“Persistence is the twin sister of excellence. One is a matter of quality; the other, a matter of time.”
When talking to CEOs and other executives of companies in every industry today, it’s sometimes discouraging to hear how rare it is to find an excellent employee. Our culture and society have indoctrinated the masses to have a “something for nothing” (SFN) outlook on life; and without any other type of information to go off of, a lot of people are just allowing themselves to be swept up in the current. Thankfully, a company like Life Leadership is reversing this trend with a grassroots approach to educating those who are hungry to change.
As is taught by the standing Founders and Life Coaches of Life Leadership (Orrin and Laurie Woodward, Chris and Terri Brady, Rob & Susie Hallstrand, Bill and Keisha Lewis, George and Jill Guzzardo, Claude and Lana Hamilton, Dan and Lisa Hawkins, Thierry and Marie-Maud Laplanche, and Rob and Kenyon Robson), people attract who they are. It’s safe to say that in the corporate world–to some extent–companies attract employees that sport the qualities that the company itself portrays, as well. In the case of Life Leadership, this is clear–as the corporate staff is second-to-none. On a monthly basis, one employee that stands out to all of the others at the Life Leadership World Headquarters is nominated for the Golden Rascal Award. This award represents a drive for excellence, as well as a “whatever it takes” kind of attitude. Today, we want to feature and celebrate the hard work of the Golden Rascal Award Winner for May of 2016 — Michelle Turner.
Life Leadership Interview with Michelle Turner
First, tell us a little bit about who Michelle Turner is…
Well, I am an Army Veteran, a devoted wife, and a Mother of 5 boys who keep me on my toes daily. I am pretty sure that being a mom of 5 boys has been the most difficult and rewarding job that I have ever had–and I have pretty much had about every job possible since I started working at the age of 12. Growing up just outside of Flint, Michigan in a single parent household with a German mother, I became a fighter at a young age; to survive, to endure, to succeed. Part of that gift in disguise is what has given me great tenacity to try and do better in anything I set my mind to. I believe in accountability and getting to work. I’ve traveled to 12 different countries and have been to 45 of the 50 states, blissfully considering myself an explorer. Living life to the fullest and living up to the mantra of ‘Work Hard, Make Money, Make a Difference’ is part of my nature.
What is your role at the Life Leadership World Headquarters?
I have held several hats at Life Leadership Corporate with my current ‘title’ being Book Publishing and Marketing Manager. Some of my main tasks include project management of all Obstaclés Press books, managing the online shopping center, forms, event programs, product portfolio, and email blasts. I also usually help out on the retail side, working conventions in the tool room; and have now worked about 15 conventions–even one when I was 7 months pregnant! 🙂
How long have you worked for Life Leadership, and what are the highlights of your job?
I am coming up on 5 years with the company, and I am part of the ‘Flint 13’ that made the big move down to North Carolina from Michigan. To me, 5 years is amazing because I have a tendency to get bored easily–which has not been the case working at Life Leadership (by far the best job I have ever had). At first, I was a little timid to show who I really was–not talking much, keeping my head down, headphones on, and just going from task to task. I always thought, if they knew who I really was, I would not be accepted. I have had a tough journey, but to be given opportunities at Life Leadership based solely on performance, work ethic, and good attitude has really given me life! Early on, I always asked for more tasks, asked to help here or there; and the next thing I know, I was promoted! I took on even more tasks, and then I was promoted again! It’s been life-changing for me, to say the least. It was like they could see the spirit within me that–for a while–I didn’t even know I still had.
What do you think caught the CEO & COO’s attention when they awarded you the Golden Rascal Award in May 2016?
I have remained consistent in working hard and being 100% fully engaged with my job while always taking full ownership of what my responsibilities are. I am always willing to step up and volunteer for a task, and I tend to look at areas that need attention. I also live by a no complaining rule. I am sure that is helpful. 🙂
Do you have a favorite book, audio or pack in the Life Leadership product portfolio?
I actually have several talks that I just love. When I first came on board in 2011, writing product descriptions for the shopping cart was my first job task. This entailed that I listen to basically every new audio that we produced. Orrin Woodward’s ‘Lens Effect’ and Chris Brady’s ‘Rascal Leader’ are a couple of the ones that immediately come to mind from early on. It’s really hard to just pick one book, but Wavemakers always hit home with me–using a concept that I embrace.
What would you say is your lifelong passion/mission or goal?
I have many passions, missions, and goals. Currently, my main mission in life is to raise my 5 boys to be good husbands and successful in whatever venture they decide upon! I’ve always wanted to be a writer, so falling into this job is going to help me reach my dream of one day becoming a published author! I have a message…I am a survivor…and I believe my story can help inspire other people to keep on trying, no matter what!
Now for some fun questions: If you could have any superpower, which one would you choose?
Can I make up my own? Well, I am going to anyways because I don’t follow the status quo. 😉 My super power would be to have full energy at all times, not have to sleep, with the ability to stay up 24/7, all the while having the energy to accomplish the lonnnggg list of things I want to accomplish!
What has been your most awkward experience to date?
Hmmm, awkward seems to be me in a nut shell. I am a little socially awkward by nature. I can be so confident, and then so shy at the same time. It was very awkward when I had to go on stage when Orrin Woodward won the Guinness World Record–so awkward that I b-lined right back off as fast as I could with a bright red face!
How about some of your most interesting experiences to date?
I have done some completely crazy things; like after receiving my diploma in high school, I did a cartwheel and then followed up by picking up my band teacher and spinning him around…(I don’t know what I was thinking). Or, when I was in Army Basic Training I fell asleep again (I learned that I could sleep standing up), and one of the drill sergeants was in my face screaming and spitting on me and I yelled at him very mightily, ‘Drill Sergeant Harris, your breath stinks and you need gum, Drill Sergeant!’ I learned that day that I could ‘front, back, roll’ in the rain and mud for 2 hours straight, and that I could do it quite well! 🙂 I could probably tell you at least 100 more things that would be applicable to this question!
Do you have a favorite quote?
I have several favorite quotes. Here are a few of the best ones:
‘Turn your can’ts into cans and your dreams into plans.’
‘Life is for living, not living uptight.’
‘Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping them up.’
‘If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.’
To wrap up, what do you enjoy doing when you aren’t working?
My life really revolves around family. Between my kids, my man and my mom, there is not too much more that I would rather be doing than something with them! We love to go out on day trips to explore new things! Of course, I love to go shopping…specifically to coupon shop, bargain hunt, and look for good deals. Almost to the point where it is a second job of mine to get a deal or a discount on anything I EVER purchase. Yes, I have a stockpile…no, I am not an ‘extreme’ couponer. I love to cook and prepare meals on a budget. Outside of work, I am a taxi mom with all of my boys in sports, band, and activities. Some days I think, oh shoot, I got the kids all squared away but I forgot to fix my hair….oh well, judge me if you will, but my hair isn’t as important in the scheme of what my life’s mission is–which is obviously not to have the best hairdo. So I am content on some days having a hair-don’t! 😉
Life Leadership Corporate is so proud to be represented by people of excellence like Michelle Turner. Her efforts touch people around the world on a constant basis, and we are so thankful to have her on our world-class team.