Welcome to the new Team Alpha Omega blog site! In a less than two weeks we will embark on a new and exciting phase of our evolution with the launch of L.I.F.E. With a new business there should be a new blog, and I look forward to sharing and learning from each of you along this journey. It is my hearts desire to create an environment that each of you can prosper and grow, and this blog will be an asset for us to sharpen our thoughts and ideas together.
For those new to the team , you can rest assured that you have joined a great group of leaders, and fortunately they are not novices. For the past several years we have been fighting to build, fighting to sustain,and often fight to rebuild this community. We have made many changes along the way, but the goal of creating a diverse group of leaders that unify in order to achieve their goals and dreams has not changed. Our main purpose is to give God glory and to help the individual leaders on this team live life on purpose.
Chris Brady recently released a great CD entitled “Turning points, give me that horizon”, and it reminded me of my personal journey, and the biblical story of the Children of Israel crossing over the Jordan River into the land of promise. In the account, God had brought the Israelites out of slavery and through the wilderness (struggle) and to the edge of the promised land. His leader Moses commissioned twelve men to spy the land, and the report was great, but fear caused them to doubt. Fear caused them to rebel, and God punished them by forcing them to walk on the edge of their promised land for forty years. In that time every adult died except for Joshua and Caleb, and those two men eventually led the people into the promised land. The entire mass of people had to cross over the Jordan River and miraculously God allowed them to cross over the flooded riverbanks. Once on the other side, Joshua commanded that a man from each of the twelve tribes walk back into the water and pick up a stone as a memorial of their dream, struggle, and victory. For those of us that have endured our wilderness experience, we are now at the edge of a great business endeavor, and as a reminder of just how good God has been to each of us, we should reach back and grab some of our stepping-stones toward our promise land. The stones should remind us all of how blessed we are and how the sovereign hand of God has gently guided us to this place. Little small things along the way that could not have happened by chance…
Stone 1: My senior year of high school I decide to take a break and skip Geometry to take Senior Math (blow off class I thought). In senior math we have a crazy teacher named Mr. Mobley. He offers a day out of class to anyone wanting to take a logic test and fill out a questionnaire. I received a 98% on the test, and filled out the form thinking nothing of it afterwards. Two months later, my mother gets a packet from DeVRY University saying that I have been accepted! I graduated high school on June 6th, and I started in the Computer Information Systems degree at DeVRY in Kansas City on July 9th. Two years and nine months later I received my B.S. Degree and was hired on at Southwestern Bell. Accidentally applied for one college, sent one resume and I was engulfed in corporate America at twenty years old.
Stone 2: That same crazy math teacher had an exercise where two students get married in class and have to manage a budget for a grade. I was randomly paired up with cheerleader, pommy, swing choir, and most popular girl in school Tina Potts! Up until that point we had been in school for seven years together, and we may have had three conversations in passing. We start dating, went to prom, and today three kids and 19 years later she is my beloved wife. The one and only girlfriend that I ever had.
Stone 3: Tina has an older brother name Colby Potts. We too had been in the same school, in the same neighborhood, and even on the same basketball team, for years, but never really knew one another as friends. As Tina and I get more serious, her father William Lee Potts begins to mentor me, and Colby and I formed a bond of brotherhood.
Stone 4: One day Colby invites Tina and I to a meeting at his house to discuss a “business”. He tells me that some guy named Larry was in town with some friends to meet Lou Brock of Cardinal fame, and somehow they missed Lou and the friends knew Colby. Colby had signed up in this thing over the phone, and the people were coming to explain what it was? We go and meet Larry Van Buskirk, and that night I signed up in the thing that neither Colby, Kim, Tina nor I knew anything about!
Stone 5: That “thing” turns out to be Team of Destiny, and this guy named Orrin Woodward is revolutionizing the old industry of direct selling by focusing on great information that develops leaders and not movers of products. We were building communities of leaders that then partnered with a company to monetize that building effort through the purchasing of their goods. In 18 months we somehow learned enough to replace most of Tina’s income and she becomes a stay at home mother. Eventually, this thing is renamed TEAM, and we have our eyes set on making it big.
Stone 6: As time goes the relationship between Team and our supplier had grown sour. Tina, Colby and I are on a flight to Atlanta for a big meeting to discuss the future, and this guy named Larry Cheatham just happens to be on the same flight. We had seen him in meetings, but at the time we were on separate teams. We connect as friends while maintaining our business decorum. In a crazy turn of events we resign from our original suppliers business model and after honoring a six month non-compete clause we hook up with Mona Vie as a supplier. ( Oh by the way I get laid off and Colby resigned from his job and we have no income for six months) During that time Larry Cheatham’s business support team leaves him and his leaders (Joe and Tracy Clark) without support, and we mutually agree to unite as one team. Team Journey and Team AO become a formidable organization. Mona Vie proves to be a great fitness product, and we continue to drink it to this day.
Today we stand on the precipice of a grand new future. A future filled with promise and possibilities. Some died in the wilderness because of fear. Others simple chose to retreat back to the comfortable(Egypt), and still others have weathered the trials and are primed to take LIFE into their own hands. As I pick up this latest stone, we stand united as one team with one vision of living life on purpose! LIFE launches on 11-1-11, and we just experienced the fastest growth in our history. I believe that this is only the beginning, and I encourage you my teammates to share your “stones” with the rest of us. What small providential events led you up to this point in your journey. Pick up the stones and share your history…