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  • - Hi, it's AJ and welcome back.

  • And tomorrow the VIP program starts.

  • Yes!

  • I'm very very excited and I hope you

  • will join me in the new VIP program,

  • because it's a special, special program for me

  • for very special people.

  • Now today, I want to talk about something

  • very important.

  • And the topic is, leadership thinking.

  • Leadership thinking.

  • How do successful people think?

  • How do successful people make decisions?

  • How do true leaders make decisions?

  • Because they don't make decisions

  • in the same way that most people do.

  • So I want to talk about this, it's very important.

  • And I'm going to talk about my own

  • personal way of making decisions,

  • that has helped me become very, very successful

  • in a short time.

  • And I want to share this with you.

  • So when you have a decision to make,

  • you're trying to decide, "What should I do?"

  • Maybe you're trying to decide, should you

  • join the VIP program?

  • Maybe you're trying to decide, should you

  • get a new job, or should you quit your old job?

  • Any decision really, even a small decision

  • like should you buy some certain

  • food at a restaurant?

  • Or not?

  • Or what should you eat today?

  • So we have very small decisions, very big decisions

  • but successful people and leaders, they think about

  • decisions differently.

  • So let me share with you the two important parts

  • of making decisions, and I think about this

  • with almost every decision I make.

  • And when I forget to do this, that's when I

  • make mistakes.

  • That's when I make stupid decisions.

  • So I try to remember these two steps

  • every time I decide, about anything.

  • What I'm going to eat, what I'm going to do

  • what I'm going to buy, when will I travel,

  • everything, I think about these two important things

  • to be successful and to be a great leader.

  • So what are they?

  • Well the first thing I think about is investing.

  • What does that mean?

  • Investing is a business word, right?

  • Not really.

  • Investing means you put something in,

  • for example you spend some money.

  • But when you invest with money, in business for example,

  • what do you hope?

  • Well, you hope that in the future,

  • sooner or later, the money will come back to you

  • and even more money will come.

  • Right?

  • That's investing.

  • In a savings account in your bank, you put $100

  • in there, and the next month, you gain a little more.

  • Not much, for a savings account usually,

  • but a little bit more, maybe 10 cents.

  • So you have your $100 and then you get

  • 10 cents more.

  • Now you have $100 and 10 cents.

  • That is investing.

  • You got something more than you put in.

  • That's good investing.

  • Now, bad investing, that's when you put something in,

  • you spend something, and then you lose some.

  • So you put in $100, and next month

  • you only have $90.

  • You lost $10.

  • That's a bad investment.

  • So this is how I think about most decisions,

  • as the first thing I think about.

  • So for example, most people, they think about

  • "cheap" and "expensive".

  • If they're going to buy something, they think,

  • "Is the price cheap, or is the price expensive?"

  • And then they decide.

  • If it's cheap, they think it's good.

  • Expensive, they think, "Oh, maybe not good."

  • But they don't think about investing.

  • Let me give you an example.

  • I always think about "cheap" and "expensive"

  • with an investing mindset.

  • An investing idea.

  • So for me, I will happily, easily spend

  • $6000 for a business seminar.

  • For a business class.

  • $6000 for me is cheap, if

  • if I know that I will learn a lot

  • and in the future, what I learn will help me

  • make even more and more money.

  • I will make 6000 and then 10,000

  • and then 100,000.

  • And all my life, what I learned will help me.

  • I did this.

  • I spent $6000 for a business seminar,

  • Keith Cunningham's business seminar.

  • It was cheap.

  • It was super cheap because I learned so much

  • that is helping my business, that is helping

  • me personally.

  • I know easily in the future, in fact already,

  • I gained more than $6000 benefit.

  • And all my life, this knowledge, what I learned

  • it will be with me all my life.

  • It will help me all of my life.

  • For me, that $6000 was cheap

  • because I think about investing.

  • Now, on the other hand, for me,

  • a three dollar or four dollar Starbucks coffee

  • is super, super expensive.

  • It's more expensive than the business seminar.

  • Now most people think that sounds crazy, why?

  • Because I know that coffee

  • will not help me in the future.

  • In fact, I know it will hurt my health.

  • It will make me less healthy.

  • Yes, I'll get a little energy from sugar

  • and caffeine, for a few hours.

  • But then later, my energy will go down

  • my health will go down.

  • It will not help me in the future.

  • So for me, that three or four dollars,

  • it's totally a waste of money.

  • In fact, it's hurting me.

  • It's a very bad investment.

  • And therefore, in my mind, that coffee

  • is super expensive.

  • So do you see how I think about things differently?

  • It's not the amount, it's "What will it give me

  • "in the future, for the rest of my life?"

  • If I know I will get a lot of knowledge

  • of happiness, of money, of all of those,

  • or some of them, then that's a good investment

  • that's cheap.

  • If I know it will hurt me in the future, or not help me,

  • then I know it's expensive, it's a bad investment,

  • and I won't do it.

  • So I hope that makes sense to you

  • and I hope you will start to think about

  • all of your decisions in this way.

  • That's the first thing you need to do.

  • Now there's a second part of leadership thinking.

  • The second part is, contribution.

  • Part one, investing, is really about just me.

  • Will it help me more and more in the future?

  • Great, yes, then I'll do it.

  • But then I also think, the next step I think,

  • okay, not just me, will this

  • help other people?

  • Now and in the future?

  • So again, the business seminar I went to.

  • What I learned helped me of course.

  • But it will also help other people, because

  • my company helps other people.

  • It helps you, the members, right?

  • As my company grows, I help more and more

  • people, more members.

  • Also, people work for me.

  • So I give jobs to other people.

  • That is helping a lot of other people.

  • And so, that is contribution.

  • So that business seminar helps me

  • help more people.

  • Help other people.

  • It's a great decision to do that.

  • The coffee, again.

  • Does that help other people?

  • No, not at all.

  • In fact, usually after a few hours of drinking coffee,

  • my energy goes down, my feeling and mood goes down,

  • maybe I'm not so good with other people,

  • maybe not so nice.

  • Maybe I'm tired when I'm with other people.

  • And if I drink that coffee every day,

  • my health will go down, down, down.

  • And I will not be able to help people as much.

  • I will have less energy for other people.

  • I will be less happy.

  • That will not help other people.

  • No contribution.

  • Again, it's a bad decision.

  • Now I know a lot of people drink coffee,

  • I'm not attacking coffee.

  • It's just an example from my life.

  • I quit coffee, about six weeks ago.

  • No more coffee.

  • Because I thought about this decision.

  • Is it helping me, long term?

  • Is it helping me, and I decided, no, it's not.

  • And I decided, is it helping other people?

  • And I realized, no, it's not.

  • So I quit.

  • And the same with the seminars.

  • I will spend thousands and thousands of dollars

  • if it will help me in the future, continue

  • to grow and have a benefit, and if it will

  • help other people.

  • So some of you are asking a lot of

  • emails and questions.

  • "Should I join the VIP program?"

  • "Should I try it?"

  • Well, it's only one dollar to try, for one week

  • so probably yes, try it.

  • But if you want to think more deeply,

  • think in this way.

  • Will it help you grow in the future?

  • Will it give you something in return?

  • And will it help you help other people?

  • If yes and yes, then yeah definitely, do it.

  • Okay, now something else to help you now.

  • So that's leadership thinking.

  • Think about this with everything,

  • with the VIP program decision, yes,

  • but with all your decisions in your life.

  • In school, in business, at your job,

  • with your family, with your friends, everything.

  • Everything you buy, think about this.

  • Investing idea, and contribution idea.

  • Okay, so as you know, tomorrow's the big day.

  • Now with Power English we had a crazy, crazy time

  • back in August, remember?

  • So many people, over half a million people

  • trying to get Power English, only a few thousand

  • could get the program.

  • It crashed our website, it was crazy.

  • Now this time I think we are more ready.

  • We have a much better computer system this time.

  • So that's good.

  • But still, I want you to think about this

  • decision carefully.

  • Using those two things I just talked about.

  • But also think about it,

  • is it for you?

  • Because the VIP program is not for everyone

  • and it's an exclusive group, it's a special group.

  • There's two things I want you to think about

  • before you decide to get the VIP program,

  • to join it tomorrow.

  • The first thing, I want you to think about

  • the Code of Effortless English.

  • Do you agree to follow the code?

  • If yes, good.

  • If no, do not get the VIP program.

  • Do not join.

  • The VIP program is only, only for people

  • who agree to follow the Code.