Brendon Burchard – The Millionaire Messenger (Inspiration for my book)


An individual I had met online in Les Brown’s Facebook group sent me this book.  I am now using the book as a resource and inspiration for writing my first book.

The book builds three central arguments:

  • Your life story, your knowledge, and your message – what you know from experienceand want to share with the world – have greater importance and market value than you probably ever dreamed.My message:  To help others succeed by becoming their best selvesWhat I know from experience:  Techniques and methods to uncover, or for some, resurrect, your true self
  • You are here to make a difference in this world, and the best way to do that is to use your knowledge and experience (on any topic, in any industry) to help others succeed.  My knowledge and experience:  I want to help others succeed by becoming their best selves because I discovered my best self.  Note: I will be using the words “best,” “true,”  and “authentic” self interchangeably throughout my book.What is your theory?  My theory is… that once an individual loses touch with his/her true self, the individual can, through a series of steps, reclaim their true selves and be on a greater path of self-understanding and awareness, a path I call wholeness.  My strongly-held belief:  That we all deserve to live fulfilled livesI want to share with the world (ie, Brendon calls this one’s”message”) my own self-discovery process of discovering my true self and how others can benefit.My narrative will encompass:
    • This is where I came from
    • This is what I went through
    • What I learned
    • Where I am now
      I rediscovered my true self.  My story will both move you.  I am a Survivor and blessed with enormous gifts and talents.My message is that we can all discover who we truly are if we open our hearts and minds to the gift of receiving spiritual insight.My book explores the question we all, at some point or another, ask ourselves, “Who am I?” It digs deep and calls upon the reader to look at his/her life and the experiences he/she has had that make him who he/she is.The book deals with peeling the layers of the onion and challenging and questioning beliefs that we grew up with and the very notion of who we are – who we believe ourselves to be.
      Are we running away from ourselves?  Are we who we really think we are?  …who we say we are?  Or are we subconsciously living out the exceptions of others without even realizing it?

      You will now take an honest look at yourself:

      I believe in transparency.  In recognizing who we are and honoring ourselves.  Many of us are not even aware we are subconsciously living out the lives of others.

      This is about truth-telling:


      Are you who and what you say you are?

      How willing are you to find out who’s “life” you have been living and achieve a level of success for yourself that you never could have imagined…

      For the first time discovering who you are, at the core.

      When the layers are peeled…

       

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May 5th, 2011. One month ago…


One month ago I wrote:

As I mentioned in the previous entry, I am desiring to find a way to work for the local vintage bicycle store, and so I have come up with an idea.  I am going to try my best to offer a proposal, ie:  What I have to offer, what I desire, my thoughts, observations, etc.  Here is what I have so far…. Of course this “proposal” is in the preliminary stages, but it’s a start

March 25th, 2011

Before I walked into the store, I recorded my thoughts onto a personal hand-held miniature recorder:

Preliminary thoughts:

“I would like to say, “What is your mission, and what would you like to see happen with this store?”

Also maybe, “Do you care to see it better?”

Thought:  “I am determined to get my foot in the door.”

Also, “What do you hope to see happen with the store?” ie, what changes, if any, have you thought about and are interested in making?”

Acknowledged that he may be happy with the way that things are set up.  Inner dialog:  “Do I need to work somewhere where change is welcome?” (I believe I benefit from being heard and having my ideas taken seriously).

I need to find out the mission; the over all aim, and what it comes down to is whether or not he wants to expand upon it.

Inner dialog:  I should call myself a “solutions specialist” because I can see what areas need improvement and am quick to spot inefficiency and uselessness.   I excel where change is needed.

I also need to be clear on my motives, what it is I am looking for, and what it is I have to offer.

Notes taken while at the shop:

QUALITY

Wanted:  Part-time (2-3 days a week) work w/the potential of full-time

I can walk into a room and instantly size-up a person or situation

-Want to have keys on me while I work

“Everyone can use a bicycle,” I thought to myself

Customer advice:  Cash only!

As good as your word (my observation of the place, and especially the owner’s behavior)

Intuitive, great sense of humor, thrifty, health focus (in terms of Curtis)

Been in business nearly 3 decades; 13 years at this location – history of 3 locations.

To do/interested in:
-Maintenance
-Organization
-Selling Note:  Organization  + Selling = Marketing!  (Interested in marketing approaches)

Improve/build website
-Create Q&A guide (physical and online) w/simple but practical buying information for customers

-Would like to create visual aids (part of marketing) Note:  The visual aids will provide an additional tool to help customers understand and learn the differences about bikes and help them better be able to choose/select a bike that is right for them, and it will seek to educate (inform) the public and potential shoppers on the options for choosing a bike and even enhancing the bike.  I can (have the ability/strength) to take something complex and turn it into something simple, easy-to-understand, and effective, increasing customer satisfaction and sales.

All of the employees are thrifty (observation)
“Humanitarian” feel-  owner, employees, customers

Observation:  Close to Whole Foods (Ideal location; practical, where I eat/buy groceries, meet good like-minded, similar valued people)

Friendly, knowledgeable staff
“Mechanically sound” – I like this, and I believe it (integrity is demonstrated 100% — this is rare, phenomenal)
Look up:  Gear usage

Look up/research in order to learn about and be able to sell:
-Seats
-Helmets
-Locks

-Type of handle bars
-Type of rims
-Pedals
-Grips for handle bars
-Type/color (options) of reflectors
-Tires – Research thoroughly

I would like to be able (Knowledge + Experience) to disassemble and re-assemble my entire bike AND all the bikes in the store

I like that the men are real and down-to-earth – they are knowledgeable, sincere, and passionate
My belief:  Bikes are beautiful and practical
I would absolutely love to go to bike swaps (I love travel, and I could also learn this way, as well as meet people)

I am eager to learn

I need to know the over all goal – the mission

Mission/Goal
Objective

So that I can work towards –
Contribute
to attaining it

Passion
Curiosity

Strength of Mine:  Pro’s/Con’s focus
Ability to identify Ability to quickly size up situations

My belief:  Everyone can benefit from a bicycle and trying one is the first step, which can then lead to owning one! (This is the belief that I will operate from, that will go on in the back of my mind, which will inevitably and involuntarily fuel sales)

Recorded thoughts after meeting with Curtis:

I don’t want to sound too eager; I want to fix up my bike, and then help others fix up theirs so that they’re happy.  I think I would really enjoy working with bikes; I’m going to do some research tonight to learn more.  I could really digg it working there.  I like that a bicycle is not just a “thing;” it’s practical – and not only is it practical, but it’s useful so it aligns with my values.

I want to say to him, “What do you want from me; I can deliver.”  If it’s quick turn around, I can do it.  “If it’s organization, I can do it. If it’s leadership/management, I can do it.”  I just want to be happy and love the work that I do.  If I have to put together a proposal or plan in order to get this job I will do it. I want to say “teach me everything there is to know about bicycles.”

I’m going to say to him, “Alright this is what I have for you and show him the notes and research.

“One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.”

I think I can learn a lot from Curtis.
He apparently can size people up; I wonder what he thinks about me.
If he provides the opportunity, I will give back.
If he tells me the goal, I will do my best to satisfy and fulfill the mission.
I can be his “go-to” person.
I will do what it takes to learn the trade inside out.
I can only learn work under certain people, and I am willing to work under him (that is rare; I have to trust that someone is knowledge and knows what they’re talking about)
I would rather make less money working for him more hours than working somewhere else less hours making more money.

Notes taken at home that evening:

Yes, I am doing my homework ;)

Mission/Goal
Objective

Customer Satisfaction
*Fulfillment

I was interested in doing some research on the bikes, and so when I arrived back home I eagerly googled:

  • Everything you need to know when working at a bicycle shop
  • Everything you need to know when working with bicycles
  • Everything you need to know when first learning about bicycles

Note:  As I researched articles I found it helpful to specify my search to “used” bicycles, and moreover, “vintage” bicycles (1930’s-1980’s).

The good thing is I don’t want someone to just take my bike to a shop and have someone“fix” my bike for me, but rather, I would like to be shown how to fix it on my own, which shows a high-level of commitment and passion to learning about, maintaining, and retailing bicycles.

The benefits of owning a bicycle are timeless…  They include:

Pro’s/Con’s:

(Further researching).  I demonstrate a commitment to learning about bicycles and preserving their beautiful nature and marketing them to individuals for their personal satisfaction and fulfillment.  I am interested in customer retention and know naturally how to increase sales and revenue, as I have worked for many retailers and been a top seller, knowledgeable, thorough, productive, and insightful.

SKILLS & STRENGTHS

  • Honest, passionate, creative, self-aware, self-motivated
  • Bright, intellectually curious, hardworking, persistent
  • Excellent leader, drive, organization, vision
  • Excellent communication—written and verbal

Email sent to Curtis May 4th, 2011:

Curtis,

I would like to take up the offer of organizing your store.  I see potential with the store and would like the opportunity to make it better.  I am interested in improvement and efficiency.  I am interested in learning of your vision and mission for the store and aligning things with your mission and vision.

I have been working as an organizational coach for nearly 2 years now and would like the opportunity to work as a consultant.  I have a natural affinity for it and believe I am talented and can offer you something that you and your employees, as well as customers would greatly benefit from.

I want to help make the store the best — that means better reviews, ie: 5-star and more money for the business.

I understand and recognize that you are on a tight budget and that you also like to save money.  I would be happy to work with you at the same rate as your other employees and come in as an outsider.  I would like to work at your store externally a few times a week.  I am happy to come off hours as well when it’s quite and there’s breathing room and space.  I am okay working when it’s busy as well.

I would like to be given the opportunity.

April 12th, 2011. Habits, structure, and scheduling :)


I am proud to say that I am eating healthier (all fresh and organic), and I am eating appropriately (3 times per day, 2 snacks, etc.) and cost-effectively.  Listed below is my current schedule and the foods/meal options I’m ascribing to right now.  The food choices and schedule will continue to be expanded upon and enriched.  For starters, however, I am proud of the switch.

Schedule:

WAKE UP-  8:45AM.
Breakfast- 9:45AM.
Work-  11AM- 2PM.
Lunch- 2PM w/fish oil (2) and B-Complex (2).
Afternoon Snack-  4-5PM
Work 2PM-7PM.
Dinner-  7-8PM w/multi-vitamins (2) & Vitamin C/D pack (1/2 pkg).
Computer time- 8-9PM
Night Snack-  9PM
Meditation (Read, journal, meditate)- 9-9:30PM
Movie/Chill Out-  9:30-10:30PM
Bed-  11PM

Meal Options:

Breakfast (9:30-10:30AM):

-Egg and cheese sandwich on whole-wheat bun w/almond milk (1 glass).  I eat organic, cage-free eggs with white 2% cheese and an Arnold’s multi-grain flat-bun.

Lunch (1-2PM): (2) fish oils and (2) B-Complex’s!

-Pasta/spaghetti w/cheese & broccoli/lima beans.

Afternoon Snack (4-5PM):

-Kefir
-Raw granola nut-bar (1/2)
-Greens protein bar
-Leather fruit bar
-Banana
-Freshly squeezed juice & vegetable smoothie — all organic, mango w/pear, apple, grapefruit, spinach, & carrot.

Dinner(7-8PM): (2) Multi-vitamins & Vitamin C/D (1/2 pkg).

-Whole-wheat thin spaghetti w broccoli, tomato sauce, topped over melted cheese.
-Veggie Burger (buns) w/lettuce, cheese, & ketchup.

Night Snack (9PM): *Note:  Need a lot of Vitamin C.

-Freshly squeezed juice & vegetable smoothie — all organic, mango w/pear, apple, grapefruit, spinach, & carrot.
-Yogurt.

April 2nd, 2011. Manifest your reality!


Manifest your dreams!  I know for certain that it is entirely possible to manifest your dreams into a reality, I can feel it.  I am well on my way to achieving my dreams, like the “world is yours” tarot card.  I am currently working to manifest the reality I desire.

My dream is to live simply but largely in that the community be a part of my larger vision.

March 17th, 2011. The vision for myself and my family, just the beginning….


“I gotta get this ball rolling,” I tell myself.  Life.  Future.  Family.  Life for self and family.  Educational opportunities.  Travel.  Culture.  Experience(s).  “There is a ‘life’ out there waiting for me,” I tell myself.  “I will not let my sickness tear me down,” I tell myself.

“WE can do this — myself and my higher power.”  God will help me.

This vision will become a success for me if I listen carefully (to guidance) and know when to surrender my ego (willpower).

Family, success, travel, education, opportunity.  What I want for my family I need to be able to provide for myself.  My community means a lot to me.  My dreams, once fulfilled, will include the community at large.

Money flows.  I do not need or want a lot, and I would like for it to always be moving.  Energetically, flowing — in and out.  I am interested in using it to create resources for others (and my family).

Build a plan.  Will be myself (and family) a house.  I am honored to be a part of other’s lives.  Life itself is a precious gift.  This is the way I look at life.  I love with all of my heart.  When I trust, it’s solid.  Trust is huge — very important to me.

I work best self-employed.  Cash flow, energy.  Travel — opportunities.  Growth.  Challenge.  Advancement, Career.

To take care of my family, to sacrifice.  I want to die self-sacrificially — my family knowing I was happy, did my best, and died doing what I loved.  She may not see it, but she soon will; she will always hold a special place in my heart.

Work, work, work, build, build, build… a tower.  A fortress.  Work/family/balance.  Instill.  Live.  Donate.  Change.  Move energy.  “I am strong enough,” says the self-dialog.  Based upon truth.  I was always honest with her.

Self-rescue mission.  Mission NOT impossible.  Mission is to live out plan.  Vision.  To carry out vision.  To envision and carry out, step-by-step approach.  To pursue, life-long jevity.  I will be making a list of those I owe and including it in my “plan” to pay each and every one of them off.

I am interested in living a successful and abundant life, free where I can travel and create opportunity, to inspire, give hope and inspiration.  To see.  What others do not.  My card, “17 The Star,” I am made, chosen to create.  I have been chosen.  I will give, selflessly of myself and my time, balancing resources and energy.

Family + Community mean the most to me.  To thrive.  To instill.  To provide life — life is precious.  Opportunities are like a squeezed lemon; do not waste them!  Seize every opportunity in life that is beneficial and in line-accordance with your beliefs and vision for yourself and your future.

“Make it your day –”  It’s your life, create it!