Wednesday, March 15, 2017

T Harv Eker - Millionaire Mind Intensive (Singapore) - REVIEW

Millionaire Mind Intensive Logo - Source: Success Resource

HOW many of you have heard of MILLIONAIRE MIND INTENSIVE (MMI)?

T Harv Eker, the author of the best selling book - Secrets of The Millionaire Mind, has designed a series of programs and training. 

One of the most famous programs or the beginner program is the MILLIONAIRE MIND INTENSIVE (MMI). It is a three days program from early morning till evening. 

1. Worthy to attend Millionaire Mind Intensive? 
2. Is Millionaire MindIntensive useful? 
3. Can I be a Millionaire after attending Millionaire Mind Intensive???

I have the same questions! But his book (Secrets of The Millionaire Mind) is really convincing and powerful. It stirs a lot of thoughts in my mind. So I am fully motivated to attend the Millionaire Mind Intensive Singapore.

*I will definitely write a REVIEW of the Secret of The Millionaire Mind book on day*

Sadly I paid for the tickets, while others got free tickets from somewhere else. 
Anyway, the ~ S$ 100/pax is utterly well spent for this three days course. 

Here we go! Review of Millionaire Mind Intensive Singapore

I will briefly describe the highlights of the event. 
And my learning :)
Promise: HONEST Review of Millionaire Mind Intensive

Details of Event:

Date: 10th March 2017 - 13th March 2017
Venue: EXPO Singapore
Participants: ~ 500 people

Millionaire Mind Intensive Singapore - with June Ooi
I went with my future business partner, June, hoping we will have the same mindset when doing business :)

Millionaire Mind Intensive Singapore 

As you can see, few hundreds of people are in a hall with excitement and anticipation.

Even though I do hope to see T Harv Eker in the training, that is only a dream. Instead of Harv, Mac Attram is the lead trainer for this Millionaire Mind Intensive Singapore.

Millionaire Mind Intensive Singapore Lead Trainer - Mac Attram
He is undeniable a good speaker and trainer. He can engage the audience easily and possess wonderful skills in storytelling. Needless to say, he is confident, humorous, entertaining and knowledgeable. But he can be quite particular and fierce on certain things such as video recording (prohibited throughout the event) or undesired interruption of the activities led by him. 
Of course the trainers in such money related function are always broke at the beginning before the training and get rich after attending the programs. He is one of them. When a lot people choose to leave the hall instead of listening to his sales talk (second evening), he kind of care/mind/little unhappy about it. XD

But no worry, he is considered an excellent speaker, which mean you are in good hand when you see him. 
But his assistant trainer (the lead trainer-to-be), Tim, is not that good. Tim is not so natural in his delivery and I can sense he is not really enjoying the training as Mac does. My friend June agrees too. He needs to sharpen his skills as I forgot most of the things he taught :)

A three days event is really intensive and could be tiring. So Success Resource always keep the energy of their events, including this one, at very high level. So you will expect some dancing, clapping and high-five throughout the event. These are what make the event fun and enjoyable.

Ok, I think I talk too much on the trainer and how the event is conducted. 

Personally, it is WORTHY to attend this Millionaire Mindset Intensive. (8/10)

The main purpose is to change your mindset towards money and money management.

Firstly everyone will be given a workbook. Mostly are fill-in-the-blanks and plenty space for participants to take note. This is GOOD! 

Then at the beginning of the MMI, they lead you to think about your mindset toward money. There is a series of questions to help us getting the answers from our inner hearts. E.g. Money is root of all evil? Money isn't important? 

Second part
Once you have a rough idea what money and being rich mean to you. Then they slowly instill the correct mindset in you. 
They talk about financial freedom (passive income > Expenses), passive income, money management and etc.

One of the most important take-away is the JAR SYSTEM. 
The JAR System is basically the money allocation system. There are 6 accounts under the JAR Sysmte. E.g. 55% of your income spent on necessity; 10% put in investment (Financial Freedom Account); 10% put in Education account and others. 
This is a viable system to me. Even though they recommend certain percentages on each account, I will prefer to set the percentage for myself. Generally we always spill our accounts into Expenses and Saving (possibly investment as well). This doesn't include some plans for self improvement. 

Tony Robbins said:
Tony Robbins Quote, Source:
A lot time, we are stingy on education (That's me). So this jar system suggests that we spare some money to be spent on educations, be it a short term course, training and talks, to learn something new. 
Once you allocate a budget for certain thing (education for this case), you are mentally prepared to spend the money on it. Agree? PAY YOURSELF FIRST. 
At least, I feel that way. Some money allocated to join Toastmasters, I pay the membership fee with the money without feeling "pain" in the heart.

*Secret: When they are emphasizing on education fund allocation, they are actually indirectly brainwashing you mind to BUY their advanced programs :D

If you want to learn more about the Jar System, you can attend Millionaire Mind Intensive :)

Third Part
They talk about Money Blueprint and Beliefs.
The roots of a tree produce the fruits of the tree. In short, the roots produce the fruits.
It makes sense! So our mind is like the root, what we think and feel will lead to the results. 
Mental, Spirit and Emotion = Physical (Results)

T Harv Eker well known saying: Thoughts lead to Feelings, Feelings lead to Action, Action brings Results. 

During this part, the speaker shared some stories from the book (exactly the same) to prove that it has to do with out mind. However they don't really emphasize on setting our Money Blueprint (throughout the seminar) that aggressively like the book does. I suppose this is an important part as Money Blueprint determines the value we set for ourselves. They do talk about the golden goose story and ask us to set a value. However they should put on a bit weight on this part, in my opinion. 

Then here comes the interesting and useful part. Identify how we get the belief about money and remove it. E.g. your parents show certain attitudes towards money and this leaves an impact on you. You tend to follow your model (parents in this case) unconsciously. 

Through activities and words, they want us to change the belief structure. You must be curious about HOW? I can't tell you this, you need to experience yourself :) 

NOTE: I do not work for Success Resources or MMI.

One way they think can change our mind is by doing declarations. Reading our some positive sentences + some actions to let these thoughts settle in our mind. 

Declaration Papers

Fourth Part
Identify your purpose. As motivator always say, your life purpose or purpose of bring rich must be greater than yourself. if we focus on traveling around the world, buying big houses and etc, we cannot go far and will not be Happy. 

So they ask us to think and write down our purposes of being wealthy. 

I agree what Jim Rohn said:

If we wake up every morning knowing our life purposes, will we feel bored or demotivating? Instead we will know how to get the stage we want.

There are other parts like money personality (Spender, Saver, Monk and Avoider), acknowledging successes (Success Breeds Success) and others. 

They are trying to remove our negative emotions towards money and re-frame the past. 

Last Part
Call To Action! Encouragement like "Act in spite of fear". Our brain naturally protects us and warns us of danger. A lot of "what if" will pop out in our mind especially when we do something new and adventurous. 

So here is the interesting thing, MMI tells us that the secret of freedom is to realize that you don't have to believe your mind! (WHAT so is our soul the one tells our brain, "I DON'T BELIEVE YOU"??? Haha, Sorry I am confused) Anyway, we need to have awareness about our thoughts and say "Thank you for sharing" to the negative ones. 
The Secret! The Secret! The Secret to success is to learn to

Mac said: "If you want to get rich, the first step is to start a BUSINESS!"

*You will expect an interesting "Arrow Breaking" Activity as described in the book too.

Do you notice I put a lot of Minion High Five photo in there? That's exactly what they love to ask us to do! Give high five to your neighbours and shout "You! Have a millionaire mind!" 
It is so FUN! Whoever has attended this seminar, they 100% + double confirmed know about this! hahaha

All in all, as I said, it is worthy to attend this mindset changing program. 
My biggest take-away is - There is nothing wrong to be wealthy, instead with the wealth we have, we can bless more people. The negative thoughts about money shall be removed and we shall take actions to get rich!

You must be OPEN and PARTICIPATE to fully experience their programs. Just remove the skeptical mind and go to have FUN. It is a great place to know more people too, just beware of aggressive MLM people :) And please train your stamina as three days are quite tiring too.

Kindly remember, the reason why this 3-days program is cheap, is because they just want to attract you in to sell you more things (The really expensive ones). So, please do expect a lot of sales talks inside. The advanced program (Quantum Leap and Warrior Camp really sound GOOD! haha. This proves they are magnificent promoter!)
P/S: Don't waste your money to buy the over-priced and thin book "SpeedWealth".

Oh ya, the best part is, they give us a 90-days wealth conditioning program workbook too! This workbook can help us to retain the lessons during MMI and root the lessons in mind. NICE!!! 

Guys, Enjoy the Millionaire Mind Intensive and Be a Millionaire!!! 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Toastmasters International Speech Contest 2017

Toastmasters Club - A non-profit organization which provides a platform for members to practice public speaking. 
Now I actively involve in the world largest professional club - Toastmasters Club of Singapore.

Toastmasters Club organizes International Speech contest annually. It is the Olympics of Public Speaking and a highly regarded competition. The contestants will first compete at Club level before moving on to Area, Division, National, Regional, Semi-Final and Final. The most exciting part is, the Semi-Final and Final are organized in Vancouver, Canada

Even though it is not USA, I want to GO!!! Hahaha 

This is my dream, and I take action by participating in the contest. Honestly, I have never been so serious in preparing a speech. I wrote my draft one month before the contest date, sought mentor-ship, practiced more than 50 times. I even practiced in my mind before I shut myself down on bed. 
It took quite some efforts I would say, but not torturing. 

I really didn't expect I could win anything after knowing all the finest speakers in our club signing up the contest. The contestants included the previous World 2nd Runner Up. But still, I hoped miracle to happen. So I just tried my best. 

Do you want to know what is my speech content and how is my performance that evening?
Click the Video below: 

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I talked about "Never Try, Never Know". This is a topic which resonates with me a lot because I am about going to try something new and shocking to the others. 

Anyway, Thanks God everything was smooth and I had delivered what I could just as I expected. I thought I was fine as my delivery was at my 100%. 
That's before I listened to others. 

After listening to a few, I knew I stand no chance. 
Firstly, I was the first to present, nobody's going to remember me unless others were way too lousy. 
Secondly, other speakers were 300% more humorous and speech contents were 300% better than mine.
Thirdly, I just knew I was at the losing edge. 

Well, after the final speaker who was the previous World Second Runner-Up, I knew I would bring back nothing. 

Hahaha. Ok I wrote in a too negative and sad way. 

True enough, they won everything and left nothing to me. Oh ya, I got a participation certificate! Yay!!! (OK I slap myself)

Even though many people complimented my performance considering that was my first time, I am not really happy. I know myself, I am not that kind of person who won't mind defeats. So I have decided to write this blog to record down what I can do better to improve myself and minimize the gap between me and the giants (Those winners!!! Angry!!! lolll joke lah)

Three main points here:

1. Humor 
Humor is an important element in a speech as it can engage, enchant and entertain the audience including the judges. The harder the audience laugh, the more the audience enjoy. Humor can arouse audience attention too, at least they won't look at their hand phones.
I did include humor in my speech, more to actions and vocal variety types, e.g. funny actions. But the others created humor through the structure, content and language. 
For example, "My wife asked me to bring my kids to Disneyland, but I was scared of roller coaster. At the end, my kids happily followed me because I scared my wife more "
"Inspirational speaker loves to say if you follow your dream, anything is possible. So I am inspired and decide to follow my dream. Since young, I dream to get pregnant"

These speakers are so humorous until they can make the audience laugh throughout at least 80% of their speeches. The most important thing is - they manage to convey their speech message at the same time. This is definitely not EASY!
Perhaps I should watch more comedies so that I can learn how to crack better and damn funny jokes in English. Choices of words, twisting of sentences, cheeky expressions and so on.
Yup, I believe sense of humor can be nurtured, it just needs practices!
So I will continue my humorous speech projects in Toastmasters. Hopefully I will be able to craft a humorous yet meaningful speech very soon.

2. English Language
English language is my second language. I converse in Mandarin most of the time. But I do read, speak and listen a lot to English. Just that I still can't speak like a pro! Is this called language learning barrier? lol
Normal business presentation is not an issue at all. But when come to storytelling, I believe I need a boost! The structure, the choice of words and etc. I need to improve myself on these so that I can be more inspiring,convincing, engaging and entertaining. Ah! Creativity is one important element too. But good language is needed to ensure the creativity is well presented.
OK. Lots of things to improve.
The approaches to improve, undeniably, are to listen more and read much more. Perhaps story books or novels. So that I get used to writing stories and being able to narrate in better ways.

3. Delivery
To me, others are more natural in their delivery. Perhaps they speak English most of the time, unlike a mandarin speaker here (⟶ me). They crack jokes so naturally, I suppose they master the rhythm. Every language has its rhythm when it comes to speaking, like a melody of a song.
Pronunciation, enunciation and intonation come along closely if we want to deliver a good speech. Mistakes in these can confuse the audience and disconnect them from following the speakers.
I am glad that my 50 times practices and my mentors help a lot on this.
Still I find my delivery a little bit not natural. Do you feel so?
I don't know la. I just feel such way.
So the only way, again, is practice! I should give more speeches in the club then. LOL!

But I shouldn't feel so negative, after all this is my first time.
I am satisfied that everything goes smoothly, good body language, no nervousness at all, good audience engagement despite being the first speaker.
Thanks all those good and encouraging words from some members too.

True enough, there are huge gaps between me and the giants.
But I shall not give up and one day, I will be one of the giants too!


Finally the days of memorizing script are temporary OVER! hahaha. 

Friday, January 20, 2017

I am a Dreamer: Sweet Dreams as a Kid

Today must be a wonderful and blissful day!
Because I had two sweet dreams in a row last night!!! Wohoo

After being tortured by zombie dreams a couple of times, finally God blessed me with sweet dreams. Two in one night! I woke up with smile :)

In the first dream, I was standing in front of a big crowd. There were a few primary schools kids sitting behind me looking very nervous. I looked around and Ah! I was in a debate competition (looked like one). I was the tallest among them, perhaps I failed to reminisce my "child form". As a toastmasters trained person, I immediately turned to my neighbors and shared with them some skills to do a proper self introduction (Don't ask me why we need to give self intro, I do not understand either). Of course I was the first speaker to establish a role model to the others. I remembered I exaggerated my intonation, enunciation and pronunciation during my introduction. I was so confident without any nervousness as if I was dominating the stage and crowd.

And then!
I won the competition! HAHAHAHA
Triumph like a kid below, not Triumph like D Trump.
(I like the photo, a bit blur, just like how blur I was in the dream)

The happiness was damn real! I could feel it, people congratulated me and the event continued with a cocktail session as if celebrating my victory. 
I still remembered vividly, I talked to myself: "I can't believe I can win a debate in English, when I can speak like a pro!? LOL"; "Perhaps may be I am extremely confident, that's why I can speak so well" 
HAHAHA. OK done with the stupid monologue part. 

The most interesting part was, I was required to give 2 minutes victory speech! What a nonsense dream! 
But I didn't have time to prepare at all, then the nervousness started to kick in. But I told myself: "No worry, as long as I am confident, I can anyhow give a two minutes speech!" LOL (Perhaps I join Toastmasters too much! HAHAHA)

The moment I stood in front of the audience in suit .... the dream ended! (Like Faded away) 
Whatttt!!!! I wanted to enjoy the moment lorrrr ~~~

But the fun didn't end there. I was literally "transferred" back to my home in Muar. I saw my uncle and asked where the cakes are? (Please don't ask me why suddenly I ask about cakes) Apparently there was a party at my house. I got an answer from my uncle and ran towards a food booth outside my house. (FYI, my house has a wide empty compound in front). When I arrived there, I saw attractive and colorful cake! It very much looked like this:

I slid the cake and tasted it. The cake was so delicious, creamy and satisfying sweet (I am a sweet stuff lover anyway). Then I saw a lot of kids coming towards me. Most of them are Caucasian kids. I was so happy to see them and played with them joyfully. The exhilaration was so beyond description. We hold hands and ran around. We laughed and cared nothing. It was just like going back to the innocent childhood. 

There was a kid telling me that there were a lot more cakes waiting for us. So all of us rushed there and started eating more cakes. The variety of cakes was impressive, they had different layers with different colors. I kept eating like no tomorrow, my unlimited appetite could be compared to a black hole! Some kids even told me, next time they would bring their special cakes from their countries for me. Yes Yes Yes, I couldn't wait for that! 

Later on, all of us started dancing. You would not believe that, everyone was doing Indian dance! HAHAHA. (Since when I am a fan of Indian Dance?! LOL) I even saw Indian uncles and aunties demonstrating the Indian dances to us! What a hilarious and enjoyable moment. 

In a few minutes, I was literally "transferred" back to my house (Pooooffff~~~) meeting my brother and the uncle, they asked me where I got all those cakes.

I answered: "Well..."

blu... blu... blu... I opened my eyes.

Sweet dreams indeed can cheer me up. The happiness upon waking up is incredible. I still can't believe the joy I have with those kids. (P/S: I am not a kids lover. I feel like after having a baby, my whole life is going to revolve around the baby, sacrificing my personal enjoyment)

But, the dream reminds me of a story:

Two neighbors in a flat; one with a kid but poor, one without any kid but rich. The poor looks happy but the rich looks sad. Because there is a baby smiling to the poor but the money doesn't smile to the rich.

Undeniable, one day I also want to have my own family and kids, if that's God's will and blessing.

Anyway, happiness can be as simple as having a sweet dream. 

Have a nice year ahead, everyone :)