Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Orrin Woodward, Forbes: The Rest of the Story



I was watching my boys, both 8 years old, play baseball in the back yard recently.  I could see one of them getting increasingly angry over the calls his brother was making.  It seemed every call made was going in Jackson’s favor.  Finally fed up, Justin stomped off the field hollering back over his shoulder, “You’re making unfair calls. I’m done!”

The Whistle Blower, calling it as he sees it. 

Left to ourselves we humans can be pragmatic.  And when pragmatism is our guiding paradigm, we are ruled by the thought, “What’s in it for me.”  And when two young boys are in the backyard playing ball, “What’s in it for me” says, if the calls are close- I’m making them go my way because I want to win!

But what happens when we leave the backyard, grow up and begin playing in the bigger arena of adult life?  If we take that same, seemingly insignificant incident ruled by pragmatism into the corporate world, what is the result?

I can tell you first hand with an example that happened 12 years ago to my wife.  Pregnant at the time, she was at a local mall letting our oldest play in the kids’ area.  It was then she was approached by a local, rather “famous” news woman, who requested an interview about being pregnant.  Kristine thought, sure, I’ve seen this woman on t.v.!  I’ll answer her questions.  

In the interview, my wife was asked about her views on pregnancy nutrition.  She answered the questions and was excited about the idea of being on the news.  But oh were the rose colored glasses shattered when she watched the clip on the evening news.  They had cut and spliced Kristine’s words to make her say what the t.v. station wanted!  She was shocked!  The interviewer was looking for someone to say that pregnancy caused her to have poor nutrition.  Kristine didn’t answer that way! In fact, she said the exact opposite.  She believed that pregnancy made her more aware than ever to make good nutritional choices.  That didn’t matter.  The news reel was cut and pasted to make her answer the way the t.v. station wanted her to.  They were still Kristine’s words, but the interview was manipulated to make her own words answer the questions to suit the wishes of the station.

Too lazy to go find someone who agreed with their story line; “what’s in it for me” says, we can make this say whatever we want.  And they did just that.  

In backyard baseball, one can be fooled into thinking it doesn’t really matter.  It’s just two young boys being “boys”.  No harm done.  Or has harm been done?  Don’t young boys grow up to be adults?  Adults who cut and splice news reel.  Who can fool themselves and say, “What’s in it for me?  It’s a short clip on pregnancy nutrition.  I’ve got deadlines!  It’s just a few minutes and this doesn’t really matter.......”  Doesn’t matter or does it? 

A few years ago I had my own experience with the media.  But this time it wasn’t our local news, it was mainstream American media.  Orrin Woodward was to be interviewed by Forbes magazine, and along with him, they interviewed me as well.  

According to Forbesmedia.com, Forbes magazine has a readership of 5.4 million, with 18 million unique visitors monthly to Forbes.com. That’s pretty impressive!  

I asked Orrin how this unprecedented interview came to be.  He said, “Shortly after joining Monavie, I received a call from the Team office stating that Forbes had contacted  me asking for an interview about Team.”  He continued, “Why would Forbes want to do an article on a small, $42 million dollar company?  Especially when it was in the middle of the legal battle of its life?"  

Being part of the process myself, I remember Woodward telling me the interviewer asked questions about  Team being a pyramid, which anyone who knows anything about pyramid law would know it is nowhere near being a pyramid scheme.  She also wanted to know why is it that some people don’t make money and others do.  Other questions focused on how much did it cost to be a member of Team and so forth.  Woodward continued to explain that Team wasn’t a MLM, it only supplied the support for those building one; but that seemed to fall on deaf ears. 

It became obvious to both of us, based upon the question content, that his interview wasn’t about finding the good in Team.  Regardless, Woodward knew he had nothing to hide and answered all the questions truthfully and completely.  I know that Woodward personally invited the interviewer to the Columbus Major as a VIP, but she already had tickets for a Willie Nelson concert and had to turn the offer down.
I also remember my interview, which lasted for 40 minutes.  I actually thought my interview went really well. She asked a lot of great questions.  I told her how I was able to get out of massive amounts of debt, how my marriage was dramatically improved, how I thought Orrin Woodward was an amazing leader, and that I thought the Team business was the best financial decision I’d ever made.  Interestingly, not a single word of that 40 minute interview was used.  Instead, a short quote jabbing Team about a man and woman who had gotten divorced due to her involvement in Team and Amway was used instead.  

As it turns out, the man quoted in the Forbes article was an atheist and the woman a Christian.  But the man claimed in the article the divorce was blamed on her involvement with Team.  Why would Forbes choose to quote this person and not me?  Or better yet, any of the thousands who believe that Team has strengthened their marriage?  Had the interviewer attended the convention she could have asked any number of people the blessing Team has been in their lives.  And yet all that was used was one negative quote about a divorce.  

Meanwhile, I began asking my own questions. What led the reporter to take this article in the first place? What was her background in the leadership field and did she understand the moral dimensions from a Christian perspective? She admitted she had never heard of John Maxwell (the #1 leadership teacher) nor, even though living in Chicago, had she ever heard of Bill Hybels (pastor of Chicago’s largest church.) 

Interestingly, Amway, at this time, was an advertiser in Forbes magazine.  And when the Orrin Woodawrd article was printed, Amway and Woodward/Team were in a heated legal fight. 

Could it be that pragmatism had reared its ugly head again?  Could “What’s in it for me?” Be the guiding force for Forbes too?  

After visiting forbesmedia.com, I found an interesting guarantee on pg. 28.  It’s called the Brand Increase Guarantee.  This is a Forbes guarantee that states: 

If there is no significant increase in at least one of the key metrics- brand awareness, brand favorability, message association, purchase intent, Forbes will return advertising spend. 

Could it be the interview had nothing to do with finding the balanced truth about the Team and Orrin Woodward?  

In a strange coincidence, or perhaps not, less than two weeks later, Dallin Larsen, the  CEO for Monavie, the company that Woodward joined after leaving Amway, received a call from Newsweek and they proceeded to do another “less than overwhelming” article on MonaVie. Fifteen years in business and no magazine articles and strangely two came up in two weeks for magazines with rather impressive readership numbers. 
That's quite some coincidence.....In the middle of the legal battle between Amway and Woodward/Team  in comes Forbes and Newsweek to do articles on Woodward/Team and Monavie.  I find it interesting that the only entity with any relation to the powerhouse magazines was their advertiser: Amway.  
Coincidence?  Maybe. Needless to say, I learned a ton about the “free” press and its partnership with advertisers.

For more on the story check out  what  Troy Dooly, an MLM expert who serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Network Marketing professionals which works with both companies and distributors around the world has to say on the topic. 


220 comments:

  1. I appreciate your honest look into the Forbes article on Orrin and TEAM. It's interesting how the truth is found when you follow the money. I've weathered the storms with the team and throughout all of it my respect and admiration of you and the leaders grew tremendously. I'm glad that after I saw the plan and did some internet "research" that I decided to go back to my sponsor with all of my questions and get them answered. Had I been a coward and never shown back up to get the truthful side of the story, my life would be drastically different. All of the good that this team has done for me can't adequately be summed up in a comment. Thanks for exposing the truth!

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    1. You are definitely an example of a person of courage!! So many people don't do their research or trust the person who is standing in front of them. It's definitely easier to walk away. You have a great perspective!

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    2. Truly. When I see a company like Forbes doing unscrupulous things for money instead of for the right reasons, it reminds me why I love the TEAM so much. The TEAM is truly an organization of high integrity!

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    3. It is not money that is evil it is how its used.Another testament to TEAM. WE are a group out doing good things with money.

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    4. Clint... I appreciate you doing your "due diligence" and sifting through the lies to find the TRUTH about Orrin Woodward, Team and LIFE!

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  2. Marc, Thank you so much for your blog article. Like you, I have found my life radically improved because of my association with Team. I have found it puzzling how only part of the story gets told and many times it's distorted to take a positive comment to a negative. I then realize and remember that our human nature is apt to look for the negative in anything, instead of the positive. It's the rare individual who will discipline himself/herself to focus on whatever is true, lovely, praiseworthy and admirable. I'm blessed to be in association with a group of people who do just that!!

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    1. I totally agree with your post Peggi!

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    2. Very well stated Peggi! Could not agree more!

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    3. Peggi, I totally agree! I'm also impressed with the leadership I've seen you and Tim exhibiting as you develop in the TEAM!

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    4. I know you are right Peggi! I just came across an article on respecting husbands. Instead of taking it for the encouraging message it should be there was an uproar about how husbands should treat their wives. I was saddened that the positive message of the article was lost among the arguing. Now that I am immersed in TEAM materials I was able to appreciate it for the wonderful message it was. Praise God!!!

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    5. Right on the Mark Peggi, well said

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    6. Absolutely on target Peggi.

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    7. Peggi, it is shocking that people don't give both sides and sad that sometimes I get caught up in the negative and forget that the other side isn't even there!!! It's things like this that remind me to be cautious.

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    8. Peggi...YOU should be interviewed by FORBES and NEWSWeek so you can tell them how you have become a stay-at-home mom through LIFE and Team! The time will come when leaders like you and Tim will be featured in mainstream media!! Can't wait for the day!!!

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    9. Well said Peggi, too many people have been helped by the TEAM and our founders. It is NOT ONLY about the money. It is about LIFE!!!

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    10. That will be the day Richard!!! When enough of us have spoken and the world starts to listen!!

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    11. Mark:

      I too was very close to the events you describe concerning Forbes magazine and their, shall we say, bizarre representation of the Team and particularly Orrin Woodward. You have captured it correctly.

      As many of us who have been close to the inside of news stories will agree, the way most stories read compared to the actual events are all too often miles apart. I am not sure why this is, but the first few times I saw this (related to police officers whom I knew, car accidents, and even school sporting events!) I was shocked. As the years have gone by, I realize that there are several factors: simple mistakes, too many facts to organize into a story matching reality, misunderstandings, hurry to meet press deadlines, and sadly, sometimes even a hidden agenda.

      For anyone wanting the real story of what Orrin Woodward and his organizations have accomplished in providing opportunities to people, they can start with the Testimony section on the Life website (http://www.the-life-business.com).

      One thing I've learned over the years is that true success in anything is extremely hard. Success with Team and Life are no different, but perhaps a little more straight forward. Almost all the complaints I have ever heard are on the side of people not understanding what a battle success is in general, NOT with anything amiss with the LIFE business and the chance it offers people. I have proven to myself just how awfully bad I am at many, many endeavors, and have re-taught myself through these failed efforts that success is difficult and elusive. However, with the Team I was somehow able to enjoy a level of success I've never been even close to accomplishing in many other endeavors (motorcycle racing, professional engineering, real estate investing, stock trading, restaurant chain ownership, subdivision development, home building, manufacturing financing, property management and rentals, just to name a handful!) and therefore know beyond a shadow of a doubt that for me, the Team is the best chance I've ever had. For that, I will always be extremely thankful to Orrin and his steadfastness in the face of unfair stories like the one you reference above.

      Thank you Mark, for such an honest rendition of the events.

      Sincerely,

      Chris Brady

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    12. What a great reminder of the opportunity each of us has with Team/Life!!! So glad for leaders like you and Terri who have paved the way for all of us!

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  3. The free press seems to create their own freedoms without regard to those who have to work for their freedoms. With this in mind, I can, with a clear conscience say that Mr. Dooly is correct in his assumption that the authors of the Forbes article were ignorant and neglected to do their due diligence. As such they have only harmed their own reputations vs. the reputation of Mr. Woodward, whom they were mudslinging in said article.
    Pragmatism it seems, comes with a price to ones character!
    Thank you for this very insightful and revealing article. You have allowed the readers to think for themselves vs. spoonfeeding (shoveling really) us like Forbes. :D

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    1. I also appreciate what Troy Dooly says about this article. He's got a great perspective!

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    2. Windy, thank you for your perspective. I know one of our main objectives in home school is to make sure that our kids are equipped to think for themselves. I am so thankful we have the support of the TEAM on our journey to help our children become excellent = )

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    3. It all comes down to character.

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    4. I agree with you Windy! When you think about ALL that Troy Dooly has seen in the area of direct sales, networking marketing, and multi-level marketing- especially the "under belly" of the industry... and to stand STRONG in DEFENSE of Orrin, Team and LIFE... what a TESTIMONY to what we are involved in!!

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  4. It truly is amazing to me that people could sell out their character just to sell a story, make money or bend the truth. Anytime someone reads something that is published, I always ask them if they know who that person is or what their morals are. I have yet found anyone who personally knows the person that wrote the article. I reassure them who Mike and I are and what our values are and they are free to ask any question they want.

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    1. I am smiling as I read your comment because I have had this same experience Tonya. My mom and dad were closely involved in city politics when I was growing up. I knew first had that the newspapers usually got many of the details in the story wrong. I always encourage people to be very discerning when taking published media as fact.

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    2. It really tells you where our society has gone. I'm so glad to be part of a group whose morals are intact!

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    3. I agree 100% with you Kay!

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    4. Excellent response Tonya! You and Mike are people of character, and I respect you know WHY you believe what you believe.

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    5. Anything to sell the story or what it is published in, is not acceptable. We in America need to remember that and not follow the media as if they are 'gods'. We have only one true God and should look to Him, as you and Mike always do!! That is why your morals are intact.

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    6. Thank you Tonya for sharing your insights! And for the example of character, integrity and persistence that you and Mike MODEL!! I am proud to be in the battle with you two!!!

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    7. Kristine, thank you for leading by example!

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    8. Ann, you speak the truth!

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    9. Richard, Mike and I are proud to know you and be in this battle with!

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  5. My fiancé and I have been involved with the TEAM for or two years. In that time we have been blessed with amazing friendships, great business partners and tremendous guideance in all areas of our life. Mentorship from successful entrepreneurs that has lead to a growing successful business, several corporate promotions and opportunities. This is the best company we have ever been a part of!

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    1. Life long friends!! It's great to have met such a great group of people who will and always be life long friends.

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    2. You and Kate have blessed our organization!

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  6. Absolutely incredible... Unfortunately, this is an excellent example of what happens when those small backyard untruths take root, and grow into an adult with no scruples about "small, white lies", or even big, huge lies. I know the ways Team has improved my life, my marriage, my parenting, my finances, my friendships, my habits, and so many other things in my life. It's too bad that the some in the media choose to represent what I'm coming to learn is the greatest personal development group in the world in such a negative light. Marc, you are an incredible leader, just as Orrin is also an incredible leader. My family and I are proud to be following you, and love seeing you guys grow into even bigger leaders.

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    1. I've been able to get a front row view of how you have grown personally, professionally and your family life has been touched by the information you've been learning through LIFE. It's been amazing!

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    2. Absolutely!! I'm amazed at how much its changed my life.

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    3. Steve, I could not have put it better. You are a living testimony to how amazing this TEAM is. I am so proud to call you leader, husband, father to our children and friend. Thank you for trusting in the leaders on the TEAM and blocking out all the negative lies that you may have heard from misguided folks. I was unfortunately one of those "FOLKS" at one time and I am also thankful for your patience with me so I too could see the truth about the leaders on the TEAM. I am forever grateful!!

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    4. That's just the way of the TEAM. Love people where they are at.

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    5. Steve, it has been great seeing you change and grow! The Team is blessed to have you and Farrah on it leading people!

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    6. Glad there are families out there like the Sargents teaching truth to the next generation!!

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    7. I agree with everyone else... you and Farrah are true examples of students in a LIFE and Team system that creates leaders who impact the world for the RIGHT reasons! Thank you for your example!!

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    8. Steve, I couldn't agree with you more!! We love having you and Farrah in our lives and on our team!! You both are amazing leaders and mentors!!

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    9. Peggy, your reply is so beautifully written and right on target. Doug and I are so Blessed to have you as our mentors and so very proud to call you our friends!!! Both you and Tim are truly servent servant leaders and great examples of people with integrity. Thank you so much!! As well as other leaders we have been Blessed with in our lives such as: Marc and Kristine Militello and Tim and Sherry Ames and all others who have passed their words of wisdom our way!! The Revolution family is part of our family and I cannot ever see that changing!! : )

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  7. It is amazing the character of the employees of both of these magazines. Cannot blame the magazines themselves for they are just things. So sad the price (their paycheck) that so many people are willing to sell their character for. My husband and I have been involved with Team for many years. We have been so blessed with wonderful friends, amazing thought provoking information, as well as a fantastic business. Gives me so much hope for the future that so many adults and children are learning about such important values including the value of our character.

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    1. It sounds like it's possible these authors didn't do their homework! A little more research and maybe a non biased look at the information would have been a good idea!

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    2. It's also sad that they didn't take the time to come to the major and see what team is all about.

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    3. Kristin, your comment is priceless!

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    4. Well said Kristin! The article is an example of how easy it is for organizations and leaders to be misrepresented to the public. But... whatever! Even if it was meant for evil - we serve an amazing God who will use Team for His good. My husband and I have experienced so much positive change in our lives in the time we have been with Team. Our specific intent is to bless others as we have been blessed by Team/Life!

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    5. I think you hit the nail on the head with this comment Kristin.

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    6. Character. EXACTLY! The opposite of pragmatism! Thankful to know families like yours teaching young men to have character!

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  8. I really love how you are able to take what seems very minor(Your example of your kids) and put in into perspective. As we get older, if we aren't always checking ourselves to make sure we're not just looking at things "What's in it for me" and whats really right what line will we cross? I am so grateful to have the life and team information in my life to help guide me through those situations.

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    1. That's so right, Kay! I agree.

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    2. I agree Kay! I am so glad we have leaders that will teach us how to look at life in a Sensus Plenior way like Oliver DeMille suggests. Gleaning valuable ethical lessons from our kids is such a humble and fruitful endeavor. Thank you for the great leadership TEAM and Revolution!

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  9. Marc thank-you for a very truthful article. Those writers did not know what they were talking about. I believe that if that reporter went to that major she would have realize what the truth was. I have never felt negative since joining the team. The information that I do receive I believe will help me in my life. I am so glad that I am a part of the team and I am happy that I I have such good leaders such as yourself and Orrin Woodward

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    1. After all Orrin isn't the #6 leadership Guru for nothing!! I Can't wait to see Marc's name on that list as well.

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    2. Janet, You are a great example how "hope" in your life has given you the start to an amazing future. You have just started the journey of marriage with a new husband and you are going to be a wonderful wife and leading lady. You have the support of great people and the information you need to make a difference in your own life first, then the lives of many others. You have a great life story.

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    3. Janet, I love your statement about not feeling negative since joining Team. Isn't it wonderful to be around encouraging and uplifting people?!

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  10. Marc, we appreciate your leadership along with the rest of TEAM..this has been the best experience of our LIFE joining TEAM

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    1. Yes thank you Marc for asking me that question "Kay what do you want?"

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    2. It is amazing to me that more people do not join us in making a difference in our own lives as well as others!

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    3. Amen, Glen! The leadership of Marc and Kristin, Orrin and Laurie and all the TEAM leaders has been a light in a sometimes dark world! Very refreshing!!

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    4. Tonya it is very amazing that people say they want to change,but won't do the work to do it,

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    5. Thank you Glen for your generous and servant-leadership!

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  11. We on the Team are very blessed to have Marc in our back yard to help us all the time with our perspective.

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  12. Excellent article Marc! You make many excellent points, but the fact that sticks out the most is how modern journalism picks and chooses testimonials and perspectives that support their “angle”. Fair and unbiased reporting died many decades ago with the arrival of big business and their power to lobby. The fact that both articles specifically targeting amway’s largest self-declared target reeks of premeditated, planned assault. Why wasn’t your positive perspective published in a point/counter-point manor? Because the “powers that be” (a.k.a. the paying advertisers!) didn’t want them to be shared. Period. I’m just thankful to know you personally as a mentor, coach and friend and I know where your personal character is founded.

    As for me and my family, WE ARE PROUD TO REPRESENT ORRIN WOODARD, HIS VALUES AND THE TEAM EVERY TIME WE SHAKE HANDS AND LOOK INTO THE EYES OF A NEW PROSPECT OR BUSINESS PARTNER, KNOWING THAT WHAT WE STAND FOR IS GOOD.

    Proudly signed by:

    Michael Hartmann
    TEAM-LIFE Business Owner & Partner

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    1. Couldn't have been said better. Thanks Mike

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    2. Thank you, Mike! Your integrity and honesty is ALWAYS so apparent. Your comment makes me proud to be in such good company.

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    3. Nicely said Flash! I am proud of you and the man you are!

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    4. Awesome perspective Mike and I am proud to be in business with such a great group of people.

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    5. The spin stops here. I'm proud to be on your team, as well.

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    6. Thank you Michael for MODELING leadership and loyality! Orrin Woodward, Team and LIFE are worthy of all that you said!! I sincerely appreciate your heartfelt, articulate and passionate writing!!

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    7. We have such a great group of leaders!! Changing lives one at a time!!

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    8. Thanks Mike, I was shouting those bold words right along with you. If you don't mind I will proudly add my signature to your comment as well = )

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  14. Marc, thank you for your EYE WITNESS account of what REALLY happened in the Forbes article about Orrin Woodward and Team! I have always known that magazines, newspapers, and other forms of media are only profitable from their advertising revenues. But, in my naiveté, I never wanted to believe that the "tail wagged the dog"... in other words that the money made from advertisers could actually skew the content of articles! How sad... Thank you for sharing the TRUTH!

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    1. Richard, I've known Marc and Kristine for 10 years and they live their lives by Truth!

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    2. Well said Richard. I am not as suprised as you as you wouldn't believe what happens in the Medical Field at all levels.

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    3. I, too remember the day Marc was interviewed and was SHOCKED that not a word showed up in print. You think I would have learned. Thanks for being a person we can trust!!

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    4. It is very sad. You should be able to trust that our media is not influenced by the advertisers.

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  15. Media as we have learned over the years is anything BUT unbiased. That's unfortunate because Millions of consumers use the mainstream media to learn "The Truth", but it is never there. It is always one sided, biased and controlled by the media outlet putting the story together for the "What's in it for me" situation. That's truly unfortunate for the millions of people wanting to know the truth. Over the years building this business I have had both articles quoted to me several times as being truth and because they were major publications unwilling to learn what the "Real Truth" was and dismissed what My wife and I were doing to help people. It's too bad the 95% don't know what The Real Truth is. If they just turned off the TV, quit reading the news paper, searching the internet and listening to the radio, they would have plenty of time to find The Real Truth.

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    1. I AGREE MIKE!! I love your last sentence!

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    2. Glad our family searches for truth like you have so brilliantly pointed out!!

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    3. Mike, It's very rare, but there are a few people out there who understand what you just said about the media bias. I met a gentleman who isn't part of TEAM, who never listens to radio or watches TV. When I asked him why he chose to live that way, he said the very thing you stated. "You aren't getting the truth." Interesting.

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    4. How true. We all need to turn off the garbage and open our eyes to the truth.

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  16. Mike, you are right on! It is amazing to me how many people don't think for themselves. It really is sad, that is why I love what we do. We can help others think for themselves and lead them to different information.

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  17. Marc, I agree with your perspective. I truly believe that we as a Team are changing the culture of this world! And with people like Orrin Woodward who are bringing back the principles that this country was founded upon along with the leaders we associate with, I know we are well on our way to make it right again!!
    Sandy Dapprich

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    1. I totally agree with you Sandy!

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    2. That's right, Sandy. I agree!

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    3. I agree with you too! What you said in your comment is one of the main reasons we are here. I know Ken Ham has a saying at Answers in Genesis. He says "We are taking Dinosaurs Back". I have a saying like that for the TEAM. We are taking FREEDOM back!!!!

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  18. Marc, Thx for sharing your and Kristine's personal stories of how media skewes the truth for their benefit. We all need to be very alert to the wolves wearing sheeps clothing. My truth is in God's word, and if what I read doesnt measure up to that, it is in question! Im so sorry you and many others have been misquoted and cause in lies for self interests. We are in a fallen world. I vow to shine Christ's light brightly amidst the darkness!

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  19. Just want to add that what we have learned and continue to learn being apart of Team has helped bring us to faith, strengthed our marriage and parenting, and provides truth in such useful ways that I count my blessings daily!!! I am so blessed to be mentored and supported by Tonya and Mike and I know we are turning the tide to create character based families, so one day so many people will be influenced by TEAM and LIFE that magazine articles and news reports may actually have some truth in them!

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    1. That would be a breath of fresh air. As long as the leaders in LIFE and Team keep their blogs going we'll have a great source.

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    2. Mary, I love what you said about character based families. It is so important that we teach our children and the best way we can teach them is by the way we live our lives!

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  20. I agree with what you stated. The reason I am with TEAM is because it just the opposite of what appends to you and Orrin. TEAM tells the truth and doesn't twist it around to fit a hidden agenda.

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  21. I am so thankful to be a part of this amazing organization that has never forced me to hold any beliefs but has always invited me to think for myself! I am very, very blessed! Love you all REVOLUTION!

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    1. Thank you Kristine for being there to help me on my path!!

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    2. Kristine, we are all thankful for continuing love and support. You are a great example and when I "grow up" I want to be just like you!

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    3. Thank you for encouraging us to do the same for ourselves and provide the same legacy for our families. You are a great example and I agree with Kay and Anne!

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    4. Thank you for being a great example to so many of us! I appreciate you!!!

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    5. We love you, too, Marc and Kristine! You are great leaders!

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  22. I have known Marc & Kristine for over 8 years, and NOT ONCE have they ever deceived me in anyway, shape or form. They have helped and guided me through many things in my life, good and bad, mostly bad in the beginning of our relationship. It is the Team system that has given me the wonderful life that I have today, and I would not trade it for all the gold in China! Too many people are focused on the wrong things and as so suberly stated by Clint Fix, they do not come around or stay around long enough to see, let alone experience all the good that comes with the Team and especially the Revolution. I decided long ago to follow Marc & Kristine and therefore, Orrin Woodward. Never have I thought it was a mistake!

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    3. Ann, it is wonderful to see the relationship you have with The Milis! I know they have touched your life!!!!

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    4. I also want to let you know how much I appreciate you and EVERYTHING you do for The Revolution!

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    5. Marc and Kristine are character in action!

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  23. Anne, You are one of the first people I met when I first met Marc and Kristine several years ago. I agree with you 100% about Marc and Kristine's character. I also put you among that great group of people, too!

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  24. Ann, I count you as more than a friend, as a member of my family!! Life wouldn't be the same or run as smoothly without you!!

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    2. AMEN! In fact, we were dropping off one of our team last night and when he got out of the car he said,"Good Night TEAM fam". I felt so humbled, joyful and excited. I thought, yes that is what we are doing here. Creating a family :)

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  25. So absolutely sick of how the media manipulates people's minds. It reminds me of Oliver DeMille's talk a few years ago at one of the leadership conventions and he said that people need to think independantly. Well, with the media manipulating people's thoughts, it's no wonder people don't think! Where did the integrity of honest unbiased reporting concept go? It is nowhere anymore, sadly. I know I've fallen into that trap before, but thank goodness for LIFE and Team, thinking independantly.

    Carla

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    1. Know why you believe what you believe!!! Let's all get out there and think independantly.

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    2. Absolutely Carla, I totally agree :)

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    3. Amen! That's why we chucked our TV, and haven't missed it a bit!

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    4. Carla, you are a shining light of truth and implementing what u learn being apart of Team and LIFE!! So blessed to be your teammate!

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    5. Well said Carla, so sick of the media too! The Team always encourages us to think and to find out for ourselves, not follow blindly.

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  26. so proud to be part of this great organization

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  27. Early this morning I was on the phone with my oldest son talking about the news media and the very distorted views that they present. Here tonight is another example and not just what we caught in the news as being incorrect but to people that we know and respect. I told my son that years ago when I was a kid the news was the news, at least I hope it was. Now its all about advertising dollars. My son was a news junkie not that long ago and was glued to the tv always watching the news. I am so glad he will soon be reading and listening to LIFE and TEAM books and CD's.

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  28. Marc, Awesome blog bringing out the truth. Thank you for your Leadership. Early on in our involvement with TEAM and LIFE, you taught us that we needed to remove the negative inputs and replace them with positive inputs. So out went the magazine subscriptions and out went the cable boxes. In came the positive teaching of the TEAM system, the LIFE materials and the association with the REVOLUTION! It is sickening to look back at all the untruths we were listening to and reading before TEAM entered our lives. Thank you Marc and Kristine for your example, the vision, of what is possible through TEAM and LIFE. You both are simply amazing.

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    1. So proud of you guys for making the changes necessary to see true change in your life!

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    2. Larry, it's amazing when our eyes are opened to the truth!

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    3. It's crazy isn't it!??? Life without magazines and television is wonderful! Thankful we're unplugged too!

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  29. Thank you Marc for standing for truth! And for having the wisdom to ask the right questions. What a call for all of us to open our eyes and ask why, rather than passively receive what is being offered to us as news.

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  30. I remember reading that article myself when we were introduced to Team/Life. I am so thankful that Marc was open and willing to answer all questions. So that we were able to make an educated decision! I cannot thank Team enough for the Leaders that have made such a huge impact on my faith, marriage,family and business.
    But why should we be surprised by the media. An article about a "Scheme" will sell more copy than a story about someone who has gotten themselves out of debt,has a strong faith, and a beautiful family. That's just the sad truth.
    My family has been Blessed by Leaders like the Militellos, Kerns, Sargents, & Richter.

    Todd Johnson

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  31. THIS blog chain of responses should be in Forbes magazine!!! And in every newspaper and on every channel!! You embody COMMUNITY!!!

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  32. When I was a young girl, my dad was in city politics in our small community. I learned very quickly how the news can misrepresent the facts to fit an agenda. I also remember being hurt and defensive of my dad when personal insults were hurled, because I knew the real man and the news reporters only gave their version of the information or misinformation. It's funny but I felt the same way when I saw this article. I know the what the facts are, because I've lived with this TEAM and the information for many years. It only strengthens my resolve to continue to be a person of integrity to better represent the TEAM.

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  33. One of the first things I learned through my involvement with TEAM is that society, as a whole, is being herded through life, many times falling right off a cliff together! It is much better to be a "Rascal", oftentimes going against the current, standing for truth principles, exhibiting integrity, reading voraciously and thinking independently.

    This was a bizarre concept for me to wrap my mind around. I had been given textbooks my whole life and was told to believe what was written inside. Hardly ever was I challenged to conduct research or to actually piece together bits of conflicting information and draw my own conclusions. Furthermore, I was not encouraged to challenge the text for fear of being berated by fellow classmen or even teaching staff. Through many years of this teaching, it became easy to simply turn on the tube or open a newspaper, listen or read, and walk away with the same viewpoint as the author/newscaster. Case in point, no questions, no challenges. How shallow I had become. Don't fall into this trap. Stay open minded and understand that just because it is written or said, it might not be true. In my opinion, the only for sure truth is The Gospel which is full of principles to be applied daily in our lives. The leaders of TEAM understand the importance of following those principles and honor them in every decision they make.

    I thank Orrin and Laurie Woodward for persevering through the trials and tribulations of standing up for what was right years ago, and I also thank Marc and Kristine Militello for their mentorship over the past year. They are demonstrating true compassion, and I don't know where my life would have gone without their insight, friendships and leadership abilities. Joining the TEAM is something I've never regretted. It's been nothing but a blessing in my life, abounding with love and friendships of the highest accord. I agree with all of the above comments and know, without a doubt, that we are going to reach a million lives and thus create a freedom shift that the world needs for the betterment of generations to come.

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  34. . Thanks Marc for shedding some light on this article!

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  35. I couldn't agree more! Excellent post. I want to print off what you wrote and make everyone read it! I can't; however, I can show more plans and invite them into the community so they can meet incredible people just like YOU! Thankful God allowed our paths to cross.

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  36. Wow First and foremost I have to agree with all comments posted!!! I am so proud and honored to call this Awesome TEAM/LIFE REVOLUTION my family!! I have been Blessed by so of this TEAM's wisdom and mentorship. What I truly can't understand is how anyone could put their character and integrity on line for a so - called story. I often wonder how those people can sleep at night. I am so proud to part of TEAM/LIFE who is NOT willing to put their character or integrity on the the line for any reason. Instead TEAM/LIFE stands up for what is moral and correct and refuses to back down for any price!!

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    1. Trish, You and Doug are a great example of true faith, courage and perseverance. Your life example has been a model for many. So thankful for your friendship and this TEAM/LIFE REVOLUTION family that has brought you into my life.

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  37. Wow...I have to start off by saying, it is amazing how mainstream media is working in our favor now. The coolest experience that I just had was when I typed "marc millitello blog," it came up with "Marc Militello Leadership Team, marcmilitello.blogspot.com/" with the first search. By the way I know it was spelled wrong, I was trying to get around going through twitter. Mr. Woodward & Mr. Militello were interviewed a number of years ago by Forbes and were totally misconstrued, this leads me to say who's winning the Media War. Since, I can remember I have never been a fan of media and would cringe. My parents, my mother especially, always nagged me stating that I needed to know what was going on in the world. My point was always why listen to negative all day long. When I mean all day long, I mean morning, noon, evening and sometimes even late night local news. I would avoid it like the plague. Anyways, I feel like I am on the soap box, but the L.I.F.E. and TEAM has changed our marriage, relationship with my children, and so much more. Before TEAM I was a non-reader, now I enjoy the books that TEAM and L.I.F.E. have been coming down with. Since the latest Leadership Convention I can truly see freedom in so many aspects of my life. I want my family to live the Life they always wanted. Thank you, Mr. Marc Militello and Mr. Orrin Woodward for fighting the Good Fight

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  38. If you do a little research you will see that it's not the first time media has been deceitful by using manipulation of truths. We make pets out of wild animals and get upset when they have flashbacks of life in the jungle. They do nice tricks and we show them off to our friends. Why is it that we get mad when the snake bites us. It's just being a snake. I have gotten to the point were I don't even entertain the foolishness. The television has been gone for 18 days and it has been great. I get so much more done and the kids have gotten use to it already.

    This was a great post and Troy Dooly did an awesome job with his youtube clip. Team/Life has been the best thing that could have ever come into my life. There is a different person I see looking at me in the mirror these days. Ask my beautiful wife, Lauren. Ask the best three boys in the whole world. Ask those kids at the school where I get up every morning and go teach. Last but not least, ask my fattening purse about the financial intellegence I have gained.

    Thanks Marc and Christine! I feel like I'm made of bricks because I have become a stone wall! Thanks to all of you out there in Team/Life for being a part of a community that I can be a part of and be proud to say so.

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  39. I agree with Scott, I never was a big fan of the "negative news" and understand why my mom called the t.v. the "idiot box" when we were kids. I'm thankful that as we have turned the t.v. off, we have so many examples of great materials to read and listen to through LIFE! Amazing! I am truly grateful for the leadership demonstrated from the top down in TEAM/LIFE! It's refreshing to continue to meet so many people who are true leaders, who are people of integrity, and who do tell the TRUTH! We haven't been in TEAM long enough to have gone through the "fight", but we are beginning to understand the magnitude of what leaders like Marc & Kristine, Orrin & Laurie and many others fought for to present such an unbelievable opportunity called LIFE! So glad and proud we are in the fight now with fantastic LEADERS!!

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  40. I'm not much of a blogger, so I hope I get my point across. Freedom of the press was mentioned earlier. I believe that is an oxymoron, and this is an excelent example of that. These reporters have given their freedom of press to the highest bidder. By doing that, someone already stated, they have lost their character. Everyone searches for some form of freedom. Some people by manipulating and taking advantage of others, which destroys character. The TEAM searches for freedom by helping others achieve freedom, which develops character. It's not a hard decision for me which side of that I want to be on. I have not achieved financial freedom through this business(a better word would be lifestyle), but I have achieved something much, much more imortant, the freedom and courage to become the man I was born to be. And I tell you folks, that's a pretty exciting place to be. I have the rest of my life to figure out who that man is, and the TEAM will be right there with me every step of the way. This information has changed my life in so many incredible ways, it would take forever to type it all. Besides, I'd rather tell you face to face so you could hear the passion in my words, and one day I will. No amount of money could buy the freedom I HAVE achieved so far and WILL achieve in the future, because of the courage and character of Marc and Kristine and many people just like them. Keep up the good work guys, we love you.

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    1. Jeff, although I do not know you personally: I feel the exact same way you do as well as many others who have posted similiar statements. TEAM/LIFE has changed my life in everyone of the 8 Fs and that is something nobody can take from me ever!! LIFE IS GOOD!! TEAM/LIFE has so much to offer the whole world, which is needly so badly. We need to get this country back to what our founding fathers fought so desperately to keep!

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    2. Jeff, your words are exactly how I feel as well. As a man approaching 50, I only wish that I had this information way earlier in my life. I can't change the past but I can change my future and that is the journey worth taking. You sound like a great person and I wish you all the success in the world. This is a great journey we are all on together and as for me and my family, we are so happy to be on it with people like you, the Militellos, Woodwards and the Revolution team.

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    3. Iron sharpens iron. And you have played a part of sharpening my husband's and mine! Thanks for striving to be the man God made you to be.

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  41. You are going to have an amazing seminar as your print words made me cry. Add your passion face to face...bring on the tissues of happiness! Honored to know you Jeff!

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  42. Well written. It is always a blessing when the truth is exposed through perspective. Marc, this is truly one of your great strengths. To paraphrase Orrin: it's amazing what happens when you "incentivize" wrong behavoir... you get wrong behavior. It's unfortunate that those who have truly taken their God-given talent for analyzing systems and continuous improvement and applied it towards incentivizing right behavior are still at the mercy of those with an agenda in our "free" press. It comes back to understanding what your source of truth really is. Are those you are listening to (or reading from) seeking the truth, or is their truth relative to what's in it for them in the moment. The actions of our press (and others) are stealing the truth from those who need it the most. More reasons to continue the media war. Thanks for sharing and leading the way!

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  43. Marc, I think you nailed this blog post...it truly highlights the under current of the media ...where you don't know what's in it for them...they are in the business of ratings and sales...but if someone turns down a chance to talk to the mainstream, they will make something up like you were dodging the exposure...like your running and hiding...

    What I have learned is this...if there is some suspicion in a relationship with the media, I go the other way...they are going to make up what they want to anyway so stay away...

    "People of integrity expect to be believed and when they're not they let time prove them right" - the time is close, they will know Orrin Woodward and the LIFE business will change lives and let them write about that...

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  44. If it bleeds it leads... This is the first thing I learned in my schooling for journalism. Positive stories to the back, how can we out-do the other media sources and get the customer to buy our publication? This is a motivator and rightfully so, these people have to pay their employees and their stockholders want profit. Most of the people in this country are mere parrots of others opinions, and it is sad.

    When someone like Orrin Woodward steps out of the mainstream and begins to act in a way that is not comfortable to the mainstream, people react as if it were a scam. I am not sure a scam is in edifying people and lifting others up.

    I am not personally aware of anyone else that has created so many self-sufficient families that are willing to go out and help other families succeed. Mainstream press does Team/Orrin Woodward no favors, but as the old saying goes and I am paraphrasing, 'if you aren't hear for our struggles, don't expect to be here for our victories!'
    Helping families, and helping people is no crime, and I am happy that Orrin Woodward continues even with all of the opposition! We will show the world with our actions, words mean nothing.

    Thank you Marc for such a wonderful message, it was very enlightening.

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    1. Your insight from your journalism experience puts things into perspective, for sure. As much as I'd like journalism to be about the truth, it is a business and the bottom line is usually what trumps. There is a motivator for slanting the truth and it could be what brings the reader in or maybe what pleases the advertisers. Either way, it's a good lesson. Always do your research. Don't believe what you read, because you don't get the full story. Thanks for sharing!

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  45. Mili, as you know I'm not much with words, but all I can say is WOW!! Your article is perfect and I love how it exposes the truth in way that we all can understand, and probably relate to. One of the biggest lessons we've learned being with Team is that you shouldn't simply take something said or written as truth. As you start to understand truth and why you believe what you believe, people's true intention can more easily be revealed.

    Armed with this new perspective, Kristen and I have been on a journey of truth and the "fruit" has been incredible! Not only do I have a blessed life and eternal salvation, but a family that loves and respects each other. This all started because of our association with you and Orrin. Best decision of our life, period!

    Anyway, I am proud to call you a friend, a business partner, and a brother in Christ. No need to look back, we're here and we've got you back!

    On to a million brother!!

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    1. Amen to that Schilly!!! I was once told, "that if you you believe everything you read, one should not read, and if you believe everything you hear, one should not listen."

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  46. Mark,
    I can’t tell you how grateful I am to hear the “rest of the story”. When I was originally introduced the concept of compensated communities, my research found the Forbes article you refer to.
    Fortunately 21 years in the military taught me to be skeptical of seemingly one-sided reports. As I continued to research I found hundreds of people testifying the exact opposite reported in the article.
    After taking the chance that the many positive articles were in fact describing an opportunity to build a business that would provide for the financial future of my family in a way that my military retirement could ever match.
    Within 6 months my wife, an RN of 24 years, was able to leave the work force and become the stay at home mother she had always dreamed about being. We have made improvements in our relationships that never would have happened without having taken this chance.
    In addition to bringing her home, applying the financial principles taught in the LIFE material, we eliminated $100,000 in debt.
    Thanks for sharing your experience, your leadership and your example. The Team PC and RT are leading the charge to a better tomorrow and we are happily following in your footsteps.
    God Bless,
    Jim Croyle

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  48. Thank you Marc and Kristine for being our front runners next to Orrin and Laurie, especially in the media battle that we are continuously fighting. Aside from everyones testimonies to what TEAM/LIFE has done for them, which are all truly a blessing, I am extremely grateful to have been introduce to an organization that encourages you to think. Because of this information and community we are now reaching more and more individuals and families to get off the conveyor belt mentality and live a life based on what America was founded upon.
    TEAM/LIFE not only leads to living the life you've always wanted, it leads to living YOUR own life and not that of what you are told through one sided perceptions from the committee of "They".
    We all know what Orrin and Laurie have done for each of our families and the only way to mute the negativity is to continue to go out and share this with as many families as we can. With that we just have to follow Marc and Kristine and take the Revolution to 1 million people.

    Together Everyone Achieves More towards Living Intentionally For Excellence!!!!

    God Bless,
    Kate Henson

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  49. I remember before I got started with TEAM I did my "research" on the Internet too and found the Forbes article in question. Sadly, I almost let this article keep me from joining TEAM. Forbes was one of the main information sources I used in during my MBA program as I was under the impression that it was a good and credible source for info. Something trumped that Forbes article for me...it was that I trusted my long-time friend, Tex Martinez, more than some writer, regardless who they wrote for. It turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made.

    It really is sad when people trust their “research” over the credibility of a friend or family member. It’s also sad when people won’t make a decision based on their OWN research. Go to an event, meet the community, and make a decision for yourself! Thanks again Marc for leading by example and helping people grow so they can live the life they always wanted.

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  50. Glen, I agree with you wholehearted, I shutter to think where we, mainly me, would be without TEAM/LIFE and the AMAZING REVOLUTION FAMILY!! Kay, you are absolutely right we are all so very Blessed to have Marc and Kristine in our very own backyards to mentor us on their way to PC!!!

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  51. Thank you Peggy that means the world to me coming from such an amazing and servant leader as you are!!

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  53. Marc,

    Thanks for being an amazing educator. Once again you have brought light into the dark places. Mark Twain is quoted as saying,"Those that don't read the newspaper are uninformed, those that do read the newspaper are misinformed". Keep up the great work!!!

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  54. Great post Marc! As I reflect upon your story I can't help but wonder how the news reporter's life has become. I would certainly wish her the best(in accordance with the principles Team has taught me), but somehow I get the sinking feeling that if you lie about people doing good, the future may not be as bright as you would hope. Imagine the second tier effects of marriages that may have been saved but were not due a false image being projected of Team. Thank God I was exposed to Team in time to save my own marriage before being presented a distorted picture. As history clearly demonstrates expect much opposition when you set out to save the world. In my 18+ years of military service I have seen many brave men and women face great danger with professionalism and dignity. But never have I seen a civiian organization produce such brave souls who continue fighting a battle that offers freedom to even those who attack them. Freedom from divorce, financial ruin, relationship starved children, and spiritual confusion. Legend will remember such warriors. Truth can only be suppressed for so long. People like You and Orrin drive forward disreguarding your own safety to save others. When these victories become public I hope the news reporter will be able to endure whatever emotions she may feel and maybe if we are lucky we will be able to save her through our love and service and give her the gift of a life she has always dreamed of having.

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  55. Marc,

    Every journalism student should read Resolved, LLR and The Rascal Leader and complete the Mental Fitness Challenge prior to writing or interviewing professionally. There would be a refreshing change in the material that the majority rely on for their information. I feel blessed to be part of a minority - on its way to a majority - of people who subscribe to the most refreshing - and accurate - source of information on the planet. Thank you for your article.

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  56. Marc,
    I find this article very interesting indeed. You see for 29 years of my career I was an independent business owner who had Amway as a supplier, and in that 29 years I don’t recall even one favorable article from any of the main stream media, Forbes and Newsweek included. Why I used to ask myself would a company like Amway that did Billions of dollars of business not be recognized at least by Forbes or Fortune Magazine two of the most recognized business magazines in the world? Even when Forbes did the Forbes 400, which recognized the most successful business people in the world, they always seemed to have a negative or derogatory comment towards the company or its owners. Could it be that at the time Amway never did any advertising in Forbes or Newsweek?

    Interestingly after 40 years there was a significant change in Amway’s marketing strategy as they started advertising in Forbes & Newsweek and on the Major Television Networks. They had never done any mainstream advertising and none that I could ever remember in Forbes or Newsweek. As business owners we were always aware of any advertising or articles that were done as they affected our business. Now Amway was advertising in magazines and television, specifically around Orlando Magic Basketball games as the Magic play in Amway Arena with the Amway name all over the basketball hardwood. It is interesting to note that Newsweek at the time was owned by the Washington Post who also owned Post-Newsweek Television which owned 6 TV stations all in major NBA markets including Orlando home of the Orlando Magic who were owned by the Rich DeVos founder of Amway.
    In the advertising world I have noticed there are several ways to get business. One is to advertise your company or product and the other is to bash your competition or a previous business associate. It is kind of like a bad divorce. One spreads gossip and rumors to others who in turn perpetuate the gossip and rumors. In the world of internet it is even compounded to a hyper-level. Now you can write an article and link to the bad press you start and spread the negative virally. Everyone knows negative sells

    I distinctly remember the article you are talking about because I had recently become associated with Orrin Woodward. I had followed his success for years while he was associated with Amway and had only seen positive about him from Amway. Now when this legal battle ensued Amway attacked Orrin in blogs and then this Forbes article appeared. I remember commenting to my peers that the timing of the article was interesting considering that Amway after 40 years of not advertising had recently started a national advertising campaign and was now advertising in Forbes. It seems money talks.

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  57. Marc,
    Thanks for a complete story. It seems that "the media" is way to lazy these days and will cycle through themselves (internet) to put out weak information. So the result with myself is "can I TRUST you-your information" sadly TV, radio and print my answer is NO. I am so thankful for my choise to invest in CD's while I am driving daily - I feel improved. I love the comparison with your young boys playing to immature thinking to get ahead in business.

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  58. As a broadcaster, I understand how easy it is to skew something in a particular direction--either by what is said, or by what is left unsaid. Even when attempting to be fair and unbiased, it's difficult at times to avoid. Unfortunately, we see this all too often--opinion shamelessly disguised as news, and from what used to be considered legitimate news sources. Thanks, Marc, for adding some first-hand insight to a one-sided story.

    I too have been directed to the Forbes article on more than one occasion by someone who wanted to "rescue" me. Fortunately, I had been involved long enough that I chose to base my decision on what I had experienced first hand rather than an article, apparently written by someone who has an axe to grind, either personally or on behalf of someone else.

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  59. Great insight Marc,

    Having been around the Team and experiencing the great Leadership and Personal Development Coaching. I can see how the mainstream media with their own agenda would want to smear the organization.

    I was fortunate to take several journalism courses while at Michigan State University and can tell you first hand that many of these so called journalist from these publications have their own agenda. Many times it blinds them from actually doing good journalism.

    These large publications as you have seen with many of the news sources are loosing revenue hand-over-fist. Most people don't trust the news they are reporting anymore and people are leaving for alternative news sources. I'm glad to say that when I made my decision to join the TEAM organization, I didn't let some unknown author or someone who never had been involved with the TEAM organization sway my opinion. Keep up the great work Marc! BBNQ

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