Startup 2012 is NYC’s premier business plan competition and entrepreneurship conference. It covers all the crucial topics in entrepreneurship, and one winner goes home with $75,000 worth of cash, goods, and services at day’s end.
I was there with Jay Abraham, he’s been working with some of the biggest start-ups in the world.
My interest, other than hanging out with my good buddy and mentor, was that I’ve been studying this space for a little over a year now.
I’ve been watching the top venture capitalists, reading dozens of books about tech start ups, and analyzing the marketing behind rapidly successful start-ups.
What I found will change Internet marketing forever
Yeah, I went there with the Jetsons reference. And no, I’m not going to announce the addition of the Spacely Sprockets to the Strategic Profits family…
But I wanted to get your attention. Because not long ago, I took a good hard look at my business. And I didn’t like what I saw.
Let me explain…
About a year ago, I decided to take a step back and do a quick assessment of Strategic Profits.
And at that time, things were going pretty well. With the help of my mentor, Jay Abraham, and a crack team of specialists, I had built this company from nothing into a multi-million dollar marketing and business building powerhouse .
So money was coming in at a steady clip, our reputation was stellar in the marketplace, and the future looked very bright.
Which meant the overall picture was very positive, right?
Upon further inspection, I saw that we weren’t growing nearly as fast as I wanted to.
Even though things were going good, I really wanted to take things to the next level, a level that we had never experienced before.
I kinda felt like George Jetson on that crazy treadmill. Doing a lot of running in the right direction, but not getting where I wanted to go.
So I did what I always do when I need sound advice and wisdom: I went to see Jay Abraham and did my George Jetson impersonation:
“How do I get OFF this thing?”
Jay just smiled like he always does, and said something so profound that it changed my business perspective forever:
“Rich,” he said, “I can give you my insight on which direction you should go. But I think you should also get a second opinion. And a third. And maybe even a fourth.”
“Listen,” he continued. “You’re at a crossroads in your business, and the next step you take will be crucial. So you need to gather input from a variety of different sources to give you an enhanced view of your current status–and a clearer picture of where to go.”
Now, Jay ‘s never steered me wrong about thing like this. So for the next several months, that’s exactly what I did.
I dove into dozens of books, audios, and videos from over 50 of the world’s most highly respected and successful business people
My goal was simple: To get to the next level in my business and continue the record-breaking growth we had experienced.
What I discovered was INCREDIBLE. There were so many amazing viewpoints and ideas…strategies I would have never considered before…tactics that were mind-blowingly simple, yet profitable beyond anything we could have ever dreamed of…and new twists to current ideologies that opened up a world of possibilities.
I took all of this explosive information and started connecting the dots, putting together an aggressive growth plan that would take Strategic Profits into the next decade.
Slowly, we began climbing the mountain once again. Step by step, our team took action and implemented the new techniques that had been revealed to us by these masterminds.
That was about 8 months ago. And today, we’re seeing the fruits of that labor.
We’re poised to have one of our biggest years yet, while my workload is less than half of what it used to be.
Which means more time for me, for Deb, for the girls, and for the things I love doing most. And that’s what it’s REALLY all about.
So what’s the moral of this story?
Simple. It wasn’t until I started seeking the business advice of MANY (rather than the business advice of one) that all these monumental insights were handed down to me.
If I had just stuck with one viewpoint, I would have never been exposed to the multiple perceptions of others. And I wouldn’t have seen the unending possibilities–and the tremendous profit opportunities–that were available to me.
But by tapping into their vast areas of expertise, I was able to view things with a perspective I would have never experienced before.
Sounds pretty cool, doesn’t it?
Well get ready…because over the next few days, I’m going to reveal exactly how you too can leverage the credibility and influence of the same world-famous business advisors that I did.
It’s called the “League of Extraordinary Minds”, and it’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen before (or will ever seen again).
So keep an eye on your inbox. Because we’re about to make business history.
Just like the first time… we CRUSHED the capacity of the Teleseminar Replay tonight and not only had to have the Teleseminar company add more lines… but… we actually had to have them immediately schedule a SECOND back-to-back replay at 9PM ET to accommodate all of the marketers who registered!
CRAZY thing is…
We STILL weren’t sure if we’d be able to accommodate everyone who registered. So, Brian, our resident Chief Operations Officer, was thankfully able to work his magic and convince the Teleseminar company to let us do a desperately needed THIRD REPLAY early this morning May 29th.
ONLY PROBLEM WAS… in the midst of all of the craziness going on with all of these replays, our VP of Marketing posted the WRONG TIME for the replay.
So, to make it up to you, we’ve just decided to give you the AUDIO RECORDING and WORD-FOR-WORD TRANSCRIPT of the entire Teleseminar so you can listen right now, instead of waiting for another replay or something.
>>>> You can GET YOUR FREE RECORDING AND TRANSCRIPT HERE – CLICK HERE
To Higher Profits,
P.S. If you were able to get on one of the replays tonight, I’d love hear what was your biggest takeaway from the call. Share your comments below.
Whew…just trying to catch my breath after a whirlwind past couple of days…
As you may already know, I spent over 2 hours on the phone with a group of friends, business associates, and former coaching clients who are now world famous gurus.
And I’m proud to say that it was an unprecedented call for several different reasons–two of which I saw coming, and one of which was COMPLETELY unexpected.
Let me explain…
First of all, this call was completely the opposite of what most people expect on a teleseminar.
Usually, it’s YOU with the problem and THEM offering a solution, right?
Well, in this case, we made a 180 degree turn–it was THEM with the problem instead of you. And it was my job to find out how they solved it.
My goal in this call was to delve into their biggest issues, going straight to the heart of the matter by simply asking each participant 4 quick questions:
What was your biggest constraint to your business?
How did you overcome that?
What was the quantifiable results of your solution?
What did you take away from it?
Then I moved on to the next guru in the queue. Which brings me to the second unprecedented occurrence…
A group of this magnitude and million-dollar firepower has never–EVER–been assembled for one call.
Usually, a couple of gurus will tag team on a call. And once in a while you’ll see a third swoop in for a few minutes.
But THIRTEEN? At ONCE?
I mean, take a look at this lineup:
Pretty amazing, isn’t it? But there they were, waiting patiently for their turn to spill their secrets.
And the answers they gave were MIND-BLOWING. For example…
Joel Comm revealed how playing to his strengths took him from a struggling one-man show to almost $10 million a year in profits…
Mike Filsaime talked about taking his $30,000 a month business and multiplying it by tenfold, hitting the $375,000 a month mark in less than a year by making one simple mindset shift (that you can easily implement today)…
Frank Kern recently got over a hump that plopped 2000 new customers into his lap in 65 minutes. And all came from one realization: “Your brain will lie to you.” In the call, Frank hands you the warning signs to know if your brain is helping–or hurting–your business…
Brad Fallon shows us why his past business attempts all ended up going south, and how he discovered the key connection between strategy and execution that helped create not one–but two 8 figures-a-year businesses…
Tellman Knudson had a business plan that was flawed from the start. But once he and I focused on a single change in his strategy, Tellman turned a small coaching program into an $894,600 profit windfall…
Willie Crawford was trying to do everything himself (sound familiar?) and heading towards burnout. But after learning this secret technique, he began adding talented resources–and big time profits…
I floored Yaro Starak with my out-of-the-blue recommendation. But he reluctantly followed my lead and saw an immediate jump in his income. Get the whole story inside…
Fantastic stuff. And there’s MANY more content-rich tidbits where those came from.
But as if that wasn’t enough, now it gets even better…
Because you people decided to trump both of my accomplishments with something that completely took me by surprise.
See, we had scheduled the first call and we filled up those lines in a heartbeat.
“No biggie”, we thought. “We’ll just add a replay for those few hundred entrepreneurs who got shut out.”
Those “few hundred”…seems almost comical to say that now–especially after what transpired next.
To put it bluntly, when the word went out about the replay, the floodgates didn’t just open–they were BLOWN TO BITS.
If you saw my last Twitter post, you know I was up at 3:00 am last night, watching the registrations roll in at an average of 6-10 per minute.
That’s up to 60 a minute, or 3600 an hour. At 3:00 am on a Monday night.
Yeah, that’s what I thought too.
Needless to say, this was not only our biggest call ever…but by far the biggest call in the history of our industry.
But honestly, if it didn’t do a thing for you…if it didn’t help transform your mindset…if it didn’t turn on the light and reveal the ugly, nasty thing that’s holding you back from success…
Then it wasn’t worth a dime.
So with that said, I want to know what you thought about this call….
Tell me everything–and I mean EVERYTHING. I want to know what you learned…when you had that “aha” moment…and how it’s going to change your business.
And if I didn’t deliver, then let me know that too.
Go ahead–fire with both barrels. I can take it.
In fact, feel free to post your comments below so everyone can see. I’ll be monitoring them and chiming in from time to time, and you never know when I might shoot a message right back at you.
Great–thanks for joining me on the call, and I can’t wait to see what your thoughts are…
Gotta make this quick because we’re already into the GPS program and my coaching students are chomping at the bit to bust through another constraint…
But I wanted to point something out regarding my latest launch…something I never saw coming, but you could certainly learn from.
You see, my launch model is very simple. It’s all based around the free report loaded with solid, actionable content. This is the foundation of my business, going all the way back to the Manifesto. And I wasn’t about to deviate from that tried-and-true process.
So I went down the same road again. Only this time, we decided to toss another element into the mix–the 24 hour tele-webcast to promote the report release.
Now, I have to admit: I’m not terribly comfortable on camera. When it comes to writing or speaking them through a phone line, I have no problem. But when the cameras roll, I get a little antsy.
So needless to say, this was a HUGE step for me. I was going to be exposed to the public for 24 hours straight. And who knows what was going to transpire.
But then, something interesting happened…
We got WAY more viewers than we ever thought we would–averaging around 1000 at any given moment (even during the dead of night). And they just kept on comin’.
The video shot straight up to Ustream’s #1 position (beating McCain’s video), the live chat session was rolling by faster than I could read it, and I was inundated with questions.
However, they weren’t necessarily questions about the report. They were all over the map. And that confused me a little.
Okay, before you start thinking that I’ve gone all “Gandhi” on you today, hear me out…
Because I want to take your business to the next level. And before this blog post is finished, I’m going to hand you some tools to help you do exactly that.
Let me explain…
The call we did earlier this week was phenomenal. We had more people register, more people listening in, and more people commenting on it than any other call we’ve ever done.
But what’s even more satisfying than setting new records is the fact that you obviously got a lot of valuable, life-changing content from this.
Because the comments we’ve received so far are blowing us away. Here’s a few…
“Massive value is an understatement in regards to the information you shared with us…” — Chaney Alulis
“Stunned. At the end, it even brought a few tears, that I thought I was beyond.” — Bruce Brodeen
“For the first time it provoked me to think effectively what is really holding me back.” — Dr. Kazi Anam
“Anyone who is serious about success in online marketing would do well to listen..” — Roger Johnson
“I can’t wait to see what you unveil later in September!” — R. Newhart
(hang on–we’ll get to that in a moment)
Now, we appreciate the fact that this call really opened the eyes of thousands of entrepreneurs, and we’re grateful for the chance to bring it to you.
But there’s something that I’m grateful for even MORE…
In reading your comments, I can see that your truly GETTING IT.
Stated more clearly, you get the fact that:
my guru clients have struggled with the same stumbling blocks you now need to overcome…
your mindset matters and getting the right mentor is critical to side-stepping the land mines in your path
fast growth involves identifying and eliminating the one core constraint currently holding both you and your biz back…
your strengths determine your potential, but your constraint determines your level of success…
most entrepreneurs spend the majority of their time achieving false-efficencies which have little impact on your success…
Believe or not, writing those past five sentences gives me goosebumps, because I know your now getting on the same path my biggest success stories have traveled on…
Because as a teacher, mentor, trainer, and coach, I know what happens to entrepreneurs who don’t know those five facts. I’ve seen thousands of online entrepreneurs thrash around in the same nasty (opportunity-seeker) pit for years on end…
They pursue success as if it were a race… and end up spinning their wheels in a desperate attempt to track down the “magic pill” that promises some mysterious shortcut to be an ‘instant-winner’, and we both know where that leads (nowhere)…
No matter how hard they work or how much they spend, they never realize success can be so much simpler if they stopped looking outside and started looking inside to determine the single constraint holding them back. The one thing guaranteed to give the fastest, and biggest payoff.
In other words, they never GET IT.
But with Monday’s call (and the replays), I’m ecstatic that my guru clients were able to pull back the curtain and shed some light on your situation.
And now, you’re ready to take that next big step on your way to the success you’ve been seeking.
If you’re ready to proceed on your journey to a higher level of awareness (with even higher profits) and a better understanding of how you can leverage the very same tools I’ve used to skyrocket businesses in record time (while the entrepreneur slashes their work hours), then I’ve got something you’ll want to hear…
On this page, I’ve loaded up 3 case studies from the archives. These coaching clients were once struggling like many of you who commented on my blog…but their success skyrocketed in record time (you’ll get the complete inside story how). And check this out: all three of these entrepreneurial success stories continue on to this day, meaning the phenomenal success documented kept going and going (like the energizer bunny) dwarfing the already incredible results they had achieved.
Meaning, sustainable success – a fast growing business – along with a lifestyle that allows these entrepreneurs the ability to enjoy it.
You’ll hear from:
Jim Edwards. Jim came to me exhausted and completely overworked. In fact, he was very close to quitting the internet business entirely. Find out how Jim pulled himself out of this hole here…
Mike Filsaime. You heard from Mike on the call, but we only scratched the surface of the whole story. Mike’s profits multiplied over TEN TIMES after we made some simple changes in his business. Learn what they were here…
Hans and Dani Johnson: This husband-and-wife team had everything–a thriving business, a growing family, and a bright future. But after seeing one my presentations, they realized the single critical element that was missing. See what that was here…
Now it’s time for ‘Internet Success 102′ – we’ll take the same issues we touched on in the call, and go even deeper. giving you a better perspective on how to really build a profitable business that delivers the freedom and wealth you desire.
And right now, they’re yours for the taking.
So if you’re ready to take your understanding and your business up a another notch or two…
I promise you–there’ll be no chanting or incense. Just profoundly profitable advice 😉
To Higher Profits,
P.S. BTW…I’ve already started getting questions about the coaching program I mentioned on the call. Don’t worry I’ll have more to share soon. But right now, with the record number of entrepreneurs listening to the conference call and even more reserving their priority copy of my next report (you can reserve your free copy here) I’d rather focus on you and what you and your business needs first.
But make sure to mark your calendar on Wednesday, September 17th, because that’s when the you’ll get your copy of my next report (if you’ve opted-into the priority list here) So, start getting ready to grow your business and reclaim your life, because it’s all going to get a lot easier real soon.
More to come on that…so stay tuned.
And don’t forget–when you’re finished listening to the case studies, come back and post your biggest takeaways here. (I was literally blown away by your comments on the last post… and it’s making dig deep to give you more (lots more) – I’m a sucker for appreciation)
I know, I know–how can things be calming down and heating up at the same time?
Well as you know, at Strategic Profits, ANYTHING can happen.
For example, tempers have soothed since the “Smackdown” we had earlier this week (see previous post). Hands were shook, apologies were made, and business got back to normal.
In addition, Tropical Storm Hanna made landfall today with less force than anticipated, which all of us in South Florida are very thankful for.
So that’s the “calming” part.
But as much as things have mellowed in the office, they’ve become hotter than a firecracker with you, our blog readers.
Because you set my 3 question survey on FIRE.
As i’m writing this we have received a whopping 723 replies. That’s a tremendous response, and we thank you for it.
And when we began poring over your answers, a few things popped out at me…
–I was FLOORED by how many people were having the very same problems. And the most incredible part was, it didn’t matter whether they were newbies or internet marketing veterans–they were STILL having the same issues. Just think about that and keep it in mind for now.
–I was also amazed at how many people are working harder than ever, yet still seeing little or no results. They’re spending more of their time working on their business–sacrificing the important things in life like family–yet not getting near the return on their investment they expected.
And finally, one thing became perfectly clear.
I was right.
(Note to self: print out this blog post and show to Debi. I don’t get to say this around her very often.)
It’s obvious that many of you struggle with a plethora of issues. And I know for a fact that they’ve been responsible for the demise for hundreds–if not thousands–of promising businesses.
But I DO NOT want you to be another casualty. So here’s what we’re going to do…
On Tuesday at 2pm, I’m holding a special replay of the mega-teleseminar with a few of my high profile coaching clients that will be on Monday because the Monday call is full.
We’re going to address some of your issues directly and reveal exactly how to eliminate them once and for all.
There’s a reason why people who have had an online business for 7, 8, even 10 years are having the same issues as people that have been online for 6 months and it’s probably not what you think because It has not allways been like that.
Because things have magnified–even in the short 2 years since I released the Internet Business Manifesto.
And you need to know which strategies and tactics are pulling in profits right now…and which ones aren’t.
Finally, I’ll be gazing into my crystal ball and giving you my predictions again on where I think our industry is heading–and how you can cash in BIG on these upcoming trends.
And who knows? Maybe you’ll get a sneak peek inside my newest report.
Can’t promise you anything, but I’ve been known to overdeliver from time to time. 😉
So go here now and get signed up. And do it quickly…
Because this thing is filling up FAST.
I’ll see you there…
To Higher Profits,
P.S. We’re still concerned about two more tropical storms headed this way, so please continue to keep us in your prayers…
But in the meantime, why not dig out your copy of the Manifesto and give it another look? We’ll be talking at length about it Tuesday, so you might want a quick refresher before the replay.
And if you can’t find your copy (or never downloaded one), don’t worry. We’ll have a special link on the registration page where you can download a copy instantly.
Things are getting a little out of hand at Strategic Profits this week…
Tempers are flaring. Veins are popping. Normal conversations are turning into shouting matches.
I swear, you’d think this was the WWE instead of a marketing business (was that a chair that just went flying over my head?).
Seriously though, we did have a major rift in the office this week. And here’s what’s happened…
We were THIS close to releasing the new report. All the graphics were done, the formatting finished, and it looked fantastic.
The only thing left to do was cut it down to a more manageable size (if you recall, my first draft came in at over 300 pages). So I got the team together and the editors and asked them one question:
“What goes and what stays?”
We started poring through the report, line by line, and discussing how and where to trim it down.
And that’s where the trouble started.
Everyone had a different opinion. Some wanted certain sections left in, while others felt that they only hindered the main message. Still the editors thought most–if not all–of the content should be left as is.
And as we went on, it was blatantly apparent that nobody wanted to give in. Discussions became more and more heated. The fur started to fly. I even had to separate a couple of team members before they came to blows.
It was ugly. And I mean UGLY.
Like, why not put out all 300 pages right? That’s what some want because they felt it was so good.
I will explain why not soon.
Then, like a ray of sunshine through the dark clouds, a single voice spoke up:
“Why don’t we let our readers decide?”
It was Kristen, one of our newest (and quietest) employees at Strategic Profits.
Kristen is the voice you hear when you call our offices. She hadn’t said two words throughout the entire debacle until just now. But when she did, they were pure GOLD.
We instantly stopped arguing, looked shamefully at each other, and collectively thought the same thing:
So long story short, we’re putting the editing job into your hands. We want to know what YOU want to know. And here’s how it works.
It’s been rumored all over the internet, I’ve been teasing you about it for a while, and I’ve even let it slip in a few emails and blog posts.
But what you’re hearing is true–there’s a new report on the way.
Watch this video and see if it whets your appetite…
Now, I must tell you: this report is very unique from the others…
Because the previous reports only took me a few weeks, maybe a month at most to put together. All the info was upstairs–I just had to spill it out on paper.
But this one was totally the opposite. In fact, it’s been coming together, slowly but surely, for almost a year now.
See, I started noticing certain things about our business…certain “rules” that used to apply but don’t anymore.
And with each discovery, I would tuck it away in the back of my head, thinking “That’s something I need to change in my business right away and tell my blog readers about.”
But then something interesting happened. To put it into disc jockey lingo, “the hits just kept on comin’.”
As I went on, more and more discrepancies started popping up…significant differences in how things used to work and how they work now.
And we’re not talking about subtle changes. We’re talking MAJOR shifts in business building strategy.
These are died-in-the-wool principles and standards that are still revered as age-old gospel today…but in reality, aren’t worth the paper they’re written on.
So as the “back of my head” began to get a little overcrowded, I began jotting them down into my notes.
And before I knew it, I had the makings of a KILLER report.
Now, I knew I had to get all this down as quickly as possible in order to get the word out to thousands of entrepreneurs who were still following the old paths.
And to be honest, there was no way to get it done around the office. Too many distractions.
So I got away from it all–and I mean GOT AWAY–jetting to the remote wilderness of the Canadian North.
I spent the next 3 weeks with no phone line, no internet, and nothing to lure me from my task at hand.
And when I finally returned to Delray Beach (tired, unshaven, and resembling Grizzly Adams), I was completely tapped out mentally–but BURSTING at the seams to show everyone what I had on my laptop.
Right now, I’m still putting the final tweaks and edits on this baby (first draft came in at 380 pages but the final report will be slimed down to the best parts…talk about your mother of all brain dumps).
And the best part is, you’ll be the first to see it.
That’s correct–when I unleash this report on the world, everyone on my lists will be the first in line to get their hands on a copy.
I’ll send out an email with a link to the download page.
So if you’re NOT on one of my lists (and why aren’t you?) and you want to be among the first to see what all the fuss is about, then go here NOW and sign up immediately.
Because what’s inside my newest free offering is unlike anything you’ve seen before. And it very well could mean the difference between success and failure for your business.
Don’t mean to scare you, but it’s true. In fact, some of these discoveries scared ME. Because I was buying into this baloney just like everyone else.
But I immediately put some processes in place to eliminate what was holding me back from doubling or even tripling my bottom line. And I began to move forward on the cusp of the most exciting trends to hit our marketplace since the web was born.
And it’s already paying off in a BIG way (more on that later).
So stay tuned…because pretty soon, things are going to get REALLY interesting around here.
Consider yourself warned. 😉
To Higher Profits,
P.S. As you’ll see in the video above, the report is only the tip of the iceberg…
In September, we’re going to change the way you do business online (and offline for that matter) with a system that’s going to blow everything else out of the water.
It’s true–everything you’ve learned so far, all the dusty old tactics and tired, beaten-to-death methods are history.
It’s a whole new world out there…one brimming with tremendous opportunity for unprecedented wealth, success, and freedom…and you’re going to be among the first to capitalize on it.
I can’t wait until you see what I’ve got for you. In the meantime, want to speculate?
Because you can in the comments below. Tell me what you think is inside this breakthrough new system, and I’ll give you the hot-warm-cold signs.
Jay Abraham has been my mentor for 10 years. That’s why I am giving you my Jay Abraham Mindmaps to download absolutely free. But I am getting way ahead of myself …
The most-asked question I hear these days is, “Hey Rich, when is Part 2 of the Attention Age Doctrine going to be ready?”
The answer is: Wednesday, November 28. You’ll be able to download your copy then. For those who want something “juicy” you can download right NOW — keep reading. I think I have just the thing. And it starts with this…
The SECOND most-asked question is: “Rich, how do you come up with so many ideas for all these reports, manifestos, blog posts, and so on?”