Legacy For Life – The Legacy For Life Review

Legacy of Life is an MLM company that has been around since about 1998. The company is a vehicle of distribution for a group of health and wellness products specifically having to do with the health of the immune system.

Products Offered
Members of the group sell products such as Immune26 also known as i26. This product line includes the following items:

  • i26 Powder
  • i26 Capsules
  • i26 FIT Shake
  • i26 COMPLETE Support – Dietary supplement

The i26 line is the primary product line although they also have products for aging, skin cleaners, joint health and even cat chewables that do not fall into this product line.

Is Legacy For Life a Viable Opportunity?

Just like any MLM opportunity the indicators of whether or not it is viable are determined by; if it has the ability to grow; and if it has long term staying power. There are a few characteristics of a company that should be considered when making this determination.

Does the leadership have some expertise in the industry for the product that they are selling?

The owner of Legacy For Life is, Glen Winkel, PhD, an expert in fitness and health. Mr Winkel also trains individuals in business development through his company Professional Development Resources (PDR). It is obvious that he is a leader in his field and has some extensive knowledge of business development. These skills are definitely a plus for the leadership of a company such as this.

Do they have extensive knowledge of the network marketing industry?

Although Mr Winkel is quite versed in business management, it is not clear what connection he has in the network marketing industry. However, since it’s inception, Legacy for Life has continued to grow and has attracted some leaders in the industry. This will go a long way in helping the company to remain sustainable.

Is there a Marketing System that their members can easily plug into?

This MLM opportunity has some training and back office support, however, each distributor is solely responsible for their marketing campaign. So, if you don’t already have some marketing experience or a list to market to, you will need to plug into a marketing system that will allow you to be successful.

Leave A Legacy – Post-Olympic Thoughts

The Olympics is over but what is the legacy of it that will be left behind? This was the big question in the initial planning and it seemed was the trite justification being trotted out when questions were being raised about vast sums of money going to fund such an event. Now, I’m not knocking the Games at all – I thought it was terrific to see such a variety of sport and for the first time ever became engrossed by the four-yearly spectacle. I do wonder though whether all the money spent will make any difference to the average British person.

Having said all that, what is legacy all about? Is it simply about the infrastructure and opportunities available to us in the future or is it related to how we have changed? One commentator suggested that maybe the legacy of the games would be that people now acknowledge the value of persistent and sustained encouragement and will put that into practice on a more local level, supporting those around them. Having watched the athletes do amazing things, they may also urge one another to be more self-sufficient and call on reserves of inner strength in order to achieve, even at a moderate level. “If Tom Daley or Ben Ainslie can put initial set backs behind them then surely we can too.”

As a coach committed to people developing their potential, overcoming obstacles, becoming who they want to be and achieving their goals, I can only agree with these as being worthy outcomes from this major event. If people take up more sport in the next months and years then that would be great. However, if they develop and grow personally, then they will be the ones leaving the legacy for the people that come after them.

There has been, and I’m sure will continue to be, much talk in the media about the legacy of the Olympics; for Boris, for the monarchy, for the east end of London, for the nation. I am primarily interested though in what your legacy will be. It might be related to your sporting achievements or not. What great things will you leave behind you? For me there are three questions to look at:

  • What mark will you leave behind?
  • Who will benefit from it?
  • What are the foundations to lay and how is the building progressing?

What mark will you leave behind?

Often legacy is a word that is synonymous with money and possessions – it is that which is apportioned by the due legal process of will reading. This though is to constrain it as a word and an idea to the merely tangible.

Now, your legacy might well be stored in physical things. Buildings and monuments can well be a legacy left to your family, town or country; much like the Olympic stadium, it may be used for generations to come. This is especially true it seems in a country like Germany where the tradition of building a house and then passing it on to your children is stronger than in the UK.

Money

Maybe you will leave a whole pile of money behind when you are gone which might prove to be a legacy for people known to you or others further afield. Certainly the value of this legacy will not lie in the amount but in what it is spent on. Take for example someone like Bill Gates who has used some of his vast fortune to set up the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which, according to their website, aims to “help all people lead healthy, productive lives”. Consequently, money is spent, in the USA and further afield on mainly health-related programmes, such as Rotary International’s polio eradication scheme.

Buildings

Possibly your legacy will be a public building, maybe even named in your honour. I was hearing this week about ‘Clare Short schools’ in Malawi – the MP and Minister for International Development was responsible for arranging funding for building them and so she is remembered.

Ideas

You could leave behind an invention or idea that transforms life for people. Another Rotary International example springs to mind of Tom Henderson from Cornwall who created ShelterBox, a project providing crates for families in disaster areas that contains what they need for temporary rehousing when everything else has gone. Read all about it at http://www.shelterbox.org

Organisations

Could your legacy be an organisation or association that you have started, like Robert Baden-Powell did? I work with a sailing organisation that works with around 50 young people every year. After running for 65 years, it has impacted a lot of young people even though the original founder is now dead.

At the end of the day, it probably doesn’t matter what it is that you leave behind assuming you have done it from a sound value-basis and you, or others after you, finish what you started. What you don’t want is to build another McCaig’s Folly or similar bricks and mortar carbuncle to adorn our landscape that no longer has much function other than to remind us of the builder and their pride – I certainly don’t know much else about the aforementioned Oban resident.

Having the Conversation – Talking to Others About Legacy, Aging, and Dying

There’s something about money that makes people uncomfortable talking about it. Money is the last taboo subject in a society that reveals its innermost secrets, feelings, failings and dreams on talk shows, the Internet, and in tell-all books. A therapist friend in private practice recently said that people will openly discuss the most intimate details of their sex life, but when it comes to money, they say little because, “it is too personal.”

Aging, declining health and death are also difficult conversations to have, especially with loved ones. Most people do not like to think of their own demise, never mind that of a family member. In the end, money and death, two vitally important life issues, are the least discussed. As a result, proper planning does not take place, expectations are unmet, and ill-prepared families are left picking up the pieces.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Money…the prose of life…hardly spoken of in parlors without an apology, is in its effects and laws, as beautiful as roses.” But the reality is that we all carry beliefs about money deep within us. Much of that was gained from our experiences in childhood and through the situations in which we were raised. Money is such a powerful element of our sense of worth, it can be very hard to have candid conversations with family, advisors, and/or friends about getting older, making financial and health care decisions. But it must be done.

So how do we overcome the reluctance to speak about aging issues and money “in parlors without apology?” For most people you need three things:

1. The motivation to have the conversation in the first place;

2. The education to know what the conversation should be about; and

3. The topics to give your conversation focus;

First, why have the conversation at all? Well, like it or not, someday you may not be able to care for yourself without the help of your children, a professional long-term care giver or special facility. And, beyond the issues of failing health comes the ability to leave a legacy to your loved ones – whatever legacy that may be.

Whether the reasons – preparing your family as best you can to be the steward of your financial and legal life, or preparing yourself for our own mortality – you must have the conversation.

So how do you prepare? Simple. Get educated. In a recent focus group organized by the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, the most often-given reasons why people do not have the conversation about life and estate planning is lack of education about legal/financial issues, and fear of sounding foolish.

For many, estate planning and/or elder planning – using wills, trusts, advanced health care directives – is usually only done at the urging of our “regular” health, legal and financial advisors. A discussion with an estate planning/elder law attorney will give you a basic understanding of the issues involved, and place you on the path toward having a full conversation with your family. Be sure to ask for referrals from the other professionals in your life and do not be shy about interviewing two or three to find one you are comfortable with. Remember, it is your money and future at stake. Once armed with your full estate plan, you can better communicate your wishes and instructions to your loved ones and your loved ones can better understand their role in your plans. Among the many topics to consider discussing with them are:

  • Where your investments and the documents pertaining to them are stored;
  • That you have made your requirements clear to your investment, legal, and tax advisors;
  • What is in your will, who is the executor and why;
  • If there are complexities in your bequests, explain them in detail to avoid conflict among the beneficiaries and among those not included;
  • Your wishes for charitable and other legacy decisions;
  • How you want health care decisions made and that you have been clear about your wishes and gotten commitment from the person with your Health Care Proxy to follow your desires. Moreover that you talked to your doctor about your wishes;
  • The benefits of your health and long-term care insurance, and how you wish to be taken care of in case of debilitating illness;
  • Your funeral wishes or, better yet, that they are pre-planned so that your survivors do not have to make these decisions at a difficult time.

We do not deny that this conversation is going to be difficult and may not go smoothly at first. Nor is it meant to be the only one that you will have with your family about your wishes. But you must have it, not just without apology, but by fully embracing it and make it part of your family fabric. If done with the right motive, with a full understanding of why you are having the conversation in the first place, and with a list of topics to guide you, it will give you and your loved ones the peace of mind knowing you are on the right path toward a comprehensive estate and disability plan.