8/31/2013 09:29:00 PM 0 Comments

     In the last post, one of the questions I wrote, something we all should be asking ourselves… “Are you hanging around the people that will help you get to where you want to be in 3 years, 5 years, 10 years?” I truly believe one of the fastest and easiest ways you can accelerate your success is by simply hanging around the “right” people. People who inspire you, challenge you, and help you grow. And unfortunately, it’s usually NOT your friends and relatives. There’s nothing wrong with them, but unless they have the same mindset, and the desire to achieve extraordinary things in their life, they can’t help you grow. On the contrary, often they pull you down, because they’re not “going for it.” You will usually make about the same income as the average of your 5 or 10 closest friends, depending on which expert you listen to. The explanation for that is simple. Like attracts like. So if you want to make more money, you should hang around others who already do. Just like if you want to be healthy, you should probably get yourself around others like that. And try to limit your exposure to people who believe in drinking a 6-pack every night. Kind of obvious, yet it can be a real challenge. Especially when it comes to family. If you don’t have the most supportive family members, it’s not like you can just turn your back on them. Now I can’t give you a solution to make people different. But I can tell you what YOU can do to put yourself in the right environment. Get around others who think like you do. Online, offline, it doesn’t matter. Join groups. Plug into or even start your own mastermind. Napoleon Hill talks about it in “Think and Grow Rich” as one of the core principles of success. “Men take on the nature and the habits and the power of thought of those with whom they associate in a spirit of sympathy and harmony.” He talks about Henry Ford, starting out as illiterate, ignorant, and in poverty. Yet, within a short span of just 10 years, he became one of the richest people in the world. Interestingly he made the biggest leaps when becoming friends with Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone (Firestone Tires) and other successful businessmen. The combined experience, knowledge, and intelligence you get through these kinds of associations multiply your power and greatly accelerate the speed with which you get results. Right now I get together once a month for a Master Mind meeting with a fellow marketer and copywriter who lives in my area. His expertise is offline marketing and business consulting, while I have a lot more experience online. So it’s a good match. I can’t tell you how much we both get out of it. A few months ago I casually shared with him one concept about online videos. This sparked more ideas in his mind, and he was able to create a huge transformation for one of his high-paying client’s marketing campaigns. Although he credits me with what he calls a “million dollar idea”, the reality is, it’s not my idea, but he got it through his association with me. Likewise, I took a simple thing he was doing for his offline business clients, and applied it to one of my projects. The result was an extra $3,700 in the first 30 days. In a previous post, I told you that you’re just ONE idea away from an explosion in your business. Well, by being around others who have ideas, you get to tap into this collective bank of experience and knowledge and use it for your success. It’s easy to skip this, thinking, I’ll get to it later. And to be perfectly honest, I wish would have paid closer attention and did this much, much sooner. Because the results can truly be amazing.

Cheers, Vitaly Grinblat

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