I once took a two-week-long trip attending three conferences in a row: First, speaking at an industry event in San Francisco, followed by a summit in Las Vegas, followed by the Tony Robbins Business Mastery event in Las Vegas.

That’s a long time to be away from home and businesses, but it was such an amazing experience to be at all three of these back-to-back. The teachings, takeaways, relationships—both new connections and old friends—were absolutely extraordinary.

I believe strongly in constant personal and professional development, improving your mind, body and spirit and investing time, money and effort into becoming the best person and professional that you can possibly be.

This is also a culture I’ve created for my teams in the businesses I own.

I want to focus on some key takeaways I learned and brought home with me from my travels to these conferences, with several coming from Tony Robbins at his Business Mastery five-day retreat. I would highly recommend attending one of his events if you can. It’s really transformative if you’re open to it.

Tony Robbins has been a huge idol of mine for years, as I think he is the world’s leading expert on self-improvement and mastery and is hugely inspirational.

I started coaching with the Tony Robbins organization and purchased the Business Mastery event ticket. With it, came a UPW (Unleash the Power Within) ticket, as well. I learned the hard way that nothing is “free” when I didn’t upgrade my seating, finding myself in the nosebleed section far away from the stage where Tony was presenting and inspiring over 14,000 people!

I learned my lesson there, and made sure I upgraded so I could be in the front row no matter what it cost at Business Mastery.

Because proximity is power, in life and in business. Remember that, proximity is power.

You are a reflection of those people you spend the most time with and associate with, and your net worth is a reflection of the average of those same people. This is so fundamentally true.
So, there we are starting this intensive course with Tony teaching it himself. I’m sitting smack in the front row, high fiving him, talking with Tony and connecting with him and other amazing people from across the world who are passionate and committed to their success and happiness at a very high level.

Some of the people I find myself surrounded with include but are not limited to: close personal friends of Tony Robbins himself, highly successful business executives, and business owners from all sorts of industries and from all over.

There was a world-renowned architect for the super wealthy who builds $30M estates around the world; she needed a marketing partner to help her clients find and sell these estates once they were ready.

This was just one example of the many people I met.

The relationships and the people I met, the business opportunities that were formed, and the exposure to growth professionally and personally, all came as a result of my proximity to the right people.

Had I not invested the money to go to the event, invested the money to upgrade so I could be close to Tony and the most committed people up front, had I not networked like crazy, I would not have met these world-class people.

Proximity is power.

Find a role model or role models for areas in your life in which you want to improve, grow and advance. This could be career, family, financially, etc.

Find those people who are doing it and crushing it, and find a way to connect with them. Model their behavior, learn from their failures, be around their successes.

Proximity is power, and we must put this into action and identify, make a plan to connect and model and then be accountable to ourselves and to our plan to see it through to the end.

Decide where you want to go and who you want to become. Dream big, put yourself around those much further than you, find mentors and role models, model their behavior, their successes and their path.

Never take no for an answer, and don’t be scared or intimidated by what you think you can’t achieve.

I am a firm believer that what the mind can dream and believe, it can achieve.

Let’s GO!

Power Quote

“Pick your role models wisely, find out what they did and do it.” —Lana Del Rey

Key Insight

Proximity is power, in life and in business. Remember that, proximity is power. You are a reflection of those people you spend the most time with and associate with, and your net worth is a reflection of the average of those same people. This is so fundamentally true.

Tactical Tip

Who are your role models? Have you ever wondered how they got to where they are? Do some research on people you admire and look up to, then look at the struggles they went through and how they endured.

Day Check

How did you learn from your role model? What mindset or action did you copy from someone you admire?

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