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Mindset creates movement – Douglas Vermeeren

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Our mindset is a critical factor in creating our successes. Through our mindset we consciously and subconsciously decide what we feel we are capable of, how easily we can progress and even what we are afraid of. If we don’t believe in our minds that we can we never will. In fact, if we our mindset is unsupportive we most likely won’t even try.

Mindset can also be compared to setting a thermostat. With a thermostat the temperature setting is determined and fixed. With mindset we make a resolution and commitment to a specific set of values and we act accordingly.

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You’ve heard that if you believe then you can achieve it. This is true. But even more powerful that is that if you are committed you WILL do it. Level up your mindset, get determined and your will see better results begin to flow to you. It’s not enough to simply believe – YOU MUST GET COMMITTED and that starts with mindset.

The Importance of reading Great Books!

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The importance of reading great books!
By Douglas Vermeeren

Often people ask me what’s the one single thing that they could do to elevate their mindset, inject new and effective ideas into their business and increase their ability to get to their most important goals. The answer is really simple read more great books.

As I interviewed and conducted research into more than 400 of the worlds top achievers one of the biggest common attributes among them was that they were avid readers of great books. They recognized the importance of learning and made every effort to do so. I want to clarify that it wasn’t just a matter of reading anything – they specifically chose good books that would lift them higher. As every moment of your day is precious you must also chose your reading the same way.

I need to clarify I am not against reading for entertainment. There are some amazing and brilliant stories. But the kind of reading I am talking about is what I saw first hand develop people into leaders. The sections at the bookstore that they frequent most are business, self-help, economics and biography. I have tried to do the same. What you fill your mind with most determines what you will think about most. What you think about most determines what you feel about and decide to take action on. When you fill your mind with powerful strategies you are no longer acting haphazardly to create results. You actually have strategies that work and will get you what you are looking for.

The bottom line is that if you don’t know how to do a thing you can learn it from books.

A second highly valuable side effect of reading books from the best minds available is that in a sense they become your teachers, mentors and even peers. You may heard it said that you become like those you spend time with. Each page you spend in a book with an expert gives you a deeper relationship with them. Their thoughts become synergized with yours and new results are created altogether.

In conducting my interviews with the worlds top achievers I tried to read books these individuals had written before I met them. This also gave me great insight into what I need to learn from them when we had a chance to spend face to face time in real life. Many of the success strategies they had written about in their books I was able to learn even deeper when I saw how they implemented the strategy in real life.

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Books also have a power and magic that videos and audios can’t capture. The learning style of reading is altogether different than just watching a video or learning. Watching and learning have great merit as well. But in a book a reader can progress at their own pace, take notes, annotate and allow the physical written word to imprint in their mind. Studies have demonstrated that the power of recall is often more powerful with information that is read versus information that is watched or heard.

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Reading also allows you to pick up the pace when learning. You can progress at whatever speed you choose and you can even jump to things that you want to learn immediately. When I first started in personal development I tried to get my hands on and red everything I could get my hands on. In the short space of three months I once read just over 100 books. That was a little over one a day. I started early in the day and read through the day every chance I got and then read into the night. It was a push to do it and I certainly don’t run at that pace now. In fact, instead of trying to get through books quickly I have actually tried the reverse. I go slow and aim not for page count but for pay understanding. Recently I even decided to read a book three times in a row before putting it back on the book shelf. Speed isn’t the goal. Comprehension and implementation is.

As I mentioned reading great books was a common attribute of all the top achievers I encountered and that fact alone should convince you to get reading more. What you learn determines what you can earn. And great books are the best place to start.
DV Photo 1Douglas Vermeeren – Are you ready to level up? You’ve come to the right place. Douglas Vermeeren is considered one of the top leaders in personal development and achievement psychology. He is considered by many to be the modern day Napoleon Hill for his extensive research into the lives and psychology of more than 400 of the world’s top achievers. Douglas Vermeeren is the creator of The Personal Power Mastery program which helps you unlock your most powerful self and created positive changes in your life.

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Millionaire Training Systems – Douglas Vermeeren quote 1-1

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Use your time wisely. It is your greatest asset and cannot be replaced once spent. Use of time is a key factor that separates the wealthy from the broke. – Douglas Vermeeren from Millionaire Wisdom

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November 30, 2013 at 12:28 am

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Money – Why you need to prepare now more than ever before!

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Why you need to prepare now more than ever before!

By Douglas Vermeeren CEO of The Millionaire Training Systems & Maximum Results

Are you financially prepared?

Are you financially prepared?

Every morning I start my day by checking the news to see what’s going on in the world.  As a general rule the news is pretty negative and often times even exaggerates that negativity just to get our attention. This morning I found a story that was very interesting to me, not just because of the shock value of the content, but because the content was terribly true.

I have actually seen the subject matter manifest itself many times before me when working with those who come to my training programs. I’m glad they come because they can get help but many of them are arriving too late.  The name of the article was ‘Why Millennials may never retire.” Are you going to be ready to retire? Nicole Goodkind of the Daily Ticker/Yahoo Finance doesn’t think so and for the most part I agree.

According to her research those born between 1980 and 2000 may never be able to experience retirement. She states that, “The generation that came of age in the tech boom of 1990s but graduated from college into one of the worst recessions our nation has ever seen is left behind financially.” It is true that they are behind. Youth that are emerging into the working markets now are finding it very difficult to find jobs that pay high enough to meet their financial requirements. The median debt for students upon graduation is $23,000 and it is estimated that more than 7 million college grads are on a path to default on those loans.

Goodkind also cited a recent study by Nerd Wallet that estimates these same college graduates will not be able to retire until age 73. That’s 12 years later than the current national average age of 61.

These shifts in our economy do not only effect the millennials. I have seen first hand through those I have met that many over 40 are also struggling to prepare for retirement. They have no savings, no investments no retirement strategy. They too may be on track to work well into their mid-70’s, if they can retire at all.

Will you be included in this group? What can you do to avoid falling into the trap of being unprepared?  Here are a few suggestions that will help you begin to get prepared so that you can leave the herd that will very soon find themselves unprepared.

1)Start thinking about it

Too many people think that things will just sort themselves out. They don’t feel that they need to think about money, retirement or even get prepared. It’s like the fairytale story of the grasshopper and the ant. For those who are not familiar with the story the skinny goes like this: The grasshopper plays all summer while the ant is working hard to stockpile food and supplies to prepare for the winter. The winter comes and the ant is prepared and the grasshopper is not. Too often people live their life like the grasshopper. They know that they have to prepare for the future but they keep putting it off thinking they will have time to catch up later. Summer draws to a close and the winter creeps up and they are not prepared.  You can’t escape the future by pretending it doesn’t exist. It is coming and while I am not a doom and gloom type of person I warn very strongly that it’s easier to prepare now than try and catch up later. A future situation will not go away by pretending it’s not coming or by not thinking about it. Start thinking about it now and preparation will be easier.

When should you start thinking about it?  Naturally the earlier the better. It’s also true that the earlier the easier.  It’s also true that the earlier you start preparing for your financial freedom the sooner it will arrive. Although this article has spoken a lot about the term retirement that’s not the goal as I see it. the goal is financial freedom and that can arrive at nearly any age and is not tied to the concept of retirement in my mind. The old saying is true, “If you play now, you pay later with interest. If you pay now you get to play later with interest.” Now is the time to start acting smart with your money.

2)Look at where you are

Most people don’t know what their current situation looks like. This is the first step to know what your future can look like. While I not strict about keeping an exact budget it is important to know what your income and expenses look like. Naturally there may be unforeseen expenses but the closer you can get to identifying your current situation is the more likely it is that you will begin to recognize what’s really going on with your money. (More about why this is important below under the heading money strategist.)

3)Look at where you want to be

If you don’t know where you are now chances are you really don’t have a good idea on where you want to be financially in the next few years. Often when I ask people questions about their financial future they share ambiguous statements like, “I want to be rich.” or “I want to be financially free.” But most people have no idea what that really means or looks like. If you can’t describe it you can’t attain it. A goal that is specific and clear becomes attainable and near. What do you want your lifestyle to be now and when you retire? Or what does financial freedom look like to you? Get specific if you can so that you have a target. I recognize that this may change but if you begin with a target you have something to recognize whether you are on the way.

What does your financial future look like?

What does your financial future look like?

4)Become a money strategist versus a money manager

This is the point that is the most important. A money manager is what most people have been trained to be. A money manager is reactive. They get their paycheck and then go about the task of making that paycheck fit the bills they have. When they get to the end of paying their bills they feel successful. At the end their may be $100 or $200 and because they feel like the goal has been met that $100 or $200 becomes what they call ‘disposable income.’ Disposable means to throw away and that’s exactly what most people do with their money. A money strategist is different and has different goals. A strategist is not react – they are proactive. They plan for the future and their goal is not to match a paycheck to expenses. Their objective is to pay the bills but also to build a better financial future. When they have that extra $100 or $200 left after paying the bills they use it further their future income in some way. Often it goes into an investment or a mechanism to generate more money for the future. remember the saying pay now to play later with interest. This is that principle in action.

There are many things you can do to prepare for financial future right now. But the biggest and most important principle is to do something. even something small done regularly has the power to change your situation dramatically. Don’t wait. Get prepared. Your financial future is awaiting you and financial freedom can be yours quicker than you may have imagined.

Douglas Vermeeren

Douglas Vermeeren

Douglas Vermeeren has conducted extensive research into the lives of more than 400 of the world’s top achievers. Douglas Vermeeren knows what they did to get to the top and he can show you how.  He appears regularly on ABC, FOX, CNN, CTV, CBC and is known as the modern day Napoleon Hill. He is the author of 3 books in the Guerrilla Marketing series and is the creator of the hit personal development films The Opus & The Gratitude Experiment. His money based coaching program The MILLIONAIRE TRAINING SYSTEM has been helping attain financial freedom in the most direct and quickest route available.

His results based coaching program MAXIMUM RESULTS is currently among the fastest growing in the nation. For more information on Doug and his programs go to www.MillionairetrainingSystems.com www.MaximumResultscoaching.com or www.DouglasVermeeren.com

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November 17, 2013 at 2:03 am

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How is the most money made?

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How is the most money made?

By Douglas Vermeeren

Make more money today

Make more money today

Money is something that is important to all of us. It is even more important it seems when you don;t have any. When you don’t have enough it certainly seems to be a high priority and an issue of major concern. No matter where we go in life it seems there is a price tag attached.

Not only have I found that money is the dominant issue among all of the students I have taught there is one issue closely related to money that has got people just as concerned. And that issue is time.

People also want to make money as quickly and easily as possible.

While I do believe that money can often be made quickly and easily I want to give a correct expectation that it isn’t often as easy as most of the ‘get rich gurus’ and network marketing companies out there are promoting. (Sorry to pick on those tow groups but they are generally among the most common promising a sure fire way to wealth. And while it may happen with their methods it is somewhat uncommon.)

A recent study identified 4 key areas where the majority of wealth and wealthy lifestyles are created today. I want to share them with you without going into too much detail. These are not in any particular order as great fortunes have been made in each one. nor do I recommend you pick one and limit yourself to it. My fortune has been made by diversifying into each of these areas and I still look for opportunities in each. But if one of these opportunities is more easily available to you right now, by all means get started.

  1. Ideas – One of the best ways to become wealthy is have a great idea and develop it. You’ll notice I did say develop it. There are many great ideas out there that never become profitable because there was no action attached to it. I recently read that the average person has approximately six ideas that could become a million-dollar enterprise each year. The challenge again is that most people don’t do anything with these ideas.  To make money in the idea developing category you will need to learn how to do the following or get support in the following areas: Development, distribution, Licensing and sales. You may even need to look into manufacturing yourself to get started. Developing an idea can mean a lot of money for you if it’s done right.Business – Owning or operating a business can be one of the most rewarding activities existing. But if you speak to the average entrepreneur you will also find that it can be one of the most frustrating. Along with the opportunity to create your own paycheck you also assume all the risk and challenge of running the business.  Yet if you stick with and learn systems that help you create success you can do very well. In addition to creating a business there are opportunities to purchase an existing business, get involved in franchising, or even partner with others.
  2. Business – Owning or operating a business can be one of the most rewarding activities existing. But if you speak to the average entrepreneur you will also find that it can be one of the most frustrating. Along with the opportunity to create your own paycheck you also assume all the risk and challenge of running the business.  Yet if you stick with and learn systems that help you create success you can do very well. In addition to creating a business there are opportunities to purchase an existing business, get involved in franchising, or even partner with others.
  3. Investing – Investing when done correctly can make a lot for money for you. All investment however will come with some degree of risk. I always encourage our students to invest in things they understand or have experience with. There are many investment products available and many qualified professionals who can help you find investments that will work best for you. Often safe investing is a relatively slow and steady way to become wealthy. However there are many high risk opportunities as well that can generate higher returns in a shorter amount of time. In the category of investments we can include registered investments like stocks, shares,bonds, RRSp, 401K, GIC, Mutual funds and more. In this category we can also include private investment, which can include investment into businesses directly or real estate.
  4. Lastly, I have chosen to list real estate as a separate category apart from investment. The reason I have chosen to do so is that often real estate involves purchasing a tangible asset. (Which is quick different than developing an idea or buying a mutual fund.) It is generally thought that real estate is a very safe bet for investors, but this isn’t always the case as we discovered in 2008. Even with the challenges of the recession real estate is still a very safe bet considering that the market values always seem to restore themselves over time.  There are several ways to invest and make money in real estate. This can include everything from ‘flipping’ properties to owning rental properties. Most people initially think of residential properties first when it comes to real estate investing, but a great deal of money can be made in commercial real estate as well. And it is often easier to get involved than most people think.

While we haven’t been able to go into deep detail in each of this categories on this short blog post it is my hope that you would look deeper into each of these areas as I have made quite a bit of money personally in each area and I know they work.

If you are looking for more information and strategies on making more money please visit regularly my site www.MillionaireTrainingSystems.com where you will find free information and also special secret information for our coaching clients. On this site you’ll also find information about upcoming events and media appearances that I make and talk about money.

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Douglas Vermeeren - Millionaire Mentor

Douglas Vermeeren – Millionaire Mentor

Douglas Vermeeren is the author of Guerrilla Millionaire, Guerrilla Achiever, the producer of the movies The Opus and The Gratitude Experiment. He appears regularly on FOX, ABC, NBC, CNN and other networks sharing strategies on becoming financially free. www.DouglasVermeeren.com

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November 16, 2013 at 10:04 am

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Is originality required for Success?

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Is it necessary to be original to experience success?

By Douglas Vermeeren, The Sales trainer www.TheSalestrainer.com

 

Got Originality?

Got Originality?

Often when we hear many of the popular business coaches and gurus of today say that in order be successful in our professional lives we need to seek for originality and unique ways of spinning ourselves. They say we need to stand out from the crowd and make an impact as something dramatically different. It’s their idea that the more we stand out and make ourselves different than others in our industry the more of an increase we will see in interest. In other words of uniqueness factor is tied directly to our profitability.

 

While I do think it is important to be unique and deliver services and products in creative and fresh ways, the overall idea of different being attached to high profits is incorrect. Originality in and of itself does not equal success.

 

 

Over the last decade or more I have had the opportunity to conduct exclusive research into the lives and businesses of more than 400 of the world’s top achievers. I was able to observe the leaders of multi-billion dollar companies and the strategies they used in an up close and personal way. I saw first hand where they place the concept of originality in order of importance when creating new ventures, marketing existing ones and reshaping companies that have been around for years.

Secret to originality

Secret to originality

 

When it comes to originality I found that there were two major questions that all of the top organizations looked at before investing time and money to highlight a difference.

 

The first thing to understand about originality is that it must have a purpose.  Being unique is not enough. If it does not serve the customer first or highlight something valuable in the marketplace it is a distraction and detriment.  Rule #1: A difference should innovate not alienate.  Ask yourself the following questions:

 

1)  Does this difference make it easier for your client to attain their goals?

2)  Does the difference save time, increase profits or create a system for the client?

3) Does this difference create or destroy your credibility in the eyes of your client?

 

The second thing is that you must be able to communicate it effectively. It must be done with class and intention. Think of when you were in middle school. There was ‘cool’ different and ‘weird’ different. If you can’t be the ‘cool’ different then your uniqueness will be counterproductive. ‘Cool’ different comes when people get why you are different and your different makes sense.

 

1)What are you really trying to say?

2)Does it matter?

3)Do people get it?

 

You really have to be careful with the concept of other people ‘getting it.’ It is so easy to assume that you are well understood and clear in your messaging. But all to often entrepreneurs miss the mark in this area. And this area of messaging is fundamental. If they don’t know what you are really selling they can’t give you money. It’s as simple as that. One test that I like to do with my marketing materials is to have my fifteen year old son take a look as my evaluation team and see if he understands what I am trying to say and if it’s clear. More than once I’ve had him share what he thought I was trying to say and find that he completely misunderstood my intentions.  (Just a side caution: be sure not to explain to your evaluation people what you are expecting them to understand. Say nothing and let them give you their honest perception.)

Everything is a remix

Everything is a remix

In conclusion, success does not always require you to think outside the box. In fact, just the opposite. Sometimes the more outside the box you are the more profits are  missed.Rather than striving to think outside of the box, strive to find the right box think in.  Originality is an elusive thing and perhaps that’s even the wrong word. In the words of my high school art teacher, “There’s no such thing as an original idea. But you can have an innovative one.”

But is originality the most important thing or even an essential ingredient at that? Hardly.    Most of the top money making organizations in the world did not lean on originality to become the top in their fields. Instead it had to do with delivery.

 

McDonald’s was not original idea when Ray Kroc appeared on the scene. Rather than design a new hamburger Ray focus on delivery. He standardized food prices, franchised outlets, concentrated on producing the food quickly in clean surroundings and then marketing! Marketing! Marketing! Since then many other fast food burger competitors have also appeared on the scene. Has McDonald’s changed course to become more original or unique than their competitors. Not so much. They have stayed the course and concentrated on just doing it better. (Maybe that’s the originality?)

 

Felix Dennis, creator of Maxim Magazine, once said something that really made sense to me and sheds some light on this questions. I’m paraphrasing now. He said that the power of a great idea is not in the idea. It is in the making of the idea. If an idea is never developed or made it has no power.

 

In other words your originality is not success. At least not until you can develop it into something that is useful to others in such a way that they are willing to pay you for it. So before you begin to spend time and money to tell your unique story ask yourself does it add value to others and can you communicate in such a way that they get it?

 

Douglas Vermeeren

Douglas Vermeeren

If you feel like now is the time to increase your belief and learn keys to success  I would like to share more of what I learned in my research with the 400 top achievers in the world. It has helped me make an incredible amount of money, improve my relationships, enjoy great health and live my life according to my highest values and desires. To get started go to www.DouglasVermeeren.com and click on the Maximum Results link. Douglas Vermeeren is also the CEO of Millionaire Training Systems.

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November 16, 2013 at 7:41 am

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Douglas Vermeeren added to the cast of Words of Art Movie!

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I have been asked to appear in an exciting movie by Evan Money along side Joel Osteen, Dennis Waitley, Darren Hardy, Tom Ziglar and others. Here’s the first trailer with some of my new segments. This film is going to be awesome! How power are your words? Watch this film to find out. DO NOT MISS WORDS OF ART! http://vimeo.com/72228227

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August 14, 2013 at 9:46 am

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