“The more you learn, the more you earn” — Investing in Personal Development

“The best investment you can make is in yourself. The more you learn, the more you earn”
-Warren Buffett

I was first drawn to the idea of entrepreneurship around the age of 40, when I began to crave a life of greater success and significance. Perhaps it was an early mid-life crisis or maybe just an awakening to the constraints that a life as an employee placed on my time and future financial freedom.

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I’d encountered the YouTube videos and Facebook adverts promising secrets to generating the freedom and wealth as part of the laptop-lifestyle; I was intrigued but also sceptical. I’d read a few of the seminal personal development books early in my adult life (Rich Dad, Poor Dad and Think and Grow Rich among others), but had largely ignored the wisdom contained within them; the price of this inertia had been proven in the 20 or so years since.

The time seemed right then, to give some serious thought on how to change things up.

I was already convinced of the merits of property as a potential route to the illusive prize of passive income, but had never managed to own more than a share of my own home, so this seemed an unlikely option. With a growing sense of curiosity and impatience I decided to see what other opportunities were open to me. It was around this time that I encountered the organisation Unlimited Success.

I knew of friends and family members who’d attended training courses with Unlimited Success and its associated company, Progressive Property. I’d read the book Life Leverage written by its enigmatic leader, Rob Moore, and was keen to explore what other possibilities lay open to me for establishing a business that may one day give rise to the time and financial freedom that I so craved.

Information Overload

One of the biggest challenges when you enter the murky world of entrepreneurship and personal development (two closely related branches of the same tree) is in knowing where to start. As you read books, consume free podcasts, videos, eBooks, webinars and online training offered by the well-known gurus and the lesser-known pretenders, the number of directions that you could take your learning is mind-blowing. The possibilities and systems are numerous, to the point of overwhelming. The biggest challenge can be in trying to determine who to listen to and which of the often-contradictory advice to implement.

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For many, there’s a reluctance to sink money into the courses offered by the many organisations and the one-man-bands that profess to offer the systems and the strategies that can make your dreams into a reality. Fear of buying into the hype of the snake-oil salesmen and charlatans is crippling.

Although much value and insight as is offered for free, there’s a very strong case for investing in quality training sooner or later if you’re serious in your quest.

This is where organisations like Unlimited Success come in.

“Free advice is worth the price”
-Robert Half

I’ve spent a great deal of time, and a not-insignificant amount of money (to me) with Unlimited Success in exploring various business models and building my entrepreneurial skillset. I’ve spent even more time and money following up the learning and applying it in my life (more on this in a minute). My hope is that eventually these ventures will pay-off such that I may be able to scale back how much time I devote to the day-job.

Most of the in-person training is completed in Unlimited Success’ classrooms, under the watchful tutelage of trainers who are living, breathing advertisements for the successes and the systems that they advocate. Most who end up on the in-person training have already passed through an established ‘funnel’ of other mini-courses and free overviews.

This typically starts with a free webinar that will offer an overview to the subject matter and a few valuable and highly implementable strategies. Some sceptics will bemoan these events as merely part of the sales process; most webinars culminate in the sale of heavily discounted tickets to a half-day ‘discovery’ session.

I have always managed to derive at least one or two valuable and practical ideas from every webinar that I’ve attended and see little place for the cynicism. It’s logical that any system or scheme that would offer the prospect of freedom from the 9 to 5 isn’t going to be offered for free, and I wouldn’t go onto a free training expecting every detail to be revealed within the 90 minutes. The sale at the end of the webinar is inevitable and certainly no barrier to getting value from the webinar, even if you take it no further.

The discovery days go into greater detail and expose you to more of the content giving a practical appreciation of what’s involved. Proceeding beyond this stage generally involves investment in a 2 or 3-day training course or ‘master-class’ where the nuts and bolts of the systems, processes, tools and strategies are taught by trainers who apply them in their own businesses. For those who want further ongoing support and the accountability of a mastermind group, there’s usually a final opportunity to invest in the membership of such a collective for those who’ve completed the training and gone on to apply it in their own business.

This whistle-stop tour outlines the learning journey through which those who invest in themselves are rewarded with high quality, high impact learning. There’s also a wider support network that comes as part of the process of engaging with the community for free. There’s extensive support and encouragement provided within the private Facebook groups, regular Facebook-live broadcasts by founders and trainers, live Q&A sessions and the mutual support and reassurance from being part of a group of like-minded individuals each looking to achieve similar successes. Most are equally committed to helping their peers to do the same.

Taken as a whole, and even if you don’t wish to (or are unable to) invest in paid-training, there’s still an enormous amount of value that can be accessed if you just listen, absorb and apply the knowledge that’s offered for free.

I’ve attended numerous training courses with Unlimited Success since joining the community. It started with a weekend personal development event hosted by them in early 2017. Since then I’ve learned how to leverage social media as I build and expand my coaching business (helping those who are going through divorce to lead a happier and more fulfilled life). I’ve employed tactics and strategies endorsed by them as I’ve written and self-published a few books on the same subject. I’ve recently started my own podcast, employing the wisdom and guidance of Rob Moore, host of one of the most-downloaded business podcasts in the UK, ‘The Disruptive Entrepreneur’. I’ve also attended a one-day taster for training as a public speaker and I hope at some stage to complete their full speaker boot-camp when time and funds allow. My wife (and business partner) has trained under Unlimited Success to master online selling via Amazon. Sourcing and selling her first product last year went less-than smoothly and actually resulted in a financial-loss, but it taught us a number of valuable lessons and our belief in the business model remains stronger than ever.

In purusit of financial (and time) freedom (Credit: David McBee)

Unlimited Success and their affiliates also offer education in all aspects of property investing, stock-market and forex trading, running webinars and building coaching businesses and more recently launched an offering for those seeking to enter into the mystifying world of Cryptocurrency.

Education is not everything though, which leads us to a health warning.

“To know and not to do, is not to know”
-Rob Moore

Education, Decision, Action

The critical success factor in getting value from the training is simple, but doesn’t always seem obvious to many who attend:

You have to actually apply the learning, do the work and persist through the challenges and adversities that all businesses face if you are to see results from your efforts.

The systems and strategies that Unlimited Success and their network advocate, are proven and effective. As big a part of the results that will follow though is in the application of the training, in doing the work that is required, showing the resilience, persistence and at times, bloody-minded determination to apply the learning and to ride out the challenges.

I suspect that many feel that funding and attending the training is the largest part of the battle. In my experience the real challenge is in actually applying the learning and then coping with the rollercoaster of emotions that’s baked-into the entrepreneurial lifestyle.

I’m not affiliated with Unlimited Success, and I’m sure there are many other organisations that offer similar services to the wannabe entrepreneur. I’m extremely happy with the value I’ve received from them and I’ll continue to work with Unlimited Success for the foreseeable future since I recognise that a massive part of reaching my goals is in committing to them, taking the necessary, massive action to bring them about and doing so consistently and with focus. A big part of that is in investing in my own growth and education.

Success requires agility, flexibility and the ability to adapt our approach and tactics based on what’s working and what isn’t. Success isn’t achieved by trying to apply the wisdom and guidance of every guru under the sun, or by dabbling with each and every system and business model, or worse, training in every model but never actually applying any of them.

I’m confident that with the learning I’ve received, the further education that I’ll continue to invest in, and most of all as a result of my resilience, hard work and determination to succeed, that I’ll eventually reap the fruits of my labours.

Toby

Toby Hazlewood is an author, parent, husband, project manager, entrepreneur and in his spare time, cycling enthusiast.

As founder of the Kintsugi-Life movement, he advocates treating times of hardship, challenge and adversity as an opportunity not just to survive or recover, but as a prompt to grow and strengthen, equipping ourselves to live a better, more fulfilled and successful life.

You can learn more about Kintsugi Life and receive a free video overview describing the Kintsugi Life concept, here

You can access tools, products, services and insight via Facebook.com/kintsugilifestyle, Facebook.com/divorcedlifestyledesigner or kintsugilife.co


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