It’s that time of year when we start to think about giving gifts to the special people in our lives. We call it Christmas at LIFE Leadership. We think of giving as a way of saying thanks. There are so many special people I’m sure we can think of. If you are on the job perhaps you have a boss the employee’s think fondly of. We all have close friends. Some neighbors go the extra mile for us in times of need. How about students we’ve become close to in school? As we grow older we can all remember someone who we have shared challenges with that we grew closer to. Of course we want the best for our children, parents, siblings, and others we call family as well. There is always that one person who’s wise counsel helped us see more clearly and influenced our path. What can we do to make those in our circle of community feel special this year? Sometime we even need to give a subtle hint about what we would like as a gift. Reading this blog might be the hint that's needed so you won't be opening up a box of underwear instead.
Many of my friends have changed their mind on what they will buy for those special people in our lives because of what they learned from the LIFE Leadership subscriptions. Because today’s economy is so unpredictable, the Financial Fitness pack is by far the most important gift one can give. A USA survey found that 60% of all Americans polled found the economic situation as the biggest crisis in their lifetime. One study found 1/3 of the fortune 500 companies disappeared over a 10 - year period. The authors of the Financial Fitness book state, “Less than 10% of new businesses will succeed.” Our college students face unprecedented challenges today. Many of their major areas of study don’t exist by the time of graduation. Yet they are still responsible for their college loans. Studies find 50% of college students fall into this situation. With that said the Financial Fitness pack also makes sense as a gift if you have a child or someone you know who is a student. With more people counting on the stock market for retirement than ever before, it’s important to equip people with the knowledge that’s in the Financial Fitness pack to help prepare for those unpredictable times ahead.
Who could think of a special teenager that would benefit from an Edge series subscription? Think of that for a gift. Here is $10 dollar a month subscription, the total for a year being a mere $120. That’s almost as much as five coffees at a local take your bucks. Tell me what you could possibly compare to anything else you could give a child for $10 / month. Not only does that series provide life - changing information for the teen, it develops the habit of listen and learning from CD’s. Just think of the results of changing their listening habits to this type of positive leadership materials. More and more research reveals that companies are hiring students who excel in leadership skills. Additionally, leadership skills qualify students for quicker professional advancement and management positions. Stop and compare the effect of the Edge gift before you buy the underwear.
What are the benefits from and a ninety - day trial of an AGO subscription for a friend who has an interest in growing their spiritual walk? I talk to many people around the country who feel they have heard more informative sermons or theological talks from the AGO series.
Maybe it’s Freedom that interests us. Watching the government bureaucracy at work everyone should be concerned about freedom. The bigger the government the less freedom for the people as we begin to rely on that entity for decisions that effect our personal lives. We have all witnessed the incompetence from a bureaucracy when compared to solutions that once were made by a free enterprise system. This should concern anyone who looks toward the future of our nation. The recent blog articles describing content from best selling author Orrin Woodward’s next book sheds much needed truth on a subject that many of us feel is the most important subject of our time, freedom. The Freedom series is another idea where $10 a month can go farther that many other ideas for a gift.
Can you think of anyone who you want to see become more likeable? Studies show that being relatable and good people skills make for happier marriages and effects positive results on jobs where people interact. Who would benefit from a copy of How to Win Friends and Influence People? In that book Dale Carnegie describes six ways to be more likeable. I’m still getting comments from people who are raving about how the book Confidence of a Champion by Tim Marks has helped them. Les Giblin author of How To Have Power And Confidence In Dealing With People says, “LSMFT or Low self esteem means friction and trouble.” How many of us realize the positive effect Tim Marks’ book is having on people with low self - esteem?
Isn’t the Christmas season really about happiness? Helping people with their Finances, Relationships and Faith make for the most valuable stocking stuffer. What better ideas than to bring happiness at the most affordable prices? Instead of the traditional gift - buying why not give the gift that keeps on giving? Whether it be finances, leadership, or relationships, maybe next year the recipient of your gift will be thanking you. After all, what could be better than helping someone have fun, make money, and make a difference? God Bless, George Guzzardo