Orrin Woodward and the LIFE business places character development as the central focus by using the 8 F’s concept for personal development. The 8 F’s represent categories that a person can work on to improve their character. Character development affects all areas of a person’s life and is the foundation of leadership. The Greek word ‘charakter’ means enduring marks. It is such a critical subject that the founders of America felt that it’s people would require the virtue of ethical character for the republic to survive. In today’s world it is clear that character of leaders in government and corporate officials is suspect. This subject is so important that Orrin Woodward wrote ‘Resolved 13 Resolutions for LIFE’ which will be the LIFE book of the month in November. After reviewing much of his book, I feel it will be the best source to improve one’s character and thus one’s life when the principles in the book are applied. Many of today’s problems would be solved and the world would be a better place when character development becomes the project. Simply stated, “ the project is you.”
I believe there is a direct connection between character development and courage. Courage directly affects the will, which becomes the one element that determines the result of a better character. Our will must be strengthened. The will can be strengthened by associating with the right role models. People find gatherings like the Team leadership conventions helpful in strengthening their resolve. This is helpful since there seems to be a prevailing hopelessness through out the Western world. People who are on a mission for self -improvement and who demonstrate progress give us hope. Personal improvement also happens when there are reasons big enough to make changes. Leighton Ford said, “Centered in any great leader’s soul is a sense of transcendent purpose.” Most great leaders believed they were working on a greater purpose than themselves. This is tied to a sense of destiny.
J.R. Miller, the Christian author of over 100 books, said, “If we only had one chance in life, it would fare badly with most of us. We do scarcely anything perfectly the first time we do it. Nearly always do we fail.” Every human has a pattern as if being formed by a potter. The ‘Butterfly Effect’ is a theory that refers to a minor change in circumstances that can cause a large change in outcomes. It’s possible that if improvements are made to a person’s character it could have significant long-term effects on a person’s family, friends, fitness, finances, or faith. This is what the LIFE business is all about. No one starts or ends being perfect but by taking responsibility and becoming accountable for our actions, we can make progress and have significant long-term impact on ourselves and others.
We must remember that we are not robots but creatures of choice. Russell N. Gough, professor of ethics and philosophy at Pepperdine University wrote, “For Aristotle, the truest friendship is far more than mere companionship, mutual hobbies, and a common network of acquaintances. Friends in the highest sense of the term are those who make conscientious effort to take ethics and personal character seriously and inspire each other to be better – in thought, in action, and in life. “ I think this defines exactly what is happening in the LIFE business lead by Orrin Woodward. God Bless, George Guzzardo