Watch this Free Workshop Replay and Discover the 5 Simple Steps That Allowed me to Double My Income and Travel The World Full Time
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Growth and revolution in strategy have indeed been alongside any line of business. And one of the strategies that you can use as you start your business, is by hosting live events.
Let me share the meaningful thoughts about hosting live events from Nick James as he shared his story on how hosting events made a significant difference to his business.
Nick James got into hosting events from a very young age. He has always been around events as he worked for an events company. That was his first proper job in sales. Then, he started a business doing one-to-one work, consulting with clients, selling time for money, which was fine for a time until he realized that he hit the ceiling and that model is a little bit flawed, hence when he started getting into his own events. Of course, as soon as he started running his own events, his profile increased. He attracted more clients towards him. He also had a better capacity to serve more people at a time and generate larger income from my business.
If asked, if he would recommend to include events right away as part of their sales and marketing strategy, he thinks that it depends largely what business you're in. He believes that if you're the only person in your business that can do all the selling, all the marketing, the delivery, then you're going to reach a point where you reach maximum capacity and the business can't continue to grow.
Run your own events. Build credibility and authority.
He thinks that one should look to build a one-to-many solution into their business plan. You might be just starting out, you look to do events to rapidly build your credibility and authority, but in most cases, when you're starting a business, go out and get some customer.
Go out and get some clients and then from there, you might look to scale by using a one-to-many strategy like small workshops.
In his first event, they had eight people in the room in 2009. According to Nick, it doesn't need to be hundreds or thousands of people in the room in order to have a successful and profitable event. He thinks everyone has to start somewhere.
His advice is to start small, grow gradually, and scale it, rather than trying to do your first event with a thousand people in the room as it's highly risky. They've been talking at their boot camp about the financial model of really successful events and he thinks if you try and do too much too soon, then it's highly risky and you could end up losing your shirt if you're not careful.
The smartest moves to kick start your business... Start small, Grow gradually, Scale it.
Well, that is a valid one, I would say. Essentially, a smarter move is, if you're just getting started, start small, get some customers through the door, validate the concept, and then maybe consider doing small events. Now, if you have an established business, maybe you've got a small sales team, or you're doing the sales yourself. How can you leverage events?
Leverage events to bring in more customers and scale your business.
He thinks with most businesses, let's say you've got an established business with a sales team. The one thing that your sales team are going to be is on your case is about getting more leads and better quality leads. So, for him, events are great front-end strategy to bring leads in.
If somebody registers for a one-day free event, for example, and they attend that free event, even if they don't buy, they're an extremely warm lead. It's not a cold call, it's not someone that's got no interest. Even if they registered for the event and didn't even attend it, it's still a warm lead because they said yeah, "I wanna spend a day, a few hours, a couple of days, whatever it is, learning from you at this event." Even if they didn't show up, that's still a warmer lead than just handing out cold calls, which salespeople hate doing. You can also consider events as a front-end strategy to warm people up.
When we talk about events, it could be online or offline events. Of course, most people think about live workshops in person, but you can test out with a live online event like a webinar or online training, which is a great way to get an influx of leads. You're usually not sitting down analyzing strategies that you can then convert into customers after the fact.
So, is it fair to say that events, by themselves, have an element of scarcity and uniqueness as pretty much any man and his dog can set up a website, but a lot fewer people actually do events?Nick believes so as most businesses have a website of some description. Not all, but most. Few businesses run events.
He says the events market now, as we sit here today, is far most saturated then it was maybe five or ten years ago, and it's getting more and more competitive. That's why you need to make sure that if you're going to run an event, it should truly stand out and unique and different.
Running an event should be something genuinely unique and should truly stand out.
If you run an event, give people something they can't get anywhere else.
You're doing things that have never done before. It's not just another business growth event. It's not just another personal development event. It's something that genuinely is unique, different and is going to give somebody something they can't get anywhere else.
There are also some business models that events would not be fit for. However, he thinks you'd be surprised at how wide the application of an event model can be. If you think about it, anyone that works B2C, like gyms stuff, instead of doing one-to-one personal training, or even group personal training, which technically is an event, they do live events to do education first. And then they sell into showing the client's how you implement by working with us either as PT clients, one-to-one or in groups, so using events there for B2C businesses.
Most of their clients are B2B in a service-based business. Those that are working with corporate can do events outside as public events. They can do events inside the corporate, in-house training. He doesn't think there are many businesses that you can't find an event model because still 100% any business needs to make sales, and it's better to leverage if your part as the business owner is to make sales to multiple people all at once than have to go and meet with every single potential client to get them on board. Even then, if it's just sale function, if you just made your sales function wider reach and more effective then it's going to work.
With my interview with Nick, I’ve also been fortunate to know the three things that he wished he had known before getting started in the events business? Let me share it to you down below.
1. He wished somebody had taught him how to run the financials of a business. He studied business studies in university and quite frankly learned how to go and work for a big company. He wishes somebody would have taught him the power of knowing the numbers and being able to run a business financially. That would allow him to scale a lot quicker.
2. He wishes somebody would've taught him how to sell. He was very fortunate that his first mentor, Andy Harrington took him under his wing and trained him in sales. Nick used to work for Andy Harrington's company when he started out. He thinks one skill is the most important skill you can learn as a business owner because that's what's going to get you started, the ability to have a conversation with somebody and get them over the line, get them closed, get them to say yes and give you money.
3. What he probably didn't realize at the time, when he started ten years ago, was how big things could get when you get those first two things right, over a prolonged period. Tony Robbins has this great phrase which is that "Most people dramatically overestimate what they can achieve in a year, but underestimate what they can achieve in 10". Nick thinks he was one of those. He was feeling the first year he is going to make £100,000 in the first year and he got nowhere near that. He could never have imagined that ten years later.
Researching and investing on strategies are indeed a vital part of any kind of business and hosting an event can truly help you scale your business as businesses are built on strong relationships that could flow when you host live events. You can build credibility and authority to your target market, your brand will have more visibility, you can share your valuable content and maximize the potential of your business.
People ask me all the time, "Hey Tiz, if I want to quit my job, if I want to start my own online business or take my existing business online, what are the top three things I have to know?"
Let me drill down the Top 3 things that you need to know if you want to start your own business online.
1. Systems & Processes
First of all, what are systems and processes? Well, a system is a technology. That is automation.
Leverage technology to automate your business.
It's leveraging technology to automate your business. That could be things like websites or CRM or any software that automates any part of your business. On the other hand, processes relate to human resources, to staff. So, what processes and checklists do the staff needs to follow so that your business runs and runs smoothly and profitably?
At the beginning you're not going to have any systems and processes, right? However, what you should aim to do is as soon as you start growing, and by that, you should start thinking about automating your business.
For example, when I started in online marketing six years ago now, the very first thing I did was building an email list, and I was obviously collecting leads. People were going to a website and entering their email address, subscribe to my newsletter in exchange for downloading a free e-Book.
I had systems in place so that the moment that a subscriber accepted he would automatically get a series of emails welcoming him and providing him with value as well as up-selling him some products. That's the systems part. If you already have an existing business then obviusly you can do it too.
Now processes, it's a bit more different. Processes are when you have staff. For example, about six months into the business I did my first product launch. Before that, I was selling other people's products as an affiliate, and that's when kind of things started picking up. When I got very quickly, I think it was around $30,000 a month within the first six months and then we hit $50,000 a month 12 months later.
So, you will need staff, right? The first process I put in place is customer support. I was getting a lot of emails with a lot of questions and comments and testimonials, which was great, but all of that, I put a process in place so that a customer support agent, Judy, she's actually still with me, she was my very first employee and she's still working with me. So, what she had to do is she had to filter those queries.
If you get something that requires a response, how is she going to reply? If she knows the answer, she can immediately respond. If not, she needs to escalate it to the next level up, which at the time was me. That is our process. As you get started, and this is very important, have systems and processes to generate sales as well.
So, how is technology helping you automate your sales process? And that's not necessarily selling. That can include things like, you know, providing content, educating the customer, building authority in the marketplace. Position yourself as an expert or publishing a book, whatever that is, right?
Every time that I would come up with a new piece of content I would record the video, then I would transcribe it, then I would publish it on YouTube, on the blog, on Twitter, on LinkedIn, the whole lot, right? Well, now I'm not doing that anymore. I'm still recording the videos, and by the way, I outsourced that as well at some point, but I found out that it didn't kind of produced some good results and also, I kind of really enjoy this.
I really enjoy bonding with people, so I don't think that's something I won't outsource. As soon as this video is produced, will go to Ann who will take care of reformatting this video, repurposing, editing it, cutting all the silly mistakes that I'll be making. Then she'll be transcribing it and publishing it in a variety of formats.
How do you have systems and processes that get your name out there? That position yourself as an authority? Don't just sell the product. If you provide value, if you provide 10X value, money will flow to you naturally. A good product sells itself.
If you provide value, money will flow to you naturally.
A good product sells itself.
Your job is to put yourself out there, to share your content with the world and naturally you know, that value will come back to you many, many times over.
The difference between the "solopreneurs" who are successful and hit that cap versus those who go on to make five, six, and seven and eight figures sometimes a month is systems and processes.
As you get started, and I know it may feel kind of a bit daunting, overwhelming at the beginning, start thinking systems and processes. How can I systematize it? How can I use technology? Whether it's you just you know, building an email list. Well great, how can you automate and systematize that? Or if it is contacting partners or if you're a coach, a consultant or maybe an author, right, how do you attract people to you?
Well, you've done it once, right? You say I don't know, you did a guest blog post on someone else's website. Great. That will work. That will go great results. How can you use technology to automate that? If you cannot use technology, how can use human resources? How can you use staff to build a process around that?
To start to grow your business, the way to do things is typically when there's something to be done, where possible if it's a very high-value task I will do it myself for the first time and then I will outsource it. Then I will figure out how can I leverage technology to automate this task and how can I leverage processes and staff to automate this task, right? Then that gets put into a system, and process kind of roadmap and then that gets passed on to someone else. Then I can move onto building the next part of the business. Systems and processes get outsourced, given to someone else on the team. I move onto the next part and so on and so forth.
So, if you're looking to start a business, establish your system and processes because the reality is that no one became a millionaire as a one-man band.
2. Self-education and have a good mentor
The second thing that I believe someone who's looking to start an online business and quit his or her job should know is knowledge and mentors. But this is a very different take a from what others will tell you, from what society will say to you.
Well, pretty much everyone will have gone to school, and some people would have gone to university and college to educate themselves. Well, that is not the knowledge I'm talking about.
If that were the knowledge that I was talking about, you would need. You already have that knowledge, right? You would have already started your business a long time ago, and you would have been insanely successful. Clearly, the knowledge that society is giving us through university, colleges, school, whatever that is, does not work. Otherwise, the world would be full of very successful entrepreneurs and wouldn't be complete, as is the case, of people who are working a nine to five J-O-B, getting frustrated with the daily commute, having to deal with all sorts of unpleasant people and situations, right?
Educate yourself on things that can make you successful.
The knowledge I'm talking about is education, is self-education. The biggest obstacle between you and success and your goals is, guess what? It's what's in between your two ears. Educate yourself on things that are going to make you successful.
The knowledge I'm talking about is education, is self-education. The biggest obstacle between you and success and your goals is, guess what? It's what's in between your two ears. Educate yourself on things that are going to make you successful. And we're going to talk about this later ... whether it's business strategy, creating a product, selling other people's products, or becoming a better coach, becoming a better consultant, whatever that is.
Now, there’s a problem with education which is, time is initially seen as to be an issue, right? So, you proactively choose which mentors you want to learn from, which courses you want to take, but you know, their time is limited.
Learn how to learn faster.
How can you consume a lot, a certain amount of education? Well, and again, this is not something that universities teach us. The answer is, learn how to learn faster.
There are techniques like speed reading that allow ... I can now read a book in 15, 20 minutes, right? Prior to that, it would take me two months to read a book. There are ways you can use, and we'll be talking about those at the Internet Income Summit, that you can use to learn and consume content faster.
Now, let me ask you, who is going to be more successful? The entrepreneur, who's gone through one course on the subject area? Let's say you're a coach. Who's learned to be a better coach? Someone who studied one single course or someone who studied 10 courses? Obviously, the guys who studied 10 courses, right? Yet they all have the same amount of time.
So how would your success change, how would your life change, how would your results change, and how would the results change for your clients if you were able to educate yourself 10 times more, 10 times faster? That's something very, very important. Education on its own can become overwhelming, so it's important to have mentors.
A good mentor tells you the things that you don't know.
What's the difference between mentors and education? Well, education is absorbing knowledge on a specific topic. It's essentially you been told what the coach, the guru, the educator wants you to know or believes that you should know about a specific topic. A mentor is very different.
A mentor is very different. A mentor is someone who does one of two things or both. Number one, he tells you things that you don't know you don't know, and that's very, very important.
That's where a lot of people get stuck, and that's when people ask you ... I'm constantly hiring mentors and people ask me all the time, "Hey, Tiz, you know, what's the deal? I mean, why do you want to work with me as a mentor?" And sometimes I have particular objectives, and sometimes I just say, "Look, I don't know what I don't know. I need you to look at my business, my circumstances, look at what I'm doing, and say, and tell me things that I should be doing that I don't know. That I don't know I don't know."
So, essentially ... the second thing that a mentor will do is he will answer your questions and he will give you specific answers to your specific problems in your circumstances. So, in that respect, that's very useful because a course is something specific to a topic, whereas a mentor can help you break through and get to the next level, given your specific circumstances, resources, mindset, business, et cetera.
Now, and this is something that people often miss, is that you have to give the mentor leeway, there may be questions that you should be asking, but that you don't know you should even be asking in the first place, which is why, again, it's important to just share this with the mentors and say, "Look, open book, this is where I am now," and I do this a lot with my students and I'll be doing a few hot seats at the Internet Income Summit, and I'll do this with my students, right? I say, "Well, tell me what you're doing now, where do you want to be, and then ask me questions or just let me share with you what I think may get you there in the fastest way, which you may not even be aware of."
One of the best ways of learning, of internalizing something, is to teach it with others. Not only ... It helps make the world a better place. It helps a lot of people, and for once, I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for someone who had gone to great lengths to educate himself, hire mentors, learn, implement, and then teach it to me.
One of the best ways of LEARNING and INTERNALIZE something is to TEACH it to others.
Whatever you learn, no matter how simple it is, some people don't know it. SHARE IT with others so that others can also benefit.
Whatever you learn, no matter how simple, how silly, there are people who don't know it, right? And I feel it's my duty to share this with others so that others can also benefit from this. The thing with the university and the college system is that they've told us that, hey, once you finish college or university.
Even if you did advanced degrees, even if you have a Master's, a PhD, or have two masters, whatever, right? They tell you-you're done. You know everything that needs to be done, that ... You know everything that needs to be known.
That is not true. If anything, that's when the learning really becomes, because what they teach us at college and university is just not relevant in the business of ... Well, in the world of entrepreneurship.
3. Monetization path
And the third thing when it comes to starting alone in business that I think you absolutely, absolutely must know is, what is the monetization path? How are you going to make money?
It's not just about great ideas, and it's not just about helping others, the business also needs to be able to earn money.
Big & Great IDEAS are flawed if not properly marketed.
It's not just about having a great idea. It's not just about helping others, but also, others need to able to be, like I say, voting with their wallet for what you're doing for them, the product or service that you're selling to them.
The concept of building it and how they will come is completely flawed. There are having so many examples out there of great ideas that just either were not appropriately marketed because the founders didn't have the knowledge, the know-how.
Or the founders didn't have the education to run the business.
Now, if you're selling a service, that's great. For example, when I used to be very heavily involved in the launch of DVFX email marketing agency, that was a service-based business. One of the challenges that we had is that it wasn't scalable. The products were very high quality, were done for the email campaigns for a huge company like Decker's and very kind of Fortune 500-type companies. And the problem is it wasn't scalable. It was email copywriting, and it takes five to ten years to train a high-quality copywriter to that standard. So, it's very difficult to scale.
There are benefits to selling services. For example, if you sell a service you can usually charge significantly more than a product, and therefore, if you're just getting started with your online business, then that's a great way of generating, easily, four, five figures a month. Just by getting started by selling your service. And then of course, you start with a service, and you can migrate into a product, or you can start selling a product directly.
Actually, that's how I started. I started selling first other people's products, so all I had to do was build a list. That was fantastic. I don't have to do any of the product development, the support, nothing. And then I would get paid a commission. And as I got better and better at it, I started having my own product. And obviously you make more money, it's also more work.
Have a very clear idea of how you're going to monetize. In my case, initially, my monetization method was, have an email list, promote them interesting products, products that they want to buy. And that worked very, very well. In your case, it may be giving out a service or whatever it is.
For example, if you look a lot of the YouTube vloggers these days, obviously you can watch TV, it's on YouTube for free. But what's the monetization method? Well, they're making ads for sponsorships and adverts on YouTube and so on, so forth, and on their blog. Have a very clear path to your monetization method.
Now, does it need to be perfect?
No. Right? Chances are that your idea of what may work, actually doesn't work, but you may find, going through that process, that something else works. We don't know at the outset what will work, however, start with a good educated guess.
And again, that's why it's important to have mentors. Because they can kind of take their years of experience, listen to your idea, and in a split second, give you not only a logical, but an intuitive decision, a gut feel, for whether they think that's going to work or not.
Is that a guarantee that it's going to work or not work? No. But it's many years of intuition and experience compressed into one, and it's just an extra piece of information that will help you make that educated decision on how to start. And then always aim for the first sale.
My first sale was like $45. It wasn't anything. However, that's super, super important. The moment you have your first sale you know that you're on the right track. You know that you have something that people are willing to pay for. And once you have that, then it's just a matter of scaling up.
Once you got your FIRST SALE, you know that you're on the RIGHT TRACK.
You’ve got the first sale, the first few sales. Again, the amount doesn't matter. What matters is that you've made you're first sale, that your proof of concept of whatever it is that you're doing works.
For example, in my case, it was the first sale of a currency trading product, of a Forex product, through my email list. Why was that so important? Because now I knew that the process that I had in place, build an email list, promote other people's product, and worked.
And then, and again, I'll be talking about all this in great detail, step by step, how to build an email list, how to choose which products to promote, how to develop your own product, how to sell your own product. We'll be touching on operation as well.
But anyway, very briefly, then from that point on ... And this is something I will be talking about in the second day, specifically, at the Internet Income Summit is, how do you scale up? You've made one sale, you've made a few sales. How do you make a thousand sales?
Use systems & processes to scale your business
Now it's a very different conversation. Actually, it's a lot more fun, I think, in terms of well, okay, how do I do these 10X? And it's not just, like people say, "Oh, well. You just grow your business 10X, you just spend 10 times more on advertising and that's that." No. That's not true.
There are scale problems. What gets you from 0 to 10 is not what gets you from 10 to 100. It's not just doing 10X, right? So, the question then becomes of, how do you put ... again, systems and processes. Right?
There will be challenges, and again, that's the importance of having a mentor who's been there, done that before. But, however, all of these centers around having that monetization method.
Challenges will always be there... that's why you need MENTORS.
How are you going to make money? If you know how you're going to make money, you have a path and something will come out of it.
Either you start your business, you have a certain monetization path, you know that whatever that path is, turns out it works, happy days. Or if not, at least you're testing something. You're getting a negative result, right? And you can go in a different direction but one way or the other, you still have a result.
So, it's very important, again, when you're starting an online business, to know these three main things. Super, super, super important. Number one, systems and processes since the outset. You cannot, right? No one becomes a millionaire or a multimillionaire on his own, or her own. Doesn't happen, right? Since the very outset, especially at the outset where maybe it's only you or you and your partner, you don't have a lot of time and money, right? Very, very important, systems and processes. How can I leverage those, right, so that the business grows without me?
Number two, and that again, super important. I cannot stress it enough. Here in my notes, I've got it in big, bold, is knowledge and mentors. How are you educating yourself? Are you going to continue to invest in yourself, to hang out with people who've achieved the results you want to achieve, or even your peers, right? And that is very important, and also mentors. Mentors are more expensive, but it can give that shortcut. A mentor can save you ... It happens to me all the time, one, two years of my life. How much is that worth, right? So yes, mentors are expensive, by they're worth every penny. And finally, the monetization path. You need to have a very clear idea of how it is exactly that you're going to make money.
Living my dreams of owning my own ONLINE BUSINESS was a lot harder than I ever realized.
I almost quit on my dreams a couple of times because things got so bad.
People see me today speaking on stages in front of hundreds of people.
They see me earning more income than a lot of professional athletes doing a lot less.
Hundreds of thousands of people have seen my face online now.
It was only a few years ago I was struggling to pay my rent for $550 a month.
It was only a few years ago that nobody even really cared who I was.
It was only a few years ago that I was so close to quitting on my dreams.
I want to share with you THE BRUTAL truth that got me to where I am today.
I want to share with you a few things that completely altered my life for the better.
Before I actually share the few things that transformed my life I want to share just a little bit of my story with you so you can understand me a little better.
I am going to be sharing things with you that are very personal to me.
I grew up very introverted and still am naturally that way but I now know how to follow a clear path and a proven system to be my own boss. To be accountable to no one other than myself.
I understand that by sharing my real story even though it’s very hard for me to do, that it will help a lot of people.
I wish I could tell you I was that “macho” guy and took every obstacle without any concern.
And the truth is that I went to bed crying at times without a clue of what to do while chasing my dreams.
Growing up I always felt “different” from most kids.
I just was not into a lot of the things they were into.
I was judged for it and they let me know it.
It’s kind of sad how cruel humans can be to others at times.
Growing up some kids would pick on me, because I was the shy kid who didn’t talk much.
I did nothing to them, I was just an easy target I guess you could say.
One of my biggest influences growing up was the movie Tarzan.
I learned so much about life through movies.
My heroes growing up were Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Tony Robbins, Tupac Shakur, Lao Tzu, Jesus, Buddha, Gandhi, and the list goes on.
In the scene where Tarzan is about to leave the jungle to be with Jane, he tells his mother Kala:
“No matter where I go, you will always be my mother.”
And she replies: “And you will always be in my heart.”
And that stuck with me forever because no matter what, you can never change who your parents are.
My mum taught me that you can achieve any goal in life if you surround yourself with the right people.
She said, Tiz, “If you want to fly with the eagles, don’t swing with the ducks”.
She told me “Drink deeply at the fountain or not at all”.
She told me, Tiz, you reach your goals by tapping into a proven system.
She said “A wise person learns from his mistakes while a genius learns from his mentor's mistakes”, but if someone is to ever doubt you or your goals let them know you are not to be bullied.
I remember one time I was telling my cousin about how I had just invested $2,000 to attend an online marketing mastermind and mentoring program. He started talking crap at me how it was a “scam”, a “pipe dream” and how all the gurus online were only after my money.
I am not the smartest guy in the world, or the fastest thinking person. Nor do I look it, I am 5 foot 6 inches which is the same height as my hero Bruce Lee.
I was training like a world class athlete except my gym was my laptop. And my weights were dollars in the bank.
But I was far from having made it yet. I had made $20 that month, to be exac.
To make a long story short…
Him and his wife surrounded me and started shouting at me for no reason how I was “delusional” and how none of this would “ever work”.
So I told them, “SHUT UP!” and they didn’t so I said “LEAVE ME THE BLEEP ALONE or I won’t be so kind next time.”
From that day forward nobody from my entire family ever bothered me again because so many people witnessed it.
My name developed and earned a reputation within my family as someone not to be messed with and earned everyone’s respect.
I learned so much from my mum with so many life lessons.
Proven systems and mentors are everything in business.
Let me share with you how my whole business journey started.
I remember not feeling like I belonged in the regular corporate world.
I was just never inspired about working my way up the corporate ladder.
I had intense dreams to change the world, and a lot of people called me crazy for thinking like that.
I had no idea I was going to accomplish it all.
I wanted to influence people to think bigger and also think outside the box.
I wanted to reach people on a worldwide level like my heroes.
I first attempted to become a musician because I know I could spread my message through music and truly change the world.
After years of failed attempts doing music, I started to think of different routes I could take.
At this time I was making less than kids at local fast food joints.
Then it was 2010 when I came across a movie called “The Secret.”.
It shifted my entire paradigm and what I believed possible.
I am not one to tear up but midway but midway through listening to him I started balling uncontrollably.
It resonated with my soul in ways I have never felt before in my entire life.
I started to craft out my vision of how I wanted life to be.
Then I decided I wanted to be totally mobile and have freedom to travel anywhere in the world.
I also decided I wanted to meditate when I desired and I wanted to be able to take time off when I wanted.
I wanted to eat lunch when I wanted too, etc.
The best option for me, to earn income was start an online business.
It just hit every every single angle I desired for my lifestyle.
At the time I was in banking and at the time the market was just starting to crash.
I had no experience at all with internet marketing, etc…
I just said, “I will figure it out” and that’s when the hardest days of my life started.
I wish I could tell you it was an overnight success, but I am going to give you the “raw truth” right now.
The Secret movie as much as it helped me with possibilities, it didn’t tell me about all of the hard work it truly takes to become successful.
I was a bit naïve, and instead of working my butt off, I would sit around and visualize and write down my goals a little more than I should have.
From early 2010 until mid 2011 I was averaging about $1,000.
The hardships that I faced were not anything I could wish upon my worst enemy.
I remember one time on my mum’s bday, we went out for dinner.
She was looking through the menu and picked out something too expensive and I told her, “Mum I am sorry but can you please pick something else?”
That just tore me apart inside as a man…
My heart just sank and said to myself, “What kind of man can’t afford to buy his mum the meal she desires on her birthday of all days.”
WHEN LIFE TRANSFORMED FOREVER
I am going to share 4 key principles that changed my world forever…
I went through years of struggling because I had all the wrong information…
Then I met my mentor who truly cared about me.
My mentor knew what he was talking about so everything changed so quickly.
I suggest you find a mentor in the field and who you truly admire and who’s living exactly how you want too.
You have to understand with that you will have to prove why he/she should invest time into you.
Their time will be limited because they are great at what they do.
Every great mentor will always want more mentees because they get so much satisfaction from saying, “I was in influence in their life.”
I did exactly that, and this is what happened…
I took my mentors advice seriously in February 2011…
That month I made $1,000 and then come May 2011 I earned $5,000, then come August 2011 I had my first breakthrough month of $50,170 and it has grown since then to levels people can’t even believe.
Since my income is public information they know it’s true…
I earn more than that amount right now.
My goal before was just to make $5000 a month and just be comfortable.
My mentor saw more in me than I saw in myself.
It was not that I didn’t have the potential inside of me the whole time. I just needed someone to show me the ropes.
Before I was so scared of so many things in life.
I remembered what my mum would tell me about fear.
She said, “Being scared is natural, but you have to learn to control your fears.”
I remember telling everyone I was going to be successful for years and people basically started to mock me.
They would say things like, “Tiz when are you going to make any real money with your biz?”
Inside not only would it light me on fire, it would also create this nervous feeling.
I started to not even tell people my visions because I didn’t want to face criticism.
With no results it was like these people had an upper hand on me.
Then I started to realise a lot of the people judging me were not even doing anything special with their lives.
I started to think who are they to judge me, and that’s when I started not value their opinion much at all. They were not brave enough to attempt their dreams but had the nerve to judge.
I see fear cripple people with the potential to change the world and it’s just that.
I was almost one of them and that’s why it’s so important to surround yourself with the right people.
3. Money management
My mentor shared with me that to get ahead in life I would have to stop looking at “The Jones”.
He said, “The first 6 months of a business journey no matter how much you make don’t change your spending habits.”
He said, “Save for unexpected business expenses, save for taxes, save for advertising and save for business expansion creating a foundation that is unbreakable.”
He said, “Leave that flashy ‘I have better marketing’ for other people because they are living month-to-month. When you’re truly wealthy then by all means go by the best Mercedes money can buy.”
The good thing for me is that I am not really into material objects, I don’t even really care to share my income but it is public information so anyone can see anyways.
When I hit my first $50,000 mark I decided it was time for a new car, but I didn’t do what most would do.
The old me would have said, “Hey I got a large down payment and I could go get a $200,000 car.”
What I did do was go get a quality used car for $15,000 and paid cash for it.
I am out to build a legacy so buying things to impress people ain’t a think.
I don’t wear fancy watches or $5000 suits because that just ain’t my thing.
Where I do splurge on though is hotels a bit…
This so I can be comfortable when travelling.
When I hire people to come clean the house I often pay much more than what is asked because it feels soooo good to give back.
4. Hard work
This so important I cannot state it enough.
This almost destroyed my whole life and everything in it.
So many online businesses were promising the world with very little work.
I have not met a single successful person who did not bust their butt when launching their business.
I don’t know why I believe that I could just push a button and everything would be okay.
The reality is when you start something with no experience you’re going to have to work hard to develop new skills.
When your business is up and rocking yes you can put things in cruise control.
You do need to work your butt off at the start.
I am just sharing the things I know are my truths because I want to save you a lot of time and pain.
Well I know this post has been longer than most things you have read on FB.
I had so much on my chest that I knew I could help you if you were open to it.
If you want to find out exactly how I made my Transformation in detail I invite you to come meet me in London in a few weeks time…
Because I care about the people I am not one of those hot shots who say I am making so much money and I am not talking to anyone anymore.
I take time to read and reply to everyone who sends a message.
I have assistants and everything these days but I was exactly were so many people are right now.
I never forget where I came from so I take the time to answer messages.
I do ask though because I get literally thousands of messages that you respect my time.
So basically to be direct with you, please send me messages getting directly to the point and I would be happy to answer.
It just makes my life much easier and it’s something I greatly appreciate.
But you see, it wasn’t always like this. My journey to success did not come easy.
In fact, I DROPPED OUT of a highly paid corporate job because I didn’t want to be chained to a desk all day. Nor did I want to be a victim to office politics, working with people I hated.
No journey to success comes easy.
I grew up not far from the beach and was very fit. I loved outdoor running and did almost every day. I would train at the gym when the weather was bad to keep myself in good shape.
I never knew what I wanted to “be” when I grew up. In fact, I didn’t really like that question because it felt like I was forced to do only one thing for the rest of my life. My father was a public servant and so naturally I went to university to “follow my father’s footsteps”.
I worked for 9 years 60+ hours per week and I was earning GOOD MONEY for my age, but I sacrificed my lifestyle to do that. I would have to work my rear end off for 12 months to go on a 3-week holiday if I was allowed time off work.
I had dreams of going to the full moon party in Thailand and sleeping in a yurt in Mongolia. I wanted to take the trans-Siberian train from Russia to China and visit off the beaten track locations like Myanmar. I heard the cuisine in Vietnam was amazing.
I wanted to do it all at once and work on the road, live a simple life with no stress or financial worries, but during those years of hard labor I swept my dreams under the table and forgot about them.
I thought if I had a lot of money then I could live the life of my dreams…
But that didn’t happen. I was too involved with my corporate career. It consumed my life and took a toll on my health.
On a Friday night, once everyone had left, I remember crawling under my cubicle desk. I had countless messages and voicemails to return yet I couldn’t bear with the same routine time and time again for the rest of my life…whilst others took the credit for my hard work.
So, I started crying where I thought no one would see me.
The weekend was coming and the heating had been turned off. My bones were in pain as I had started developing arthritis from spending so many hours in front of a computer, my vision was getting worse and worse from staring at the screen so much.
I quickly wrapped up work and could feel my body beginning to shut down. My immune system was almost out of juice it was under so much wear and pressure.
I was over it.
Losing my health over a corporate job!
I was busting my body for this company and they simply didn’t even care… It was a ridiculous situation.
When I got home late that night feeling sick and tired I had a warm shower and went straight into bed. My dad knew something was up and I didn’t say a word when I walked in the door. I decided to get on my laptop and search for ways to “make money while travelling”.
I had heard of online businesses before, people who make money travelling around the world but didn’t know if it was possible. I found something. A system I could plug right into and sell information products. No overheads, no physical products to ship…
Could this be the holy Grail?
“It’s a JOKE” I thought.
I have heard of these things before, out to rip people off while selling “the dream”, but I was DONE with the situation I was in so got in without hesitation. I had to take a look.
I hear someone speak about it to a group of people and soon realised that this was REAL and POSSIBLE. These people where REAL and this lifestyle could become REAL.
This was it.
I would do whatever it takes to become successful
I would do whatever it takes to become successful and did exactly what my mentor told me to do. I dug deep into crafting my new skills because I knew this could get me to where I wanted to be.
It worked and people started following what I was doing.
I started getting inspiring emails daily from people with dreams of their own, reaching out for help as they wanted to create a better life for themselves. By helping these people, I found more money will flow my way and my business started to EXPLODE.
It was time… I cleared out all the junk I had accumulated over the years and moved into my suitcase.
I was to travel with no boundaries.
Explore the world like never before. I no longer need to return home to save for my next adventure. Being chained at a corporate desk is behind me now and that memory keeps me moving forward.
Warm weather, palm trees and white sandy beaches are usually the first choice of location but I am so grateful to have the ability to travel whenever and wherever I choose.
If you are interested in learning the exact system I used to live this lifestyle then you can come meet me in person.