What is the price of success?

Here is a little pop quiz for you. In 1923, who was:

  1. President of the largest steel company?
  2. President of the largest gas company?
  3. President of the New York Stock Exchange?
  4. The greatest wheat speculator?
  5. President of the Bank of International Settlement?
  6. The Great Bear of Wall Street?

These men were considered some of the world’s most successful in their day.

Now, 85 years later, the history book asks us if we know what ultimately became of them.

The answers:

  1. The president of the largest steel company, Charles Schwab, died a pauper.
  2. The president of the largest gas company, Edward Hopson, went insane.
  3. The president of the NYSE, Richard Whitney, was released from prison to die at home.
  4. The greatest wheat speculator, Arthur Cooger, died abroad, penniless.
  5. The president of the Bank of International Settlement, shot himself.
  6. The Great Bear of Wall Street, Cosabee Livermore, also committed suicide.

However, that same year in 1923, the PGA Champion and the winner of the most important golf tournament, the US Open, was Gene Sarazen.

What became of him?

He was healthy and played golf until he was 92, died in 1999 at the age of 95 and… he was financially secure at the time of his death.

So what’s the purpose of this little tale? Is it to play golf until you are 92? The answer is… only if that’s your passion.

The purpose of this message is to invite you to live life on your own terms. Life is too short to settle for less than your full potential.

 

To you Having It All,

John

Finish Strong

Hi friends,

The other day I was watching a short movie called Finish Strong, and I was reminded of the story of Wilma Rudolf.

Wilma Rudolf was born July 23, 1940 into a large family of 22 in Clarksville, Tennessee. Growing up in a community parted by racial discrimination, Wilma never received proper medical attention as a child. She was diagnosed with one illness after another: measles, mumps, scarlet fever, chicken pox and double pneumonia. Until finally she was diagnosed with polio, a crippling disease that had no cure and doctors told her mother that Wilma would never walk.

Wilma’s mother drove her to be treated twice a week at Meharry Hospital, the black medical college in Nashville, even though it was 50 miles away and the family was strapped for funds. After 2 years, Wilma was able to walk with the aid of metal leg braces and by the age of 12 she could walk normally with no assistance. It was then that she decided to become an athlete.

“My mother taught me very early to believe I could achieve any accomplishment I wanted to. The first was to walk without braces,” said Wilma. She would go on to win three gold medals in a single Olympics and be placed in the Olympics Hall of Fame.

Amazing stories like this remind me of how fortunate I have been in life and proves that with a mindset for success and a will to succeed anything can be accomplished.

Acquire a Mentor to Reach Your Dreams

A part of the goal-setting process that many people struggle with is creating action plans. One way to conquer this obstacle before it even arises is to get a mentor. I’ve had many–I can’t imagine being as successful as I have been without my mentors guiding me.

Identify Your Role Model

If you’ve always wanted to be a professional juggler, but have no idea of where to start with your action plan, find information about a successful professional juggler or two in your area. They will be your role models. There’s someone who dominates in every field, so you always have access to people who are excelling at something at which you would like to excel. Find out what they do and how they do it, then copy what you need, making it your own by adding your own personal twist or genius to it.

Don’t be afraid to ask–after all, imagine how flattered you would feel if someone asked you to be a mentor (and when you start accomplishing your goals, someone might just do that)!

Asking for a Mentor

Once you’ve identified some role models and selected one whom you would like as a mentor, you ask him or her. It’s that simple. “Would you be willing to mentor me?”

Of course, you should let your mentor know why such a relationship would benefit him or her, as well. Make sure you propose to meet at his or her office, and volunteer your talents in some way, such as aiding with a pet project, so that you are helping in return. If you’ve done enough research on your prospective mentor, you should be able to come up with a creative way to help him or her that also demonstrates your familiarity with their work.

Following is a sample conversation you can alter to suit your own personality.

“I want to accomplish ____________, and I respect the results you’ve produced in your life. Would you be willing to help by meeting with me once a week so I can learn from your achievements? I’d like to make it worth your while by ____________. Does a mentor relationship with me sound like something you’d enjoy?”

Don’t rush this process, and make sure you have a few back-up role models to ask in case your first choice(s) are too busy to help.

John

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Love It or Hate It

Have you ever noticed how there are about as many reactions to an experience on a roller coaster as there are people? One loves it and another is petrified. One is yelling “Woohoo!” and the other is screaming “Oh, no!” One could end up with a belief that roller coasters are scary, while the other person could end up with a belief that roller coasters are exhilarating. Or maybe they brought those beliefs to the ride in the first place.

Different people form opposite beliefs about the same experience all the time. Which beliefs are true? Neither. Or both. The real question to ask yourself is, “Which beliefs will get me where I want to go in life?” Luckily for you, you get to choose for yourself.

When my son Keenan was seven, we were invited to go paragliding in San Diego. I called his mom and left her a message inviting her to join us at the glider port, when we would jump off a cliff harnessed to an instructor.

Can you tell that I’m a more adventurous parent?

His mom came to watch and almost fainted as our son ran off the cliff harnessed to the instructor, the ocean five hundred feet below. It was the first time paragliding for both my son and me, so I didn’t know what to expect and was a little scared myself.

Keenan’s initial belief was, “Wow! This will be so much fun!” After the experience, his positive belief and perception about heights and paragliding were forever ingrained in his mind. His mom’s first thought was that this would be dangerous, but her negative belief was so rattled by our experience that since then she has expressed a slight desire to try it herself sometime.

Some of our beliefs are formed instantly, such as when a significant emotional experience occurs, while others are formed over time, after several experiences. What’s important to remember is that beliefs aren’t good or bad; they just are. As you already know, you must understand and evaluate the beliefs you have to determine whether or not they’re serving you and helping you create the life you really want.

Lets continue to create that life of your dreams—by starting with the beliefs that will serve you! You can discover more about how to do this with my FREE guide below.

Throw out your New Year’s resolutions

New Years resolutions are a total waste of time for most people. Why? Because they are not backed by the right mental preparation and conditioning.

How many years have you been making resolutions only to find that within two or three weeks you’ve given up?

Relying upon will power, resolve and persistence is absolutely the worst way to achieve your new goals. These things are controlled by your conscious mind, which is responsible for only about 2-4 percent of your day-to-day actions and perceptions.

Due to your habits, you’ve become conditioned to stay at the same weight, income or in the same mediocre relationship. An internal financial or weight “set point” is conditioned deep in your subconscious brain so that you don’t have to think about the day-to-day activities you need to do to maintain it.

If you think about lottery winners, why is it that within two or three years, 86 percent lose all their money? It’s because they are conditioned to be without money. Their do not change their subconscious set point of how much money they should have, therefore they revert to that point.

Once any image, habit or belief is ingrained in your subconscious brain, you automatically seek out situations and behave in ways that resonate with that “internal image.” If you currently don’t like the results you are witnessing with your weight, job, income or relationships, then you must break the old patterns and old conditioning that’s causing them.

Breaking subconscious patterns has been proven by NASA to take at least 30-60 days of brain retraining.

If you do not “re-train” your subconscious brain at the same time you make the decision to lose weight or make more money, for example, you will within very short order return back to your old weight and income patterns and in most cases gain even more weight back– and that’s why, despite the best intentions, the vast majority of New Year’s resolutions are not kept..

There is a “cybernetic trigger” in your brain. It detects any change from your current situation, no matter what is, and it overrides your will power and forces you to behave in accordance with your old habits. Hence, the same results repeat themselves because of the same thought patterns and behavioral patterns. It works exactly like the thermostat in your home that automatically picks up any change in room temperature and then makes corrections to return things to “normal.”

This automatic “trigger” causes you to rationalize why you’re not sticking with your diet or new income plan and basically forces you to revert back to your habits and patterns.

Break the word “rationalize” in two and you get “rational-lies.” The internal self-talk you catch yourself doing is automatic and a result of the system doing its job to keep you at your “comfort zone,” even though it’s not what you want.

Your income or body is only an expression of the internal image you have at a deep-rooted level. If you want to see permanent changes on the outside, you must retrain the mental image on the inside first.

If you truly want to make permanent changes in your life, it takes about 15 minutes a day of mental retraining for 30-60 days. The more you do this, the faster you’ll see results. The good news is that you can’t get a brain hernia if you overdo it.

If you are serious about living the life you want and deserve, why not join the thousands that have already discovered the most advanced system for permanent financial and life success?

If you are interested in your success, you’ll do what’s convenient. If on the other hand you are committed to your success, you’ll do what it takes.

 

John