As I am sitting in the airport about to fly back to Wisconsin from a wonderful trip to Port St. Lucie, Florida where I was blessed to spend time with the-life-business founders Orrin and Laurie Woodward and George and Jill Guzzardo, I can’t help but reflect on a truly unforgettable weekend.
The topic that comes to mind is that of relationships. Relationships would fall into the category of family and friends when studying the 8 F’s of LIFE. Before I started learning from the leadership of LIFE, I had little relationship skills. I didn’t appreciate the meaning of friendship and my family relationships were distant. I won’t even go into the category of dating relationships, those were non existent. While I am still far from where I want to be, I feel more confident in my ability to build relationships with people because of the LIFE and TEAM educational system.
What this weekend did was allow me to expand my thinking about relationships. I was able to watch, listen and learn from men and women who carry the best example I believe this country offers at building relationships. George Guzzardo is a true example of a man who understands this topic. George is building massive communities and changing lives all over the country and all over the world; and he knows how to bond his communities through relationships. I believe his secret is hidden in his servant heart. Just this past week George was in Canada, then flew into Florida, went back home for a day to Arizona where he will fly out to Michigan then to Wisconsin and on to Minnesota (and this is only what I heard based on his two week schedule). George doesn’t take these trips just to ‘get away’ or because he enjoys being busy and traveling. In fact all his trips are planned to spend time and serve his teams, build relationships and mentor. The question I often hear is, “why does George do all this, isn’t he ‘retired?'” And the best answer I can give is because he is fulfilling his purpose in life. George understands the value of relationships in order to build massive communities. His mission and legacy in life is more important than his earthly desires of rest and relaxation (as I am sure he enjoys some of that as well). But with his mission in life comes strong relationships that will stand the test of time.
“One of the most enlightening experiences you’ll have working with Orrin Woodward and the LIFE business is a deeper knowledge about relationships. We would all agree that improved relationships would make the world a better place…”
Anyone who has the opportunity to learn from or spend time with George Guzzardo should study how he builds relationships with people. It has been a blessing for me to learn from him and Orrin Woodward through a system of information in the-LIFE-business that is pure and duplicatible. Below I have listed a few key principles to remember when strengthening relationships, all of which were taught through the LIFE’s educational system:
- Face time – eye contact and presence is vital for trustworthiness and loyalty.
- Listening – God gave us two ears and one mouth for a reason. Listen twice as much as you talk.
- Honesty – be transparent, hidden agendas are obvious to spot – if you don’t know the answer, don’t spin it as if you do.
- Compassion – genuinely caring about a person is the simplest way to act accordingly above. As God’s children, we are called to love our brothers and sisters in Christ; so find something you can love about them, it makes building relationships significant and fulfilling.
- Service – Ask “what can I do to help you?” Go out of your way to serve people and there will be no end to your sphere of influence.
These are just a few ideas that may assist in the journey of building relationships. In studying how George Guzzardo and Orrin Woodward interacted with people this weekend, I quickly identified how relationships truly are the glue that bonds communities together. These men, and all the founders, have mastered the art of relationships. While I know they would say they have a lot to learn, I have even more to learn from them as my community is diminutive in comparison to what they have accomplished. With that being said, we all have a lot to learn in the category of building relationships if we wish to fulfill our mission in the-LIFE-business and go to 1,000,000 people. Follow the leadership of Orrin Woodward and soon you will be talked about as the man or woman with a massive community who changed thousands of lives because you mastered the art of relationships.