Thursday, January 24, 2013


The top 5 books in the LIFE program are amazing!  That is why they are the top 5.   I know several of you took part in our Top 5 in 5 months Challenge.  Now that it's complete,  I would love to hear from you.  What was the biggest nugget you took way from the top 5?

 I know for me, my biggest nugget this time through was the difference between approving and appreciating.  We need to find "common ground" with people to find something to approve, but we also need to raise people in value and let them know how much they mean to us and our organization to truly appreciate them!  Orrin Woodward is excellent example of both approving and appreciating so glad to have a mentor who lives out the top 5 books right in front of me!

So, now that you've finished all 5 books, what's your biggest nugget?  Can't wait to learn from you!

God Bless,


  1. My biggest nugget was ENTHUSIASM!!! Project enthusiasm always, even when you don't feel like it, and you'll be energized!!!

  2. I realized at the last major that I was having a problem with my belief. So after making a call to my mentor I was advised to read the first chapter of the Magic of thinking big daily- yes daily. My least favorite book. Why is it my least favorite? Well its my lack of belief in myself. So my biggest nugget is read the book that you like the least over and over again because most likely the answer to your struggle is there. Believe big- think big goals get big success.

  3. The biggest nugget I got was to be a better listener. "In a conversation the person who does the most talking and the person who is the most successful rarely are the same person" - David Schwartz

    It's hard to help someone when your not listening to them.

  4. I was excited to re-read the Top 5 books when you announced the challenge! I didn’t know reading them again would literally be like never reading them before!?! I learned so much about myself. I was reminded of even more. And there were too many things that I never remember reading at all before.

    As far as the “biggest nugget,” I would have to say The Magic of Thinking Big where he talked about Babe Ruth and the Law of Averages. Most importantly how “steady” he was- whether striking out or hitting one out of the park, he reacted exactly the same because he understood the law of averages. Related to all that was the admonition to be willing to FAIL MORE so that I could SUCCEED MORE.

    Knowing that I can “swing for the bleachers” EVERY time without fear… because if I do it swing enough, the Law of Averages will take over and I WILL hit HOME RUNS!!!

    Thank you again Marc and Kristine for this wonderful challenge and for EVERYTHING you do to help us succeed!

  5. My biggest nugget was the importance of not arguing, admitting responsibility when I may not be the one at fault and asking key questions to the other person so they feel understood. I grew up in a very negative argumentitive household and see how truly important these principles are in any potentially negative situation to turn it into a positive experience.

  6. For me, one of the most important things was a sense of pride in having completed something. In addition to that, I felt like I was able to listen to CDs and watch webcasts and recognize a sort of hidden second meaning in EVERYTHING. "Ohhhh! I know why s/he said THAT right there!" I'm also starting to find a real sense of where I'm going when I'm showing a plan.

  7. I was glad we started the top 5 in 5, I have a hard time with picking just one nugget, but I do know that the books have helped me tremendously, for example i just had my first performance review and this is a small exerpt"Glen excels in the area of Interpersonal and Communication Skills. He easily works with people with varying backgrounds. With his wide range of life experiences and work experiences, Glen can easily display a high level of empathy for employee situations." This is the SYSTEM in action. Thanks Marc and the LIFE founders.

  8. It's hard to pick just one. The other problem is reading them all together it is hard to remember exactly which book it came from. I would say to give more compliments, and to make the compliments specific. I find naturally I see people doing some really great things. I can even write them with no problem. But to actually compliment someone in their presence (especially another guy) is not natural for me. I think I have become better at this, and you can definitely see it make a difference in others, because most people in the world just don't do that. Thanks for this contest Militellos, it was as tony the tiger says - Grrrrrreat!

    - Mike Wright
    Part of the Patriot Revolution

  9. I've put two nuggets together and those are "Get out there and see the people" and "Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves." When you listen to others you learn so much not only about them but about yourself as well. There is always something to learn from others and you can't do that when your not seeing them AND listening to them. For me, "getting out there" is building my confidence and belief in myself....that I can make a difference in my life, be the "chain breaker" of weakness in my family and share the truths that LIFE is teaching us with people in the community.

    Marc, Kristine....forever thankful for your leadership, friendship and opportunity to challenge our selves to improve everyday!

  10. LOL!! One nugget out of them all :) No matter how many times I read them and think that I've incoporated so much, MORE importantly I realize that I have so much further to go.... It's always a good re-adjustment of perspective to realize that I have WAAAAAY more room for improvement.

    Thanks for leading the way brother!!!

  11. Mark,
    Thank you for taking the time to put this blog together. There are always nuggets on here that I have found that I can apply to many different areas in my life. My most recent nugget was from the book How To Win Friends and Influence People. I have read this book four times now and just now figured out that I should be implementing these steps. I found and started implementing the 6 ways to make people like you:
    1. Become genuinely interested in other people
    2. Smile
    3. Remember names
    4. Become a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves
    5. Talk in the other persons' interest
    6. Make the other person feel important -and it must be sincere.

    I believe following these 6 steps are really just what we should be doing as Christians.
    God Bless,
    Jeremy Pethke

  12. A quote from the Magic of Thinking Big stood out from all the rest - "How you think when you lose will determine how long until you win". This is exactly what Orrin talks about as our Adversity Quotient. I would sometimes take a small setback (like when things don't work out as I planned them) and use the situation as an excuse to beat myself up. Through the top 5 books and your talks, I'm learning that "failures" are normal, expected,and our opportunity to learn, grow and get better. Talk about re-framing.... :-)

    Thanks for all your encouragement!

    - Scott Stevens

  13. My biggest nugget is that whenever I read about a specific area that I need to personally grow, I realize that I'm not alone. Although I wasn't created perfect, I should strive for perfection. But this doesn't give me the right to fall into a pity-party while cataloging all of my short-comings. I have a healthy perspective that says these are the areas in which I can get better and I'll do my best today to attack that area. 1% better each day will lead to tremendous results over time.