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Colin Powell, The Power of association

Posted by Brandon Dillon on March 20, 2014

I was listening to some of my new Life Leadership CDs the other day and Dan Hawkins was talking about this story and its so powerful I had to write it all down mainly because it helps me understand again how important association is for me and should be for you and your family. See what Mr. Powell has to say.

The Power of Association is too real: “The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve. Any time you tolerate mediocrity in others, it increases your mediocrity. An important attribute in successful people is their impatience with negative thinking and negative acting people. As you grow, your associates will change. Some of your friends will not want you to go on. They will want you to stay where they are. Friends that don’t help you climb will want you to crawl. Your friends will stretch your vision or choke your dream. Those that don’t increase you will eventually decrease you.

Consider this: Never receive counsel from unproductive people. Never discuss your problems with someone incapable of contributing to the solution, because those who never succeed themselves are always first to tell you how. Not everyone has a right to speak into your life. You are certain to get the worst of the bargain when you exchange ideas with the wrong person. Don’t follow anyone who is not going anywhere. With some people you spend an evening: with others you invest it. Be careful where you stop to inquire for directions along the road of life. Wise is the person who fortifies his life with the right friendships. If you run with wolves, you will learn how to howl, but if you associate with eagles, you will learn how to soar to great heights.

“A mirror reflects a man’s face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses.” The simple but true fact of life is that you become like those with whom you closely associate – for the good and the bad. Note: Be not mistaken. This is applicable to family as well as friends”.

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Socrates & the Test of Three

Posted by Brandon Dillon on February 13, 2013

I was recently at a Life seminar and they were talking about Socrates and his test of three. Socrates was considered the greatest mind in his time and was even told that he was the smartest man in all of Greece. The reason for that is because he always asked questions instead of just telling everyone all the things he knew. With that little part alone how many of us could work on that? Do you know some one that is always ready to tell you everything or even if they are not called upon in circle of people they are the first to give a answer even when something is directed to another person?

They can seem very rude right? if you don’t know some one like this, it might be you! =) hopefully not =)

So this man approaches Socrates and says. Socrates I have something to tell you I just heard about one of your students. Socrates pauses for a moment then says to the gentlemen ok you may tell me but first let me ask you three questions about what it is you want to tell me. The man says ok.

First question, is what you want to tell me something good? The man thought for a minuet, no its actually not good. Ok Socrates says that’s fine lets try question two.

Is what you want to tell me the Truth? The man said no I am not sure if its true or not I just heard it. ok that’s fine Socrates says lets see about the last question.

Is what you want to tell me useful? No the man said I guess its not useful.

Socrates says so if I understand this right, you were about to tell me something that is not good, not true and not useful? Why tell me at all?

The man was defeated and ashamed and said no more.

That story ends in some situations with the phrase. And that’s why Socrates never found out about Plato and his wife’s affair. But if you take that situation yes it may not have been good information but it was sure True, and useful to Socrates. But what this man wanted to tell Socrates was just Gossip, how many of you would be happen with a world with out gossip?

Then use this the next time your going to tell a story a information to a friend or someone at work about so and so. Even if what someone is doing may not be right unless you can correct it or at best warn someone about a potential issue they might fall in to because of that person don’t talk about it.

Dale Carnegie talks about this in his all time great best selling book how to Win friends and influence people. He starts off with 3 principles to always do the three as he calls them. Accept, Approve and appreciate. The reason he starts with everyone needs to accept approve and appreciate others for what ever small item they do is because most everyone is ignoring it and doing what he says next on a daily basis.

The next principle he follows with is a don’t do statement, because most people take this to be their job or personal hobby most times and that’s do not criticize, condemn or complain.

Think about when you heard more accepting, approving and appreciating of someone vs criticizing condemning or complaining? its very rare to find the three As used its almost always the three Cs that are in place in our world today, and it doesn’t get us very far at all.

The next time you hear someone start talking about someone or something ask your self these questions and also go out of your way to find something to accept and approve and appreciate of someone everyday, you will see some amazing things with that, and lets everyone stop criticizing, condemning and complaining. The world will be a much quieter place if we take Socrates principles and Dale Carnegies and use them and share them with others.

I highly recommend you read Dale Carnegies book How to win friends and influence people, its one I read several times a year to remind my self not to fall in to the gossip and rumor trap and to think of how I can accept, approve and appreciate someone that day.

Success is yours if your willing to work for it.

sincerely

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Rejection & Finding great people

Posted by Brandon Dillon on January 7, 2013

This last Saturday we had a Leadership Seminar here in Michigan with The Team and Mark Militello was speaking and he talked about a guy named Jia Jiang  and that he was trying to get 100 no’s to help with his fear of rejection. So he devised ways to come up with such crazy request that he would get told no and it would help him not take it so hard and get used to it in becoming a great entrepreneur.  While this is a great endeavor he is undertaking he has met some amazing people and I wanted to highlight one.

This girl Jessica that works for Krispy Kreme he asked for her to get him some doughnuts that looked like the Olympic Rings connected and the right colors and to do it in 15 minutes! He was just hoping for a rejection and to be on his way but she bent over backwards to help him get what he wanted. Jessica was pretty amazing in the effort and problem solving she went on to help him accomplish his request ( which she didn’t know that he really just wanted her to say no we cant do it, probably like most people would)

I think this is amazing because in his journey of trying to build his self esteem against rejection to better him self he’s found some very great people in his journey and Jessica is one of them.

Below are two videos and a link to Jia Jiangs blog and youtube page. What do you think?

http://www.entresting.com/blog/

http://www.youtube.com/user/DukieAjah

The Return Video where he explains to Jessica what he was doing and thanks her because so many people loved her for what she tried to do and how big her heart was in helping him.

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Financial Common Sense Part 1

Posted by Brandon Dillon on October 9, 2012

Its been a little while and I apologize for that, going to start making sure I put up at least one every other week if not every week. So stay tuned for more =)

I have been going back though my Robert kiyosaki books and want to start focusing on personal finances for a while, 1 because my views on money really were off by a long shot and in the last 7 years they have changed and grown dramatically.  Through the help of reading and starting to apply some things  that I learned from a few books I am going to break this up in to about 5 parts and list a lot of books that helped me and the rest of the world. Being wealthy is very easy and simple and boring. So its hard for a lot of people because humans do not like boring. We like fast and exciting and the chase, this goes for being in good health and shape too. its little steps over time doing the same thing not really changing anything so its mundane at best.

But finances are so important right now because we have had some major issues in the last 5 years with money at the biggest levels in government and States and at home. Government has printed more money which has inflated our currency supply in the last 6 years then the last 200, its almost tripled. now it don’t take a genius to realize that if I had 100 dollars and you triple the currency supply well now it spends like 33 dollars. So all that money sitting in a 401K or IRA that’s collecting we will just say 8-15% because everyone is different and such. that a loss from inflation of 66% sure don’t add up and that happened almost over night.

So I am going to start with some concepts and reference some books in the hopes that we can have a discussion about it and I hope this information will change your financial situation for the better.

The best books to start off with are;

The Richest Man in Babylon by George S Clayton you can find it here.

http://www.the-life-business.com/Shopping/tabid/63/ProdID/1376/richestmaninbabylonthe.aspx

or at your local book store or Amazon or what ever you shop.

also we have The Maximize your Finances pack which includes the Richest Man in Babylon and 4 Audio Cds on financial management

http://www.the-life-business.com/Shopping/tabid/63/ProdID/1709/language/en-US/Default.aspx

Also Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad, Poor Dad

http://www.the-life-business.com/Shopping/tabid/63/ProdID/14/richdadpoordad.aspx

And also The Cash Flow Quadrant.

http://www.the-life-business.com/Shopping/tabid/63/ProdID/13/cashflowquadrant.aspx

These 4 books are the basics of personal financial management. I will touch on the concepts of each book but get them for your selves or the audios and read or listen to them over and over because finances are one of the most important things to have a handle on out there right now. With the recent bail outs and financial collapse and people losing billions from their retirements and assets tied to the stock market with no control over it other then to wait 10 or 20 years for it to return back to what it was before they lost 50% of it. its time we all knew more about what makes the world run financially, because the need and use of money has been around for thousands of years and its not going away any time soon. So its best to get good at it so your not suffering. Deal?

In Robert kiyosaki’s book the Cash flow Quadrant he talks about the 4 ways of thinking about money and where they come from at the root of a persons beliefs. Much like the 4 personality profiles.

He goes in to detail in the book about the mind set people have developed over the year’s of being programmed by media and our parents and such about how we view money. So its very important to be careful what information you let in to your mind. You will believe anything your told over and over again weather its right or wrong. I personally do not have cable or Satellite TV or watch the news in any facet. I pick and choose what I want my inputs to be. its been about 10 years since I did that. Now when I do catch a commercial or TV show it really makes me sick what I used to tolerate being stuck in my mind. The subconscious is a very powerful thing it can take in so much information and it helps direct us where we want to go. So its vital that you do the programming of it and cut off anything that’s bad or could be harmful to your dreams and goals in life.

I am going to leave it here and will be spending the next few weeks on finances. Get those books from where ever you can. start learning and asking questions.

until next week =)

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1913, The Turning point of Freedom By Oliver DeMille

Posted by Brandon Dillon on August 20, 2012

I have had the distinct pleasure of meeting Mr. DeMille a few times now and being able to hear him speak and talk with him personally for a few brief minutes I can tell you he is more passionate about freedom, and well I would say preserving it but we have lost so much in the last 100 years (which you will see here in a minute ) but restoring freedom the way the founding fathers of United States of America intended it to be.

Oliver DeMille is the founder and former president of George Wythe University, a founding partner of The Center for Social Leadership, and the author of A Thomas Jefferson Education: Teaching a Generation of Leaders for the 21st Century.

As a university student, Oliver went on a search for a truly great education — experiencing private and public universities, technical and religious schools, corporate and international educational institutions, prestigious colleges and worthless diploma mills; he literally sampled the best and the worst that modern education has to offer, and virtually everything in between.

As a result, he found a small Bible school where he worked closely with mentors and studied the Bible and the great classics in many fields. Although Coral Ridge Baptist University was not regionally accredited, he was so excited by the quality of his studies that he left a large, well-respected university to focus full time on his classical education. He earned the B.A. in Biblical Studies (May 1992), M.A. in Christian Political Science (December 1992), and Ph.D. in Religious Education (May 1994) at Coral Ridge Baptist University.

He has written and spoken extensively about the traditional education system versus his intense mentored-classical experience with Coral Ridge and his mentor–Dr. W. Cleon Skousen. After his Coral Ridge studies, he returned to Brigham Young University and completed the B.A. in International Relations with a minor in Aerospace Studies, graduating Magna cum Laude (1994). He then devoted his time to refining the educational design and curriculum of the liberal arts school he founded, George Wythe College (now University).

Oliver is a popular author, keynote speaker, and business consultant. Presently, he devotes a majority of his time to writing. He and his wife Rachel are raising their 8 children in southern Utah.

Now that you know a bit about Oliver let me tell you that his latest 2 books, 1913 and Freedom shift go hand in hand. 1913 was amazing and he and others have sited this time and many of the same events as a point in which we made a huge turn and sometimes when you do something like turn a plane or a ship just 1 degree, after a mile its not far off, but go 100 miles and you will miss a continent. This is the same thing that has happened here, we went on a few years and things were good but now that we are 99 years away from these major shifts its drastic.

Robert kiyosaki wrote about these things in his Conspiracy of the Rich book as well. So did Buckminster Fuller in Grunch of Giants.

But Oliver does an amazing job in these two books of laying out what happened, why, who, and what you and I can do to help change it.

There are 4 things that happened in 1913 and 1936 that will have a bigger effect on what happens in the coming election than who gets elected.

First was the passage of the 16th amendment, what this did and I encourage you to read the founding documents for your self. Before the 16th amendment the Government was funded by the states, who collected taxes from the people, the government was not allowed to tax the people directly. This created a Federal system, so instead of the government and the states being on the same level with one another. With this passage the Government became a National system because now the states needed the government to survive and get money from.

The next major thing that happened was the passage of the 17th amendment which before this amendment, according to the Constitution, senators were selected from each state according to the direction of the State Legislature. This put two direct representatives of each respective state in Washington, with the power through checks and balances to protect the right and interest of the states them-selves. Once the 17th Amendment passed, senators were elected by popular vote within the states rather than by state legislature. This took the direct protectors of the states out of Washington.

The 3rd thing that happened in 1913 was the creation of the Federal Reserve. Now this topic deserves a dozen articles on its own and the reading of several books to really understand what the FED really is, who controls it, and how it works and what it does to you and I. I named several books in the beginning such as this one 1913, Grunch of Giants, the Dollar Crisis, Conspiracy of the Rich,  just to name the top ones to really dig in to for a start this beast.

The Federal Reserve lived in 2 previous forms in our nations history, and they were shut down because of the extremely huge negative impact the founders saw in its existence. But its not my point to rally against the FED and go protest and demand it be shut down. What we need to do is really understand the rules of the game we are playing and do out best to win and benefit from it and help our neighbors and friends do the same. Then we will be able to change things from that point. But you can’t change things any other way.

The 4th thing that happened was in 1936, and it was the United States Vs Butler. Franklin D. Roosevelt along with Woodrow Wilson wanted a much larger Government, even doubling the size of the Supreme Court so they could appoint people that would help them in their cause for this much bigger Government. Before the Butler case the Government was limited to spending money on only 20 things.  These are listed in Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution, they are as follows.
1. Regulate commerce
2. Establish rules for citizenship
3. Establish Bankruptcy laws
4. Coin and regulate the value of money
5. Standardize weights and measurements
6. Punish counterfeiting
7. Run a postal system
8. Pass copyright and patent laws
9. Run federal courts
10. Punish crimes on the high seas
11. Declare war
12. Raise and finance the armed forces
13. Establish rules for the armed forces
14 Call up state militias
15. Administer the seat of government (Washington, D.C.)
16. Administer federal lands
17. Pass laws to implement the other items on this list
18. Raise tax money to pay for the other items on this list
19. Spend it on the other items on this list
20 Borrow if needed to pay for the items on this list.
These were the only powers given to the federal government by the Constitution and the only things the Government is constitutionally authorized o spend money on. How many see that its spending money on way more then those 20 items?
That’s because of the Butler case, it allowed them, who can now tax more with out any checks and put us in to debt more using Fiat money and the Federal reserve and now spend more than ever before. These 4 things will effect us until the next world shift which is coming very soon, it will be either a freedom shift, or a force shift. I hope enough people will come together and it will be a freedom shift.
I will lave you with a nice audio by Oliver, but get those books, study them, and learn what’s going on and what you can do to help.
Thank you and God bless.

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Mental Fitness Challenge Week 6

Posted by Brandon Dillon on June 6, 2012

Wow week 6 so far in the Mental Fitness Challenge and its awesome, it really is amazing how fast time goes by when your tracking something and not just letting the days blend together. I wanted to stop and write on this chapter from Orrin Woodward’s book Resolved 13 resolutions on Attitude and reframing because I think it so important.

People often think that their situations will cause them to have a good or bad day or good or bad trip or what ever the case may be, but you don’t want to let something that’s out of your control determine weather or not your going to have a positive day. You want to be in complete control if your life don’t you? You want to determine weather or not you have a good day because then your in control and you have the power to change it, if you leave it up to someone or something else then your at the mercy of anything that could happen. Here are some examples from Orrin’s book.

In your mind bank there are two tellers – both of whom are obedient to your every command. One teller is positive and handles positive deposits and positive withdrawals. The other teller is negative and will accept all negative deposits and provide you with negative feedback.

As the owner of your mind, you have complete control over all withdrawals and most deposits. The deposits represent your total experience in life. The withdrawals determine your success and happiness. Obviously, you cant withdraw anything that hasn’t been deposited. (That’s true in the cash bank too, isn’t it?)

Each transaction involves a choice of which teller to use. Confront the negative teller with a problem and he will remind you of how poorly you performed in the past. He will predict failure with your current problem. Confront your positive teller and he will enthusiastically tell you how you successfully dealt with far more difficult problems in the past. He will give you examples of your skill and genius and assure you that you can easily solve this problem. Both tellers are right because: whether you think you can or think you cant – you are right.

Our negative teller is usually screaming at us inside while the positive one is whispering and it takes constant focus and working, to turn down the negative and turn up the positive. But its so important that we pick the positive teller and he Zig Ziglar said we must put in positive to be able to with draw positive. What positive messages are you putting in your brain on a daily basis?  if your not we have a great way for you to get that here Www.Dillonenterprises.com thought a subscription of audio and books chosen by the best leaders in the world and association for challenge groups for the Mental Fitness Challenge and leadership seminars with people who want to move forward in the game of life, not just stand still.

This next story is amazing and it really shows how you can look at the same situation two different ways, and shows the power of choice. This is from Creators Syndicate by Mary Hunt and shows how powerful reframing is.

years ago, my husband and I decided not to replace my car once the lease was up. The plan as that because we work together, we would share his car until we could pay cash for a second car. We figured that would take 6 months or so. I won’t say this new arrangement was enjoyable. Actually I hated it. I felt as if I’d lost my freedom. My wings were clipped; no more spontaneity for me. if I wasn’t being “chaperoned” as a passenger in my husband’s car, I was having to ask permission to borrow it. Let me just put it this way I was not the most pleasant passenger.

we’d been commuting together for about 3 months when I realized that it wasn’t the situation that was intolerable. it was me. I was making myself miserable, not recognizing that the nicest guy in the world was willing to take me anywhere I wanted to go, anytime I wanted to get there. I was ungrateful and horribly self-centered. I needed an attitude, and I needed it quickly.

I decided I had to reframe my thinking because the situation wasn’t going to change anytime soon. I decided that rather than be a pathetic dependent child, I would see my self as a woman of privilege. I have a driver! Every day, I am driving back and forth to work, during which time I am free to chat, read, write, think knit or nap. I never have to wash a car. I don’t have to pump gas into it, insure it, register it or have it “smogged” ( a California thing) – all because my driver is also my maintenance man. Several times a year when I need to go in a different direction, I get a rental car, which allows me to try out some brand-new fancy cars and get my fix behind the wheel. See? A different way of looking at the same situation.

When Hunt listened to her negative voice, she framed the events negatively, when she chose to talk to the positive teller then she got a new perspective.

Have a great day and see you at the top!!

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Mental Fitness Challenge Week 1!

Posted by Brandon Dillon on May 6, 2012

Well week one is in the bag for the Mental fitness challenge, and I have to say its amazing! Orrin’s latest book Resolved 13 resolutions for life is truly a hand book for you life. Orrin didn’t write another book juts to pad his wallet, he said he wrote Resolved because if  he died tomorrow what would he have wanted his children to know and how to live their lives. Amazing!

Not only will this 90 Mental Fitness Challenge help you live the life you’ve always wanted by helping identify areas in life that your great at right now and the others that need some work, we can help provide the help needed though an amazing community support around the world and products to help you in every one of the 13 areas, from subscription based products which is the best way humans learn, little bits at a time over a longer period of time, that’s why the mass media and TV play those visual images to program your subconscious, but now you can choose to program it with things that will help you and not them. Specialized packs like our finance pack and marriage pack, and parenting packs and many more.

I am just super excited to keep doing the 90 Day Mental Fitness Challenge my self and help others do the same, the cost is so cheap for a product of this quality, 220 bucks! Plus if you get 3 people to join ya in living the life you’ve always wanted you get your 220 back! how can you not like that! The same goes for any of the subscriptions as well!! So if your not interested in making money (but seriously who doesn’t want more money?) as customers you can get yours entirely free!!

Here is a link to more info and I am looking for some more Challenge & Accountability partners so join me and lets have some fun!

http://www.the-team.biz/39862710/Home.aspx

 

Here is a great video too help ya understand how big this is!

 

http://www.mental-fitness-challenge.com/Home.aspx?ln=61235267

Mental Fitness Challenge

 

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The life you always wanted to live.

Posted by Brandon Dillon on April 29, 2012

Mental Fitness Challenge

This weekend in Columbus Team and Life launched the ground breaking Mental Fitness Challenge to help you live the life you’ve always wanted to live though principles called resolutions. These resolutions are written in detail in Orrin Woodward’s new book called 13 Resolutions for Life in which he has studied 3 very important people in history, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin & Jonathan Edwards. What he found is that the accomplishments these gentleman had were the results of resolutions applied over their lifetime. Just think about it, what would we have today if Benjamin Franklin didn’t resolve to change and come up with his 13 virtue’s? For sure there would be no USA. I don’t want to go in to all the detail here but I am starting the challenge this week and I highly suggest you do the same, I am looking for partners that I can be accountable to and get feed back from that are going to join me on the journey of living the life they’ve always wanted. So lets go! I can help ya do it. Check this video out!

During the next 13 weeks I will be reading the 3 books and listening to the audios in the pack and working with other people who are already committed to doing this with me so they can get their life that they always wanted to live so each week at least once I will be updating you on the books chapters and things I did that week.

See you all in the challenge!

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Coming Apart or Community Together?

Posted by Brandon Dillon on March 15, 2012

Coming Apart or Community Together?.

This is another Great Blog and new book coming out talking about how the Founding Fathers were right! listen to this.

Although many believe that the complex challenges facing us today cannot be solved through the lens of the American founder’s virtues, Murray writes:

I take another view: The founders were right. The success of America depended on virtue in the people when the country began and it still does in the twenty-first century. America will remain exceptional only to the extent that its people embody the same qualities that made it work for the first two centuries of its existence. The founding virtues are central to that that kind of citizenry.

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Self-Talk of a Winner

Posted by Brandon Dillon on March 15, 2012

Self-Talk of a Winner.

A Great blog article by Orrin and a great video by Jessica! on her Daily affirmation! a must watch and read =) you will love it!

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