problem with being on a mission with tunnel vision is that the people who don’t get out-of-the-way get run over. Now here’s the balancing act regarding this principle…develop that “art” of having a specific intent with people while leading with relationship. Most people are either all task or all relationship, but the “art” of this principle is to find the balance between the two. The people who I know who have developed this balance are called Policy Council members and Co-Founder’s of LIFE. I recommend getting and listening to the “How to Build Relationships Pack”.

Get it Together, Together: Regardless of whether you’re married or not, this principle is very important when building communities. If you’re single, I am sure that you will be working with people who are married and it will be beneficial for you to know this information. Besides, I am guessing that a good percentage of you will be married someday (impress your future spouse with what a good “catch” you are by mastering this early). If you’re married, it is important to not just be a good example to other couples in your community, but to allow yourself to be blessed by developing the marriage that God intended for you. I recommend listening to the “Marriage Pack” and reading “The Five Love Languages” and “Love and Respect”. Ladies, you can ignore the next sentence. For the guys only…don’t just listen and read…implement…it’s your responsibility to improve your marriage!

Part 3 of this article coming soon.

God bless and have a great weekend!

Eric C. Blomdahl

Lessons of a Compensated Community Builder – Part 1 (Revisited)


A little over a decade ago I committed to building communities of people utilizing a proven marketing system that Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady developed. That decision has proven to be the most rewarding experience of my life. However, along the way, many important lessons were learned. Some of those lessons came with a great amount of personal pain and suffering and, unfortunately, with a negative impact on the community (sorry to everyone that suffered because of my growing pains). The purpose of this article is to share some of those lessons with the hope that other community builders can learn from my experience without suffering the personal anguish and without negatively impacting the community (i.e. people’s lives).

Lessons of a Compensated Community Builder:

Dare to Dream: It’s sad, but America in 2014 doesn’t dream anymore. In fact, if you are a “dreamer” in today’s society, you are alienated and made to feel like something is wrong with you. The reality is, God gave each and every one of us the ability to dream. And if He gave us the ability to dream, He surely will give us the opportunity to make those dreams come true. I would like to challenge everyone before you go to bed tonight; make a list of 100 dreams you want to accomplish in your life. Once that list is complete, keep it in your planner and look at it daily and become passionate about accomplishing them. Muster the courage and develop the habit to not just dream, but dream BIG with PASSION!

Get Your Elephant Charging: The subconscious mind (“elephant”) is a very powerful force, but it is totally underutilized by the majority of our society. Most people live their lives allowing the conscious mind (“ant”) to lead them. If you truly want to transform your life and strive for greatness, you need to reprogram your mind to allow the subconscious (“elephant”) to lead. I recommend reading “The Ant and the Elephant” by Vince Poscente and listening to “The Ant and the Elephant” CD by Orrin Woodward.

Humble Yourself and Commit to Personal Development: Contrary to my personal belief when I got started, I didn’t know everything about everything. That realization is rather simply stated in the previous short sentence, but in actuality it took me several years to learn and finally accept. You may have heard the saying, “You can’t take your old self into a bright new future.” If you find yourself reading this article and not liking where you are at in life, it is going to require you to humble yourself and commit to personal development. The best personal development education system I have found is through a LIFE subscription(s). LIFE offers several monthly subscription options to launch your personal development journey: LIFE (personal education), Leadership (professional education), AGO (faith education) and EDGE (life principles for teens), Freedom and Finance. For the individual looking to make the most out of his/her life, I recommend subscribing to all of them. A commitment to personal development is going to require developing the daily habits of listening to educational audios, reading from great books, and associating with like-minded people on a regular basis.

Control Your Schedule, Don’t Let Your Schedule Control You: When asked, most people in today’s society are very quick to list their top priorities in life, but when you compare their schedule to their priorities, most are 180 degree opposite…their schedules don’t match their priorities and their priorities don’t match their schedules. In order to truly get where you want to go in life, it is vital to make sure that your priorities match your schedule and that your schedule matches your priorities. Once in alignment, every decision that impacts your future should be made referring back to your priorities. Don’t let a decision regarding a #4 priority get in the way of a #2 priority. I recommend reading “Eat That Frog” by Brian Tracy.

Be Consistent: When pursuing the life you’ve always wanted, the amount of activity you put in is extremely important, but it is not enough all by itself…it needs to be consistent activity. I was stuck for a very long time at the “busy enough to be frustrated” phase, which is not a fun place to be stuck. If you find yourself at that phase, evaluate both your activities and your consistency. I am guessing the solution to get you “unstuck” lies within the combination of the two. Discovering and pursuing my purpose really helped in getting my activity and consistency up to a level that was required to get “unstuck”; to go from “busy enough to be frustrated” to “busy enough to get results”. I strongly recommend getting and studying the “Finding Your Purpose Pack”.

Be Persistent: If your part of my generation, you probably remember the toy called a Weeble, and their advertising catch-phrase, “Weebles wobble, but they don’t fall down.” When I heard that phrase as a young boy, I never realized that it would be one of the key principles for success in life some 40 years later. We all get knocked down in life, but the key is to get back up each and every time. A famous motivational speaker/author once said, “When you fall down, make sure you fall on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up.” What helped me to have the proper perspective regarding being persistent through all of life’s struggles was strengthening my faith life. I recommend you purchase a “No Regrets – AGO First Night Pack” and begin developing your faith to the next level.

Part 2 of this article coming tomorrow.

God bless,

Eric C. Blomdahl

Inc. Names Woodward and Brady as Top 50 Leadership Experts

imageExciting news for Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady. Inc. entrepreneurial magazine has listed both Orrin and Chris within their Top 50 Leadership Experts. Read the article by clicking here: Inc. “Top 50 Leadership and Management Experts”. Congratulations!

God bless and have a great day!

Eric C. Blomdahl

How Bad Do You Want It????

With Super Bowl Sunday behind us and the Baltimore Ravens earning the title, “World Champions”, I started thinking about why the Super Bowl has developed into such a big deal. Why do grown men playing a game cry on national television for the world to see? Why does the entire world drop what they are doing for five hours on a Sunday night to watch a football game? The only thing I could think of was that there has to be more to it than most realize.

What I discovered was, that God has created each of us with a desire for pursuing excellence and achieving greatness. In our society, it shows up more in sports than other areas of our life, but the fact remains, humans have an internal drive for purpose, meaning and greatness.

Now, just because we aren’t athletes doesn’t mean we don’t have that drive within us, it’s still there, but it tends to get lost in the daily struggles of earning a living for our families. I want to throw out what I concluded this past weekend…no matter what each of us do for a living, we each have the opportunity to play in our own respective “super bowl” in life. The questions to ask then are: 1) Are you performing at a level that will help you reach and win your “super bowl”? and 2) How bad do you want it?…..

Go win your “Super Bowl” and become a “Champion” in life!!!!!

Gob bless and have a great day,

Eric C. Blomdahl

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