The LIFE Business: The Education We Should Have Had

A leadership mastermind and co-founder of LIFE, Orrin Woodward is changing the world one life at a time. How? Through education. Or more specifically, a leadership education.

Types of Education

In his book A Thomas Jefferson Education, Oliver DeMille writes about three types of education:

Conveyor Belt
Found in public schools, private or charter schools, and even in home schools; works like a factory, testing and grading all students on the same scales regardless of individual needs or interests; its objective is to prepare everyone for a job, any job, by teaching them what to think

Creates specialists by teaching their students when to think; arose from the tradition of apprenticeship, where the student was systematically taught what his master knew before venturing out on his own; outside of a narrow scope of knowledge, he tends to rely on the understanding of other experts

Primary goals are to 1) train thinkers, leaders, entrepreneurs, and statesmen, 2) to perpetuate freedom by helping people understand what freedom is and what must be done to maintain it, and 3) teach people how to think

According to DeMille, Conveyor Belts have an important place in society, but cannot “become a monopoly…professional and leadership training schools [must be] maintained.” And while the professional system is very important and effective in training our doctors, lawyers, and business managers, nothing takes the place of a leadership education.

“…What happens when a society does not prepare leaders? We get managers and professionals leading in areas they have no training for, such as government, and we get a nation of followers who see no problem with that because they have no experience with anything else. …This was the legacy of Germany in the 1930s—a highly trained but uneducated people easily swayed by Hitler.” – Oliver DeMille, A Thomas Jefferson Education, 2nd Edition, page 27

Since leadership is so essential in maintaining a free and prosperous society, it comes as no surprise the predicament in which we all find ourselves.

“The recent graduates find themselves in a constricting job market. They lack outlets for their educational training: training funded by student loans originally embraced as a means of self-empowerment. The loans are now a source of misery- a financial millstone. Tens of thousands of our best and brightest have been unwittingly set adrift in a boat carried forward in a current of economic despair.” – Christopher VanDevere, Is Orrin Woodward’s leadership style the missing lecture for today’s college graduates? 

LIFE’s Leadership Education

“Nobody will be able to make their way through life without needing to draw upon the toolbox of leadership.  Sadly, many people lack these tools and therefore get to live with the consequences of being ill-equipped. These consequences include missed opportunities, unfulfilled career aspirations, financial woes, and broken relationships.”

The solution to today’s challenges does not lie in pointing blame, whether it be directed at greedy politicians or greedy corporations. It lies with us stepping into the role of leader in our own lives. The world-class LIFE leadership training materials empower us to do this through focusing on eight areas of our lives (the 8 F’s):

  • Faith
  • Family
  • Finance
  • Fitness
  • Following
  • Freedom
  • Friends
  • Fun

By improving in these areas of our lives, we can improve our lives, our families, our country. The LIFE business- it’s the education we should have had.



  1. Rob Crichlow · · Reply

    Wow … great blog. It challenges all of us to improve our thinking to, in a real way, prevent the downfall of our own country. We must begin with ourselves before we can lead others. Thanks for the challenge!

  2. Catherine
    I am so excited to watch you really kicking butt with your blog, what a good example of the LIFE education you are!

  3. Tim Miller · · Reply

    Well said. Life is the answer for those set a drift.

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