Success Principle: Servanthood


Every day that goes by, the more proud and honored I am to be associated with Orrin Woodward and the other co-founders of LIFE. The brains, energy, character, integrity, and vision of these men are amazing; you’ll not find this caliber of quality individuals anywhere else in the world. Because of their efforts, we are able to access life-changing information through LIFE and to build communities of people through TEAM. Thank you, gentlemen, for your hard work, commitment, and sacrifices!

By being in the living rooms across this great country building communities of people, I have found that living in today’s world has caused many people to become alienated, resentful, bitter, self-centered, opinionated, judgmental and down right ornery towards people and life. The “Mayberry” and “Leave It To Beaver” days are, unfortunately, gone. Times have changed, there’s no denying it, but the incredible leaders associated with LIFE/TEAM believe even better days are ahead of us. I love the fact that they pride themselves on being life-long learners and are humble enough to admit that they don’t know everything. The next series of article will focus on several success principles that have been lost over the years.

Success Principle: Servanthood

I remember when I was a single man with no children…my whole life revolved around…me! Every decision I made and action I took was for my pleasure, my advancement, my personal gain…I was the sole beneficiary of everything I did. I then had children and my world turned upside down (in a very good way). When you find yourself so in love with the children that God blessed you with, you very quickly give up the selfish notion that you are the center of your world and they become the center of your world. You find yourself puting their needs in front of yours…making meals, eating last, changing diapers, picking up messes, afternoon tea parties, and crawling around on the floor playing “Tonka truck” (which is pretty fun actually). And the surprising thing is that you find yourself totally at peace with how your focus has shifted from self-centered to servanthood towards your children.

For me, however, my servanthood attitude only extended to my family. My attitude within the business world was still pretty self-centered. After all, if I didn’t look out for my best interests, no one else was going to. Then, through a series of divine events, I was introduced to the community-building industry by, then stranger, now dear friend, Renee Oettinger. And just like having children, I learned that if you truly want to make a difference in people’s lives, you need to serve them unconditionally.

This was a tough transition…serving others with no regard to what’s in it for me. Investing time, energy, and love into people who quite frankly often times didn’t deserve it was very difficult at first. But Orrin Woodward and George Guzzardo kept encouraging me to continue on and that someday…it would pay off. They said, “Servanthood is a biblical principle and that God honors commitment.”

So, you serve others in good times; in bad times; in times when money is tight; in times when you don’t feel like it; in times when they don’t deserve it…just like Jesus Christ served while alive on earth. Here’s the really cool thing…the LIFE business is set up to financially compensate individuals based upon how many people you serve and help succeed in life. I could have stayed self-centered in “corporate America” and continued to be miserable, but, thankfully, I found my purpose in building communities of people within a business model that rewards individuals for serving others.

Now don’t get me wrong, you don’t want to serve others haphazardly just because this article said you should…your heart needs to be in the right place (humbly serving others because it is the right thing to do) and you need to have a game plan and be involved in the Plan, Do, Check, & Adjust (PDCA) process with your mentor. Humbly serving others with specific intent will make a big difference over time in your life, in your family, in your workplace, and in your business.

The life you’ve always wanted is waiting for you…go humbly and unconditionally serve others and claim it!

God bless,

Eric C. Blomdahl

28 responses to this post.

  1. Great post Eric! I am sitting in my car waiting to go into a plan and the notification of your blog popped up on my phone. Amazing timing to remind me that I am there to serve in every thought, word and deed. You have diplayed so much servanthood in your teams and that is evident by the size community you have and the amount of leaders you’ve developed. Thank you for being an incredible example of servanthood!

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  2. Posted by Jennifer Samuels on June 27, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Awesome article. Over the years we have known you and Jen, you have truly shown your Servant Hearts. Thank you for all you have done for our family and our teams. Continue to do what you do & so many people will be rewarded by your actions.

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  3. Posted by robert wilcox on June 28, 2012 at 2:18 am

    “Servanthood is a biblical Principle and that God honors commitment” Love this! You and Jen are the perfect examples of the servant couple. I really appreciate all you and Jen do thank you !!

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  4. Posted by Don Fallis on June 28, 2012 at 6:23 am

    Eric: What an awesome article. You my friend are not only the person who pen these words, you live by example. Jan and I will never be able to thank you enough for the times in our lives that you have been the servant. Whether by phone, (many times) or in person, I always felt better after connecting with you. Even more, we have seen with our own eyes as you have served others right in front of our eyes. With great pride we share the stories with others of just what a LIFE COACH really IS, DOES, AND HAS THE POWER TO HELP. Thank You my friend.
    Don and Jan Fallis

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    • Don: Jen and I are very proud of you and Jan. Way to stay strong in the battle. Go serve others and you’ll be amazed at the blessings you receive in return.

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  5. Posted by Steve Brooks on June 28, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Eric,
    Great post!! I agree so much with everything you say. Before getting involved with Life-team I was very me centered. The more I learn the more my focus turns to serving others. Thank you for your insight and all you have done to serve me and many others.

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  6. Posted by Patrick Pflederer on June 28, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Eric, you have modeled Servant Leadership in your life and are showing us the way. Thanks so much for the example you and the Team are setting.

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  7. Eric, well put! There are times you don’t feel like serving others but when you put your heart in the right place it is a very rewarding feeling. You can’t take things with you but you can die knowing you have touched others lives for the better. Thanks so much for touching ours.

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    • You are 100% right Jason. If you are down, the best way to bring yourself back up is to serve someone else. Can’t focus on yourself when you’re serving someone else. Proud of you!

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  8. Posted by Pat and Mary Hermsen on June 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Thanks, Eric, for an incredible and well-written article. It’s exciting to know that our leaders agree that an even better world is ahead for us. No doubt, it’s because they (you and Jen included) are setting themselves and the TEAM up to be the catalyst for change. That thought keeps me going!!

    Anyone with children can relate to your comments on them becoming the center of your world. Many of us never knew the extent of how much we could love until we became parents. I can picture you having fun playing on the floor with Tonka Trucks. The afternoon Tea parties would be fun to see too!

    Thanks for reminding us to be great servants, through both this article, and your actions.
    Enjoy your day!

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  9. Posted by Pat and Mary Hermsen on June 28, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Also, I like the new look of your blog!

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  10. Posted by Jack Schneider on June 29, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Eric, As I read this great post my thoughts were you could only write this because you and Jen have and are still living it . Thanks for the great example.

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  11. Posted by Chad Sutkay on June 29, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Eric,

    Another excellent post. Can you imagine the incredible amount of progress that could be made in a community, company, or country if the principle of selfless service was implemented in everyone’s lives?! I saw a lot of your replies asking others to pay it forward and indeed that is the only way. Thank you for paying it forward all over the continent! Thank you for serving me, my family and the communities we work with.

    God Bless,
    Chad

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    • Chad: Thanks for the comment. You are 100% correct…the world would be a better place if everyone focused on serving others. I thank God every day that we have a vehicle like the LIFE/TEAM to do just that…serve!

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  12. Posted by sue deer on July 2, 2012 at 6:34 am

    You are so right eric i know in my hairdressing business its very rewarding to serve someone else Thats one of the reasons i truly feel God blessed me with the team/life businesses. I feel once i m retired from hair, im set up already to continue serving.Thanks Eric

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  13. Posted by Chad Sutkay on July 8, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Eric,

    This is exactly the culture that LIFE and TEAM organizations are the best at emulating. I am not personally familiar with any other organization that has developed such a widespread service before self culture. Thank you for posting, always a great reminder of where our focus should be!

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  14. “So, you serve others in good times; in bad times; in times when money is tight; in times when you don’t feel like it; in times when they don’t deserve it…just like Jesus Christ served while alive on earth.”…Amen!

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