Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles - 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.