As I make my way across the pond to spend the next few weeks with my family, I’d like to share a story with you that no one has ever heard. Not my family, my friends, my mentees, or even the man about whom I’m sharing
As I sat at the kitchen table in a small town in Finland, the same one I’ll be sitting at by tomorrow, a thought crossed my mind. The year was 2010 and I’d been online for about four years at that time. The thought was that I was not any more special than anyone else working online as an entrepreneur, and that perhaps I should give up and do something else. Even though my business was growing, something deep inside of me was ready to quit and walk away.
When I checked my email I saw that I had something from Dennis Becker. One of my clients had recommended his ‘Five Bucks a Day‘ book to me, and when I read his email and opened the book on my laptop I somehow found the inner strength to carry on. It was in his approach and style, and the honesty with which he was telling his story that got to me.
That was five years ago, and Dennis is now someone I consider to be a friend, a big brother, a mentor, and a confidant. He never knew that he saved my business by showing me what was possible all those years ago.
Now this is where the story gets even more interesting. 2015 has been a very challenging year for me, both personally and professionally. I shifted my business model, requiring me to go through quite a steep learning curve that was both time consuming and costly. My health once again became an issue and I had to slow down
my active lifestyle. And last month I lost three people in my life within a thirty day period to serious illness. Once again I questioned what I was doing and how/if I would continue as an online marketer. Yes, even the ever confident, funny, and witty self-proclaimed marketing genius Connie Ragen Green has moments of self doubt when life comes down so painfully I need a hard hat in order to hold my head up high and see the light.
Then I went to Las Vegas for the Earn 1K a Day seminar Dennis Becker has put on for seven years in a row. You may remember last year when I took over for him when he became ill just weeks before it was to take place.
This year I was a speaker and knew that my responsibilities would not be more than I could handle. It would be relaxing compared to last year and I could just blend into the background.
But wouldn’t you know it – Dennis invited me to his suite for an impromptu mastermind meeting the day before the seminar began. As I sat with him on his private balcony overlooking the pool from three stories above the lush grounds, he shared his vision with me for what he intends to achieve over the coming year.
He didn’t see the tears well up as I nodded and listened to his words. He didn’t see me casually brush away those tears as he became animated as he described in great detail what he wants to achieve. He didn’t know that I was melting inside because I was so embarrassed to be thinking once again that I could no longer carry on. In the words of Olaf, ‘Some people are worth melting for’ and Dennis is definitely one of them.
I left Las Vegas with a renewed inner strength and a resolve to do whatever it takes to be there for the people who look to me for the help and guidance to be successful online. God only knows where I’d be without having Dennis
in my life, and I want you to know him as well. But most of all, please know that there are at least two people who care about you and your success more than just about anything else in the world. We’ll be here for you as you begin or continue your journey, and that, my friend, is quite priceless.
Be sure to pick up the audio recordings from this year’s (2015) Earn 1K a Day seminar while they are still at the discounted price of only $27.
Oh Connie… I am crying as I type this. So sorry for the loss of the dear people in your life and your health struggles and inner doubts about continuing your business. You are such a bright, shiny light to so many of us and I am so grateful for your care and concern for those you serve so faithfully. And yes, that is priceless! Being a part of your membership program is so valuable too.
Have a wonderful time in Finland with your family and thanks so much for sharing your heart and also pointing us to Dennis. As a member of Earn1kaday I am inspired to get more involved and get to know Dennis. Definitely want to attend his event next year.
Sending you love and BIG HUGS!!!
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Sue Ascioti-Plange says
Connie…I love when you share experiences related to your mentors and early days on line! This means to much to me as it reminds me that you once started where I and others are and gives me tons of motivation to keep moving forward! Thank you.