You spoke, and we listened…
A few weeks ago we sent an email asking what topics you’d like us to cover, and one thing that stood out was you wanted to hear more of my stories.
So, in this week’s newsletter, you’ll discover some of my personal stories about why your environment is KEY to your success, and how to upgrade your environment to help you achieve your goals.
The Day I Got Arrested…
I was a punk kid in my early teens.
I hung out with gang members…
Got up to no good…
And was on the fast track to nowhere.
One day, mom and dad had to pick me up from the police station.
One policeman said to my dad “If you don’t get your son out of here, he’ll end up in jail.”
Not long after that, dad decided to move mom and I to Vancouver, Canada.
A brand new environment where I couldn’t get into trouble any longer.
The Day I Realized I Could Become a Millionaire
As you may be aware, after failing at 13 businesses, I met my mentor Alan Jaques.
Alan taught me how to write sales copy, which was my first high income skill.
After I’d been out on my own for a while, and one day Alan asked me…
“Dan, I’m thinking of getting a few smart people, kind of like a mastermind, and we’ll get together once a month and brainstorm ideas. Do you want to join us?”
There I was, a kid in his early twenties, making low 6 figures in income, being invited to a millionaire only mastermind.
Of course, I said “yes”.
I remember the first few meetings were very awkward.
I felt out of place.
They were talking numbers I couldn’t even fathom.
5, 8, 10 million dollars etc.
At each meeting, I got more comfortable being around them.
And although I was usually very quiet, I began to share some of my ideas.
To my surprise they actually liked them.
One day, after about 6 months, we were at lunch, when it finally hit me.
I thought, “These guys are making 50 times more money than I am, but they’re not 50 times smarter, and they don’t work 50 times harder than me.”
It was at that moment, I had an identity change, and realized that if I wanted to, I could become a millionaire.
This never would have happened if I hadn’t accepted Alan’s invitation and upgraded my environment.
The Day My Fish Died
Back in 2019, I had a large fish tank.
Many of the fish became sick, and sadly, one also died.
I called the fish tank expert and I asked him what I could do to treat the other fish.
He said “Dan, if your fish are sick, you don’t treat the fish, you treat the water.”
I thought about it for a minute, and realized he was completely right and how this analogy applies to life and success.
A lot of people downplay their environment but, as you’ve read above, your environment is highly influential.
Change your environment and you’ll change your life.
Now, before we get into ways you can change your environment and upgrade the people you hang out with.
3 Ways To Upgrade Your Environment To Win In 2023
If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know I truly believe in the power of mentorship.
With that said, the quickest way to find success centric people is by joining a paid program online.
It’s the simplest solution, and if you find a mentor with a large community, you’ll find no end of people to connect with and meet up with if you’re in the same city.
Yes, you’ll need to invest money, but depending on what you’re looking for, it doesn’t have to be thousands of dollars, although it could be.
Another way is by attending live events.
The investment is typically far greater, as you have to pay for flights, accommodation and ticket costs, etc, unless the event is local to you.
But live events are one of the best places to connect with people all looking to level up in life.
If you’re lucky enough to live in a big city there will be successful people you could approach and perhaps ask them to mentor you like I did.
Typically this is a long shot, unless people already pay them to mentor them, because they’re busy and have no reason to mentor a stranger.
But it’s worth a try, as long as you bring something to the table and have something they need, which in my case with Alan was me helping him around the office.
How To Find Successful People If You Live In A Small Town
If you’ve got nothing going on in your city or town, my best advice is to move.
If you’re serious about your life and success, relocating to a bigger city is one of the best things you can do.
Not only will it upgrade your environment automatically, when you step outside your comfort zone like that, it forces you to level up just by the fact you’re in a new environment.
You’ll unlock a new confidence you never knew existed.
You’ll be forced to meet new people.
And more than likely, because your family and friends expect you to act a certain way…
When you’re in a new environment, you’ll actually reinvent yourself and do things outside your norm.
How To Create An Environment For Success
If you work a 9-5 your environment will be mostly out of your control, but do what you can do to make it as conducive to success as possible.
I like to have what I call wealth triggers in my home office…
And if you’re someone who works from home already you may like to add some to your office too.
Forbes.com wrote a great article on other ways besides adding wealth triggers you could upgrade your work environment and set yourself up for success.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s newsletter and discovered why your environment is so important as well as ways to upgrade it.
See you in the next one
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