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LIFE TEAM Primer

Update June 3, 2013: LIFE has updated its Compensation Plan and included an Income Disclosure Statement for 2012-2013. This statement should be presented along with any income claims made during a TEAM/LIFE presentation. Read our analysis of the IDS here.

Here’s a quick primer on LIFE TEAM for the uninitiated. If you are exploring the LIFE TEAM opportunity, make sure you get all of the facts, both pro and con, before making a decision.

Note: This information was collected by reader @webelieved, based on the information contained on this website. Some corrections have been made for clarity.


1. Educate yourself on how to tell the difference between direct sales companies vs pyramid schemes.

https://amthrax.wordpress.com/ftc-info-on-mlms/

2. Read what Forbes and the Salt Lake Tribune have to say about Orrin Woodward (and MonaVie)

http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2008/0811/050.html

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/53061545-79/monavie-company-distributors-percent.html.csp

3. Read how Orrin and Life Team leaders are gaming Google search by creating clone blogs to hide information from prospects and followers.

https://amthrax.wordpress.com/2011/08/30/attack-of-the-leadership-blog-clones/

4. Learn how you might be promised to have people in your business when you sign up or how they may be using your registration to sign others up above you.

https://amthrax.wordpress.com/2011/03/20/team-sling-squeeze-and-side-action/

5. Study the LIFE compensation plan analysis and decide if you think it is ethical.

https://amthrax.wordpress.com/2011/11/12/reader-report-figures-dont-lie/

6. Study the Policies and Procedures of LIFE’s contract before you sign it

https://amthrax.wordpress.com/2011/10/26/life-policies-and-procedures-signup-and-compensation-plan-documents/

See if you really have residual income as implied, or if LIFE can take it away whenever it wants. Learn that LIFE TEAM leaders have in fact taken promised residual, pipeline, passive income from big leaders they promoted, were on CD’s, that built huge communities and did the work for years! Also learn that even after you quit or they steal your money, Team can still hold you to their contract, drag you into arbitration and gag you and you have no rights as a distributor. Read carefully and take it to an attorney for advice before you sign it.

https://amthrax.wordpress.com/2011/11/01/freedom-through-compliance-and-conformity/

7. Read about TEAM Policy Council members George and Jill Guzzardo’s foreclosure proceedings reported only a few months ago, along with his questionable response.

https://amthrax.wordpress.com/2011/09/13/do-as-i-say-not-as-i-do-team-policy-council-members-property-in-foreclosure/

Read also about a TEAM Round Table member’s home foreclosure in 2010:

https://amthrax.wordpress.com/2012/02/07/do-what-i-say-not-as-i-do-team-round-table-members-home-foreclosure/

8. Read about the Cullens, Hubers, Darkangelos recent bancruptcy filings. These are current/former Round Table members on TEAM LIFE.

https://amthrax.wordpress.com/2011/09/30/do-as-i-say-not-as-i-do-team-leaders-bankruptcy-filings/

9. Find out that a lot of Round Table leaders with very large groups, Pastor Dickie and his family including TEAM CEO and office workers left Orrin and company.

There are thousands of comments and stories on this post and throughout the blog from dozens of former TEAM members.

https://amthrax.wordpress.com/2010/11/10/more-ex-team-members-commenting-about-their-teamwoodward-experiences/

10. Learn why Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady’s Leadership Guru Status had voter fraud written all over it. Also read about how the IAB, which awarded Orrin Top Leader status, was shut down by the FTC at the end of 2012

https://amthrax.wordpress.com/2013/01/09/paging-orrin-woodward-iab-shut-down-by-the-ftc-and-leadership-guru-status-revoked/

https://amthrax.wordpress.com/2011/12/27/arthur-carmazzi-the-truth-behind-leadershipgurus-net-orrin-woodward-and-chris-brady/

http://www.lazymanandmoney.com/orrin-woodward-scams-monavie-team-lies/

Also learn how they got to be “best selling authors” pre-selling their leadership book to thousands in their downline and then sending it down on system.

11. Read the disturbing Qrush blog.

Alleged to be Orrin’s when there was an anonymous blogging campaign against Amway critics. Read Orrin’s response the same day, to this allegation. His response was reported to be watered down on his TEAM/LIFE blog for his followers.

https://amthrax.wordpress.com/2011/08/16/orrin-qrush-the-many-blogs-of-orrin-woodward-part-one/

12. Research the history of Orrin Woodward and his history in Team of Destiny, Team, Team Monavie, now LIFE Team.

Ask yourself why does he keep changing his name and keep MLM hopping?

https://amthrax.wordpress.com/2011/08/24/video-blast-from-the-past-orrin-woodward-on-quixtar/

13. Research Commercial Cults and Steve Hassan’s site Freedom of Mind

http://www.howcultswork.com

Freedom of Mind

Search for info on AMO’s where Orrin’s system came from and the BITE MODEL and decide if any of it rings true to anything you are seeing. Thought reform is a dangerous thing and not something to be taken lightly. Everyone is susceptible to it, and it is not easily recognized. It puts you in bondage mentally and when you are under its influence you cannot see it and do not know it. But others outside the group can see it.

14. Why has Orrin Woodward and his top leaders registered hundreds of companies

It has come to our attention that Orrin Woodward has registered dozens (confirmed) or hundreds (purported) of companies in various states such as Florida and Nevada.

https://amthrax.wordpress.com/2011/11/23/the-many-companies-of-orrin-woodward-chris-brady-and-tim-marks/

Here is a short list:

  1. ORRIN WOODWARD Manager SIGNATURE MANAGEMENT TEAM, LLC Nevada
  2. ORRIN WOODWARD Manager CREATIVE INSIGHT GROUP, LLC Nevada
  3. ORRIN WOODWARD Manager INTERACTIVE BUSINESS TEAM, LLC Nevada
  4. ORRIN WOODWARD Manager PRESTIGE POWER ASSOCIATES, LLC Nevada
  5. ORRIN WOODWARD Manager CHAMPION NETWORK, LLC Nevada
  6. ORRIN WOODWARD Manager ADVANCED MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS, LLC Nevada
  7. ORRIN WOODWARD Manager AESTHETIC IMPACT, LLC. Nevada
  8. ORRIN WOODWARD Manager DEDICATED TO EXCELLENCE, LLC. Nevada
  9. ORRIN WOODWARD Manager AMAZING ENERGY GROUP, LLC Nevada
  10. ORRIN WOODWARD DPST SKY SCOPE TEAM, INC. Nevada
  11. ORRIN WOODWARD DPST SYNERGY GLOBAL SYSTEMS, INC. Nevada
  12. ORRIN WOODWARD DPST COLONIAL LAKE, INC. Nevada
  13. ORRIN WOODWARD DPST AMERICAN RESULTS VENTURES, INC. Nevada
  14. ORRIN WOODWARD DPST FAR EAST BUSINESS SERVICES, INC. Nevada
  15. ORRIN WOODWARD DPST CLASSIC TEAM MANAGEMENT, INC. Nevada
  16. ORRIN WOODWARD DPST BUOY ACTION HOLDINGS, INC. Nevada
  17. ORRIN WOODWARD DPST INTUITIVE MASTERY, INC. Nevada
  18. ORRIN WOODWARD DPST POINT OF CONVERGENCE, INC. Nevada
  19. ORRIN WOODWARD DPST APEX INSIGHT, INC. Nevada
  20. ORRIN WOODWARD DPST PRUDENT RELIEF CENTER, INC. Nevada
  21. ORRIN WOODWARD DPST SUMMIT WAVE CONCEPT, INC. Nevada

What is the ultimate purpose of this?

15. Read how the TEAM leadership screwed over former TEAM Round Table members John and Melanie Morgan.

https://amthrax.wordpress.com/2011/12/06/a-downlines-perspective-and-request-for-john-and-melanie-morgan/

16. Read how the TEAM leadership screwed over former TEAM Round Table members Mark and Raquel Peters

https://amthrax.wordpress.com/2012/01/29/reader-report-letter-from-former-round-table-members-mark-and-raquel-peters/

17. Learn from ex-TEAM members and readers about their TEAM experiences.

https://amthrax.wordpress.com/tag/reader-story/

18. Read our analysis of the LIFE IDS and see if it is a good business opportunity

https://amthrax.wordpress.com/2013/06/03/life-ids-analysis-2012-2013/

19. Read about TEAM/LIFE Policy Council Member Bill Lewis and his Delinquent Property Taxes

https://amthrax.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/do-as-i-say-not-as-i-do-teamlife-policy-council-member-bill-lewis-is-delinquent-on-paying-his-property-taxes/


Keep your circle of friends and family close. Ask loved ones outside the group for their opinions on this to get clear, unbiased feedback. Listen to the people that love you the most, family, friends, kids, spouses and take their advice. They have no financial interest or ulterior motive, if they are not in the group. They love you. They will give you the most unbiased opinions that are in your best interest in the long run. They are not trying to steal your dreams or being ignorant.

Please do your due diligence and research before investing your time and money into something you may not be so proud of in the future. And hey if you feel comfortable after due diligence, have at it. But, doesn’t it make sense to learn from other people’s mistakes? Isn’t that what Orrin always says?

29 Comments leave one →
  1. Brent Hansen permalink
    November 21, 2011 6:15 pm

    Great stuff, kudos to webelieved!

  2. Lykwowlol permalink
    November 28, 2011 6:01 pm

    Lmao on the Pro and con More like the Blog about don’t sign up for team.

  3. November 29, 2011 2:54 pm

    @Lyk – Click on the cheerleadership blogs link, and you’ll find plenty of Pro LIFE TEAM sites to peruse.

  4. freedomhaha permalink
    February 20, 2012 7:15 am

    The LIEF primer is a huge help. You are doing great work Amthrax.

  5. MustHaveBeenTerribleMother permalink
    August 18, 2012 3:01 pm

    CHRIS BRADY’S OWN WORDS ON ACHIEVING SUCCESS FROM HIS LIFEBLOG SITE:

    “Success, however, is not easy. Anyone who says anything to the contrary has either not succeeded themselves, is delusional, or not to be trusted (or, perhaps, is just plain stupid)! Nothing good comes without a fight. I sometimes don’t like this truth, but it is true, nonetheless.”

    LET’S ANALYZE THIS.

    1) If you disagree that success is “not easy”, automatically you have

    a) never succeeded yourself
    b) are delusional
    c) not to be trusted
    d) just plain stupid

    OKIE DOKIE: WORDS OF WISDOM FROM ONE OF THE TWO MLM GODS WHO SIT BACK AND PUT THE MONEY OF LAZY (WOODWARD’S WORD) WELFARE RECIPIENTS (AS STATED ELSEWHERE IN COMPLAINTS, EX-MEMBER TALKED ABOUT BEING ON WELFARE) IN THEIR POCKETS AND CLAIM THOSE WITH MONEY (A LOT OF WHICH THEY’VE GOTTEN FROM POORER PEOPLE) SHOULD NOT HAVE TO SUPPORT “ENTITLEMENTS” THROUGH TAXATION.

    DID YA NOTICE BRADY IS ONLY LEAVING ONE DEFINITION OF SUCCESS HERE?

    Let’s do a,b,c,d over again and get it right:

    a) if you disagree with something Brady says, you’re an automatic loser; and never mind that one should never say never–even though nothing is absolute.

    b) even IF you got ahead pretty easy as you look back in retrospect and feel about it, for whatever reason, you are mentally defective because you disagree with Brady–this means they believe your family and friends must be defective, too, in what they teach their herd;

    c) if you disagree with Brady, yup, you’ll never be trusted—and they may well punish you according to the slave contract you have signed, AND they will acid-wash your brain, especially against your family who realizes you’ve gotten yourself to buy the LIE with a built-in 96% failure rate–and don’t forget: they believe they need to FIGHT FOR SUCCESS to get you duped and all of your money!

    d) if you disagree with what Brady says, you are stupid—and besides, you were never taught correctly in public education and they claim they are going to revolutionize America and public education, anyway, and then they are going to move on to restore culture to America…and then all of Western Civilzation.

    WAIT! WHO’S STUPID?

    FOLKS: ASK YOURSELF: WHAT KIND OF SUCCESS IS BRADY TALKING ABOUT?

    THE ALMIGHTY DOLLAR, LOTS OF ROB-YOU-BLIND ONES. THAT’S IT!!!!! PERIOD.

    WHAT IS SUCCESS? EXAMPLE FROM A LONG-AGO ERA: MY FATHER WAS A QUIET, PEACEFUL HAPPY MAN– A WELDER AT A.O.SMITH CORP. WHO’D ONLY BEEN ALLOWED A THIRD GRADE EDUCATION AS ONE OF 10 POOR FARMING CHILDREN ….HE NEVER RAISED HIS VOICE…..HE WAS ALWAYS THERE FOR US….HE COULD FIX AND BUILD ANYTHING…..TO HIM, HIS LIFE WAS A SUCCESS BEYOND MEASURE.

    Success was being able to provide for your family, not go hungry, and owning a Ford car. It was more than he was raised with—he HUMBLY considered himself a success. RIP Dad: 1910-2005

    BTW: my father, a little “nobody” farm boy from SE WI, is fondly remembered in a documentary book about a geographic area of people, written by a professor from the University of Wisconsin.

  6. August 30, 2012 12:39 pm

    Just stumbled upon the site doing some research due to the fact that last night I allowed 2 Team’sters’ to show me the concept for the first time. Every idea presented I’ve read about already – everything from Ramsey to Covey, Kiosaki to Maxwell. They did a decent job but honestly, I still felt like I could have taught them a few things. BTW, I am currently loving my corporate ‘day’ job and small business I run – all while enjoying my family and being a dedicated homeschool dad and active church member.

    They invited me to a meeting to check things out. I will not be getting into TEAM, but I’m curious if I should go. I want to go like I want to check out a bad accident – entertainment value perhaps. Perhaps I should just look away. Will I get inundated when they sense my anti-“sheep”le attitude at this thing? Thoughts?

  7. August 31, 2012 9:26 am

    @Russ – If you do go, give us a report on how it went, what things in “the plan” have changed (over what we have noted on this blog), and what things are the same (that they’ve been doing for years).

  8. August 31, 2012 10:34 am

    I plan to go. I’ll keep you up-to-date. BTW for others who get here, check out “Warning Signs For Your Friend/Family Member is Under Undue Influence” on this blog. I’m going through the story and it is an important read.

  9. August 31, 2012 11:13 am

    @russ – you may want to keep track of how many times the speaker uses negative phrases or positive phrases during his or her speech. Is the TEAM/LIFE leadership speaking from the position of negativity or positivity? For instance, if they say:

    • By age 65, you will be dead, broke, or still working – obvious negative
    • 50% of all marriages end in divorce – negative
    • This business will help save your failing marriage! It did for mine! – while this seems like a positive, it’s really a negative
    • Don’t you have $50/month to build a business that can make you millions? – again, it seems like a positive with the million dollar carrot dangling in front of you, but it’s really a negative because they make you feel like a cheapskate if you don’t join

    Looking forward to your report.

  10. webelieved permalink
    August 31, 2012 3:04 pm

    Russ- also watch for the love bombing. Know it only lasts as long as you’re recruit-able or in the business. Watch how everyone claps, and is oh so nice, how they talk overly nice about each other. Let us know if it seems creepy to you.
    You could ask the presenter in front of everyone why Life put it in their own policies and procedures that they can take anyone’s team’s and business at any time and the distributor has no rights when they signed. If you do this you will open many people’s eyes that have been sitting in these meetings, believing everything they hear.
    If your in Michigan, you can also ask the speaker why did Orrin Woodward take Mike and Christie Raatz’s income/teams after years of work ? Or if you’re in Northern Wisconsin area, ask about John and Melanie Morgans income being taken by Orrin and George Guzzardo. If you’re in southern Wisconsin, ask about Mark and Raquel Peters whose income/teams were also stolen by Woodward and Guzzardo! All these leaders gave up years of their lives building this scam and were screwed over by Orrin Woodward, and either Chris Brady, TIM Marks Or George Guzzardo. There are more too.

  11. ageofwisdom51 permalink
    September 3, 2012 3:43 pm

    Amthrax: regarding your initial pont #14 in the long list of LLC businesses: they have a publishing business in NYC, too, don’t they? I saw this place as publisher of one of their items on Amazon: Business Plus in NYC

  12. tigernick permalink
    June 16, 2016 1:38 pm

    I believe the company (or one of them) is now called Life Leadership (lifeleadership.com).

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