Lessons of a Compensated Community Builder – Part 1 (Revisited)


A little over a decade ago I committed to building communities of people utilizing a proven marketing system that Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady developed. That decision has proven to be the most rewarding experience of my life. However, along the way, many important lessons were learned. Some of those lessons came with a great amount of personal pain and suffering and, unfortunately, with a negative impact on the community (sorry to everyone that suffered because of my growing pains). The purpose of this article is to share some of those lessons with the hope that other community builders can learn from my experience without suffering the personal anguish and without negatively impacting the community (i.e. people’s lives).

Lessons of a Compensated Community Builder:

Dare to Dream: It’s sad, but America in 2014 doesn’t dream anymore. In fact, if you are a “dreamer” in today’s society, you are alienated and made to feel like something is wrong with you. The reality is, God gave each and every one of us the ability to dream. And if He gave us the ability to dream, He surely will give us the opportunity to make those dreams come true. I would like to challenge everyone before you go to bed tonight; make a list of 100 dreams you want to accomplish in your life. Once that list is complete, keep it in your planner and look at it daily and become passionate about accomplishing them. Muster the courage and develop the habit to not just dream, but dream BIG with PASSION!

Get Your Elephant Charging: The subconscious mind (“elephant”) is a very powerful force, but it is totally underutilized by the majority of our society. Most people live their lives allowing the conscious mind (“ant”) to lead them. If you truly want to transform your life and strive for greatness, you need to reprogram your mind to allow the subconscious (“elephant”) to lead. I recommend reading “The Ant and the Elephant” by Vince Poscente and listening to “The Ant and the Elephant” CD by Orrin Woodward.

Humble Yourself and Commit to Personal Development: Contrary to my personal belief when I got started, I didn’t know everything about everything. That realization is rather simply stated in the previous short sentence, but in actuality it took me several years to learn and finally accept. You may have heard the saying, “You can’t take your old self into a bright new future.” If you find yourself reading this article and not liking where you are at in life, it is going to require you to humble yourself and commit to personal development. The best personal development education system I have found is through a LIFE subscription(s). LIFE offers several monthly subscription options to launch your personal development journey: LIFE (personal education), Leadership (professional education), AGO (faith education) and EDGE (life principles for teens), Freedom and Finance. For the individual looking to make the most out of his/her life, I recommend subscribing to all of them. A commitment to personal development is going to require developing the daily habits of listening to educational audios, reading from great books, and associating with like-minded people on a regular basis.

Control Your Schedule, Don’t Let Your Schedule Control You: When asked, most people in today’s society are very quick to list their top priorities in life, but when you compare their schedule to their priorities, most are 180 degree opposite…their schedules don’t match their priorities and their priorities don’t match their schedules. In order to truly get where you want to go in life, it is vital to make sure that your priorities match your schedule and that your schedule matches your priorities. Once in alignment, every decision that impacts your future should be made referring back to your priorities. Don’t let a decision regarding a #4 priority get in the way of a #2 priority. I recommend reading “Eat That Frog” by Brian Tracy.

Be Consistent: When pursuing the life you’ve always wanted, the amount of activity you put in is extremely important, but it is not enough all by itself…it needs to be consistent activity. I was stuck for a very long time at the “busy enough to be frustrated” phase, which is not a fun place to be stuck. If you find yourself at that phase, evaluate both your activities and your consistency. I am guessing the solution to get you “unstuck” lies within the combination of the two. Discovering and pursuing my purpose really helped in getting my activity and consistency up to a level that was required to get “unstuck”; to go from “busy enough to be frustrated” to “busy enough to get results”. I strongly recommend getting and studying the “Finding Your Purpose Pack”.

Be Persistent: If your part of my generation, you probably remember the toy called a Weeble, and their advertising catch-phrase, “Weebles wobble, but they don’t fall down.” When I heard that phrase as a young boy, I never realized that it would be one of the key principles for success in life some 40 years later. We all get knocked down in life, but the key is to get back up each and every time. A famous motivational speaker/author once said, “When you fall down, make sure you fall on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up.” What helped me to have the proper perspective regarding being persistent through all of life’s struggles was strengthening my faith life. I recommend you purchase a “No Regrets – AGO First Night Pack” and begin developing your faith to the next level.

Part 2 of this article coming tomorrow.

God bless,

Eric C. Blomdahl

8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mary Hermsen on May 16, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    What an all around great article, Eric! You hit on all the major points and solutions. We can’t be reminded of these principles too much. Thanks for sharing.

    Reply

    • Mary: Your comment is greatly appreciated. You and Pat are amazing people and God has big plans for you in LIFE Leadership. Very proud of you both!

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  2. Posted by Krista on May 16, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Thank you Eric! This is an article I can read over and over. I’m excited for part 2!

    Reply

    • Hi Krista: Thanks for the comment. I’m glad your enjoying the articles. Very proud to be working with you in LIFE Leadership…it’s going to be an awesome journey!!!!

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  3. Posted by Tammy Fairfield on May 16, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Eric this is a Great article!! Thankyou for taking time to share some wisdom with us. You wrote about areas I am working on and your article is truly helpful! I’m also excited for part 2!

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  4. Awesome blog post Eric! Thank you for sharing your insight based on your prior experiences. You truly are an amazing leader and I love anytime that I get to associate with you and Jen!

    God bless,

    Jeremy

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