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May 23, 2018, 5:48 AM EST (pre-sunrise)
South Beach, Boca Raton, Florida
Join me from the beach this beautiful morning and learn how this philosophy can free you from adversity, obstacles, challenges, change, and chaos pushing you off track time and time again.
As you will see, this is my expanded epiphany after discussing the expected chaos, challenges, and obstacles that occurs regularly with me and my millionaire clients, that I learned while in the Marine Corps which is, “Expect to get cut!” when a knife is pulled out. That way you don’t flinch or lose your focus when you do get cut, due to that one second of distraction could very well cause your life to end.
Make Today Great!
PS – Let’s have some fun (for the brave “martial arts masters” who can withstand massive blows to the groin; like the video below); which may be inspirational for those who are recovering from a painful shot to the nuts right now, and possibly healing for you to share how you overcame that devastating blow.
PPS – Our goal as entrepreneurs is to be like Kirby (who took that amazingly powerful kick and heart rate didn’t budge) when challenges come our way, and remain calm, cool, collected, and in control, versus being curled up in a ball crying for mama…or retaliating in a knee jerk, fight or flight, emotionally induced response (which is equally a waste of time, and in many cases exacerbates & expands problems).
When was your most recent, or the most powerful “kick to the balls” you’ve received by life, and how did you pick yourself back up and continue to press on? (comment below)
Once you get your FREE COPY of Russell Brunson’s Expert Secrets HERE, you’ll notice that he gives an unadvertised bonus of his presentation from his Funnel Hacking Live Event (that 1,000’s travel to & pay good money to attend) called “How To Create A Mass Movement Of People Who Will Pay For Your Advice.”
Not only did I watch it, but I took some notes on what Russell shared, and I want to give you access to my notes below.
Step 2: Follow along with my notes below as you watch this profit producing video.
Step 3: Post your comments below of what your biggest take-aways were from this training.
Here are my notes. Enjoy…
Mark Joyner was his 1st mentor back in the day. Talked about Adsense sites/pages, that were the “flash in the pan” thing to do back then. Mark said, “Build an audience that is what will last, not this flash in the pan.” Adsense was making $100k per month then it was gone and many never recovered.
Talks about all his failures. His audience pulled him through all of the downtimes and “failures.”
Mass Movement is the key to have huge success. PEOPLE!
What do most mass movements have? Religious, cult leaders, etc.
3 things in each of them that was there regardless of it was the worst of worst movements or the best of best movements, and everything in between…
Once you recognize the pattern you can replicate it.
Sometime of charismatic leader
Cause that was a future based cause
Everyone of the leaders provided the followers a new opportunity or vehicle of change
A. Charismatic leader / attractive character. 1,000 true fans article from 2008. Read it!
A creator (anyone producing works of art) only needs to acquire 1,000 true fans to make a living. They’ll buy all you produce, drive to come see you, come to openings, can’t wait until your next issue.
I only need 1,000 true fans to become free! That’s the tipping point.
Growth -> Contribution, Student -> Expert.
For me to grow further I must share my message. Open up and share it with other people. It becomes a mission!
“I’m scared of being that person.” And/or “That’s the best thing ever.”
“No matter what you try it will suck, as you keep doing it you’ll suck less, then you’ll be good. Surrender to the fact that you’ll suck!” Garrett White
You won’t be good at 1st. Do it! And you’ll get better. You’ll find your voice. You’ll get more comfortable. You become who you need to be.
Become vulnerable. Let people into your world.
Live the life your audience wishes they could live. This is the lifestyle this has afforded me. They want to become like me. He/she inspires me. “I want to be like him/her!” Here’s what’s waiting for you if you just take that step.
Maintain absolute certainty. Self confidence is for kids. If you’re going to be a leader you must have absolute certainty. The one with the most certainty wins!
You cannot break the cardinal rule and be boring. You must NOT be boring. You must be excited about what you’re talking about. Even if you’re not exciting in real life, don’t be boring on camera and to your audience. You must be excited for anyone else to be.
Prolific zone/index. Mainstream is in the middle, it’s school, and no one will give you any money for that stuff. Must be to the left or right of that you’re in the crazy zone. You’ll get some people but not a lot. “Eat the sun” documentary. Falls into the crazy zone. Get a few, but it’s crazy. Sweet spot is in the middle, in the Prolific Zone. Not crazy and not school knowledge. Try all sorts of messages over here and over here. Test and keep going, then one will take off.
You must care A LOT! People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. They feel it!
Create your own market! Don’t go pick a niche. Go create your very own market. Health, Wealth, and Relationships were the 3 original niches. You must move from Red Ocean to Blue Ocean. (Book) Those 3 broke into many sub-markets. Where do I fit in this ecosystem? What can I create that is unique and becomes my own sub-market? Where can I become Blue ocean and be the only one doing what I do? It’s my thing!
B. Creating the cause. All movements have a future based cause. Something cool will be happening in the future and that’s why you should be falling me? Who are members of the “crossfit cult?” Funny college humor video about crossfit people at an office.
Create your own CULT-ure of people who will listen to us, follow us, and become part of our movement. It’s a cult, I mean way of life. 🙂
People will put their hope and faith into your movement. Campaign slogans of recent presidential election, and all past ones. George Bush – A Proud Tradition vs Bill Clinton – It’s Time to Change America, John McCain – Country First!, vs Obama – Change!. Winners were in the future. C’mon with me! Hillary – Fighting for us, I’m with her vs Trump – Make America Great Again! Change won most of the time. People want change, a bright future. CF event, “You’re just one funnel away…” Gary Halbert, “You’re just one sales letter away from being rich.” …from firing your boss, from saving your family, from being free, etc. 3 times Russell almost went bankrupt, and each time it was 1 funnel that saved it all. Pretend like you’re the President running for a mass movement. Why should people follow you? What’s your campaign slogan?
Help your audience break their 4 minute mile. To accomplish the impossible. If he can do it, I can do it. 8/17/04, day Russell’s 4 minute mile was broken. HIs goal was $1,000/month to change his life. Was at a family reunion at Bear Lake with no internet access. Went to library for Internet, waited in line, “We did it!” Email from John Reese. Launched Traffic Secrets and at 18 hours we sold 1000 copies at $1000. Made $1 million in 1 day. It became possible and real for many. 4 minute mile was now possible! As soon as he did it, I thought, “I can do that!” ClickFunnels has over 50 people (almost 100) who have made $1 million or more with 1 funnel. Get the 2 comma club award to put on your wall. Goal is to have your wall lined with the 2 comma club awards. One after another million dollar plus funnel.
Your audience, tribe, and people must self identify with who they are. Shirts, hats, swag, etc. Bribed people to use the software. Watch this training then you get the t-shirt. Churn dropped in half. Thousands of shirts per week. Gets expensive, but the stick rate makes it worthwhile. “Joined a year ago and have never used it but I still am a part and pay because you shipped me a shirt. I am a Funnel Hacker.” It’s part of their identity now. “I am a Funnel Hacker.” “I build funnels” Get them to self identify with their movement. “Life is Good!” Have t-shirts for your audience.
The Title of Liberty. The Book of Mormon, Captain went into a war they weren’t supposed to win. His people started leaving. Stood up in front of his people like Braveheart. In memory of our God, lives, freedom, written on his coat. This is why we’re doing this. They came together and won. A manifesto people can rally behind. After watching Fixer Upper, had the idea of I wand a reality show. Russell’s doing it! Jumped in, and filmed 8 episodes. 1st one being released soon. Identify the charismatic leader, identify the movement, US vs THEM, 1. Take a stand, 2. Why you’re different, 3. Who you are collectively fighting against, THEN who YOU are (as the follower). “Fighting against the big brands.” “We are FunnelHackers and these are our stories.”
C. The New Opportunity / The Vehicle of Change. Most sell an improvement offer: better, faster, smarter, etc. Must have to admit I’m dumb, I’m slow, I’m not good. Instead present with a new opportunity. No mass movement leader doesn’t teach people to be better, it is a new opportunity.
Improvement is HARD! So much pain tied to it.
Desire versus ambition. 99% of world is NOT ambitious. New Opp plays on desire. Who do you want to become? A whole new life, is the key!
Memories of poor past decisions and failures. No, here’s a whole NEW opportunity. Just sell the desire and future.
Commodity pricing (race to the cheapest to compete). Blue ocean of just you, can charge anything you want. There’s a huge strategic advantage of being the most expensive. Presidential campaigns Lost: improve. Won: change, new opps. Reason why they buy or don’t is tied to “STATUS!” If I purchased this thing will it increase or decrease my status? How do I create an offer that is so amazing that they cannot fail & increases their status, with a money back guarantee?
Reasons why people crave new opportunities:
No pain of disconnect
(Just passed 32,000 active CF members, 500/day)
Opportunity switch or opportunity stack.
Switch: Sitting in a vehicle/car. That vehicle/car is no good. We’re going to switch you to this other vehicle/car. Been trying this. Now you’re going to try this.
Stack: the marketing steps from low to high.
Want 1 opportunity switch for your business, then stack (go deep/high). Switch: Expert Secrets. Stack: ClickFunnels, FunnelScripts, Fill Your Funnel, CF Certification
DO NOT keep switching and switching opportunities. If you keep switching from thing to thing people won’t believe you.
Who are you going to become? What’s your message?
What’s your cause? Why should people care? What is my movement? Why should they be inspired to follow you?
What is the new opportunity you’re presenting people? How do I make this unique to me?
My hope is that not only were these notes of mine super helpful for you, and you go implement based upon your Aha moments, but that Russell Brunson’s Expert Secrets shares insights and action steps you take that transform your business and your results.
Make Today Great!
PS – Be sure to go get your FREE BOOK now, and leave your comments below.
With no hype or blowing smoke, my friend, whom you’ll hear me introduce in the beginning, will show you his proven 5 step formula. Put your wallet away, as this is 100% value, and there is NOTHING to buy. Enjoy!
RE: How to Achieve Greatness, Mastery and Enduring Fulfillment interview of Robin Sharma by Joe Polish. Personal notes below by Tom Beal.
My morning ritual consists of me walking to the beach every morning which is a 1 hour round trip journey. On that journey I listen to numerous podcasts (at 2x speed) and/or Audible audiobooks (at 3x speed), and have recently begun taking notes on my iPhone while I walk (that must be fun to observe to the drivers by). Can picture several texting, “Look at that idiot walking & texting!” while driving. 🙂
Today I tapped into one of 2 podcasts that I listen to put on by Joe Polish (I Love Marketing & 10XTalk) and found myself stopping on MANY occasions to take notes from the wisdom that Joe’s guest Robin Sharma was sharing. (Joe snuck some good nuggets in, as well.)
Normally, I share my notes with my personal clients only, but today was too good not to share with you here. So below, you will see the video of Joe interviewing Robin and below that will be the notes I took while conducting my morning walk to the beach and back home.
My NOTES while walking: 5am club rituals. Always do: 20/20/20 the person who sweats more in training bleeds less in battle. 1st 20 is intense exercise, 2nd 20 is plan, 20 learning He who learns most wins. Great student and teacher. Be an instrument of service So much of an addiction to the shiny toys. None provide sustainable happiness and fulfillment. That all comes from inner power. Do hit best to birth your talents to the world. Do not care or be addicted to what the world thinks of you. What do I want to stand for? Lead a meaningful & authentic life. Can either be a victim or a leader. Can lead without a title. Way of thinking and being is being a leader. Words reveal our beliefs. I can! Possibility. Stop giving away your power. Leave what’s safe. Get rid of excuses. Own responsibility. It’s not talent, it’s practice, social circle, inner drive and commitment is what genius & success is. Redundancy. Trust in your vision even when people call you crazy. Bigger your dream Better the team you’ll need. Marketplace always pay for mastery. Get your routines and habits right. Cause driven! Not money driven. Find a cause that touches you deeply. Be so good they can’t ignore you. Find your passion. If you’re around energy vampires it will seep into you. Be loving and an A player! Incons are not cut from a different cloth Goal setting. Vague goals bring vague results. What needs to happen to make this my best year ever? What are 5 daily wins I can have each day? Periods of in the pocket and blessed. Then recalibration years. Life has things that work and things that don’t work. The Greatness Guide. We’re all works in progress. I’m not a guru. Moment I sold my Ferrari Most hero’s are frightened little boys and girls. Love and serve. Not ego and bank account. Focused, fit, keep promises. Define life on your own terms. Your income will never exceed your self identity. Your core beliefs and identity. You are not your fears. They’re your greatness coming to get you. Energy is your asset. Fitness, diet. Social network. People who push you and believe in you. Enthusiasm covers many deficiencies. On death bed: 1. Did you leverage your potentials? 2. How many people did you lift up? You can do so much more than you think you can. The Titan Summit (every year). What makes a legend versus a fad? The Titans decline. The moment you think you know everything is the beginning of the end. Prayer, affirmation, walking in nature. If attention is off of creativity, service, and lifting people up, you’re off base. Bravery is a skill! Be confident, be loving. Bring your A game every day! Lead without a title. Put effort forward. Get your architecture in place. Be all about creating value. Innovation, not complacency. How can I Ben is products out that scare me? Pain is the result of potential unexpressed. People are addicted to phones, tv’s. Had so much focus on love. Then we see icons as cut by a different cloth, and feel broken hearted. If people aren’t laughing at you you’re playing too small. Lead the Field. Once I got the person together the world came together. If you feel small & powerless. Forgive yourself and others. Eat the right foods, work out, hire a coach to show up at house. Spiritual life. Find your cause. How do you want to be remembered? I don’t care. Legacy is an ego trap. Who cares. Leave better than when I found them. Contribute value, while I can. Trade offs. Profile rises: you’ll bring up the haters. Can pursue your vision or be liked; can’t do both. Nothing tastes as great as feeling fit feels. Leader has no title. ***End of NOTES.
We live in a day and age that is quite amazing! With the smart phones in our pockets or hands and ear buds in our ears, we can tap into minds that people pay very large amounts of money to for the wisdom, insights, and information they possess at no charge.
My hope is that my personal notes & the incredible interview video above assisted you in gaining some clarity on how to step more into your own awesomeness, share your talents with this world, and lift many more up along your journey. Your best is yet to come!
Make Today Great!
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If you enjoyed these notes, you may also enjoy my notes from:
Marketing is about values
We live in a very complicated, noisy world
We’re not going to get a chance to get people to remember much about us. No company is.
Needs investments in caring are needed to retain relevance & vitality
Not to talk about why we’re better than others
Dairy tried to convince you milk was good, then Got milk made sales skyrocket
Nike sells shoes (a commodity) yet you feel something different, They never talk about the product. They honor great athletes and honor great athletics.
Who is Your Company? What is it we stand for? What are we about?
At the core. it’s core value: we believe people with passion can change the world for the better.
We believe those crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones that actually do.
Get back to that core value.
Values and core values shouldn’t change.
Things I believe in at my core is what I still stand for today.
Honors those who have changed the world. Some living, some are not.
Honor those who think differently and move this world forward.
Tom’s notes start below. Scroll down to see/read the full transcript:
3 stories from my life:
1) Connecting the dots. Dropped out after 3 months, but stayed for 18 months before he actually dropped out. Mother put him up for adoption. Lawyer & wife lined up really wanted a girl, so bailed on him. Biological mother refused to sign final adoption papers when she learned they hadn’t gone to college. Had no idea what he wanted to do and felt guilty for spending the money his parents had saved. Minute he dropped out, he dropped in on the interesting classes. Slept on the floor of friends rooms. Walked 7 miles across town to for a good meal. Reid College had best calligraphy, so he took a class on Serif and Sans Serif, and typography. Mac was 1st computer with all typography. And Windows just copied the Mac.
Could connect the dots looking backwards, can’t connect them looking forwards. Trust in something: your gut, destiny, karma, whatever. Follow your heart knowing it all works out.
2) Love & loss. Started Apple when he was 20. In 10 years was $2 Billion with 4,000 employees. Then he got fired. Visions diverged and the board sided with new leader. Jobs was out. Thought about running away from the valley. Still loved what I did. Was rejected but I was still in love. Rejected but started over. Getting fired was best thing that could’ve happened to me. Freed me to start Next & Pixar. Toy Story & now most successful animation studio in the world. Apple bought Next & that tech is at the heart of Apple now.
Sometimes life will hit you in the face with a brick. Don’t lose faith. Find what you love…for work & lovers. Do what you believe is great work. Find something you love to do. You’ll know when you find it. Keep looking. Don’t settle.
3) Death. At 17: live each day as if it were your last. One day you’ll be right. If today were the last day of my life, would I do what I’m about to do today? If answer is No for several days I know I must change something.
Pride, fear of embarrassment of failure all go away when you remember you are going to die soon. Follow your heart.
Had a tumor on his pancreas. Incurable. Don’t expect to live more than 3-6 months. Go home and get your affairs in order. Prepare to die. Tell your kids the things you want to tell them, button up things, say your goodbyes.
Doctor started crying when he saw the cells. It was a rare case that could be cured by surgery.
No one wants to die. Even those who want to get to heaven don’t want to die to get there. No one has ever escaped it. Best invention of life. Cleans out the old to make way for the new.
You’ll soon be the old being cleared away. Don’t live a life of others. Don’t let opinions drown out your dreams. Follow your heart & intuition.
Whole Earth Catalog. Stewart Brand. Late ’60’s. Typewriters, scissors and polaroid cameras. Final issue in mid ’70’s. Back cover was a photo of an early morning country road: Stay hungry, stay foolish! (farewell message as they signed off)
Stay Hungry! Stay Foolish!
Full transcript of Steve Jobs Stanford speech delivered on June 12, 2005:
I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories.
The first story is about connecting the dots.
I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out?
It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking: “We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?” They said: “Of course.” My biological mother later found out that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college.
And 17 years later I did go to college. But I naively chose a college that was almost as expensive as Stanford, and all of my working-class parents’ savings were being spent on my college tuition. After six months, I couldn’t see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn’t interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting.
It wasn’t all romantic. I didn’t have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends’ rooms, I returned Coke bottles for the 5¢ deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it. And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on. Let me give you one example:
Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country. Throughout the campus every poster, every label on every drawer, was beautifully hand calligraphed. Because I had dropped out and didn’t have to take the normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this. I learned about serif and sans serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can’t capture, and I found it fascinating.
None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But 10 years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it’s likely that no personal computer would have them. If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backward 10 years later.
Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.
My second story is about love and loss.
I was lucky — I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents’ garage when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4,000 employees. We had just released our finest creation — the Macintosh — a year earlier, and I had just turned 30. And then I got fired. How can you get fired from a company you started? Well, as Apple grew we hired someone who I thought was very talented to run the company with me, and for the first year or so things went well. But then our visions of the future began to diverge and eventually we had a falling out. When we did, our Board of Directors sided with him. So at 30 I was out. And very publicly out. What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating.
I really didn’t know what to do for a few months. I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down — that I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me. I met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to apologize for screwing up so badly. I was a very public failure, and I even thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me — I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over.
I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.
During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the world’s first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, and is now the most successful animation studio in the world. In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT, I returned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple’s current renaissance. And Laurene and I have a wonderful family together.
I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.
My third story is about death.
When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn’t even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor’s code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you’d have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.
I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I’m fine now.
This was the closest I’ve been to facing death, and I hope it’s the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept:
No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960s, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors and Polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: It was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.
Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.
Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.
Thank you all very much.
Notes taken by Tom Beal. Feel free to leave your comments & biggest takeaways below as a comment.
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Change is the one constant in today’s day and age. You can learn to forecast and embrace it to your advantage, or stay stuck in your old ways living in the reality of the definition of insanity (doing the same thing and expecting different results).
This is a double edged sword though, because as business owners and entrepreneurs there is no way to keep up with ALL of the latest and greatest breakthroughs, tools, resources, and technologies.
HOWEVER, it is your RESPONSIBILITY to TAKE NOTE of the true GAME CHANGERS that appear, and embrace them. If you don’t you’ll be like Kodak turning a blind eye on the digital camera and remaining focused on their 35mm film…which took them from BILLIONS to BANKRUPT in short order.
“Ok, Tom I get the picture. So what are the NEW game changers of today?”
Glad you asked! Here are some true game changers of todays marketplace:
Undeniably the #1 game changer for small and large companies who have embraced it is harnessing the power of Facebook Advertising.
Never in history has there been a platform where people willingly shared MOST ALL of their psychographic and demographic information WILLINGLY!!! Read that again to truly grasp the power in this statement.
Based on what they have willingly and openly shared on Facebook, you now can strategically place your advertisements DIRECTLY in front of your ideal prospects, clients, competitors clients, etc.
BUT, don’t go diving into the deep end just yet, Jimmy or Sally! Yes, you could drown due to not knowing how to swim in these waters.
Many an eager entrepreneur went skipping into the Facebook Advertising land thinking it was as easy as Chutes & Ladders, UNTIL they ended up losing their shirts, or even getting BANNED from Facebook, due to not knowing how to play the game accordingly (to FB rules), and PROFITABLY.
I have some GREAT NEWS for you!!! You DO NOT need to go figure this out on your own, and either lose your shirt (aka LOTS of money), or get banned from Facebook trying to figure it out.
My good friend Ron Douglas had a private class that he charged $997 per participant to look over his shoulder and witness EXACTLY how he was creating up to 500 leads PER DAY and as little as 2 cents per click using his Facebook advertising strategy he termed 5 Dollar Posts.
EVEN BETTER NEWS…is that you WILL NOT have to invest $997 for this exact course. NOT EVEN CLOSE!
For only a couple days, Ron is allowing you to access this course for ONLY $39!!!
That is NOT a misprint. I have access to this product and can tell you 1st hand that this walks you step by step on how to do Facebook Ads simply, effectively, and profitably.
JUST the added bonuses alone are worth WAY MORE than the measly $39 he is charging for this. Ron’s doing alright, and this is his way of paying it forward.
GO NOW to get 5 Dollar Posts by Ron Douglas. You can thank me later for telling you about it, and Ron for putting this together at such an amazing discount for you!
UPDATE: Recorded a BRIEF Video Tour of the Members Area to Show You The EXTREME VALUE You Get for ONLY $39
The only thing better than making a sale for a product or service that you offer to your clients is making a sale that provides extreme value to your clients on an ongoing basis that they PAY YOU EACH AND EVERY MONTH for.
Imagine for a minute a successful entrepreneur who has earned millions of dollars, noticing a need/gap in the marketplace that is not being served optimally.
He reaches out to his programming team and they say they can do it, but it won’t be inexpensive. It will be over $100,000 USD in development to get the tool up and running. He says, “Go for it! Let’s do it!”
Now imagine that entrepreneur, for a very limited time, offers this turn key solution of the utmost quality and value, PLUS all customer support and any/all issues to be handled by his team, and he allows YOU to be a reseller of this service and KEEP 100% YOUR SALES!?!?!
NO! This person is not insane.
YES! This is a real scenario, but he is limiting it to only a FEW DAYS, and for a few lucky people who are in the know that can take advantage of this.
Oh, I forgot to tell you. He also gives you ALL the marketing material and training you will need to effectively sell this and earn significant RECURRING INCOME.
This is another friend of mine, and I was so confused about this seemingly TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE offer, that I FaceTime’d him and had him explain how and why he was doing this.
Once again, this is a pay it forward situation and he is truly committed to assisting you in becoming one of his incredible success stories.
This is a ticket to ride, that many have dreamed of and comes with my highest recommendation possible. This man and his company are extremely reputable and upstanding. You can’t go wrong by taking a closer look and taking advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity at RepWarn Reseller program by Walter Bayliss.
UPDATE: A Video Tour of MY RepWarn Reseller Members Area
This NEW platform allows you to use your smartphone to host live streaming video from anywhere you have a cell phone signal or WiFi, but the goodness doesn’t end here.
It also taps into its parent company Twitter’s massive reach and exposure, which when done properly can generate a FLOOD of new traffic and leads your way and into your world.
Just as with any new tool, there are correct and profitable ways to use it and incorrect and wasteful ways to use it.
That’s when I choose to Identify & Align myself with people who are getting the results I am seeking in attaining to learn what to do that’s working and what to stay away from that is a waste of my time.
That’s EXACTLY what Cindy Battye has done by interviewing some TOP Periscope users such as Grant Cardone (NYT Best Selling Author), but she went a STEP FURTHER, and soon will be revealing a new software that she created which will eliminate the problem that people face with Periscope which is that the videos only remain online for 24 hours then are erased.
Cindy created a tool that will make your videos evergreen, plus ways to create automated traffic and a ninja content creation strategy.
The FREE video trainings are incredible, and her software is INCREDIBLE and will be a game changer for those who use it to generate more traffic and more pertinent content for their people.
UPDATE: Cindy JUST posted her interview with Grant Cardone. It’s a MUST WATCH! In this interview Grant reveals:
* How he now get 8,000 – 10,000 people on his scopes every time.
* The biggest problem facing businesses today.
* Why most periscopers suck at creating content and why.
* Why he loves getting ‘haters’
* Why you should start scoping right now.
* Why he doesn’t have to tell you how to find him online (crazy and powerful)
This LIVE interactive Webinar on September 2, 2015, will be sharing techniques & strategies to assist you in taking your results to new heights regardless of what level of success you’ve attained so far this year.
Almost 18 months ago I was smoking a cigar, drinking a cocktail, (BTW – I don’t do either of those 2 things anymore, as of late) and conversing with a highly successful friend of mine, who had just taken me after lunch for a ride in his new Rolls Royce Phantom, he picked up on a sweet deal. Sidenote: I must admit, it is a sweet ride.
As we sat there chatting we both expressed how cool it would be for us to meet on a regular basis like this with the other top entrepreneurs and minds in the area, as well.
So that evening as we sat there, I made a post on Facebook that tagged several of our friends in South Florida stating that we were forming a local mastermind group, and to let us know if they were interested in being a part of it, and asking them to tag who else they thought would be a good addition to the group.
Long story short, that was the beginning of the Palm Beach County Lifestyle & Results Mastermind Group, that began December 2013 and since then has met once per month, and many amazing results and break throughs have occurred.
Today, after the monthly mastermind meeting I recorded a podcast that shares some resources we used to create and run this mastermind group, that may be helpful to you, plus shares some of the biggest take aways I’ve experienced about how to surround myself with amazing people, and what that has done for my life and results.
While there, be sure to subscribe to the Podcast, and check out many of the tremendously helpful past episodes.
Make Today Great!
PS – At the podcast URL above, you’ll see a photo from today’s mastermind meeting, which had a highly successful friend from Amsterdam in attendance; Eelco de Boer. In the past we’ve had several out of country guests like Andre Chaperon, Chris Munch, and Kayvon Khalilzadeh attend, also. If you’re ever in South Florida, be sure to hit me up. You may be able to come to one.
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