I am a personal growth junkie.
Over the past few years I’ve been furthering my education through Success Resources. The knowledge I’ve gained is sadly what they never teach in school. Yet in a weekend I learn more than I ever did in my 16 years of formal education.
And even though I now find myself on stage giving my own seminars with Success Resources, I remain their best customer.
Because I refuse to stop learning.
It’s simply impossible for one person to know absolutely everything about everything. I feel it’s always important to open yourself up to the possibility of learning something new. And putting it into practice.
Only when you do, will you see results. And only when you learn, can you do.
I feel like Yoda.
Anyway, I signed myself and a few members of my team up for the National Achievers Congress 2013 this year.
The first day started off with a boom.
Before I get into that, for those of you who haven’t heard of NAC before, it’s been coined the The Year’s Biggest Must-See Event, and though I think that title really should go to my own seminar 😉 I do agree that this is something that I’ve been looking forward to for a while.
It’s is a 3-day event that brings the best of the best together.
For the past 21 years, they’ve showcased world-class speakers; notable mentions include Former Prime Minister Tony Blair, Sir Richard Branson, Donald Trump, Former US President Bill Clinton and more.
Their goal is to help individuals achieve outstanding results through talks on successful investing, business and high performance strategies.
This year’s line-up boasts the most number of speakers they’ve ever had.
So back to that boom.
Imagine sitting in a massive hall filled with thousands of people hungry for knowledge. It’s early in the morning. There’s a quiet buzz of excitement rippling through the room. Then all the lights go off.
Suddenly the opening song from Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey blasts through the speakers. (I’m sitting dead center in the front row…) Accompanied by multicolored lights that flash to the beat. (Not appropriate for people who suffer from photosensitive epilepsy).
In a word. Epic.
The opening speaker was Cheri Tree, a leading authority on sales training. She came up with a system to read the personalities of prospects, and as such is able to close deals and increase her sales by 300%. Awesome.
Next up was Courtney Smith who retired at the age of 22 after dominating the stock market and becoming a self-made millionaire.
Following a lunch break where VIPs were treated to lunch with the speakers themselves, we returned to watch Joel Neoh. Now he’s an inspiration to a lot of Malaysians being one himself. Winner of our local version of The Apprentice, he turned down his prize of working with a very prestigious company, sold the car he was given and used the money to invest in his business.
After a series of successful business ventures he started GroupsMore which was later acquired by Groupon. Currently he’s the Vice President of Groupon offices across Asia Pacific including Japan and Korea. A slew of awards under his belt that include the Ernst & Young Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year 2012, Joel was named a member of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders earlier this year. And he’s only 29.
Another Malaysian followed, K C See, founder of MasteryAsia, a global mentoring organization.
And wrapping up the evening was Ewen Chia, one of the top performing Internet affiliate marketers and Keith Cunningham an authority in business training.
That was just the first day!
The second day’s line up boasted stock market expert Andrew Baxter, success coach Robert Riopel, property investment mentors Dr Rohan Weerasinghe and Matthew Snedden, and the last speaker of the day, personal coach and best-selling author James MacNeil.
They were fantastic in their own way. And even with only an hour or so on stage, they each provide gems that everyone can take home and implement immediately to their own success.
But what I was really looking forward to was the final day of NAC.
Because they saved the best for last.
Scheduled to take the stage on day 3 were Les Brown and Tony Buzan.
Les was inspiring and uplifting and amazing as always. As I looked around the thousands strong crowd while he spoke, many people were physically moved to tears. During the lunch break he walked to each table in the dining area, took photos and shook hands with each and every person.
Post-lunch we were treated to more amazing speakers. And Tony Buzan closed the show like a rockstar.
The audience were treated to a sneak peek of his upcoming book and he brought us through the process of mindmapping. I now know that I am a poet, an artist and a scientist 🙂 If you were there, you’ll know what I’m talking about!
Now to be honest, there are two reasons why my team and I attending NAC. The first is to gain as much knowledge as possible from the rich content that the best of the best were giving out. And trust me when I say, it is PACKED with value.
And the second reason is because I want to see the way they speak.
I’m into my second year of conducting my own seminar. And although it’s been successful and I’ve received great feedback and testimonies, I always strive to be better and deliver more.
The only way to achieve this is by modeling the best.