Free Enterprise

The American Dream is not so much material things but the ability to think on our own, dream more, own more, and be all that we set out to accomplish! This identity of an American is deep rooted from our founding fathers and mothers. Kirk and I have been on a journey for some time now to rediscover what it means to be an American. We want others to understand free enterprise and the feeling one can have by becoming free again in one’s mind, work, and being.

What if you could not fail? What would you then set out to accomplish?

Why not become all that God created you to be? What would your life look like then?

Why now? What if today you were needed now more than ever to succeed and accomplish something great?

Business ownership is one of the very definitions of being an American. I highly recommend you start to understand the importance of entrepreneurship. Today more than ever we should be out of debt, free to own our time through business leverage, and out of bondage to the worlds picture of success.

The whole reason for business is because it fulfills a need. Here are some great examples:

A security company fulfills the need for people to have alarm systems where they feel secure. Do they make money from the individual’s household income? YES. It fills the need of the homeowner.

A printing company fulfills the need for people to have items printed as a service. Do they make money from the individuals income? YES. It fills the need of the individual.

A cable company fulfills the need for people to have media entertainment in their home. Do they make money from the individuals income? YES. It fills the need of the individual.

You get my point.

I believe you should own your own business. In today’s changing economy, it is wise to be on the receiving end of today’s businesses that fulfill the worlds needs. It is how the world works. If you do not position yourself on the receiving end where your own hard earned money will end up anyways, you will miss out on the amazing leverage you can create to own your own time, live out dreams, and most importantly be a free individual who is out of debt and on the receiving side!

There are many forms of business available. Here are three types: Traditional self-employed business that deals with a specific trade or service, franchise ownership where you buy an existing system, or a direct distribution system where you become apart of an existing business system.

The specific form of business I will discuss and highly recommend is a direct distribution system. This type of business has changed our lives dramatically. A home based business model is how a direct distribution system is ran. There are so many advantages to talk about that I will only list a few.

1) You run your business from home, where you have a huge tax advantage with write offs.

2) Your commitment of time and hard work in the short term results in significant long-term passive income.

3) Allows you to be on a profitable path of personal development.

4) Connects you with a circle of friends who share your dreams and values.

5) It has the best strategy to build a strong, viable, growing network.

6) Teaches incomparable life and leadership skills.

7) It is a mechanism of genuine wealth creation.

Kirk and I have been learning from two of the top leadership experts, Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady, for over 6 years. They have become renowned leaders in this industry and have studied many models of this industry over the past two decades. Based on their study over the past two decades of people, leadership, success principles, and the rise of the information age; they have recently launched an entirely new industry within this field of business systems. We are a new emerging industry called a “compensated community.”

A compensated community is unlike Facebook which is an uncompensated community. Even though Facebook is a billion dollar giant that was built by us, the information consumer;  Orrin, Chris, and the other founders set out to do something that has never been done in the history of home based businesses. They have created a model where there is NO owner of the company. The members of the community own the company. Therefore, all profits are split by the members based on an individuals performance. So there you have it, free enterprise at its greatest!!

  The LIFE Community has entered the world and will change the way business is done. Remember earlier when I told you that businesses fulfill a need. Well, in this case we have stood up to the challenge. What greater need is there today than the need to produce better people, a product of changed lives. Yes! You heard me correctly. I said, “our product is a better YOU!”

The LIFE Community allows you as a member to be apart of the change the world needs! We produce information where someone develops their self through CD’s, books, and seminars. We help people create the right success habits in their life. If you have been introduced to LIFE, please contact the person who invited you to see the difference. If you have not heard of LIFE, then just click on the word LIFE so you can get more information. We would gladly send you a link so you can watch a webcast so you can meet the leaders. It is vital to society and especially in America that we raise up entrepreneurs. The LIFE products are designed to train an individual in what we consider the 8 F’s: Faith, Family, Finances, Freedom, Following, Fitness, Friends, and Fun!

Come Join LIFE Leadership!

Blog Part I: Free Enterprise

Blog Part II: Free Enterprise Response (coming soon)

God Bless you,

Kirk and Nicole Porter

Attitude is Everything!

Here is a great blog from our son, Kaleb. He is almost 12 years old and recently we challenged him to read the book “Attitude is Everything.” It has been such a blessing for our family to meet and be connected to the many leaders of LIFE.

We have had the privilege to learn from Chris and Terri Brady about how to have a successful marriage, to be a better parent, and for our kids to learn truths about life and how to influence others. Wow! This is just a product of who are kids have grown to become and I am happy to share Kaleb’s growth with you! He listens and learns from a series called EDGE that is transforming kids today to think different.

Enjoy!!

Kaleb Porter

This book has been helping me with my attitude and I know now that I didn’t have a very good attitude.

Point one: Picture your success. It’s believing you can make that basket or score that touchdown, and if you put your mind to it anything can happen.

Point two: How are you?  A simple question. It’s how you tell between a good attitude, an ok attitude, and a bad attitude. Ask a person, ” how are you?” and if their response is good, great or teriffic then your with the right person. If their response is ok, same old same old, or not too bad, then their attitude is just ok. If your with the wrong person then his response will be t. g. i. f. { thank god it”s Friday } ,lousy, or I’m tired.

So stick with the people that have a good attitude and ask “how are you?”

Point three:  Stop complaining. If you hang around a complainer then you will end up doing the same thing he is doing. If he complains about too much mustard then you will complain about too little mayo.

So stay away from complainers. It’s best.

Point four: Associate with positive people. There are toxic people and nourishing people. It’s pretty obvious that you don’t want to hang around toxic people. Toxic people are dream killers and energy vampires. But if you hang around a positive person your attitude will improve.

Point five: Confront your fears and grow! One day I was at Disney World and I was terrified of roller coasters. My parents wanted all of us to ride the roller coaster, but I was scared and the whole time we were in line I was crying. But that didn’t work. My dad made me go on the ride. So when we got on the ride I was scared, but I manned up and rode it. When the ride stopped I said, “let’s do it again.” If I didn’t face my fears then I wouldn’t have learned that I love roller coasters.  So Face your fears and grow.

So I learned that with a positive attitude, a positive mind and positive people we can do anything!

God Bless,

Kaleb Porter

21st Century Parenting

Recently, I heard a great message from our pastor, Dan Hunter, on parenting. He gave such great insight and applicable ideas to take and apply right away. The parenting pack in the LIFE materials has been the ongoing education we have needed in our life to help us become better parents. Here is just a few thoughts I know will help any parent wanting to know how to improve in the area of parenting!

As time goes on we seem to get further away from the truth about how to parent. The truth is that you can only find truth through the Word of God. But somehow our human mind thinks we know so much more than the very one that created us. The bible gives us the road map needed to raise our children.

3 Parenting Styles to AVOID:

Etch and Sketch Parenting:

Remember the etch and sketch game, where you turn the knobs and it draws lines and then you shake it real hard and the lines disappear. I can remember this game growing up before we had all the “techy” stuff we have today. When I didn’t like how it turned out, I would shake it and start over. So many parents today have not drawn permanent “lines” or boundaries in their way of disciplining and in their values at home. So many kids today have no idea where the boundaries are that their parents setup. So they continually test it and when it’s crossed their consequences are not consistent and the line is erased and drawn somewhere else.

As parents, it is crucial to determine what your boundaries for your children will be and to stand firm so your children will respect what they can and cannot do. If you always change the lines then your child will grow up to think the truth changes, and right and wrong is determined on how you feel.

Proverbs 29:15 says, “The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.”

Lifeguard Parenting:

At any local pool or water park,  you will see lifeguards perched on tall seats just waiting for the moment they need to jump in and save a child or correct one not following the rules. Now I am very much in favor of lifeguards at these particular establishments to ensure the safety of everyone there. But when it comes to parenting, too many are playing the lifeguard role and rescuing their children from consequences. I have struggled with this in my own life. There have been times in the past where Kirk and I did not see eye to eye on what discipline our child needed in the moment of disobedience. I have found myself acting as a lawyer for my child and trying to convince Kirk it wasn’t that bad. Oh wow did I learn a lesson!!

Enabling is anything that stands in the way of persons experiencing the natural consequences of their own behavior. If you rescue your child so they don’t experience the painful consequences of their irresponsible decisions, then you spoil their ability to see the world as it truly is. This can cause uncaring, self-centered and entitled thinking in your child.  A phrase in our home is you are entitled to nothing, everything is earned.

Proverbs 3:11-12a says, “My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves” And the scripture is clear in Galatians 6:7-8, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”

Split Decision Parenting:

I grew up in a home where I saw a bunch of lifeguard parenting and split decisions. For instance, I knew in my house my mom would let me do certain things that my dad had already said NO to. And I saw my mom convince my dad it would be ok. Little did I know it would lead to more manipulating on my part to get my way. It obviously carried over into my own parenting. One of the biggest areas I have needed growth is showing my boys I respect Kirks decision in the correct discipline. Split decision parenting is so detrimental to unifying the family unit.  When the parents are un-unified, then the children will learn how to manipulate. Disagree in private, and agree in public.

Amos 3:3 says, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”

Disciplining and Correction are tough subjects because of the different views out there.  So again the best source to go to is the Word of God. In our home, it is our measuring stick. Here are just a couple of tips:

1) Never discipline in anger- The aggression you use is way more harmful than the method you use.

Send the child to his/her room and take a breather so you can think and seek to understand and gain wisdom from God on how to correct. Ephesians 4:26 says, “In your anger, do not sin.”

2)Discipline with instruction and reconciliation- Discipline is correction with love.

Show the love of God through correcting and then forgiveness. We like to say to our children, “I forgive you.” Ephesians 6:4 says, “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”

Reconciliation:

Discipline is something you do for your child, not to your child. Reconciliation and forgiveness are so key for a child to feel safe and loved.

Here is a way to reconcile and instruct the child for correct behavior the next time (because there will be a next time!).

1) Ask what did you do wrong? (This helps the child identify the behavior)

2)What are you going to do next time this happens? (This helps them have an applicable tool the next time they are in a situation)

Then, don’t bring it up again and reconcile! Aren’t you glad God does not bring it back up to us when we mess up?

Being a wife, homeschool mom, business owner, and a devoted learner, there are days I want to pull my hair out. I question myself, pray, worry (yes, I know you shouldn’t), and fight my inner doubts if we are doing the best job in raising our children. Are we being the example? Are we teaching the Word enough? The saying goes, “I can’t hear what your saying, cause I see what you are doing”, so am I living out what I am saying? Well, I will end on a story to encourage those parents who are wondering if what they do matters!

Just a few days ago, my son Luke came to me. He is 10 and is a very deep thinker, likes his space, and can be very strong willed. So there are many times I wonder, is this child of mine getting it? Well, I learned a great lesson from him. He came to me and shut my door and locked it, wanting to speak to me in private. He said he needed to tell me something that has been on his heart for some time. He spoke of a time several months ago where he was with his cousin who is much older and asked him to play a game called Grand Theft Auto. Luke continued to tell me he played the game for a few minutes. After playing, he looked at the cover and saw it was rated M for mature.

    He knew he was not suppose to play those games. So here we are several months later, he starts to cry really hard and tell me, “I am so sorry mom. I just need to get this off me, I have  carried it for too long.” As you can imagine, I was shocked but ecstatic! To see my child carry such a hurt, but a hurt that was battling his own character. A character that had been established through the reading of the Word and the lines and boundaries drawn in our home. A character so high for a 10 year old in todays world. All I could think was “Thank you, Lord.” I looked him in the eye and said, “Luke, God will bless you for your confession.” And, “I forgive you.” I will never forget the look on his face. His complete posture changed. He had been released from a wound in his character and now God could mend his broken heart.

May we commit as parents to raise men and women of character. May we stand strong in our convictions. May we discipline in love. May we not become weary in doing good. May we stand on what is right and not be blown over by the winds of a complacent world. Let us be the parents of a new generation, where children our respectful and accept responsibility for their actions. May we set the bar high as the 21st Century Parents!

God Bless and May God give us wisdom,

Nicole Porter

To Have Your Eyes

December is a very special time when families come together to share memories and discuss the events of the year. I am reminded that we tend to move like tiny busy ants through the year and then do our best to slow the month of December down so we can reflect realizing that another year of our life is quickly coming to a close. It is a wonderful time to be reminded that a savior entered the world during this season about two thousand years ago. It is our time as believers to remember His birth and begin to set new goals to align our lives to be more like Him. So…….

I thought it would be appropriate to share a song that touches my heart and helps me to be more like Christ. One area that I am always having to grow in is the area of seeing the good in people. We have learned so much through the lives of Orrin and Laurie Woodward and Chris and Terri Brady. Their example has been so powerful for Kirk and I to see the biblical truths not just talked about, but acted out in ones life. We are blessed to be connected to them in the LIFE business and the community of TEAM. They have shown us people have value, we have value, and we can help bring the greatness out in people. They have shown us to see opportunities and not disappointments.

The perfect example to us is Jesus Christ. He came and lived a sinless life. He loves us no matter what. We have the stains of sin, but yet He sees no stain on us. He sees our future of who He created us to be and not our past. My prayer is that I would have the eyes of the Lord. That I would see people how God sees them and not how my worldly eyes see them. That I would see the future full of hope, prosperity, and a land of opportunity. What if we could raise up a group of people that saw the greatness in each person and every situation. Not for who they were but what they could be. That group of people would be living a LIFE worth living!

The world today is full of negative inputs which makes it difficult for people to think in the positive. It is just like the story “The Wolves Within”.

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

May we begin this season to learn from our Heavenly Father and see through His eyes. May we feed the good in ourselves and feed the good in others. Enjoy the words of this song written by a friend of ours, Kristi Northrup. It moves my heart each time I hear it and I am reminded how much further I must grow to be more like Christ.

Merry Christmas and May God bless you,

Kirk and Nicole Porter

Two Worlds Collided

Kirk and Nicole Porter

Each person in Life has a story. We decided to share ours and help other people tell theirs as well. We have been learning leadership, life, and success principles from Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady for over 5 years. Our story is like a lot of you who are reading this but yet different. We have learned that each person has unique abilities and God-given gifts and talents that are overlooked and underdeveloped. And that is why we share our story, and why we write this blog. Our reasons exist because we know more of you are out there that just need that little boost of belief and motivation to take your life to a whole new level. And so, the story begins…..

Two worlds collided when we met. Kirk is from Michigan and I am from Texas. It was a divine circumstance that we met because we believe everything happens for a reason. We came from two totally different backgrounds. A friend, who grew up with Kirk, contacted us about changing our results in life. Kirk and I were married at 23 and found ourselves living what we thought was the American dream. After being introduced to success principles and ultimately the Life Business, everything in our world changed. Being in debt, upside down in a mortgage, financing two cars, both working jobs while trading our time for little money, and spending small portions of time with our children was not sounding so “dreamy” anymore.

Our world was woke up to a new way of thinking. Two worlds collided again when we met the founders of LIFE. We started to subscribe to the Life changing materials through CD’s, books, the concepts of entrepreneurship, and plugging into the TEAM, a community of people that were all hungry to make a difference in their own life knowing that long term it would make a difference in the world. This new information became a life-line for us. We were starving for food that would feed our hunger to succeed in life, and the Life materials of leadership development were the perfect meal full of the truths about life. It began to speak truth in the areas of faith, family, finances, freedom, fitness, following, friends, and having fun.

Work Hard!! Play Hard!!

And because of this change, we want to share it with everyone we can. We now get to enjoy the freedom of both being home with our three boys, travel to places we had never been, pay cash for cars, and most importantly help others discover life changing truths that help them to discover their God-given purpose. The relationship between Kirk and I, our children, and with others have greatly improved. The heart change that has taken place to live out the biblical truths has given us a whole new zeal for life.

We have the privilege of playing a small part in the business team of Life and mentoring with one of the founders, Chris and Terri Brady. We are humbled to learn from them and the other Life members that paved the way for us and so many others that will “take the road less traveled on.” We are humbled to share the stage with so many great leaders by speaking at seminars where we teach on leadership, systematic success, and life changing principles. This blog is here for you to learn and grow with us. We have not arrived and only humbly share our heart about what we have learned from some of the great leaders of our time. Please feel free to share content with others and leave comments and feedback. Leadership is a life long journey and we have chosen the path and are passionate about coaching others along the way to the Life they have always wanted!!

God Bless, Kirk and Nicole Porter