I am writing this article about a good friend and mentor of mine, Orrin Woodward. Orrin Woodward is the founder of LIFE and Team, and is quickly becoming one of the most influential leaders in North America. The reason I am writing this is because I believe to do anything great and worthwhile in life, you can’t do it by yourself. You need to have some honorable friends along the way to be your ‘wingmen’, have your back, and stand in the gap with you irregardless of the consequences. One of Orrin Woodward’s greatest strengths and endearing qualities is his ability to build and maintain what Stephen M.R. Covey calls, ‘Speed of Trust’. I have seen Orrin in the greatest of times, in the lowest of times, and in the toughest of times display uncompromising character, even when it totally went against his self-interest and the outlook was bleak at best. He has earned the trust of tens of thousands and counting, including myself, and deserves to have more people courageously stand tall next to him and fight the good fight for honor, truth, and the future of our families. There is a lot of gossip flying around concerning what and who Orrin Woodward actually is: a Man, Myth, or Legend? This article is just a quick snapshot of this leaders perspective of who and what Orrin Woodward is, and why he does what he does in the face of continual adversity!
Lets start with Legend. In my eyes, to be considered a Legend, you either have to be dead or retired. I know many of Orrin’s critics and competitors wish that he was dead or retired, but if you know or follow Orrin Woodward, you know that he is clearly just getting started! His concern is not his reputation or status as a would be legend. Orrin’s concerns deal with things that are much more important and eternal. He knows that what counts at the end of the day, is the content of his character and what he did to get better and further his God-given purpose. Last year, Orrin gave a now famous talk called ‘Not on our watch’ that personifies his passion and purpose to not let America, and western civilization fall without a fight! Orrin, truly wants his life story to count, to matter, and to make a difference, and just to clarify, his story in not even close to being finished!
How about myth? Myth is defined at http://www.answers.com as, ‘a popular belief or story that has become associated with a person, institution, or occurrence. A fiction or half-truth, especially one that forms part of an ideology.’ There are many myths out there spinning fiction and half-truths about Orrin Woodward. The question you always have to ask yourself when someone is droning on about another person in a poor light, ‘What is their motive? Why in the world would someone put so much time and energy into de-edifying, and tearing down another human being? Taking precious time and energy away from their family and their purpose to criticize, condemn and complain about another person’? The answer can only be one or more of the following reasons: They are being paid to do so, they don’t like the idea of someone fighting to make a difference in the world when they personally are not, Orrin has a better idea and they know it, they quit Orrin at some point along the way and therefore must make sure that other people believe that Orrin and everything he does is what Aesop calls ‘sour grapes’, criticizing Orrin furthers their own agenda, or they have a deep and vested interest in keeping the world just like it is! Just remember, when you hear something or read something negative, the smart person with common sense always checks the source, and the motive, because more than likely, it’s just a ‘myth’ with an agenda!
The last and most obvious choice to those who know him, is that Orrin Woodward is a man, but not just any man! He is a man of character, purpose, conviction, wisdom, tenacity, perspective, love, vision, and a drive to follow God’s will and make a difference. Orrin would be the first to admit that he is not perfect, and never will be. But most of all, he knows that if he falls he will have the courage to get back up, if he fails, he is called to learn from it and try again, if he gets hit, he will continue to move forward stronger than the step before. He is a man, not just a male! Orrin is not a professional athlete, a movie star, or super hero…he is better! Orrin is just more willing to take shot after shot, blow after blow, and keep moving forward than anyone else I know on the planet. He’s not all talk….talks cheap! He walks the walk, leading people to the truth, paying it forward, giving to the hurting, getting better and doing more on a daily basis, and raising up a whole army of leaders to fight valiantly for truth, family, and freedom!!! He is a man’s man, and he is the real deal! As a testament to the kind of man Orrin Woodward is, here is a list of some of his private, public and leadership achievements.
Private Achievements -
* A fine-tuned sense of purpose, character, attitude, and honor evidenced in his new book Resolved: 13 Resolutions for life, and his life that bares so much fruit!
* Marriage – Married for 20 years, happily for 15 years to the always wonderful Laurie Woodward. A great accomplishment in of itself considering their marriage did not start out very well at all, and was quickly headed for pain and divorce. Through courage, the right information and the grace of God, they have made their ‘black and white’ marriage into a marriage full of ‘bright and vivid color’ that is a great example for all to follow and model!
*Father – Father of four wonderful teenage children. What is so neat about the Woodward kids, and a testament to Orrin and Laurie as parents, is that each one of them are warm, considerate, down to earth, and respectful teenagers, but at the same time, unique, creative, and their own amazing person.
*Giving – Orrin is not just an excellent example of how to manage your finances, he is also one of the biggest givers I have ever met. Orrin would never tell you this, but having a front row seat on this journey for many years, I have seen Orrin give away so much to so many, you wouldn’t believe it: building churches, supporting pastors, supporting missionaries, and giving to the suffering of the world through dozens of worthwhile charities. He has and will continue to pour his heart, soul and fortune into serving and helping his fellow-man. Orrin has given away more than most people make in several lifetimes. A great example of his giving heart is the pact that he and Chris Brady made to give away every dime of the proceeds from their best-selling book, Launching a Leadership Revolution. Come on, who does that? Give away all the profits from their best-selling book? I will tell you who, real men of character like Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady!
Public Achievements – Orrin Woodward has many public achievements, here are just a few:
* Short career as an Engineer – Manufacturing systems degree from Kettering University, 4 U.S. patents in production, national bench-marking award for technical competitive bench-marking, and one of the youngest senior engineers in General Motor’s history, all before the age of 25.
* Author – has written numerous books, including the National Best seller, Launching a Leadership Revolution, Resolved: 13 Resolutions for life, a new book coming out soon called 1913, and many others!
Leadership Achievements – Orrin Woodward arguably has more ‘front-line’ leadership experience than anyone else in the world over the last 20 years. Orrin has literally read thousands of books on leadership and success, has listened to 10s of thousands of personal development audios, has ten thousand hours of speaking experience on leadership to crowds of 10 – 30,000 people, and thousands of hours of mentoring experience. Orrin Woodward does not lead from some ‘Ivory leadership tower’, he leads from the front, meeting people right where they are at with all their limiting beliefs, blind spots, rough edges and problems.
Leadership expert – Orrin has been in the Top 25 leadership experts for the last three years running, the top 10 for the last two years. He is the only leadership expert in the world to mentor someone else into the top 25. He writes and runs several highly popular leadership blogs that have been recognized as ‘all top leadership’ blog selections, and HRs top 100 blogs for management and leadership. Orrin is also one of the top 100 authors to follow on Twitter.
* Leadership awards – He won a prestigious award from the IAB, Independent Association of Business, for his 2011 leadership content. Orrin did not even know he was up for the award from this 1 million + member organization, but beat out every leader in the world including John Maxwell (author of 25+ best sellers, #1 leadership guru), Jim Collins (Author of Good to great, Built to last, etc…), Jack Canfield (Author of Chicken soup for the soul series), Jack Welch (former CEO of General Electric, best-selling author), Anthony Robbins (100 million dollar leadership guru), etc…
* Founder of LIFE and TEAM. LIFE – a leadership information company with world-class, inexpensive materials and opportunities. Team – the worlds leading experts on building and teaching how to build compensated communities.
To Orrin Woodward, we who have decided to stand in the gap with you, honor you, and salute you! For those of you who have resolved to change the world by first changing yourself, I hope you have enjoyed this article and trust that you will continue to fight the good fight! Please leave a comment if Orrin Woodward has impacted your life directly or indirectly! God bless, kb