Hi, Doug Andrew here.
Recently, in an article published in “Thrive Global”—“Thrive Global” is founded by Ariana Huffington who created the “Huffington Post.” I think she sold it for $300 million, and I’m honored to be featured in both the “Huffington Post” and “Thrive Global”. I like “Thrive Global” because many of the concepts that I teach in my various educational events have to do with having an abundance mindset versus a scarcity mindset.
And she published the concept of an LLC.
A DIFFERENT KIND OF LLC
Now, I’m sort of a keynote speaker oft times at Asset Protection events, where people learn how to protect their financial assets by creating firewalls of protection with corporations or LLCs—which stands for a limited liability company.
And so people immediately think I’m talking about that. No, an LLC in our family—because my wife of 44 years, we have six children and 16 grandchildren, we have employees—stands for Lifetime Learning Commitment: We will never stop learning.
PUTTING THE BEST IDEAS TOGETHER
I have invested north of $3 million dollars in my life “sharpening my saw”—as Stephen Covey would say—learning. And I’m very grateful for what I’ve learned. Probably the neatest thing is taking various ideas from mentors in my life and combining these concepts, these strategies together in a unique way.
One of my favorite quotes from Albert Szent-Gyorgi, who won the Nobel Prize, I think twice in his lifetime, said, “Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen but thinking what no one else has thought.”
And so, I like to learn from various people, because your life is a sum total of interactions with your teachers and books and things you’ve learned. But I take these and I combine them together and marry concepts together and strategies to help you.
And so, a lot of people go, “Whoa! I’ve never thought of it like that before. How did you think to marry this together with that and use that?
That’s sort of where my brain likes to go. So, a Lifetime Learning Commitment, we’ll always do that in our family—we have family Retreats with a Purpose.
INVESTING IN LEARNING
I continue to invest north of $250,000 a year, learning. I do that in various mastermind settings, in think tanks; at Strategic Coach. This is probably my 20th year, two decades where I pay $25,000 to $50,000 to sit in that room. And as Dan Sullivan says, “Instead of trying to be the smartest person in the room, we’re just interested in being in a room where everyone is trying to get smarter.”
We sort of check our egos at the door. I’m learning there, then we go to the Genius Network and you have to pay $25,000 to be in that room where you share ideas. And then Dr. Robert Cooper, one of the most incredible neuroscientists on this planet, I paid $75,000 to be in his group one year called “12 Leaders.” And then Peter Diamandis, with Abundance 360.
I go these various conferences and the National Speakers Association and to other events because I like to come back, implement the ideas in my life, for my children and my grandchildren, my employees and my clients, for you.
SHORTENING YOUR LEARNING CURVE
And then, if you can learn the way that I’ve learned, why is it that we sometimes have to go through the same old learning curve? What my desire is, in these various podcasts, is to help you learn by gaining insights from things I’ve invested a lot of time, energy and money to learn and apply.
And then, if I can share with you the principle, and you can discern if it’s true—a strategy or a concept—and then give you a tool, you can apply the principle in a fast power curve instead of a long learning curve.
Because that’s what I do when I go to these various groups.
So, I’m going to continue to learn the rest of my life. An LLC is a Lifetime Learning Commitment. I encourage you to also have LLCs in your family. And I’d love to be that liaison between some of the most brilliant minds on this planet and what you’re wanting to achieve, so that we can all have a life of abundance.
ABUNDANT LIVING HIGHLIGHTS
– Develop Your Own LLC – Make your own Lifetime Learning Commitment by dedicating yourself to gathering the best ideas from experts in all aspects of life.
– A Worthwhile Investment – I often invest tens of thousands each year to my own LLC, and I treasure the opportunity to pass along the best of the ideas to my family, employees, audiences, and readers of my books. It’s been invaluable—and I urge you to do the same.
– Shorten Your Learning Curve – By exploring books, podcasts, articles, blogs, and expert groups, you can cull together ideas and practices that can help you shorten your learning curve, achieving more abundance through a fast “power curve.”