His Name Was Ramon | Celebrating EMP’s Anniversary
If you know anything about me, you know at least that I have been a student of Dan Kennedy for about 21 years now. I found Dan Kennedy’s book in a Buck-a-Book store in Boston, MA in 1993 and my life hasn’t been the same ever since.
Back in 2006, there was an announcement that GKIC (Glazer-Kennedy) was starting these local chapters around the country to share Dan Kennedy’s philosophy, meet like-minded entrepreneurs, and share ideas, and learn new cutting edge marketing strategies. I was VERY interested in starting a chapter, until….
Well, let’s just say the investment in a local chapter was more than what I was earning in a year at that time. I had lost a lot of money trying to invest in real estate foreclosures, and life was difficult at the time. I saw that the only local chapter of GKIC was down in Orange County – the far end of OC! So, each month I’d drive for an hour down to the meeting, spend two and half hours at the meeting, then an hour or more drive back to Pasadena. It was totally worth the time there, but how much time was I wasting on the road?
After about 9 months of going back and forth to OC in mid-September 2007, I got an email from a guy who was starting a local GKIC chapter right in Pasadena. His name was Ramon. He said he didn’t have all the details ready yet, but I should be prepared to attend the first meeting in late October. Obviously, I was excited. No more driving down to OC! Yeah.
So, with a lot of energy and passion, I typed up an email and sent it to all my friends and colleagues and told them they should come. I shared everything I had learned and benefitted from Dan Kennedy and if they wanted similar results, they should join this group. The email went out to about 100 very specific people. 9 people showed up. As I’ve learned, that’s just the way it is. The people who wanted to be there, were there. The people who needed to be there, were not.
After the first meeting, Ramon suggested we meet for coffee in the next week or so. We did and hit it off. After three or more times together meeting and getting to know one another, I got the invitation – you know, the one that Andrew Carnegie gave to Napoleon Hill? (“Commit the next 20 years, without compensation, to documenting and recording such a philosophy of success, and he would introduce him to the wealthiest and most successful men of the time.”)
Since Ramon ran his own larger consulting firm and lived in Los Angeles, not Pasadena where the chapter meetings were held, he issued me this challenge: Be the Chapter Director for his Local GKIC group.
Like Hill, I jumped at the opportunity.
That was eight years ago. In April of 2009, Ramon decided to move on so he could focus on other more focused projects and I’ve been running strong with it ever since. With the help of a couple of great volunteers, I’ve been running it on my own ever since.
Ramon is a wonderful man – a great friend. His son runs in the same track competitions as my son. We see each other every other week. But, I am grateful for the opportunity he gave me back when I needed something big like this. It has been a fantastic journey, filled with great people, ambitious driven entrepreneurs… Wow! I am lucky.
So, please come and join me and fellow members this coming Tuesday, October 28th at 6:30pm to celebrate a GREAT eight years of helping entrepreneurs and professionals be more successful in the Los Angeles area.
If you haven’t already, please register at http://RegisterPasadena.com
I look forward to seeing you there.
Dedicated to helping you multiply your income in 2014 (and beyond!),
‘No BS’ Craig