If you have been with me for a while, you probably heard me quoting Jim Rohn on “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with”.

I love to be surrounded by “doers” instead of “talkers” because I’m all about progress and results.

However, I’m not just talking about achieving a certain amount of income or status. I am talking about becoming a certain kind of person. I’m talking about personal growth.

Now the big question. Why should you care to hang out with ultra influential people?

Simple. Because it makes you think at least 10x bigger and they hold you to a 10/10.

The fastest way to get where you want to go in business and life is to surround yourself with people who are already there.

Here are seven places you can meet these kinds of people.

 

1. Strategic Coach

This is Dan Sullivan’s program he often calls “Coach”.

Strategic Coach is one of the highest level coaching programs you can get into. Dan has been coaching over 6000 high-level entrepreneurs during the past 40 years of his career.

What fascinates me most about Strategic Coach is that both, the pursuit of financial success and freedom, are built into the program at the same time.

It’s about building financial success on the foundation of a meaningful life while adding massive value to other people.

Another thing I love about Strategic Coach is that it’s built on the idea of pursuing 10x goals. This opens up completely new thinking patterns. It’s not just about 10x more revenue but more importantly about 10x personal growth.

I believe that personal growth is in direct correlation with income, influence, impact and happiness. Therefore, growing 10x as a person makes a lot of sense.

 

2. Genius Network

Joe Polish, who does the 10xTalk with Dan Sullivan, leads Genius Network. Joe started doing Genius Network in a more casual setting, not very regularly, with a few friends.

When he realized that many more people could benefit from working together in a mastermind to achieve their goals, he launched Genius Network as a formal program.

Joe is one of those super connectors. He seems to know everybody and has developed incredibly strong relationships with some of the world’s top entrepreneurs and business leaders.

In a recent 10xTalk, Joe shared the story of how he got to know Richard Branson and further developed that relationship. In the process, Joe also became the largest contributor to Virgin Unite by raising several millions of dollars for the foundation.

 

3. Maverick1000

This mastermind has been founded by Yanik Silver who has become famous as the host of the Underground X Online Seminar.

Yanik has a pretty impressive story, building all his wealth and success from zero without any rich parents or being born with a network of influential people.

What fascinates me about Maverick1000 is the fact that it’s about impact and contribution.

What I mean by contribution and impact is some of the most successful and influential entrepreneurs and leaders around the globe, putting their heads together to create and invest in ventures that make a difference to create massive value in the world.

 

4. The Titan Summit

I just recently discovered this annual event from Robin Sharma where he brings together some of the most highest performing leaders in the world, the ones he calls “Titans”.

The event is usually held in the Ritz-Carlton in Toronto, Canada. So if you happen to be in that region and want to get some injection of energy, inspiration, and world-changing ideas, join Robin alongside with speakers like Richard Branson and share your impressions with me after the event.

I love how Robin goes into the Law of Association on the event page. This law is built on Jim Rohn’s quote “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with”.

 

5. Product Launch Formula Live

In 2014, I join Product Launch Formula and work with Jeff Walker on growing my business and impact exponentially. Alongside with the membership, I got a ticket to the exclusive PLF Live event that I attended in October 2014 in Phoenix, right after my BYS Masterclass in Los Angeles. It was hands down the most intense 3-day event I have been to and I have rarely seen so many influential entrepreneurs and marketers in one room together.

This event is only accessible to people who are part of Product Launch Formula. From what I know, Jeff only opens it up once or twice a year for people to join.

In terms of business strategy, this is probably one of the best investments I have ever made. The value in terms of strategies but also personal growth has been immeasurable.

If you are building an online business or want to take more of your business online, PLF is a great place to start.

 

6. Gumball Rally

Gumball 3000 was created in 1999 by ex-racing driver, designer and British entrepreneur Maximillion Cooper; and was born from Cooper’s vision to combine cars, music, fashion and entertainment to create a pop culture lifestyle brand of the future. Cooper derived the word ‘Gumball’ from New York artist Andy Warhol after he used it to describe how the public chew up and spit out popular culture like chewing gum; and ‘3000’ as a nod to Cooper’s fascination with the future, particularly at a time when the world was about to enter the 21st Century. Cooper decided to launch his lifestyle brand concept by inviting 50 of his influential and celebrity friends to join him on a road-trip around Europe to experience an adrenaline-fueled adventure, driving incredible cars and hosting glamorous parties each evening. This road-trip and its now legendary parties attended by the likes of Kate Moss, Kylie Minogue and Johnny Knoxville, was the first ‘Gumball 3000 Rally’ and rapidly caught the attention of the press and public alike, achieving mainstream media coverage across celebrity, fashion and automotive publications, gracing the covers of GQ, Esquire, FHM, CAR and The Financial Times. By 2001, the 6-day rally was televised internationally on MTV and the BBC to record audience figures, that gave rise to Gumball 3000 reaching the top of the Yahoo search engines, a result of which catapulted sales of Gumball 3000 branded T-shirts and baseball caps from hundreds of dollars to millions almost overnight. The brand was rapidly gaining the recognition Cooper had set out to achieve.

Over the next decade the concept grew from its origins as an underground rally fueled by myth and rumor, into a global entertainment and lifestyle corporation that now commands multi-million dollar sponsorship revenues and global licensing deals. Described by Vanity Fair magazine as ‘the most rock ‘n’ roll car rally ever staged’, Gumball 3000 has built its reputation by creating an aspirational lifestyle and an attitude that challenges convention. Attracting the endorsement and participation of pop cultures biggest names along the way such as David Hasselhoff, Darryl Hannah, Johnny Knoxville, Snoop Dogg, EVE, Jamiroquai, Swizz Beatz, Bun B, Cypress Hill, Travis Barker, Xzibit, Adrien Brody, Idris Elba, Hugh Hefner, Tyson Beckford, David Guetta, Tony Hawk, Dennis Rodman, Travis Pastrana and Carey Hart alongside leading influencers and business figureheads including the founders of Facebook, Pay Pal and Yahoo.

The annual rally has evolved into a week-long festival hosted by global cities, closing off streets to organize music concerts, action sports demos and spectacular car shows that now achieve live crowds of over a million people, and a televised and online audience that reaches over 60 million households in over 100 countries. Gumball 3000 promotes safe driving, is supported by authorities and Governments and is sponsored by global blue chip companies. In celebration of reaching its ’15th Anniversary’ milestone, the Gumball 3000 Foundation has been established to utilize the wealth and influence of the Gumball Alumni to benefit underprivileged youths through education and building infrastructure.

 

7. World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum is the International Institution for Public-Private Cooperation to shape the global, regional, national and industry agendas.

It was established in 1971 as a not-for-profit foundation and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It is independent, impartial and not tied to any special interests, working in close cooperation with all major international organisations.

The WEF engages political, business, academic and other leaders of society in collaborative efforts to improve the state of the world. Together with other stakeholders, it works to define challenges, solutions and actions, always in the spirit of global citizenship.

It serves and builds sustained communities through an integrated concept of high-level meetings, research networks, task forces and digital collaboration.

Every year, the WEF is hosting a range of events that feature the world’s most influential politicians and business leaders.

 

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