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I recently spent three days at a seminar in Cleveland Ohio. I think Cleveland might be America’s equivalent of Stoke on Trent. Even the pigeons fly upside down because it’s not worth crapping on…
But the fact I was there at all is testament to two things. My desire for life long learning so that I can keep getting better at what I do. And the unique positioning of my American business mentor, Dan Kennedy, who is so highly regarded by his clients that they’ll schlepp from the UK, Australia, Russia and Eastern Europe to be there.
You had to give details of your net worth before the event, and of the two hundred people in the room the average was two to five million dollars. That in itself is instructive. Every one of these people is already enormously successful by any standards. Yet here they are, going to quite a bit of expense and inconvenience to learn how to run an even better business. I think it explains how they got to where they are in the first place.
Dan is a great example of someone who’s designed the life he wants and fits his business around it. He does most of his work, including client consulting sessions, in the basement office under his home. His daily rate is eighteen thousand six hundred dollars, and there are more people queuing to book them than there are days available.
The reason he wants to work from home is that his hobby is racing those funny horse and buggy things so popular in America. Having only started in his forties, he’s now a front running competitor among professionals who’ve been at it for years. And he’s sixty years old. He turned up at one event a few years ago limping in agony after a high speed crash. He ignored doctor’s orders so he could meet his commitment to eight hundred delegates at the event. There’s now a chapter of his business development group that meets once a month in London, so let me know if you want to join me there and I’ll send you the details.
The only other speaker was Mark Victor Hansen, author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. The book has now sold over five hundred million copies, making him the best selling non fiction author of all time. In fact the only books to outsell him are the bible and Harry Potter! He explained how many publishers rejected the book, and how he travelled the country meeting the top hundred best selling authors to pick their brains on how they did it. Having sold the business for many millions, he now invests in alternative energy companies and in weight loss products. From the number of walking wide loads I saw on the streets of Cleveland, that’s a great business to be in.
About the only light relief during the intensive event was a visit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a kind of louvre on the lakefront with its glass pyramid shape and arty farty décor. But what an amazing collection of memorabilia. There’s the obvious stuff like Janis Joplin’s psychedelic Porsche or Elvis’s motor bike. But for me the most fascinating were the some of the smallest scraps of history. The contract for a Merseyside gig where both acts, Gerry and the Pacemakers and the Beatles, were paid ten quid for their night’s work.
The tiny scrap of paper on which Brian Wilson wrote the lyrics for God Only Knows. David Bowie’s suit from his Thin White Duke period. Ah, the memories. In true Disney fashion you exit through the shop, where I only just stopped Daphne buying a full size statue of Freddie Mercury by asking how it would fit in her hand luggage.
But , all in all, my advice is if anyone tells you to put Cleveland Ohio on your list of places to see before you die, be very careful out there!