Adam Khoo is an entrepreneur, a best-selling author and a peak performance trainer. A self-made millionaire by the age of 26, he owns and runs several businesses in education, training, event management and advertising, all with a combined annual turnover of $30 million.

But...... Who would have thought he had included a most lazy student in Singapore.

When he was eight, he was expelled from school for misbehavior and his parents had to go round the country begging other primary schools to let him study in their school. He was a total misfit.

He did so poorly for his primary school leaving examinations that he was rejected from ALL the secondary schools of his choice and he was dumped into a school called Ping Yi.

He was academically very weak and was always the slowest in class. He failed in four subjects of the eight he was taking and soon enough he found himself placed at the bottom of his entire cohort.

Not only was he poor in studies, he was also felt physically weak and mentally lethargic. He had poor social skills, he was bored, indifferent and soon he was labeled as a 'problem student'.

He joined the boy scouts in an effort to learn valuable skills and widen his social circle but after only six months, he was thrown out of the club because he couldn't pass the most basic test needed to qualify as a scout. He didn't even bother to try again.

To make things even worse, his cousins were gifted students and attended the best schools in the country. Because of that, he really began to think he was born lazy, slow, unmotivated, maybe even stupid.

Like most troubled teenagers, he soon found himself addicted to the TV and video games and he allowed himself to sink into a catatonic stupor just to escape all the pain.

But NOW ...

He is the Executive Chairman and Chief Master Trainer of Adam Khoo Learning Technologies Group Pte Ltd and a director of seven other private companies. Adam is also a member of the Singapore Chapter of the Young President’s Organization (YPO).
He is also the best-selling author of 11 books including ˜ I Am Gifted, So Are You!™’ that was ranked MPH#1 best-seller in 1998 and 1999. His other books include ˜How to Multiply Your Child’s Intelligence™’ & ˜Clueless in Starting a Business™’.

His book ˜Master Your Mind, Design Your Destiny™’ which was the second highest selling book in Singapore in 2004, was on the best-sellers list for 36 consecutive weeks. His latest two books are ‘The Secrets Of Self-Made Millionaires’ and ‘Secrets of Millionaire Investors’ which have both stayed on the Number One Spot on the Straits Times Best Sellers List for more than 52 weeks. His most recent books are ‘Nurturing the Winner and Genius in Your Child’, launched in April 2008, ‘Secrets of Building Multi-Million Dollar Businesses’ launched October 2008, ‘Profit from the Panic’ launched in January 2009, ‘Secrets of Successful Teens’ in June 2009. His latest book is ‘Profit from the Asian Recovery’ co-authored by Jason Wee.

Adam holds an honors degree in business administration from the National University of Singapore. As an undergraduate, he was ranked among the top one percent of academic achievers and became a pioneer in the Talent Development Program, which is the university’s Gifted program. He is also a licensed Master Practitioner and Trainer in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP).

Over the last 15 years, he has trained over 500,000+ students, teachers, professionals, executives and business owners to tap their personal power and achieve excellence in their various fields of endeavor. Some of his corporate clients include ST Engineering, Singapore Police Force, F&N Coca Cola, Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), Ministry of Defence, AIA, Prudential Assurance, Ernst & Young, Exxon Mobil, Unilever, Citibank, UOB, ABN Ambro, NETS, Great Eastern Life, Hewlett Packard, Sun Microsystems, Texas Instruments, Mediacorp Apple Inc, Accenture Consulting and many more.

His success and achievements are regularly featured in regional media like the Straits Times, the Business Times, the New Paper, Lianhe Zaobao, Channel News Asia, Channel U, Channel 8, Newsradio 938, The Hindu, The Malaysian Sun and many more. In 2007, he was ranked among the top 25 richest Singaporeans under the age of 40 by the Executive Magazine. In 2008, Adam was awarded the NUS Business School Eminent Alumni Award for being one of Singapore’s most successful and prominent business leaders.

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Patterns Of Excellence Training Course

Do you ever wonder what it is that allows some people to become so very successful, while most of us struggle just to get by?

It’s easy to think that they have something special, something the rest of us have no access to. This is half right. They do have something special. But it’s not something that’s out of our reach. Anybody can get access to that secret ingredient that makes those people successful.

And many people have already done just that. They have tapped into and are using the same “Patterns of Excellence” that have helped those special few to achieve their success.

And you can join them. Here’s how.

Adam Khoo, millionaire and best-selling author, has created a seminar where he teaches others those very Patterns of Excellence. The seminar costs $1,600, and that may be out of reach for a lot of people. But now, he has decided to make the information available to a wider audience at a small fraction of the price of the seminar; as a home study program version.

That home study program contains the following:

10 CD-length audio files
10 transcripts of the audios
a 153 page workbook/manual
and a bonus book: Minds of Winners
All of it is downloadable either as mp3 files or as pdf files.

Since you may be wondering how anything could possibly have that kind of transformative power, Adam starts his course by sharing his own story: Contrary to what you might think, he wasn’t always a millionaire. He was actually kicked out of school and had extreme difficulty to find any school that would even take him in. But then he encountered the exact mind set technology you’ll learn in Patterns of Excellence, and he turned his life around dramatically. He became a valedictorian, and then, within just a few years, a Millionaire when he was 26 years old. He also became a best-selling author and one of the top peak performance coaches and speakers in Asia.

And in his home study course, you will gain access to the same strategies Adam used to achieve his own success. You’ll discover how to copy and model the strategies of success that you see in the successful people you admire, and, as you start applying them in your own life, get the same results.

If you have setbacks, and you will, you’ll learn how those super achievers deal with setbacks, and how you can do the same. 

The key technology you will learn in Patterns of Excellence is something called Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). And the 10 CDs of your home study program provide you with some of the clearest and most immediately usable explanations and directions of how to apply NLP in your own life that I have ever come across.

CD1 - The Ultimate Success Formula

The first CD gives you a detailed preview of the whole course and also introduces you to Adam’s Ultimate Success Formula and how it holds the key to achieving any result you want in life. This is the secret that separates those who achieve what they set out to do and those who don’t. It explains how anybody, if they put their mind to it, can become a success. It’s also what helped Adam achieve his own success.

Even the most successful people experience setbacks, but somehow, they bounce back quickly. We have all heard of stories of millionaires and even billionaires who bounce back from near-bankruptcy to being millionaires and billionaires once again at record speed. Donald Trump comes to mind, as does Bill Bartmann. How do they do that?

Adam walks you through that so that you too can overcome setbacks and failure and use them to achieve your goals even faster.

CD2 - The Power Of States & Physiology

The second CD teaches you how to use your body to program your mind for success. It helps you to stay in that high-achiever mindset at all times by helping you to gain control of your emotions. Of course, some of the finer points will become a lot clearer as you move through the program.

CD 3 will delve more deeply into the technicalities of NLP. It will introduce you to something called “submodalities,” a key to how to achieve desired emotional states and break through setbacks and undesirable patterns.

CD 4 deals with your beliefs and how they determine whether you’re successful or not. It will show you how those beliefs are created and how you have complete control over them – so you can change them so they will serve you instead of sabotaging you.

CD 5 helps you to design your life and introduces you to another extremely powerful concept in NLP: Reframing. Between those two, you can gain control over just about anything that has been holding you back to date.

Of course, there’s much more in the remaining five CDs. You’ll learn about the power of values and how to make adjustments to your values so that serve you and help you achieve your goals. You’ll learn about how to build rapport with literally anyone and how to communicate effectively, both crucial ingredients to success.

The next two CDs are my favorites: they introduce you to extremely powerful language patterns that will help you to have such powerful influence on others it will absolutely amaze you. There’s the so-called Milton Model, named after Milton Erickson who developed it. And then there’s what’s called the Meta Model.

Both of them are powerful tools to change people’s beliefs. And as a fringe benefit, you’ll be able to claim back your own power as you see through the persuasive techniques of politicians and advertisers who are using some of those techniques on you.

The last CD pulls everything together into usable strategies you can use every day. It also helps you pinpoint dysfunctional strategies you might be using right now that are holding you back, and replace them with ones that help you achieve your goal.

What’s included in the package? 

The 10 audio files. Complete transcripts for all 10 audios. And an excellent 153 page workbook that will accompany you as you work your way through the CDs. It has illustrations that will make some concepts easier to understand, summaries, key points, check lists, work sheets, and plenty of room for notes as you do the many exercises that Adam will guide you through as you listen to the audios.

Exercises? You bet. They are what really makes this work. It’s a transformational program, and, if you will forgive my using a phrase that has almost become a cliché by now: It works if you work it. But if you don’t work it, all bets are off. You might feel momentarily inspired, but unless you actually follow through on the inspiration with real action, not much will change.

So go ahead and do the exercises. Work your way through the workbook. You will be very glad you did.

Imagine you had paid the full price for the workshop. Would you skip a day? Heck, no! So don’t skip “a day” here either. Just do it all.

Of course, once you have filled everything in, the workbook will also serve as an ideal refresher course whenever you need to review some of the concepts. And the more care you took when you filled it in at first, the more valuable it will be to you in the long run.

Like Adam’s other programs, Patterns of Excellence provides you with powerful and actionable information. All of it is presented in easy-to-follow step-by-step fashion. And the sum total of it is bound to change your life – if you do the work. It’s literally a blueprint for achieving the success you desire. If you just want pretty book to add to your hard drive, skip this one. If you’re ready to do the work and take your life to the next level, though, this is a must-have.
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Improve yourself by going outside your comfort zone

Your comfort zone is exactly what it sounds like, places or situations where you feel comfortable in, while there is nothing wrong with comfort zones in order to expand our potential and succeed in life we sometimes have to move out of our comfort zone and into unfamiliar territory. Only by pushing ourselves to do something new or which we are afraid of can we develop and improve ourselves. The first step to take in venturing outside of your comfort zone is to decide what it is you wish to change about yourself or your life, the way you wish to go forward. Make a list of everything that you want to do or change what you’d like to accomplish, the places you would like to visit and what it is you want out of life. When you have determined your goals and objectives you can then take the next step in making them reality. Here are just some of the ways in which you can step outside your comfort zone.

Your self-image
How long is it since you last changed your appearance, for example how long have you had the same hairstyle? You can begin stepping outside your comfort zone by making changes to your self-image, try a different hairstyle, maybe a different color, and change the color of your make-up, shave off your beard or grow one, choose a different style of clothing than you would normally wear or alter the color. There are many ways which you could make small alterations to your self-image to give yourself a new look and a new look at life, stop and think if you are doing everything you possibly can to look and feel your best and give yourself a confidence boost by making positive changes to your self-image.

Do something different
Make it a weekly goal to do something completely different to what you would normally do; this can be anything just to get you out of the rut you have put yourself in and to widen your comfort zone at least one day a week. Start off with making smaller changes at first, go to a different restaurant for lunch, and order something from the menu which you have never tried; there are many ways you can make gradual small changes to your daily life.

Take up a new hobby
Take up a new hobby in life, join a weekly meeting group such as dieting, a book club or wine tasting, choose something which is out of character and which will get you meeting new people and going to new places. Doing something different every week and gaining a new interest is an excellent way of moving out of your comfort zone.

Meet your fears head on
Change is always frightening when we first step out into the unknown, but we can only improve upon ourselves and our lives by meeting and greeting our fears head on and passing through the fear, once we have met it head on we find it isn’t so frightening after all. So do something that scares you every week.
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Making The Right Decision

Some of us find it easy to make decisions while others tend to procrastinate a lot when it comes to making decisions - particularly if they are important ones that could alter the pathway of our life. When making decisions in life changing situations it can be hard for everyone, after all the choice you make will affect your life and the route you choose to go might not be easily reversible or impossible to change. If we stop and look back on some of the biggest moments in our life that went wrong, we find that our biggest regrets come from faulty decision-making. Perhaps we went with our gut instinct when making a decision or we let ourselves be swayed by others, there are many reasons why we make the wrong decisions in life and almost everyone will have made the wrong decision at some time in their life. Here are some tips to help you with decision-making.

  • Remember when making a decision, no decision is right or wrong, decisions are merely making a choice among alternatives.
  • Always avoid making a snap decisions about something, if a decision is easily reversible then you can move fast on it while irreversible ones should be thought out.
  • Jot down notes when making a decision, write down all solutions and include all relevant information, by seeing it written down in black and white sometimes the answer is staring you in the face.
  • Write down all the pros and cons of the decision you make, it can help clarify your decision or help you to see any problems the decision might have.
  • Make one decision at a time, never allow decisions to build up and force yourself to make them all at once.
  • If others will be affected by your decision then get their input on the situation.
  • Make a decision and stick with it, you have to recognize that you cannot know with 100% certainty that it is the right one but once made stick with it.
  • Before following a decision through ask yourself what if anything could go wrong if you followed through with this choice.
  • Once you have committed yourself to your decision then go with it whole-heartedly, let go of all the “what ifs” and do not bother yourself anymore.
  • Visualize your decision in your head and follow it through in your mind, visualize all outcomes of the decision before actually following it through.
  • Put faith in your ability to make a successful decision and your ability to follow it through.
  • Review all the facts thoroughly before you make a decision, once you have reviewed them allow yourself to time to think about them before drawing a conclusion and determining your decision from the facts.
  • Always try to base your decisions on what is right or feels the right thing to do.
  • Remember to look at the objective of the decision, the alternatives to the decision and the risks of any alternatives to the decision.

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Marketing Concept - Joke

I found this on my mailing list. I do not know where it came from. But if you do, let me know. :)

Marketing Concepts

A Professor was explaining Marketing Concepts to the students:

1. You see a gorgeous girl at a party. You go up to her and say: 'I am
very rich. Marry me!'
- That's Direct Marketing.

2. You're at a party with a bunch of friends and see a gorgeous girl.
One of your friends goes up to her and pointing at you says: 'He's very
rich. Marry him.'

- That's Advertising.

3. You see a gorgeous girl at a party. You go up to her and get her
telephone number. The next day, you call and say: 'Hi, I'm very rich.

- That's Telemarketing.

4. You're at a party and see gorgeous girl. You get up and straighten your
tie, you walk up to her and pour her a drink, you open the door (of the car)
for her, pick up her bag after she drops it, offer her ride and then say: By
the way, I'm rich. Will you marry me?'

- That's Public Relation!

5. You're at a party and see gorgeous girl. She walks up to you and says:
You are very rich! Can you marry me?'

- That's Brand Recognition.

6. You see a gorgeous girl at
a party. You go up to her and say: I am very
rich. Marry me!' She gives you a nice hard slap on your face.

- That's Customer Feedback.

7. You see a gorgeous girl at a party. You go up to her and say: 'I am very
rich. Marry me!' And she introduces you to her husband.

- That's demand and supply gap.

8. You see a gorgeous girl at a party. You go up to her and before you say
anything, another person come and tell her: 'I'm rich. Will you marry
and she goes with him.

- That's competition eating into your market share.

9. You see a gorgeous girl at a party. You go up to her and before you say:
'I'm rich, Marry me!' your wife arrives.

- That's restriction for entering new markets.
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Debunking the Myths of Money

The truth is that many of these beliefs and attitudes that some people hold have about money are nothing but inaccurate generalizations and excuses that keep them from living a truly a happy and wealthy life. In order to truly align your mind to wealth creation, you must debunk these negative myths and really look at the facts…

Myth: Having a lot of money will change you (into a bad person).
Fact: Money is a personality magnifier. It brings out the true person within you. If you are a selfish and nasty person by nature, having money will make you even more nasty and selfish. However, if you are a kind, generous and loving person deep down inside, money will magnify your goodness.

Myth: Money isn’t everything.
Fact: This is the top excuse given by poor people who are in denial. The truth is that everything is money. Without money, you cannot maximize other important values such as family, career, health, spirituality and relationships.

Myth: Money will make you less spiritual
Fact: If you are by nature a spiritual person, having money will allow you to touch more lives and help you do more of god’s work. In fact, the wealthiest people in the world are extremely spiritual. Not having to worry about money anymore allows many of the rich to focus on the more important things in life. Many truly wealthy people believe they don’t own their money. They are just custodians of God’s wealth.

Myth: Rich people are materialistic. They worship money.
Fact: It is the people who lack money who worship it. Who works all day, year after year in a job which they hate, just for the money? Who are those who constantly sacrifice their health and family to make more money?
In fact, the rich rarely work because of money. They work because of passion and a sense of personal mission. Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, George Lucas, Michael Jordan & Steve Jobs certainly don’t work for money…they don’t need to.

Myth: To have more money, I will be depriving others of it.
Fact: When you become rich, you actually create more wealth for other people. Wealth multiplies into more wealth. Bill Gates is the richest man in the world because he has created the most value in people’s lives through the creation of Microsoft and Windows. Because of his invention, so many more millionaires have been created as a result. Think about it, if Microsoft Windows, Word and Excel did not exist, would you have been able to create as much wealth as you have today?

Myth: Money is the ‘root of all evil’.
Fact: The lack of money is the root of all evil. The number one cause of murder, cheating, stealing, lying is poverty (the lack of money)
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From Riches to Rags

Some individuals do obtain and come into contact with wealth at a certain point in their lives. Unfortunately, most people tend to be mistaken in their attitudes of being wealthy. Instead of using and building up what they have to their advantage, most of them tend to lose what they have acquired.

Here are some examples that fall under the following categories.

1) The False Rich
These are usually made up of professionals and corporate executives who earn a high income, but who spend just as much. They are the ones who drive the latest luxury cars, fly first class and dine at the finest restaurants. They appear rich and successful. However, the sad truth is that they are poor accumulators of wealth who have few positive cash flow assets. They roll their credit cards and have huge credit lines. Their bankers love them. As a result, they are usually just one to two paychecks away from being broke.

2) Those Who Inherited their Millions
These are a bunch of lucky bums who did not have to break into sweat to earn their money. Such instant millionaires usually do not understand the value of money, as they never had to slog for their millions. And, as a result, they spend like there is no tomorrow. This is why it has been proven time and again that inherited wealth never lasts past the third generation.

Those who strike the lottery also fall into this category. Because it was pure luck and not financial intelligence that thrust wealth on them, most of them tend to lose it all within a few years, ending up deeper in debt than ever before.

3) Highly Talented Celebrities
These are the ones who earned their millions not because of their financial intelligence but because they were blessed with a spectacular talent in singing, acting or sports. Because millions come easily to these stars, they easily spend it all. Unfortunately for them, no matter how much they earn, many eventually wind up broke and in debt.

Some sad examples are Mike Tyson, MC Hammer and Michael Jackson. Mike Tyson earned over $500 million over a few short years as the undisputed heavyweight champion. Because of his lavish lifestyle of luxury cars, huge mansions and Bengal Tigers, he ended up filing for bankruptcy. Pop star MC Hammer who sang the hit single ‘You can’t touch this’ made over $33 million in his career, but he too filed for bankruptcy.

King of Pop Michael Jackson earned over $700 million in his illustrious career. However during his molestation trial, his accountant testified that he spent $20-$30 million more than he earns every year, took loans of more than $415 million and is facing a severe cash crunch, causing him to default on his loan payments.

They are no end to stories of sports celebrities and movie stars who have earned hundreds of millions within a few short years and ended up broke and deeply in debt in an even shorter period of time. Why? Because lacking the ‘million-dollar mindset’, they could neither manage their money nor rein in their runaway expenses.

Without having a solid understanding of the principles of wealth, one may never truly be wealthy.
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