The following I just posted on Sterling Valentine’s blog at www.jvformula.com/blog/ … enjoy.
BTW… I absolutely recommend to listen to the recording Sterling did with Mike Filsaime.
Wow…. great call and great content. Loved it and learned a lot.
I have to make a confession… I have been a bad boy! No… not what you think. But I have done big mistakes when it comes to JV’s.
Some of them being e.g. to do last minute approaches, handing out business cards during the World Internet Summit without connecting first to the people I gave them to, I even approached speakers with my JV offer without warming them up much… oooops!
One person that took me up by my offer anyway was Mike Filsaime, I assume because I unknowingly did it right with him… he knew me from before as I promoted many of his sites, gave him testimonials for his great membership sites and bought his Butterfly Marketing package.
It’s kind of funny… (or sad?) I started online a long time before him and when he was just getting started, I was way ahead of the game… well, that was back then. He overtook me like a rocket and now I am looking up to him and try to learn from him as much as I can.
That’s the reason why I also joined his i5Gold mentoring program… he is for me now a person of great example, I admire his success story and can proudly say that he is now my mentor and coach.
If anybody asks me who they should choose as a mentor… I highly recommend Mike’s i5Gold program to them.
Let me share a little story of connected events that lead to where I am now and to what I am now grateful for.
It all starts back then when I was about 15-16 years old… almost 20 years ago.
If I wouldn’t have watched that German 4 part series about some German families and their adventures while being on vacation in the USA, that was shown on TV around Christmas season back when I was about 16, I wouldn’t have had the wish in my head of one day going to the USA for a 4 weeks+ vacation myself.
If I wouldn’t have went to the USA when I was 22 years old and worked 2 1/2 years there in an operating center of a German military base near Washington, D.C. (German Armed Forced Command USA & Canada in Reston, Virginia), I wouldn’t have meet my wife Luisa.
If I wouldn’t have went my wife Luisa, we wouldn’t have our son Nico, that we both love and adore, together and she wouldn’t have given me the idea and persistence to move to Australia.
If I wouldn’t have moved to Australia, I wouldn’t have met Mike in person during the World Internet Summit seminar.
If I wouldn’t have met Mike in person, I wouldn’t have joined the i5Gold program… and I would be writing this now.
I am so grateful for that simple TV show that placed that idea into my head, that lead me to the USA, that made me meet & marry my wife, that brought us our son and moved us to Australia where I finally met Mike in person and join the i5 group.
If anybody asks me now… what helps me the most to get forward in your online business, I would definitly say it is JV’s and attending offline events.
I just wish I would have attended offline events a lot earlier. Last March, the WIS here in Sydney Australia was the very first I ever attended.
When I left the US back in March 1996 (after living in Virigina for 2 1/2 years), I was getting started online… and I didn’t even know that there is such a think as this seminars.
When I was living in Germany… my excuse was always that traveling to the US to attend those events was outside my budget.
Now that I moved to Sydney, Australia… I finally was able to attend one (I run out of excuses)… and it was simply GREAT!
This is the time where I have to give a BIG thank you to a very good online buddy of mine, for many years already, that gave me the greatest gift of all last Christmas.
Bruce Gibson from Queensland, Australia, owner of many web sites like www.NicheScripts.com gave me the the very best Christmas present I could think of. He contacted me shortly before Christmas… and invited me to the WIS (World Internet Summit).
At first I was speachless… felt like I couldn’t accept such a gift, but luckily he had been the second best JV partner / affiliate during the firesale I had shortly before and earned big big commission check… which made it a lot easier for me to accept that gift.
One day in the future… I WILL also attend JVLive, the BIG Seminar and all the other great events in the US. Hey… maybe they even come to Australia one day (hint, hint Ken & Armand).
Three last words…
1. Ken, thank you for your great feedback to my silly mistake when I send a JV offer through JVAlert a couple of weeks ago.
2. Sterling, thank you for this great inspirational (spelling?) blog that you provided.
3. Mike, thank you for being my mentor and coach… I owe you a lot! Just let me know how ever, when ever I can help you.
‘Whatever the mind can conceive and believe… it can achieve.’
Napoleon Hill, Think & Grow Rich
To your success,
PS: Who ever finds a spelling mistake can keep it free of charge. Mike… your typos always made me feel good… thank you.