“Your success in life is in direct proportion to your ability to dedicate yourself 100% to being a better YOU through personal self-development!”
The year was 1985. I was 21 years old living in Dallas, TX with a dream job, when I had received an invitation in the mail to attend a weekend leadership conference in Waco, TX…all expenses paid.
I decided to accept this offer. After all, nothing ventured…nothing gained. Little did I know that I was going to a conference that would change my life (for the better) forever.
I drove down on Friday afternoon and checked in to my hotel. The accommodations were shared (which meant that I would be sharing my FREE hotel room with someone else…a complete stranger). Although I don’t remember his name, my roommate seemed like a pretty nice guy.
The Friday evening session began at 7pm, and ran until about 11pm. The host appeared to be a pretty smart (older) gentleman, but I had never heard of him or his organization before. I was very motivated, and extremely inspired with what took place during the weekend, but on Sunday came the pitch. You know….its time to make a buying decision.
It appeared that the company, Success Motivation Institute (SMI), founded by Paul J. Meyer, was recruiting people to sell their success program to businesses on a direct selling basis. I had never heard of this company, it’s founder, its products, the concept of self-development or anything that had to do with setting and achieving goals, and these crazy people wanted me to go and SELL their stuff! I thought…they must be CRAZY! After all, I had a great J.O.B. That paid me well, and afforded me the opportunity to travel all over North America.
I later found out that Paul was considered the founder (or grandfather) of the personal development industry. He mentored many of the greats like Zig Ziglar, Tony Robbins, Jim Rohn, Les Brown, John Maxwell, and many, many others. They say that hind-sight is 20/20. When I made the decision to NOT become a distributor for SMI, I did not realize what I was passing up. That was one of the worst decisions I had ever made. It wasn’t long before I understood the gravity of my poor judgement.
Shortly after returning from my weekend seminar, I was at the library looking for some inspirational books. I happened across a cassette tape series called “See You at the Top” by Zig Ziglar. I checked it out and went home. For the entire weekend I listened to these cassettes. Wow! What a difference it made in how I thought, felt, spoke, and acted. It gave me a whole new perspective on life. I made Zig a part of my life from that day forward. As luck would have it, in just a year and a half after I was introduced to Zig’s teachings in that library, I had personally met him, and was even working with his book and tape ministry at a church that I started to attend in Dallas. Funny how things work out sometimes.
I have completed thousands of hours of self-development, and I am going to share all that I know with you on this site (in bits and pieces of course). I will provide a variety of tools and resources from some of the greatest personal development trainers in the world! Starting with the links in this post. Go and introduce yourself to the great ones in the self-development industry. Get ready to be the best at what you do! It is a guaranteed fact that if you are going to be successful in the mlm profession (or any profession), you better work harder on yourself than in your business.
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