Successful Life Course Coming In For The Final Landing!

Ed Foreman Successful Life Course

What a fun and joyful flight it has been! The SUCCESSFUL LIFE Course, an outgrowth of their other business activities, has been an exciting, enjoyable adventure for Ed Foreman and Earlene Vining. After their upcoming November class, they plan to devote their time and energies to a variety of other interests. They will no longer be marketing or conducting this popular, results-proven, time-tested, life-enhancing program. Although they’ve had some discussions with possible successors, nothing has been formulated for the program’s continuation. Ed and Earlene plan to continue to travel, speak, and do special events for some of their long-time partners and corporate entities; i.e., Institute for Management Studies; Global Information Network; B.E.S.T.; LabCorp; Shell Trading, a variety of universities and medical groups, et al.

The final 3-day SUCCESSFUL LIFE Course, conducted by Ed and Earlene, will be November 18-20, 2015. This class is still open; and we plan to endeavor to accommodate everyone who wants to participate, as a first-time attendee or as a refresher session; so if you have family, friends, business associates, or any others whom you feel would benefit from this unique habit-improvement program, you’ll want to be sure to get them enrolled as quickly as possible for the November session, checking in at the Canyon Inn in McCormick’s Creek State Park, Spencer, Indiana (55 miles southwest of Indianapolis) on Tuesday, November 17!

There are many who have made a habit of returning to enjoy a refresher session every two or three years, just to keep their life skills sharp and to rejuvenate and get back to implementing the successful daily living principles in any areas where they may have slipped. This is your opportunity to do so for the last time! The previous three classes this year have been outstanding, with some “repeaters” in each session…but also with many new participants, including some youngsters ranging in age from 10 to 17, who have embraced this improved lifestyle with enthusiasm and gratitude. Some of our longstanding clients such as Eagle Communications; BWI Companies, Inc.; Wolseley Industrial Group, Global Information Network, et al, as well as many individual participants, have been taking advantage of participating in these classes recently and enjoying the benefits of doing so.

If you, or someone you love and appreciate, wish to participate, you may do so by enrolling on line through our secure shipping cart at, or you may call Linda Barrett direct at 479-363-6588 to enroll by telephone. We’ll look forward to having you join us for a terrific “end of an era” finale!

Also, on-site programs, even including private SUCCESSFUL LIFE Course sessions, as well as all the products now offered as a follow-on to the class, will still be available on line or through our office; so let us know if we can assist in any way!

Keep Smiling and Stay Happy, Healthy and TERRIFIC!

Ed Foreman’s “Surprise” 80th Birthday Party

Ed Foreman Surprise 80th Birthday Party

On December 14th, 2013 Earlene Vining organized a black tie party at the Brookhaven Country Club in Dallas, Texas to celebrate Ed Foreman’s 80th birthday.

The party was a complete surprise to Ed and a great success with old and new friends from around the Country including some old friends who go all the way back to his Congressional days.

Happy Birthday Ed!

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Laugh, Live & Learn!

August 2013 SUCCESSFUL LIFE Course

August 2013 SLC group

The August SUCCESSFUL LIFE Course was an exciting, fast-moving, better ‘n ever experience!

We initiated many new twists, (1) shorter, abbreviated sessions; (2) more interactive participation with breakout sessions; (3) a sharper detailed instruction on Rx 1, 2, & 3; (4) a fun-filled, out-of-the-classroom exercise hay ride thru McCormick’s Creek State Park ending with a lively story session at the outdoor amphitheater; and (5) improved fresh & tasty buffets with attractive, healthy dining choices.

Participants included a few high school & college students, business leaders and/or spouses from Canada, Europe, Mexico, Brazil, and many US states. It was an international blend of dynamic people sharing ideas on happy, healthy, successful daily living!

Our next class will be conducted at the Canyon Inn, McCormick’s Creek State Park, Spencer, Indiana, 50 miles southwest of Indianapolis November 6-7-8, 2013.

August 2013 SLC hayride

New twist! A hay ride through the park

May Successful Life Class, Another Success!!

May 2013 Successful Life Course

Seems unlikely, each class could be stronger, better, and higher-rated than the preceding class…but that’s been the trend! Almost perfect…attendance, participation, and evaluations…the weather was lovely, low of 57 degrees and high of 75 degrees…ideal for our refreshing morning walks and relaxing evenings under the stars!

Defender Direct, Williams Heating & Air Conditioning, Touchstone Merchandise Group, Stop-n-Go Markets, Atlas Van Lines, Bunch Wholesale Nurseries, Wolseley Industrial Group, Volvo Construction Co, Medical Specialists (5 doctors, RN’s, et al), chefs, high school and college students, social services, IT specialists, and others…ages 16 to 79…from throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico attended. Three CEO’s of sizable corporations mixed, mingled, learned, laughed, loved ‘n lived in an atmosphere of physical, mental and emotional growth with folks from a variety of educational and economic backgrounds.

The Rx #3 ritual of fear, jealousy, pain, worry, and anger release was spirit-lifting and life-renewing; as were the exercises on turning dreams into meaningful, achievable goals with realistic time lines.

A dynamic guest of a principal participant joyfully described her appreciation of her personal growth and mental rejuvenation, “I thought when he told me the company was hosting us for 3 days at this beautiful resort at no cost to us…there must be a “catch”; are they gonna’ try to sell us a condominium? Instead, they introduced us to a better, happier, healthier, more productive way of living!”

The August 6-9 class has 10 openings remaining…and November has only 24 vacancies…so if you’ve been planning to re-energize your life…NOW is the time to enroll. Enjoy life now…to the fullest…it has an expiration date!

Best Successful Life Class Yet!!

Successful Life Course March 2013

March 2013 Successful Life Course

What a powerful, dynamic class just completed at the Canyon Inn in Spencer, Indiana! The highest energy group ever to participate, rated the class “EXCELLENT” all the way around!

In addition to Defender Home Security’s energetic, family-friendly, high-performance team members from throughout the USA, we welcomed leaders representing Defender’s newest company complement to their home services team from Williams Heating & Air Conditioning!

Participants, ages 14 to 87, from Florida to California, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Oklahoma, Texas, and Europe, representing a variety of organizations (BWI, AGCO, GIN, Wolseley Industrial Group, chemicals, medical, dental, financial, construction, architecture, government services, et al) listened, learned and practiced enjoyable, enriching, life-expanding lessons helping them to open up to an even stronger life of vitality, happiness, health, love, laughter, and real living!

Lively classroom sessions were interspersed with health and wellness exercises, relaxation sessions, goal-setting, problem-solving, time management, real-life communications challenges and resolutions, and yes…adventure walks along the trails, streams, and waterfalls of McCormick’s Creek State Park.

The next class, scheduled for May 7-10, is already more than 70 percent filled…so if you have an interest in getting a meaningful booster charge for your life, better get enrolled now! There’s only three remaining classes this year, and they fill up fast!

Successful Life Course, November 6-9, 2012

November 2012 Successful Life Course

Canyon Inn, McCormick’s Creek State Park, at Spencer, Indiana, was alive and sparkling this past week with a dynamic group of leaders from throughout the USA as they fully and wholeheartedly threw themselves into the SUCCESSFUL LIFE Course. The “Family Friendly High Performance Team” from Defender Direct, plus enthusiastic participants from some of America’s most successful companies, ages 12 to 84, from students to corporate chieftains, men and women of diverse personalities and backgrounds, enjoyed practicing proven, mind-enriching techniques on:

  1. How to Turn Worry and Stress into Happiness and Success;
  2. How to Get More Done in Less Time;
  3. How to persuasively get others to buy their ideas, products or services;
  4. How to feel good physically, mentally and emotionally;
  5. How to relax, re-energize and achieve refreshing, rejuvenating vitality.
  6. and a myriad of other life-expanding lessons!

We enjoyed the colorful autumn foliage, walking the trails through the woods, observing the magnificent Canyon Creek walls of granite rising above a majestic creek and the roaring waterfalls. It was love, laughter, and learning in a mix that had us all expanding our horizons and appreciating our opportunities. We clarified our Mission in Life and enhanced our Vision of our personal, family and professional futures.

This Photographic Reflection at The Successful Life Course was generously and thoughtfully contributed by Alin & Lidia Negrila. There is also a high resolution version suitable for printing (721mb).

The four quarterly scheduled classes for 2013 are filling rapidly…the opportunity to attend NOW…you can register on line at, on the SUCCESSFUL LIFE Course tab.

August 2012 Successful Life Course

Successful Life Course August 2012

The 3-day SUCCESSFUL LIFE class just completed at the Canyon Inn, McCormick’s Creek State Park in Indiana was perhaps one of the strongest, best, most participative and enjoyable yet!

Participants from Defender, Caterpillar, BWI, Inc, Ferguson Integrated Services, and independent enrollees, including seven high school and college students, from all over the USA and Canada, listened, learned, laughed and grew in mind, body and spirit!

Special instructional contributors in addition to Ed Foreman and Earlene Vining included Rebecca Foreman, Blaine Athorn, Dr. Jerry Bane, Chris McGarahan, Dave DeFreitas, Bill Sutherland, et al.

We enjoyed exercising our minds, expanding our goals, learning new and happy ways of resolving difficult situations, and ways to reduce (and eliminate) stress, worry and frustration. We exercised and walked along the trails, through the woods, by the creeks, and through magnificent canyons in the rain and in sunshine.

We experienced relaxation, fun, and the enjoyment of LIFE!

Life is goood ‘n gettin’ goooder!

Taking Care of Business

Ed Foreman taking care of business while taking care of business

Ed and Earlene have learned, like Elvis did, “taking care of business” (TCB), is important and can be done anywhere. With today’s modern electronic communications, cell phones, etc. you can handle calls, follow ups, enrollments, instruction… you name it… wherever you are!

From their lake cruiser fishing the waters of Lake of the Woods, Ontario, Canada, at a shore lunch, guide orientation sessions, early morning and late afternoon sessions with a variety of top level leaders, they conduct business and help their clients practice an enjoyable, full-filling life of outdoor adventure, healthful physical exersize, mental gymnastics, and a variety of skills to make life into an exciting game. They truly do lead you along the path to an invigorating journey to health, wealth, and happiness.

Happy, Healthy leaders build successful enterprises and make life an enjoyable experience.

Enjoy Life Now!

by Ed Foreman

My mission is to do whatever I can to encourage, persuade, and inspire myself, my family, my friends, my associates, and others to live a happy, abundant life. And, whenever I do it, it bounces right back on me. It’s been said that listening to me is like drinking from a fire hose. Well, you can’t run a fire hose without getting pretty wet yourself. It splatters back on me.

I stay perky. I stay prepared. And that’s why it’s easy to be prosperous. I’m happy. I’m healthy. I’m terrific. And I help others to do the same thing. The interesting thing about it is… Whatever we think about, whatever we put into our minds, is exactly what we tend to become. I’m happy to see programs that help people to nourish their minds with positivity. So many times we hear about what’s wrong with our community, or our society, or our government, or the world, rather than thinking about who we are, where we’re going, what we want to make happen in our own lives. When we’re tuned in to the happy, positive, and constructive end result we’re more apt to guarantee that in our lives.

I tell people, Enjoy life now! It has an expiration date. You gotta get excited! You gotta get turned on! You may not be around tomorrow. People say, “If only I’d done this…”, “If only I’d done that…” or “Someday I’m gonna…” If onlys and somedays don’t exist for me. Live it up, baby!

If you want your life to get better, don’t expect the company to do it for you. If you want your life to get better, all you have to do is get better yourself. And how do you get better yourself? By what you read, what you listen to, and the people with whom you associate. As you begin to upgrade what you put in, you upgrade what you put out. If getting by is what you hold in your mind, getting by is what you’ll experience in your life. But if health, and happiness, and a good place to live, and a comfortable automobile, and adventure and travel is what you hold in your mind, that’s what you’ll experience.

What we’ve done over the years is show people how, by what they read, what they listen to, the people they associate with, begins to alter the way that they live. One of the most important ingredients to that is the way they talk to themselves. Most people are the worst conversationalists with themselves. They put themselves down. “Oh, I don’t think that’s gonna work… I fear this… I fear that…” We say listen to yourself. Start giving yourself some positive self-talk warm-ups like “I’m alive! I’m alert! I feel great!” Some people say, “do you really say that?” Yes, of course you do! You may not believe it at first. But the more you say it, the more you begin to feel it. The more you begin to feel it, the more you begin to become that way. So, the first thing whenever you get out of bed in the morning say “I’m alive! I’m alert! I feel great!” Splash a little water in your face. Turn on some happy positive upbeat instrumental music. Whatever you do, don’t turn on the radio or the television news. Start listening to something good and wholesome and positive and you’ll feel better as a result of it.

Sometimes people say to me, “I suppose you’d be happy and confident and cheerful and positive and enthusiastic if your spouse has just walked out on you, or if you just lost your job.” Well, some people might be if it was their spouse situation, but I say you’re happy and enthusiastic ONLY if you desire reconciliation with your spouse or ONLY if you want to remarry or ONLY if you desire to get a job equal to or better than the one you had. If you go around complaining and whining and criticizing your former spouse or telling everyone how unfair and inconsiderate and no good and difficult that person was, do you think they’ll want to marry you? If you criticize and complain loud and long enough, they’ll know why that person left you. No prospective new employer will want to hire you if you’re critical and condemning and remorseful about your previous employer. So what happens is, the more positive you are, the more saleable you are. The more positive you are, the more likely you are to get the result you want.

As you think these thoughts, as you hold these visions in your mind, life gets better and better!

Keep Smiling! Stay Happy, Healthy, and TERRIFIC!

European Tour May 2012

Ed Foreman and Earlene Vining in Europe 2012

Status Report on Executive Development Systems Activities

Ed Foreman and Earlene Vining have just returned this week from an extended tour of speaking and consulting services in Europe for the Institute for Management Studies, Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK Ltd., and a CEO/CFO Financial Study Group.

The month-long itinerary took us to England, Scotland, France, Germany, Austria and Hungary, including a Danube River Cruise from Budapest, Hungary, to Vienna and Melk, Austria, and Passau, Regensburg, Kelheim and Nuremburg, Germany. We conducted IMS sessions in London and Edinburgh; a Toyota meeting in Staffordshire; and a speaking/counseling cruise with a variety of business executives from the USA and Europe.

Next was a driving tour through Germany, the Black Forest, Stuttgart, and meetings in Baden Baden; and to Strasbourg, France, et al.

Although we’d seen and visited many of these places before, it was enjoyable and exciting to visit old friends and meet new folks. The scenery was extraordinary (what a beautiful time of year!), the hospitality warm, welcoming and friendly; varied cultures, food and drink; vineyards, breweries, cathedrals, palaces, and castles… like walking through a history book! We had lunch in an establishment (Regensburg, Germany) that had been continuously preparing and serving sausages, kraut, and beer, etc., since the early 1300’s!

Just prior to our European departure, we completed one of the greatest 3-day SUCCESSFUL LIFE Courses, ever, at the Canyon Inn, McCormick’s Creek State Park, Spencer, Indiana. WOW! What a powerful “Family Friendly…High Performance Team” that Defender Direct is developing! Each session just gets better and stronger!

Earlene met with the SLC Council at Defender earlier this week (immediately after our European tour), and reports their continued vibrant growth and leadership in Home Security, Dish Network, and related activities throughout North America.

The Caterpillar team loved the SLC so much, and the Canyon Inn, that they’ve contacted them about additional company leadership meetings there. A variety of participants from Bunch Wholesale Garden Nurseries, Ferguson Enterprises, utility companies, medical groups, and a variety of individual leaders from all around America continue to fill these life-enriching, success-building classes. Because of lodging and class accommodation limits, the classes fill considerably in advance… so if you have an interest in attending one of the two remaining sessions this year (August 7-10 or November 6-9), it would be a good idea to get your reservations made ASAP.

Earlene will be conducting a one-day, “The 21st Century Woman,” session in Vancouver, BC, on Saturday, June 16, for the Global Information Network. She attends a reunion meeting in Louisiana, June 21-24; and Ed will attend a similar session in New Mexico, June 21-24.

Ed will present a one-day program to the IMS group in Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 12… and both Ed and Earlene will be doing an extended inside/outdoor workshop for Boise Cascade, et al, at the Lake of the Woods, Totem Lodge, in Ontario, Canada, July 14-20.

Ed’s heart surgery recovery has been phenomenal! On a scale of 1 to 10, he’s operating at about 10.2 these days! On May 21, in fact, the whole month of May and early June, Earlene celebrated her xx birthday… and is cruising at about 10.5!

Our love and best wishes to all. Stay Happy, Healthy and TERRIFIC!