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Things I learned from a Billionaire that made me Rich

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Things I learned from a Billionaire that made me rich (Part 1)
By Douglas Vermeeren

Over the last decade I have had the opportunity to spend time with several millionaires and billionaires. As I made the movies The Opus, The Gratitude Experiment, The Treasure Map or doing research for some of my books I have had the opportunity to extensively grill these financial superstars about how they got to their financial independence. I have learned a lot. In fact, as I have applied many of the lessons that they have shared I have been able to create abundance and financial freedom in my own life.

Several of these lessons have made it into the projects as described above but of course how can you possibly share everything in one project? It’s impossible. Probably the most comprehensive outline of what I have learned so far was published in my book with Jay Conrad Levinson, Guerrilla Millionaire – Unlock the secrets of the self-made millionaire or in my Dummies book – Self-Made Millionaires for Dummies. However even those books are incomplete as there are many things which I learned and continue to learn from these mentors that shape my financial life regularly.

I guess that would be the one thing that we could talk about in this article: The importance of continual learning.

What you learn will always determine what you earn. The bottom line is that if you don’t understand principles about how to use and grow your money you can’t use that principle. I remember sitting once with Frank Maguire, who was one of the co-founders of FEDEX, in a shopping mall having an Orange Julius. As we sat there having a conversation he asked me an interesting question. His question: “What is the most expensive thing in the world?”

HIs answer, “Ignorance. Ignorance is the most expensive thing in the world. Because it costs you money, keeps you from making money and costs you time which is the most expensive thing because once its gone you can never get it back.”

If there is one thing that I have observed more than any other attribute among the wealthy is that it their desire to understand and learn everything they can about the issues they are involved in.

I once sat in Bill Farley’s living room and observed this situation first hand. For those who don’t know Bill he was the former CEO of Fruit of the Loom and at one time an owner of several other companies and brands that most people would know. Brands like Anaheim Citrus, Acme Boot Co., and at one time was a partial owner of the Chicago White Sox baseball team. So we were spending some time in his living room when his assistant along with a few team members came in to discuss a few pressing business issues.

They asked him a few questions which most people would have simply answered and moved on. But that’s not what he did. He took a moment and talked with the group gathering their thoughts, expertise and opinions. Now armed with all the facts and possible solutions which they had brought forward he rendered a decision.

That day I understood that the best way to create wealth in a company was to be sure to use your assets which included the brains of those around you.

In my personal business dealings with him I found that he always operated in a similar way. He would always have other experts involved in gaining answers to areas where his experience was limited. Every effort was focused on gathering insights before an action or decision was taken. But having said this I want it also to be clear that in no way did he, or anyone else I observed doing this, ever take a long time to make a decision. They never became victims of analysis paralysis or over analytical processes. They quickly gathered what they needed to know and then pulled the trigger and got it done.

Surrounding yourself with the right people is a powerful way to learn. Naturally this can be done by attending classes, seminars, networking events, charity events, fund raisers and gala events where you have access to new mentors or coaches. These kinds of activities or events are also brilliant locations to meet people who are interested in creating the same financial situations that you crave.

It may be tempting to say that you a re broke and that you can’t afford a ticket to attend such events. However, I have found if you only stick to the least expensive events you will only be connecting with others who are broke. In order to make friends and form relationships with those who you can learn from, you have to go where they go. And a $10 breakfast meeting generally won’t do it.

Not too long ago I had lunch with Bill Bartmann. You may know Bill, he was featured on the cover of Forbes magazine in 1997 as one of the 400 richest men in North America. At the time Forbes estimated his wealth to be between 2.4 and 3.5 billion dollars. As we sat down he simply ordered a burger, fries and a coke. One of the best lessons that he shared with me over our lunch was to always invest a portion of my income back into developing myself and learning as much as I could about my industry and business.

Money comes to those who understand it and value it most. Innovators become wealthy. But you can only improve on what you already understand. It’s like learning how to play basketball. You can’t do a trick shot until you’ve learned to dribble. Basics come first. And one of the reasons so many people are broke is that they haven’t even gotten a grasp of the basics.

So get learning! Learn everywhere you can and from everyone you can! Put a plan in place to start dedication a portion of your income to growing yourself and your bank account. The more you learn the more you will truly be able to learn!
About Douglas Vermeeren
Is there a pattern that rich people understand?

Are there clues that they leave behind that anyone can apply to become financially free?

Douglas Vermeeren thinks so. Over the last decade he has conducted research into wealth creation, financial freedom and the lives of top achievers in this area. He believes that there are a handful of hidden keys and concepts that are keeping people everywhere from creating untold wealth and abundance in their lives. Without these missing elements, no matter how hard they work, or how valuable their business ideas are or even how much they save for the future MOST PEOPLE WILL NEVER BE RICH!

Douglas Vermeeren is the author of Self-made Millionaires for Dummies, Guerrilla Millionaire, Millionaire Wisdom and The Millionaire Frequency. He is regularly featured on CNN, FOX, FOX BUSINESS, ABC, NBC, CTV, CBC and Create Wealth Today. He is the movie maker behind The Opus, The Gratitude Experiment and the new film on Wealth Creation, The Treasure Map. http://www.MillionaireTrainingSystems.com

Douglas Vermeeren, Millionaire Mentor coming to Winnipeg – Nov 22, 2012

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Millionaire Mentor Program coming to Las Vegas

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Millionaire Mentor in Las Vegas

Millionaire Mentor in Las Vegas

Monthly Millionaire Mentor Program coming to Las Vegas for One day special event!

Do you want to learn what it takes to become a millionaire? Do you want to learn techniques to accelerate your wealth growth in todays economy? Do you want to discover tools that anyone can apply to create a fortune? If you answered yes to any of these questions you need to be in Las Vegas on April 30th, 2011.

This one day event will feature several powerful and impressive speakers including:

Sally St.John, Louis Lautman, Aimmee Kodachian

…and Douglas Vermeeren.

Monthly Millionaire Mentor

Monthly Millionaire Mentor

Mr. Vermeeren is the CEO of the Monthly Millionaire Mentor program.

After conducting extensive research into the lives of more than 400 of the world’s top achievers, much in the style of Napoleon Hill, he made $1,000,000 in 180 days starting with just $1. Since that time he has been teaching others superior and little known ways for growing their wealth securely and consistently in his coaching and mentoring programs.

Vermeeren is the creator of the film The Opus (Featuring Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Joe Vitale, John DeMartini, Marci Shimoff, Bob Doyle, Morris Goodman, Bill Bartmann and others.) Vermeeren is the author of several books including the latest ‘Guerrilla’ book with Jay Conrad Levinson, ‘Guerrilla Achiever’ and ‘The Millionaire Myth.’ (With foreword by Bob Doyle from The Secret.) Vermeeren has been highly successful helping many to take giant steps towards their financial freedom.

Why is a mentor important? And what would you look for in a mentor? 

Let’s say that your objective wasn’t just to learn about growing wealth. Let’s say it was something a little more dangerous. For example consider the following question:

If you had to walk through a field of explosive land mines which option would you choose?

a) To attempt to go through alone.

b) To go with some one who also had never been through.

c) Go with a person who knew the safe way through.

d) Read a book about it and give it your best shot.

Naturally, the correct answer is C) Go with a person who knew the safe way through. Unfortunately too often people try to go through life and create a life of wealth focused on one of the other three options. Their results are  generally unproductive.

To get to the best results in the quickest time possible you need a mentor who can help you recognize the dangers, time-wasters and pitfalls that will take you off course or even keep you from completing your goals.

The Monthly Millionaire Mentor program is such a program. It is the first program of its kind that involves an ongoing relationship with your mentor and not just a one-time seminar. It is also the first program to take the participants through the process of the education all the way through to implementation. What that means is that you no longer have to wonder what to do next when you hit the inevitable challenges that will appear on your path. Growing your wealth exponentially is not a get rich quick or easy venture. If you want to do it correctly there will be many thins to learn ahead. This program ensures that you get it!

The Millionaire Mentor on the Las Vegas Strip

The Millionaire Mentor on the Las Vegas Strip

The Monthly Millionaire Mentor Program in LAS VEGAS!!!!

For one day only in Las Vegas, Douglas Vermeeren will be presenting more about The Monthly Millionaire Mentor program to attendees of the Powerful Possibilities Event on April 30th. (www.ThePowerfulPossibilitiesEvent.com) At this event he will be sharing the 7 Reasons why you are not rich and what you can do about it.  Tickets to attend are $197 for the entire day which includes: Sally St. John, Louis Lautman and Aimme Kodachian.  A limited number of free tickets will be given away through the Monthly Millionaire Mentor program. If you are interested in qualifying for a free ticket for a free ticket please contact Rachel@douglasvermeeren.com and she will send you details of what you can do to get one of these tickets.

Attendees will also be entered into a draw for several door prizes including a one-on-one wealth building session with Douglas Vermeeren.

One significant key to Success…

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One significant key to Success…
By Douglas Vermeeren

As I have had the opportunity to study more than 400 of the world’s top achievers I have found a single interesting key to creating greater productivity and success in all areas of life. This key can be readily seen in behavior, but it really begins in our thoughts. In fact, as I have studied neuroscience and how the brain works it begins at a level even more precise than thinking. It begins with how thinking is made.

It begins with our neurotransmitters.

Thoughts move through our brain over a pathway that begins with a neuron, then crosses a bridge called a synapse and is received ultimately by a receptor called a dendrite. Neurotransmitters are the agents (either chemical or electrical) which send signals over the synaptic bridge between neurons and dendrites. This is the exact place where the critical thing happens. The information in the thought either makes the jump over the synaptic bridge and continues on or it does not.

To be simplistic there are really only two kinds of neurotransmitters. Those that activate or allow the impulse to go forward and those that inhibit the continuation of the impulse message and prevent it from going forward.

So when it comes to creating success which one is more important? The neurotransmitters that activate or the ones that inhibit? While they both are important I would argue that there is one that may play a more significant role in creating success. Which one do you think it is?

Most people would say instinctively that it is the neurotransmitter that activates that connections leads us to greater success. After all, we hear and read so many messages from modern gurus that say we need to be proactive and those that are out there “doing more are getting more done.” But is this true?

No.

In fact, success on the inside at a molecular level all the way to success at an outside level is a matter of inhibitors.

Think about it. Everyday and in every way there is an overwhelming amount of information coming in at us from all six of our senses. (That’s right six, balance is one of our senses too.)1. In fact, too much information is coming in that we can possibly process. If our brain had to analyze and sort every bit of information it reacted with it would be paralyzed by processing. That is why our inhibitors are so important. They sort everything into either important or non-important. The most important things it lets become activated the non-important it eliminates.

We see the same effect in the world outside our brains. Successful people do not try to participate in everything. They understand that they can only succeed if they eliminate or inhibit things that are not important. They understand that success means a clear focus on the most valuable opportunities. 2. Less successful people on the other hand let every small distraction and meaningless opportunity steal their attention from the most valuable things. When the valuable things come last your cannot every create that which is most meaningful.

The one significant key to success that we alluded to at the beginning is simple. It is to learn how to inhibit those things that are unnecessary or unimportant. That is called productivity.

Often times people erroneously consider that the definition of productivity is simply to get things done. And they argue that productivity is increased when you get more done. While that is partially true, the real definition of productivity is better stated as minimizing input while increasing output.

The definition of productivity must include the decreasing of input, which demonstrates that you have learned how to create a better and more effective level of input.

The key to become a success in anything in life is not to do more. It is to do less, but to ensure that which we do is done more effectively. (That is something we teach in our Primed for Power event.)

The one key to significant success

There is one key to significant success

When we can learn to inhibit more of the distractions that are keeping us from the important things in our life we will find that our levels of success will increase.

Douglas Vermeeren is the director of the SUCCEED Research Center which is dedicated to sharing research on the systems that top achievers use to create lasting success. Over the last decade Vermeeren has interviewed more than 400 of the world’s top achievers, including business leaders, celebrities and professional or Olympic athletes. Douglas Vermeeren is the author of Guerrilla Achiever (With Jay Levinson) and the creator of The Opus (with Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Dr. Joe Vitale, Dr. John Demartini, Dr. Sue Morter, Marci Shimoff, Bill Bartmann, Bob Doyle and Morris Goodman.) Currently Doug is completing another film entitled, How Thoughts Become Things. This film will explore the process of how our thoughts become manifest in our lives as reality. For more on this film go to: www.HowThoughtsBecomeThings.com For more on Douglas Vermeeren go to: www.SucceedResearch.com Douglas Vermeeren can be reached for speaking engagements and training at 1.877.393.9496.

1. The Brain that changes itself., Norman Doidge, M.D. p.3
2. Guerrilla Achiever, Douglas Vermeeren & Jay Conrad Levinson P.188

How Thoughts Become Things to appear NSA convention

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How Thoughts Become Things. A brand new movie that explores the connections between what we think and what we receive in our lives. Learn the connections between the Law of Attraction and the discoveries of modern Neuroscience.
It’s not just that thoughts become things. The important part is How and what you become in the process.
This new Law of Attraction / Neuroscience film will be exhibiting at the NSA (National Speakers Association) nation convention in Orlando Florida, from July 17 – July 20, 2010. (For more information on this event go to: http://www.NSA convention.org )
At this event speakers, coaches and trainers from around the world gather to explore what is new and exciting in the personal development world.  At the event this year the movie “How Thoughts Become Things” will be present as one of the featured exhibitors for up and coming attractions and events that are sure to be of great interest in 2011. Since the announcement of this exciting film it has been attracting interest from around the globe. Not since the 2006 release of The Secret has there been a film that has dared explore the connection between thought, the Law of Attraction and Neuroscience in such a comprehensive and applicable way.
“This will be a movie quite different than our previous film, ” Stated Douglas Vermeeren, who was the producer of the film The Opus. The Opus featured Secret Alumni; Jack Canfield, Joe Vitale, John Demartini, Marci Shimoff, Bob Doyle and Morris Goodman. Also featured in the film were other personal development luminaries like Mark Victor Hansen, Bill Bartmann, LuAn Mitchell, Ed Rush, Joe Rubino, Peggy O’neill and Vermeeren himself. The Opus explored how to turn your vision of your ideal life into a workable plan and then bring it into performance in your life. The Opus is currently available on DVD and as a book through Random House publishers.
“One of my goals in the film is provide practical strategies for overcoming and controlling negative thoughts.” Vermeeren continued, “If we can learn how to direct our thoughts and give them leadership we can begin to take control of outcomes. Thoughts that are left  without leadership generally have a hard time producing lasting and powerful results.”
Vermeeren also stated that his films are built to provide practical information and inspiration. He wants people to understand that Neuroscience plays a massive role in how our thoughts are shaped, formed and turned into behaviors.
More on the film, including the official trailers can be seen on the official website http://www.HowThoughtsBecomeThings.com  There is also a group that can be joined on FaceBook where Vermeeren and his team have been posting regular updates.

How Thoughts Become Things. A brand new movie that explores the connections between what we think and what we receive in our lives. Learn the connections between the Law of Attraction and the discoveries of modern Neuroscience.
It’s not just that thoughts become things. The important part is How and what you become in the process.

How Thoughts Become things

How thoughts become things at NSA

At this event speakers, coaches and trainers from around the world gather to explore what is new and exciting in the personal development world.  At the event this year the movie “How Thoughts Become Things” will be present as one of the featured exhibitors for up and coming attractions and events that are sure to be of great interest in 2011. Since the announcement of this exciting film it has been attracting interest from around the globe. Not since the 2006 release of The Secret has there been a film that has dared explore the connection between thought, the Law of Attraction and Neuroscience in such a comprehensive and applicable way.

More on the film, including the official trailers can be seen on the official website http://www.HowThoughtsBecomeThings.com  There is also a group that can be joined on FaceBook where Vermeeren and his team have been posting regular updates.