YOUR LEGACY – Greatness Requires Sacrifice!

The greater the leader, the more he or she will be confronted with sacrifice. A sacrifice is an opportunity to establish a new page of your Legacy. Some sacrifices will be small; others will drop you to your knees in anguish or exhaustion, yet they may lead you to your finest hour.

What sacrifices is life currently asking of you?

You may not recognize it, yet each decision and opportunity before you at this moment is subject to become a part of your legacy.

Perchance you are a business leader, paving new pathways for the organization you represent. Perhaps you are the sole provider for yourself and/ or your family.

Some of you may be grad students, sacrificing time, money, and energy to pursue a new field. Others may have moved to a new city or changed to a career where you have sacrificed safety and comfort for the new and unknown.

Many of you are parents or possibly caregivers-roles which may often find you bending over your loved ones trying to conceal the tears of exhaustion streaming down your face.

Each role, each decision will now be engraved upon the tablet of Your Legacy!

Maybe your biggest sacrifice is hidden in your life purpose, whose timing is yet to come-or as yet undiscovered by you.

According to former pastor, and now leadership mentor: John Maxwell, however:

“Sacrifice is an ongoing process, not a one-time payment.”

Life and future legacy will continually test you and I, knocking on the doors of our hearts and our noblest intentions – asking – Will you take up this cross? Will you love and stand-by this person, this family, this company, this nation? Will you rise up to a cause greater than yourself, which will impact and make a difference in generations to come?

Someone will be grateful for your sacrifices! You might be surprised at the impact your sacrifices are already making!

Consider our friend Gerardo who came to the U.S. to make enough money to pay for his three children’s education. Gerardo has not seen his kids in over 8 years. Whenever we see him, he is often on the phone with his wife, son, and daughter; tears of love and longing running down his face.

I’ll never forget meeting Chuck H. for the first time. Chuck works with a company in which he is required to travel extensively. In his words, shaking his head in exhaustion, as once again he was headed to Brazil for six months-he declared: “What a man will do to make a dollar for his family!”

Reverend Billy Graham, whose calling often required long, extended times of travel, by his own admission, when he drove the long, winding driveway away from his home in Charlotte, NC; often had tears of sadness and yearning for his family left behind.

We have a wonderful friend who has shown sacrificial love for her elderly Mom. When her Dad passed away, she left a full time ministry position, her home, the city she lived in, and network of friends, to become the sole caregiver for her Mom. She works full time in addition to looking after her Mom’s property, and spending 20+hours a week with her Mom at the nursing home.

Consider Coretta Scott King, wife of civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. This family certainly knew sacrifice. Mrs. King remarked in My Life with Martin Luther King, Jr.:

“Day and night our phone would ring, and someone would pour out a string of obscene epithets…Frequently the calls ended with a threat to kill us if we didn’t get out of town. But in spite of all the danger, the chaos of our private lives, I felt inspired, almost elated.”

My father was once asked to sacrifice by serving on a committee which could affect his work. The pastor of our church asked if he would serve as chairman of a committee, one purpose of which was to promote Christian attitudes of racial issues in the church and community. He warned my father (who was an attorney) that it could possibly hurt his law practice since some persons, because of leadership in racial issues, might take their business elsewhere. The pastor shared with me…without any hesitation your father replied: “Yes, I will do it. The kind of client who would hold that against me, I don’t want anyway.”

The sacrifices you and I choose to make today are creating pages in our legacy-whether in business, family life, or in our communities. Leadership expert Chris Widener recently shared that many pilots have died because they stayed with disabled aircraft. They preferred the familiarity of the cockpit to the unfamiliarity of the parachute. I wonder how many of us look at sacrifice through the same lens as these pilots.

We may be holding on to comfort or familiarity, when sacrifice calls. Sacrifices are often time oriented opportunities for change–for service–for love– for a better future.

And so friends, YOUR LEGACY will require sacrifice. When we sacrifice- every sacrifice – is not a decision about what to do. It’s a decision about Who We Are. When we see this, when we understand it, everything changes. We begin to see life in a new way. All events, occurrences, and situations turn to opportunities to do what you came here to do!

“Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

Thanks for reading friend!


Copyright 2011 Libba Narron Lewey All rights reserved worldwide

A Review Of The Legacy For Life Income Opportunity

Legacy For Life has a slogan of “Beyond Nutrition,” and offers distributors “a healthy body” along with a “fat bank account.” The company sells health, wellness, and nutrition through its supplements. Legacy For Life began in the 1980s when DuPont and ConAgra joined forces to do research into products that could benefit the health of both humans and animals.

Legacy For Life in the 1990s acquired patents for their products, born of research into egg technology. That’s right, their formulas are based on some immune factors a hen can pass on when she lays an egg. By 1995, ConAgra and DuPont had decided to bring a product with egg technology to the market. By 1998 a product called i26® was created and ready to be distributed via direct sales to those interested in health foods and supplements.

Legacy For Life is currently a nutraceutical company with offices all over the world distributing its product in more than 25 countries. Their offices are based in the United States, Hong Kong, Canada, Korea, and Taiwan.

Legacy For Life isn’t just about egg products. Their new line is called TrimBerry Extreme. Focused on health and wealth, Legacy For Life is keen on attracting distributors who want the freedom of a home-based business.

Legacy For Life is based in Melbourne, Florida and offers daily tours for those who set them up in advance by contacting the corporate headquarters. The company owners are Randy and Connie Calvert with backgrounds in law, accounting, and banking. Randy Calvert has worked in the multi-level marketing industry for over ten years. The Calverts’ company has a mission statement of offering customers and distributors “Prosperity with Purpose.”

The Legacy For Life belief is that people need more nutrition than just what they get from their diet. Hence why their supplements are necessary. Depending on which dietician you talk to, this may or may not be true. Usually what people hear in the news is that we get enough nutrition from our diets and supplements aren’t needed, so you could be in for a tough sell.

Legacy For Life products are divided into different categories: immune health, weight management, skincare, anti-aging, and joint health. Human health isn’t the only focus at Legacy For Life-animal health is also a priority. Companion animals, namely dogs and cats, have supplements tailored for them too.

Legacy For Life promises that distributors don’t need prior experience, that full training is provided, and that you can start earning money your first week. Retail profits for distributors mean 10-20% commission from customers the distributor personally enrolls in the program. There are also multiple levels of bonuses that distributors can earn. Another thing Legacy For Life does is offer shares in a pool for those who are able to enroll more people. It’s just another way of adding incentive and motivation by giving out bonuses.

Like most MLM companies, Legacy For Life puts on conferences for its distributors. They also offer trips and cruises for top distributors. Wanting to make a difference in the world drives company values. So if you want to join an MLM company that has health and wellness as its focus along with the traditional wealth focus that every MLM has, then Legacy For Life is for you.

New Leading Man Garrett Hedlund Feels No Pressure on TRON: LEGACY

Garrett Hedlund has played opposite Brad Pitt (Troy), Mark Wahlberg (Four Brothers), and Lindsay Lohan (Georgia Rule) in a supporting role but the Minnesota-born actor transitions to leading man status in TRON: LEGACY out December 17.

Speaking to us from Montreal, Canada where he is currently on location for Walter Salles’ On The Road starring Kristen Stewart and Kirsten Dunst, the TRON: LEGACY star says he doesn’t feel any pressure as the movie nears its opening weekend. “My mind is on shooting this film (On The Road). That’s all I’m focused on right now,” said the 28-year-old actor who plays Sam Flynn in the Tron Sequel. He is anxious, however, for audiences to see the effort director Joseph Kosinski and his team at Digital Domain put into the film and hopes they “appreciate” all the hard work that went into making TRON: LEGACY.

The Friday Night Lights actor does admit that during the making of TRON: LEGACY there was pressure to deliver a good performance in scenes that were technically challenging. He said of the heavy-effects and 3D production, “every day there was an obstacle and knowing the stakes are high, you’re wondering how are you going to survive?”

He survived the production but the following months after shooting TRON: LEGACY, he admits to a dry spell in Hollywood. When Garrett first came to Hollywood, he didn’t live the life of a struggling actor for long when he landed the role of Brad Pitt’s cousin in Troy (2003) only a month after arriving. Since then, he’s had a steady gig with films such as Death Sentence (Kevin Bacon), Friday Night Lights (Billy Bob Thornton, Tim McGraw) and his recent work with Gwyneth Paltrow in Country Strong also opening this December. After shooting the TRON sequel and Country Strong, Garrett revealed he bought a one-way ticket back to his family’s Minnesota farm to help out his “old man” when the movie offers dwindled earlier this year. Luckily, they sought him out for the lead in the adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s novel “On The Road.” Garrett credits that trip home as inspiration for his character Dean Moriarty.

TRON: LEGACY’s leading man also credits his on-screen father Jeff Bridges as an “incredible actor” who inspired him on the set of TRON: LEGACY. He was thrilled to “work and hang” with the Academy Award-winning actor. “He’s such a great person. He’s so unique,” he said about the True Grit star. “He really sets the standard for me to continue working hard on every project.” He was surprised to see the Dude “remain true” to his craft after many years in Hollywood.

Garrett wishes he could have known Jeff Bridges from the original Tron film. Growing up on a farm in Roseau, Minnesota, he didn’t have much access to films let alone a ground-breaking film like 1982’s Tron. He joked that his viewing options consisted of Roseanne and Cheers on television. He finally got to watch Tron for the first time while shooting Troy in 2003 on the island of Malta. He was impressed with Kevin Flynn’s character. “It’s just funny to see young energetic maniacal Jeff running around explaining his visions of technology”. I wish I could’ve hung out with that guy”, he said jokingly. “Luckily I got the wonderful, incredible, wise Jeff Bridges who he is today but he would’ve been fun to hang with him for a day then.”

Unlike his TRON character, Garrett admits he is nothing like Sam or his on-screen tech-savvy dad. Garrett doesn’t keep up with the latest gadgets, video games, or social networks like Twitter and Facebook. Instead he prefers to play chess and backgammon. “I’m not the most technologically-driven person,” stated Garrett. “It doesn’t fill any hole I’m trying to make whole.” Being opposite of Sam Flynn’s character was the attractiion to the role.

As TRON: LEGACY nears its December 14 release, will he be curious to read reviews on the movie? “I’m never been one to go online and search for reviews and user comments,” according to the Country Strong star. He will, however, pick a newspaper up if its in front of him but will not actively search for them. His “pals” are more curious than he is, and will go online researching what people are saying about him, which he finds amusing.

Garrett Hedlund places more importance on audience enjoyment than reviews. “I hope everyone enjoys it,” he said about TRON: LEGACY. He also wishes the same for his other film Country Strong when it opens opposite the Hollywood blockbuster this December.

With two high-profile films under his belt, we can expect to see a lot more of of this leading man in 2011.

TRON: LEGACY is in theaters December 17.