In the Guinness record - breaking book ‘And Justice For All’, best selling author, Orrin Woodward describes the history of bondage. Bondage occurs when someone or something enslaves us by taking away our freedom. Originally, bondage occurred when one tribe conquered another by physical force. As civilization advanced, society became tired of the physical conflict and realized they could become more “civil”. People then sought security to live on their property and aligned with a military for support. As funding was needed for protection to live and work on their own land a portion of goods and services were given. That system became dominant in the age of feudalism when serfs were allowed to work tracks of land. Freedom evolved slowly over the next several hundred years to the point where people had more freedom, liberty, and better lifestyles than ever before. For the first time people could worship freely, and had more prosperity than at any time in history. Today, however, we see signs of bondage again encroaching into the freedoms of people. This type of bondage and plunder is far more subtle than any other type of bondage that the human race has ever seen. This type of bondage has seeped into every fabric of our society in the form of financial bondage. The reason that this form of plunder is so lethal is that much of our society is blind to it.
The subtleness of financial bondage occurs because people are influenced by what they are taught. Debt and consumerism is actually taught to our population throughout all aspects of their lives. Most of us are not aware of the massive tentacles of the three - pronged propaganda monster that has evolved over the last one hundred years: Media, government, and education, all being overseen by the all - powerful financial institutions. Mass media continues to promote consumerism with catchy sayings like “Black Friday’ and “Cyber Monday”. The population is bombarded with hundreds of thousands of commercial messages targeting consumer behavior. Even the economic health of our society that we hear from the T.V. News Broadcasts is based on buzz - words like “consumer spending” although everyone knows inherently that our own financial security is measured in personal savings.
Have the conditions of this propaganda machines impact become insurmountable? How could our government surpass $18 trillion dollars in debt without resistance? And outside of coffee shop gossip no one even questions it.
Headlines like this one alerts us: U.S. debt has now surpassed $18 trillion: “Under President Barack Obama, America's debt has skyrocketed 70%. On the day Obama took office, January 21, 2009, Zero Hedge reports U.S. debt stood at $10.625 trillion. The national debt cleared $18 trillion for the first time on Black Friday. In March, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected that the Obama U.S. debt explosion would result in interest payments on U.S. debt quadrupling by 2024 to a stratospheric $880 billion a year, a sum 105 times bigger than the FBI's budget. Still, Obama contends his economic policies have been a boon to America. "By every economic measure, we are better off now than when I took office," said Obama in October.”
Of course people will point to a political solution as if politicians could stand up to the all - powerful financial institutions.
Consider that the best gift you can give this year is LIFE Leadership’s Financial Fitness Pack. The reason that the Financial Fitness Pack is the most effective tool to help with the evils of financial bondage is because it addresses the offense, defense and the playing field of finances, where others just talk about the offense or defense. Many people may think that it’s by having a good defense that wins. Not true. The foundation to having a good defense and even a good offense is to understand the playing field. When applying all three of these aspects, people will put themselves in an incredibly advantageous position to free themselves from financial bondage.
One of the many benefits of being part of LIFE Leadership is from personal experience and the front row seat I’ve had to meet people from all social economic levels. In surviving the last economic bubble my experiences have helped put me in a position to help others. I am a strong promoter of the LIFE Leadership information to help change lives for the better. I’ve had first hand experience with people who have been financially devastated. I’ve met more than a few students with a financial debt of $50,000 or more and could not find a job in their chosen field. I’ve met more than my share of parents responsible for those student loans. By the way for the first time student debt is now greater than credit card debt:
I’ve met numerous individuals who work for wealth management groups that regularly borrow money from their parents just to make it through the month. I don’t even know why I was surprised when I even met someone with a consumer loan on a vacuum cleaner. Many people who are fortunate enough to find work find themselves on a never - ending treadmill, working non - stop just to make ends meet. Too many of our family, friends, and members of our communities are hurting financially. There are numerous people who have no idea how to achieve financial security. This in turn is hurting them emotionally. These conditions hurt people’s self – worth. It robs people of the pursuit of their dreams.
Is it time to declare war on debt? We can take a stand by learning the offense, defense, and playing field of finance. As we learn to take a stand we need to realize that the battle begins in the mind. CD’s like ‘The Ugly, the Bad, and the Good’ by Larry VanBuskirk and ‘Booms, Busts, and Preparations’ by Orrin Woodward should be essential stocking stuffers this year. Orrin Woodward describes the positive results in his new book, ‘The Leadership Train’, “I had just joined a life – changing leadership company. For sure, I had. And suddenly I realized that I was the company’s product. They were bringing into the world a way better me! And they were compensating me in the process…It truly was a compensated community, and everything they were building into me, I would build into others.” Peter Block in his book, ‘Community’ writes, “The most sustainable improvements in community occur when citizens discover the power to act. It is when citizens stop waiting for professionals or elected officials to do something, and decide they can reclaim what they have delegated to others, that things really happen.” Why wait till the New Year to make your resolutions? Let’s reclaim our freedom by making 2015 the year to break the cycle of financial bondage and declare war on debt! God Bless, George Guzzardo