What can a turtle have in common with students from NAMS workshops?
I love living where I live.
We’ve got too much land to take care of…
There are too many trees on our 100 acres to thin…
There is too much wildlife to protect…
There are too many life lessons to take it all in…
…In other words, it’s perfect for me.
Life lessons appear everyday from my front stoop just by watching nature happen all around me. They can be applied to my business and my relationships if I pay attention.
About two months ago, Charlsa and I watched a 6-inch cooter turtle laying three eggs in a carefully dug cylindrical hole at the edge of our small garden near the cucumber plants.
We were delighted.
At different times of the year, we observe baby beavers, little furry bunnies, and birds hatching from their nests on the window sill. In the spring, when the bullfrogs find their voices, the stream below the house teams with minnows and tadpoles.
But we’d never expected to see baby turtles hatch in front of our house. Until now.
When the cooter dropped the eggs, I was convinced there was no chance that they’d survive. Predators are everywhere.
We have a cat and two dogs. The dogs like to dig up moles. And the cat, as sweet as she is in the house, is a small lioness when she’s outdoors. She regularly brings her trophies to rest on the welcome matte in front of the door just to show us how proud she is.
The baby turtles have no chance in this woods, I thought.
Sometimes I think that about the occasional student who comes to the NAMS workshops – like NAMS6…
Naturally, we thought we had to help them survive.
I covered the area with a wire mesh staked to the earth until we realized they would be able to dig out when they needed to. So, off it came, now exposed to the world.
Nature would – as always – be in charge. Weeks passed and we forgot about the baby turtles lying under the surface growing stronger, maturing.
But yesterday morning, we went to the garden to find a hole where the eggs had been. Of the three eggs laid, two had hatched and gone off into the woods. One was still born and never escaped it’s egg shell.
The turtles had done exactly what they were supposed to do at exactly the time they were supposed to do it. Our help was really no help.
I continue to learn that lesson over and over again. Sometimes, the best help is no help. All three of my children matured into adulthood only after I stopped “helping” them so much.
We all have to find our way.
A butterfly struggles to pull itself from the cocoon, pushing and building its wings. The fastest way to kill it is to help it by removing it from the cocoon. The struggle is what helps it gain the strength to survive. Without the struggle, its wings shrivel and it dies.
We need the struggle to help us build our strength too.
One of my favorite quotes is from Thomas Watson., founder of IBM. When asked what the secret of his success was, he said:
“It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success.”
Embrace failure. Learn from it. Bless it.
It’s the thing that gets you to a successful life with meaning.
People come to the NAMS workshops and bemoan their past failures.
I get excited by that. All of my successes have come from failures.
The MyNAMS Membership Site is the result of a massive failure that resulted in a total collapse of my business last winter.
There was a deep, dark hole to dig my way out of. I could close my eyes and call it quits, I could start digging.
Too often, people expect someone else to do the hard work of failing. It’s critical that any successful person learn how to conduct their business successfully.
Other people’s failure can be great teachers to us too, more so than the successes sometimes.
That’s what I love about the NAMS workshops. Instructors know exactly how to help students at all experience levels learn the skills required to build their business. They’ve been where you are. And their failures – which they talk about freely – can be your be your lesson if you listen closely. You don’t have to make the same mistakes.
They also know the value of failure and self discovery. They won’t do the work for you.
NAMS workshop instructors are carefully selected because of their expertise. They practice what they teach.
At NAMS6, the workshop that just completed a week ago, instructors taught for three days in four tracks demonstrating what works, and then conducting hands-on sessions to help students discover for themselves how to complete strategies and tactics to improve their businesses from beginning to advance.
NAMS6 demonstrated the success of this system. The advanced students in the NAMS400 room outnumbered the students in the NAMS100 room where the beginners assembled.
The standing room only crowd in NAMS400 required more chairs.
I got goosebumps when I saw that.
Many of those students had gone through the four experience level tracks from beginner to advanced to become successful online business owners making plenty of money.
The tracks served their purpose empowering students.
We allow them to crawl into their own holes and watch as they dig themselves out to find success after the struggle.
You can experience that very same success.
This week, we’re offering the audio recordings of the NAMS6 workshop for $97 – a $200 discount. It’s also about $1000 less than what most students paid to attend the workshop just a week ago.
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In addition to the recordings, you’ll get all of the instructors’ presentations so you can follow along.
These recordings are only available at this price this week.
The entire three day weekend can come right to your home or in your iPod as you listen to the audios from this incredible workshop.
Don’t miss out. Be sure to get your set of recordings today of the NAMS6 with the coupon IWASTHERE to reduce the price from $297 to $97 today.