Its a trap!
Turn back now if you're happy in your comfort zone!
No, I'm not kidding, please click away now if you don't want your life to change...
Okay! ...But don't say I didn't warn you...
CUT TO: A 20-something young woman, sitting at a desk in a dark room. Its late at night, and the light of her MacBook is reflecting off her glasses. She looks nervous...
"Okay" .... she whispers to herself (and to the cat sleeping on the bed behind her)
"... I can do this... I've wanted to do this for ages, I mean I'm smart, and I have an idea... "
Her hand reaches up to the keyboard to click the mouse pad, but hesitates.
"...shit, what if I join in and its a bunch of old white dudes who aren't creative-types and I spend money on this only to find out I'm better off trying to do this on my own...?!"
Her finger hovers above the mousepad.
"...but if I was going to do it on my own, I guess I would have by now... fuck.. maybe I should just sleep on it...okay...No..I AM going to do this, and if its shit I'll just get my money back and try something else..."
She looks over her shoulder for reassurance, but the cat doesn't give a shit.
She clicks the button.
"Oh god oh god oh god - what have I done? I'm going to be laughed at for having this stupid idea... my friends and family are going to tell me I'm a moron for giving my money to a guy I saw on the internet... and I'm never going to be able to make the connections I want to make with my ideas...and eventually I'll eat every tub of ice cream in the world, adopt my cat out to a loving family so I can die poor, fat and alone..."
THE NEXT MORNING
That was me: the night I decided to 'pull the trigger', and then the morning Brian Rose acknowledged my existence in a facebook post. I mean, I don't usually like to share the paranoid over-reactions that go on in my mind, but lately I've found that some people enjoy listening to my internal monologue, and laugh at the parts they relate to. SPOILER ALERT: I didn't die fat and alone, my cat is still with me, and now I have a business I didn't have only 7 weeks ago.
The London Real Business Accelerator: A Review
It's quite hard to review a program like this, because the journey will be unique to each participant - one thing is for sure, you will hit mental limitations you didn't know you had... and it won't be at the same time as other people in the course.
You may be sitting there thinking you're smart, really self-aware, and tech-savvy. You probably have a few ideas that you think would make for great businesses, but you'll only act on those ideas 'when you're ready' or 'when i've developed the idea a bit more' or 'when the kids graduate' or 'when I save a bit more money' or .... literally any other reason.
But you'll never act on your ideas, because you'll never be ready - if you were going to act on all your amazing ideas, you would have by now. If you choose to do this Business Accelerator course, you won't be ready, but you'll get shit done anyway. You'll have weeks where you want to swear and shout or cry and throw your laptop into the ocean (or the toilet, if you're inland).... but you'll get shit done.
Not only will you get shit done, but you meet like-minded people who also get shit done. You'll meet people you will prefer to hang out with online than the people you're currently surrounded by. The people you normally hang out with are always doing the same old shit they always do, they aren't pushing themselves to be 'successful' (whatever you're idea of success is). The people you meet, and who 'pull the trigger' to do this course will support you with ferocity but will also call you out on your bullshit, which you will hate!! ...but then, you'll appreciate them doing so because actually, yes they're right: you don't need to spend an hour wasting time on editing a logo when there is content due to be published by midnight for your team leader to approve.
I'll be honest, I'm a bit disappointed that I've come to the end of this 8 week course without the millions of dollars I thought I'd be rolling in...
... but Brian never promised me that, and he was upfront in saying that it will take longer than just 8 weeks to get to where you want to go - and we all know that you'll only get as far as you're willing to work for.
What I do have as a result of doing the London Real Business Accelerator program is priceless: A new global network of friends who will support me through the trying times, collaborate with me in future business ventures, and who will let me crash on their couch when I travel to their country. I also have a website, I've hosted 2 webinars, I've sold a product that I developed in less than 2 months and I have an automated process to communicate with people who are interested in my message. It was fewer than 8 weeks ago when I had none of these things, or these amazing friends or experiences.
In such a short space of time, I have developed the springboard I need to succeed.
And it wasn't just given to me. It was earned. It was fought for. It was worked for.... I have so much more work ahead of me now that the course has finished, but I have a better understanding of what I need to do to succeed. I have a network who will help me get there, I have the confidence to actually keep moving in a productive direction instead of sitting on my arse waiting for 'the right time' or a 'eureka' moment of inspiration. I have a plan, and I now feel like I know what I need to do... instead of just waving my hands through a dark maze, trying to figure shit out on my own.
I'm not going to break down the weekly steps we went through in the course, because you need to sign up and find out what it's all about for yourself... but what I will do is say: If you don't do this course, you're missing out on a wild self-reflective journey which will result in you having a business based on your passions and talents. You'll miss out on future joint-ventures. You'll miss out on making money doing something you love. You'll miss out on the opportunity to develop and grow as a person. You'll miss the opportunity to find out what some of your weaknesses are. You'll miss out on learning that MailChimp is a mother fucker.
You'll miss out.
Next time Brian Rose asks you to pull the trigger: be brave, get shit done, say yes.