Here is my report of a free weekend Seminar with Wealth Guru Stuart Zadel of TGR (Think and Grow Rich). It is a mind boggling experience. He is a clever seminar promoter / stage host and so he just warms up his guests and captures their minds. His presenters do the hard sales talk while Stuart entertains his guests with stories and self discovery and works his magic literally. After we sober up a little from our dreams and face the price tag its time to go on line.
Stuart appears to be a man with a mission and I did noticed a Landmark style mission glow on his staff and that army of volunteers. What he really sells is the dream of self development with success in anybody's reach. Develop a burning desire, dream big and then go all out and make it from the bottom to the top of the pyramide.
Land mark runs self development courses and they have a bit of a cultish feel about them. Its maybe the fact that there are so many happy volunteers on board that makes me suspect some indoctrination. He does a stage performance with an arrow - its magical. When later asked about his belief system there are no straight answers. It remains a mystery - go figure. And it runs from 9 to 7. So the vibes have plenty of time to catch up with you.
Now what's the takeaway for me. I did end up spending money in partnering with 3 others, but that was a flop. It seems that the courses are attracting lazy people and loosers that like a free lunch. We still run a modestly successful ebay family business, that is hard work and the ebay magic course in my opinion is overpriced and sub standard. I found better training courses online for $80.
They had Dominique Grubisa on stage, a Lawyer. Very interesting, eye opening and worthwhile to listen, but quite depressing when you realize how vulnerable your little possessions are and that you don't have the will and money to protect them. She seems to be fair dinkum. She actually posted on this site with an honest response to some strong criticism. Bonus points for her !
We watched the business renovators businessrenovators. See also http://bizrenovators.com/fix-my-business/ They use Alexa.com to analyze their competitors and recommend marketing to a red hot niche. Any business must start with due diligence and competitor analysis online and offline.
My personal take away in self discovery was that in practical terms I am in a majority group of people that would prefer to earn $70k while having $60k friends over earning $80k and having $90k friends. Stuart Zadel actually did not sell anything himself. He gave things away, paying it forward in the firm belief that the universe will pay him back. I love this philosophy especially in others. Maybe its time to buy into that a little myself. He then bothered to hand out little bows of appreciation, 3 of them. I did nothing with mine so far. Funny thing for me as a Christian the pay it forward should come natural. Christ did it to us so that we would extend it (pass it on to others).
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