Avoid Using This Networking Tactic, It Will “Kill” Your Credibility.

Social media is great! a lot of people use it to learn things and reconnect with long lost friends or relatives. Then, you have a group of people out there who seem to use social media as a way to try and get attention when they haven’t done enough to earn it the right way…..let me explain.
People have a sneaky way of trying to look more important than they actually are on social media. This usually happens after they read a new book or attend a weekend seminar and so now they have some kind of new energy about them and they make attempts at trying to look or sound as if they are so much busier than they have ever been in their life.
You never see posts like this from them, but all of the sudden they are now getting a lot of attention?….WHY?, just because they got back from a motivational weekend? Let me show you a tactic people use and see if you can recognize anyone who has used this in the past. If you see this being done, start calling people out on it.Don-t-be-fooled-People-aren-t-who-they-Post-to-be
 
You ever see someone post this….
“Hey everyone, I have been getting a lot of people asking about my program lately so here is a video link that talks all about it in detail, contact me for details once you watch it”
 
 
OK, you see that post? its a lie! no one is asking “YOU” about anything. This is a tactic that people will use to try and get some type of attention to their brand when they are desperate. If they were speaking the truth here is how that would actually look.
 
“Hey everyone, I have been getting a lot of people asking about my program lately so I’ll drop a link for those people and for anyone else interested in the things that I teach…Here you go (Tag Person), (Tag Person), (Tag Person).
The people you are tagging should be the ones who have been asking about you and your program, that is…..if they actually exist.
 
This is a credibility thing and when you actually add names to your list of interested people, it shows you are not lying and it allows other people to look at those who are interested in you and from there people start making decisions as to whether or not those people’s opinions matter.
 
Why should you care?……If I posted that I have people asking me about my program, it shows that I am in demand, from there I show people who is actually interested in my content by tagging their names. This allows other people on Facebook to look at those people and see if they are kind of like them. If you are similar to these people then guess what?…..maybe you would like some of the information that I offer because you and these other people have a lot in common so instead of just saying “I have people asking me about”…….instead of saying that, BACK IT UP!b82e6d92c587c0743d6aeaffcdcc4e41
 
Leave tagged names for others so people can see what kind of crowd you are attracting matters. It builds trust and I myself have done this. I posted a while back about one of my classes. I hash tagged some names in that post and then I got some texts from people on Facebook saying “I saw your post and I am friends with (Tagged Person) , we are buddies on Facebook so I figured if they liked your class, then maybe I should look into it.
 
This is how I have found most of my students on Facebook. I post things and tag people who actually took my classes and did the work, from there it shows that some “Action” has been going on and maybe people who see that post will come take a look at what I have to offer. Credibility sells itself. Be honest and you will naturally attract more people.
 
See how that looks now? when you actually have people asking about your content, put their names down and tag them. Behind the scenes I send people links if they have shown any interest in content that I have produced. I contact those people directly vs announcing on social media that I am in such great demand from people. Go look at these people’s Facebook feed’s. If their page looks no different than usual, then how is it that they are now getting all kinds of attention when what they have been posting hasn’t changed at all?
This is what people fail to learn, when you try tactics like this, it shows desperation. You can tell who actually deserves new traffic and attention because you will notice on their pages an increase in activity or you will notice them trying new things which could contribute to new people actually being interested in them.
If you see posts like that from people, go see if they have made major changes to how they have been posting over the past few weeks, if its the exact same, CALL THEM OUT! you don’t all of the sudden become in demand if you don’t change how you get attention.53854431
This tactic is being used a lot on social media, it can be presented in many ways, here are a few.
#1. “Hey guys, I have had people asking to see more of my artwork so here is a link for that”
#2. “WOW”, people have been asking me about my new book because they heard it was really good from other people, this link will take you to my page on amazon”
#3. There has been a lot of people asking me about how I get free leads for real estate, I’ll drop a link for a video so you can see just how I do this”
Those three examples are ways to deliver the same pitch, but with just different wording. You can do this for any industry and it is being used a lot because people just don’t know how to gather in the right amount of attention to their brand. When things get tough and your views are not going well, this is a tactic that a lot of people rely on to get some kind of quick gratification and its a bad idea to try and prop yourself up like that when you haven’t earned it.
 
This is a common tactic used by business owners, its (weak sauce) is what it is so the next time you see this type of a post from someone, call them out! because people who are in demand don’t have time to post about how much demand there is for them, they are too busy getting back to those demanding people to even have time for posting that type of thing.
 
Don’t be so starved for attention that you have to use tactics like this to feel better about yourself, try earning attention with your work ethic and knowledge, its a lot more rewarding!

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I have had people ask about this class Masters Class. Contact me on Facebook and I’ll give you their names so you can ask them why they were interested and then you can see if they signed up or not and find out why! (Credibility Matters)

Michael Opolski is an Entrepreneur, Real Estate Investor, Mentor, Music Producer, Blogger, & Author.

Meet The Mentor: Do You Suffer From Excusitis?

I have a test I use on students. It’s a social media test and it gauges how much time you waste time posting things that do you no good. I don’t tell students that I do this but its part of their training when they are in my program.
I’ll break it down so you can see how this works. Most of my students suffer from bad habits, one of them is “Excusitis” this happens a lot because people get side tracked with bullshit drama in their life vs working on building their business.7-steps-to-get-beyond-excuses-5-638
Today I had to let a student go……yup, it was bad! Let me show you what their past week looked like and then you can see how bad it gets. This person told me they couldn’t get everything done for the week because they were too busy with “WORK”, then after it was time to hand in the work for the week this guy got defensive and lashed out at me because I was holding him to a higher standard of accountability (which is why he signed up for the program) .You can decide whether or not they deserve a second chance.
Monday 13th – Gets into an argument on Facebook about president Trump Online. The feed goes 27 comments deep and lasted longer than 2 hours.  Student tells me he head no time for a blog or a video that day because he was tied up with work.
Tuesday 14th – Tells me they can’t post a quick shout out video for followers on instagram because they are too busy……later (same day) they posted on Instagram but it was about over priced car service repairs from a place they just had work done. They had time to bitch but not time to promote?
Wednesday 15th – Spends the day cleaning the garage, yup that was it, nothing else for the day.
Thursday 16th – Watched March Madness, posted about scores and never posted a blog or video for the day.
 
Friday 17th – Watched College Basketball again, went to lunch with buddies, took pics of that, came back home.
Here is his reply to me for kicking out of the program.
“You know Mike, not everyone wants to work as hard as you do” I don’t spend my whole day working, I have a life to ya know and what good is working if you can’t enjoy life at all? You need to realize that people can’t life up to impossible standards that you set, no wonder so many people fail your classes”.
Nice message….he sounds like someone who was given tasks that were impossible to complete. Ladies and Gentlemen if I asked you to post a video each day on Instagram for the week, would that be a hard thing to accomplish? You only get 1:00 of recording time so would it be a lot to ask for maybe….6-7 minutes of video week from you so people can see and hear about your business more? That is what this argument was about and it shouldn’t have happened but things like this happen all the time in my classes because people have a big problem with following through on things and they have a lot of fear they refuse to get past.Blog-Article-two-photo-Are-your-excuses-more-important-than-your-dreams
The work I assign in my classes is easy on purpose, that too is a test. If you complain about class work, then you’ll never do what’s expected of you out in the real world when no one’s watching you. Every student who has failed my program did so because they didn’t do the work and tried to lie their way out of it.
If they were honest about messing up, I would still work with them because part of gaining progress means that you identify with the crappy habits you still hold onto. You can’t break habits that you are not aware of. Being honest with yourself is part of the program and how you grow as a business owner.
Now I could be a total asshole and post his text messages that show him having excuses vs him being all rough and tough. It’s very sad to me that I have people who sign up to get better at something and all they do is complain when being instructed and the worst part is they bring it on themselves by not doing the work and falling into comfort zones.
I bet if I was Tony Robbins and I asked this guy to post a video on Instagram he would do it. Part of the reason people fight me is because they think I don’t know what I am talking about so when they fail a task, they blame me which is a habit they have developed over time and they have kind of perfected it because its so quick to come out anytime a problem comes up. It’s called “Excusitis”6e13ef4240d377e4c6eb09e87f4e869c
The reason I bring this test up is because this is what people do without even thinking twice about it. They pay money for a class to develop new skills and gain new knowledge and then they turn around do screw off.
Being side tracked is a huge problem with people and what’s worse is when you assign them work that they say they need help with but then they don’t do it. They procrastinate until the last minute to get anything done and then try to lie to get out of being in trouble.
Being in business for yourself is not a game, its a real world battle for positioning in life. You either work hard to grow, or you work hard to keep yourself occupied with things that don’t matter. I’m real big on people keeping their word so be careful around me because if you promise to do something I will actually believe you until your work ethic shows me otherwise and if that happens, I’ll never trust you or work with you again!
It’s hard to find honest and credible people these days! Work hard and try and be one of those people. Believe me you will stand out if you do.FBCoverB
Michael Opolski is an Entrepreneur, Real Estate Investor, Mentor, Music Producer, Blogger, & Author.

You Can’t Knock The Hustle, There is Always Work To Be Done!

I had a guy named Franklin reach out to me on Facebook and he tells me that I’ll never understand what operating a real business is like. I laughed at him and said “Oh really”?
Here is what he said……“Michael you work too much”, you are always busy and always working and that is not how successful people operate”.
{ME} – You sound like one of those hype men at a seminar, what are you trying to get me into?….Forex?…..Click Funnels?….which is it?….Diabetic Test Strip Selling?
 
{Franklin} – When you work a lot in a business, the business owns you vs you owning it.
{ME} Oh boy here we go!, you sound like one of those know it all, motivational speakers so let me shatter your pitch so you can stop doing this to people because what you are suggesting is just not accurate. Even if you have workers and everything outsources in your business, you still have to pay attention to it every single day. What are your people doing? is everyone being productive? are numbers dropping? what’s the ROI on marketing this month?
So you are telling me that you ignore all of that and just sit back and collect money?…I call bullshit. I know people who make $200k a month on autopilot with rentals and not one of them sits on their ass. They don’t have to show up to a job, but they still have a lot of responsibilities to the business. If anything, you are a silent, full time baby sitter to your business. Telling people that they are not a real business owner just because they still work is just plain stupid and not a good idea either.
{Franklin} – I guess you don’t understand the “Lap Top Lifestyle”
{ME} – Oh here we go! “Laptop Lifestyle”?…Oh you mean sit back and make money on your laptop all day and then do nothing else…is that what you mean? I work from home so Yes, I know what that term implies vs what it should really mean.
 
{Franklin} – You are wasting time on building a traditional business. If you don’t have systems, then you are a worker vs a true business owner.
{ME} – HA HA, are you done now believing this crap? Grant Cardone is worth $400 Million…..works everyday! Gary Vaynerchuk is worth $150 Million, works everyday. Tony Robbins, worth about 1 Billion, works everyday. All of these guys have systems and people who work for them and not one of them sits on their ass all day doing nothing so are they doing it all wrong too?images (2)
{Franklin} – They work only because they love what they do.
{Me} – And that’s why I work everyday. I’m not one of those people who can just sit around all day and rely on a system to keep bringing me in money each month, I need to be busy or else I freak out, besides I have this feeling you are bias because you sound like one of those brand new people who just got started with click funnels and you are brainwashed into thinking that if you work hard enough, you can make ton of money and just open your laptop everyday and check your new bank balance?….is that what you think?
 
{Franklin} – Why is that stupid? and yes, I am actually a part of a TEAM who teaches this stuff. If you haven’t been to one of their events, then you really don’t know what this is all about.
{Me} – Oh yes I do actually in fact, I’ve asked to speak at their events and they won’t return my calls. This is an area that I excel in so here we go. Click funnel webpages are being targeted by search engines now so its much harder and much more expensive to convert traffic from that type of set up. Your teachers won’t tell you this because they want you paying a monthly membership fee to them and that is all they want from you so in the end, you got suckered into a business model that you feel will make you rich really fast and then once that happens, you can sit back and enjoy the money until you die.
 
{Franklin} – Have you ever done this type of business before?
 
{Me} – Nope, but I have students in my program who are and they tried to get me into it (much like you are) and once I explained to them all the work involved with that, they seemed kind of angry.
 
{Franklin} – Why would they be angry?
{Me} – Because its not as great as they make it sound. Landing pages and Doorways pages are now hated by search engines. This update was implemented on March 8th and it was called the “FRED” update.
{Franklin} – So what you are telling me is that my teachers are lying to me? That’s not nice to say, where is your proof?
{Me} – They are doing the typical seminar guru bullshit, they get you all hyped up and then only show you the basics. Once you start “NOT” making money, their go to phrase will be “It takes time to get these ads to convert”. The truth is, it only takes a few minutes to get a new page to start getting responses, it doesn’t take long at all but they will tell it does so that you don’t quit the program. Go ask your teacher about ranking signals and algorithm changes and see if they have a ton of knowledge to dump on you, otherwise they are just selling you another system that they say can’t be denied.
If they can’t answer any of the ranking signal questions then you are being sold a system that is not based on telling people 100% the truth and that is because your teachers don’t even know about the new changes so they just teach you how to saturate the market with targeted ads and in their minds as long as you get tons and tons of traffic to your pages it won’t matter because eventually some of that traffic will convert.

This is stupid because the more unconverted traffic you are getting, the worse your ad ranks overall and then it gets “Ghosted” by search engines which means its not even seen anymore so then it under performs and when that happens you are told to try new keywords and make new ads which means?……spend more money!

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Pages like this are now hated by Google….Just so you know!

{Franklin} – So then I should just quit?
 
{Me} – Nope, instead actually get educated about what it is you are doing. Stop relying on keywords and only what your teachers are telling you. My information comes from the people directly at Google. I somehow doubt your teacher knows the SEO laws like I do because only 47 people sat in on that last Google SEO update video and I didn’t see any guru’s names in that chat room so unless they are pals with the people at Google, then they don’t know this material.
{Franklin} – So you are calling them liars?
{Me} – Technically…..YES! because I can go onto their sites and see just exactly how they are making their money. I can see what keywords they use the most and how. I can also see what links trace back to them. This is not something rare, if you understand SEO at all you can trace people’s work. Your guru isn’t telling you the whole truth about how this all works and here you are sitting online telling people “If you work in your business you don’t own it, it owns you”, but yet here you are not even knowing the complete story about what it is you are actually being sold on. Most of your Guru’s are manipulating the system and in my Masters Class, I show people just how they do this.
{Franklin} – I’m still new at this sales funnel thing so I’m just getting things going now.
{Me} – How long have you been involved with this?
{Franklin} – about 6 months now.
{ME} – That’s not being new anymore so after 6 months, what I just told you is something you never hard before?
{Franklin} – That’s all news to me and if it was actually important, I would think these people would know all about it.
{ME} – You need a new teacher or guru to follow who will be more honest with you about all of this because this click funnel method is something that caters to people who don’t like work so they do this in the hopes that it makes them enough money to the point where they can buy back their time. I don’t care what type of business you have, as the owner, you don’t have days off. As much as you don’t want to believe that you still are accountable to a lot of things and this whole “Laptop Lifestyle” bullshit pitch that you are falling for is more work than they are selling you on.
{Franklin} – Well, I’m not quitting because I believe what I am doing is going to work.
{Me} – You can have all the belief you want, but if you don’t fully understand how something works in real time, then all the hope in the world won’t fix that. What if I told you that Google will hate anything you post that doesn’t cater to the users query?
 
{Franklin} What do you mean?wmt1
 
{Me} – Google wants your webpages to answer a users question with just one page! Click Funnels are designed to take you from one page to another and then to another. That is called “Doorway Pages” and when you have those, Google redirects incoming traffic for those search queries that you would be getting, and it transfers them to a page with a higher “Authority Score” this means that Google see’s their webpages as a much better source of information.
This gets done without you knowing and the result of this is you not getting any converted traffic so what will you do once that happens?……make new ads and spend more money so for a guy who seems to think that I work too hard in my businesses, you sir still don’t have all the facts about what it is you are even trying to do. Before you start lecturing people about how they should be running their business, you might want to learn how yours even works before you start doing something like that.
 
{Franklin} – Ok Mr. Know It All….
 
{ME} – No reason to get defensive just because someone pointed out that your seminar guru isn’t telling you all the details. I’m not lying about any of this. I don’t think you like what I had to say because it goes against everything you are being taught right now and I’m here to tell you the truth. No business owner sits on their ass all day and just makes money on auto pilot, behind the scenes those people are working but not telling you. Its a status thing they sell to people because that is how you get butts in the seats at an event, trust me I use to say the same shit back when I was in Network Marketing. I said whatever I had to in order to get people to just show up.
A real business owner always looks for new growth and that doesn’t happen sitting around doing nothing all day. Stop thinking that there is some magical finish line of money waiting for you. There is always going to be work that needs to be done and it will be work that only YOU can do so get it out of your head that one day you will suddenly just have enough money to ignore your business 100%., If billionaires still work, then you will still be working, just in a different capacity! I would stop looking forward to that, and focus in more on actually understanding what it is that you are trying to do because you are not very well informed on how opt-in pages are now looked at.
 
{Franklin} – I just looked you up online and I see a ton of your content that talks about this stuff so you must actually know this huh?
 
{Me} – Why do people have a hard time believing that some people actually do research?Yes I do know this stuff, and it makes no sense to get your hopes up on any business opportunity unless you fully understand what you are up against. I have pals who make money on click funnels so it does work BUT, they are not sitting around all day doing nothing, so don’t think that you will someday be doing that. If you own any business, there is always work to be done vs thinking that your laptop will just make you money to the point where you sit on your ass all the time.digital-strategy-dont-believe-the-hype-it-always-depends-on-research-14-638
{Franklin} – My teacher lives the laptop lifestyle, he can go and do whatever he wants, whenever he wants.
{ME} – Really? is that why he has all these events booked he is speaking at? because he is financially free? If it was me, I wouldn’t be speaking to anyone, I’d be out fishing, or traveling vs any of what he is doing. Your guru teaches you how to live a laptop lifestyle, but yet here is working like crazy to try and get his brand more recognition? How can you not see that? He’s not sitting around relying on his systems or laptop is he?, so what makes you believe you will be doing less than what he is once the money starts to pour in?
{Franklin} – I was told that once you set things up, it runs itself.
{ME} – Oh my god Franklin that doesn’t mean you stop paying attention to the business, if anything you have to be the one who is the most involved! Franklin if you want a lifestyle that welcomes in more money then you have to realize that you just signed up to become a much more accountable person, not just with work priorities but also with money management and future growth.
This life is hard, being your own boss is hard, and it takes a shit load of work to make it all come together and then STAY TOGETHER! If you want to really stand out and impress people, don’t go around telling them to work hard so they can be lazy someday. Instead show everyone how much of a beast you are and how much hustle you have because that will attract more attention than you just telling people that you will be rich really fast and then not have to do anything. Smart people know better!
{Franklin} – I hated you when we first started to chat, after a while I see that you not trying to be mean but you are trying to just make me aware of somethings and thats cool.
{Me} –  Franklin, I always end up looking like the bad guy because I have the details that most people don’t pay attention to. Those details matter especially when you are trying to gain quality traffic online for your business. Like I said, Click Funnels can work, but you need to know all about them or else it becomes an expensive hobby vs a business that can rely on steady income each month.
This blog was posted so that people can see that behind the scenes I have people who will argue with me but this is their way of asking questions. I don’t expect people to understand it but this sometimes is how people get past their fears, if they have to be defensive I am ok with that but if I shows them facts about something and they still argue, well then they are just bias.
Over the last 20 years I have noticed a lot of people getting all amped up for the chance to make easy money online and they are not being told how hard it is to build that up. I understand that people have to motive others at a seminar with best case scenario’s, but people need to know all the truth’s about how money is actually made online because what a lot of guru’s don’t tell you is…..they use their fame to increase traffic and there are ways to do that and seminars is just one of them.
They will show you the steps they took to get things up and going, but no one will show you all the tricks of the trade. I almost called Meet The Mentor something else, I was going to call it “The Anti-Guru Zone” because a lot of my content is based on a lot of the things that seminars leave out. I sit in on events, I take notes, and I start outlining all the things they are not telling the audience but they should be.
I then write a blog or do a Podcast on some of that content but for the most part I teach a lot of the deeper content inside the classes I host. After 20 years of watching seminars evolve and how they get set up, I made sure that my program never turned into one of those platforms. This guy Franklin is a good guy. He’s passionate and fired up, but at the same time he is scared because after 6 months of work, he has no money coming into his funnels and part of the reason he got defensive with me was so he could pull information out of me (Smart Move). 
I recognize this tactic in a lot of people. Sometimes its the only way they know how to ask for help. I am not an SEO know it all, but I do know whats going on right now, I have changed how I create content because of the new changes and it has worked well. My goal for Meet The Mentor is to just be straight with people. Be Honest, Try New Things, Work Hard, and Move On!
I get a lot of people like Franklin in my classes. They get started in something new and after a while it doesn’t work like they thought it should so they try to see if its them, or if they need more information that will allow them to grow in new ways. A lot of the classes we have are based around lead generation, branding, social media marketing, and networking. There is a lot that gets covered in the Meet The Mentor classes band I am not bias to any one industry, I look for missing pieces in all areas.
Whether its a network marketing seminar, or a copy writing meet up, or an SEO master mind group, I do a ton of research on what’s being taught to people and what important things are being left out. That is what Meet The Mentor was built on, so seeing chats like the one I had with Franklin happen very often. I like sharing some of them because I know there are people out there who can relate to this type of dialogue.
Its real life in action and sometimes its not pretty, but that’s where communication skills comes in. Franklin could have taken off and said “Eat Shit”….but he didn’t. What you see here is a shortened version of our chat. (believe me it was a long chat). I hope you enjoyed it and maybe got something out of this because behind the scenes folks, personal development is not fun, its hard, there will be conflict and doubt and fear and more. I get it because I use to do the same things 20 years ago, now I work to train people how to break those ideas and habits because I know how to move on from all that crap.
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Michael Opolski is an Entrepreneur, Real Estate Investor, Mentor, Music Producer, Blogger, & Author.

People Love Seminars, Too Bad They Treat Them Like Rock Concerts.

How many of you have ever been to a seminar? I was a seminar junkie when I was younger and I always loved traveling to them and learning new things. Over the years I started to notice a trend with people who went to these events. They treat these things like tailgating at a rock concert.
You see people coming in all excited, they can’t wait for the show to start and then after a few days of being home, the high energy and vibe you were engaged in is all gone so what do you do?……get tickets to the next event so you can go ROCK OUT once again.

I will never forget one of the best speakers I ever heard, it was at a comedy show in Chicago at the Rosemont Theatre. I went to go see George Carlin that night and the guy who opened for him was a comedian who played guitar and sang parody songs on stage. He comes out, doesn’t say a word for like 10 seconds, then he blurts out “ARE YOU READY TO ROCK”?……..The place goes nuts, everyone is screaming and then he softly says “Then why are you at a comedy show”?

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Rosemont Theatre, Rosemont Illinois

That was how he opened his bit and people laughed but I think I was the only person in the audience who thought to myself “Holy Shit” Seminar people have the same mindset, they come in with expectations of one thing but end up finding out its something else. Once they get to an event, after a few hours they start tuning out, playing on their phone, and they stop taking notes. The whole excitement of the moment has now worn off after a little bit and that is where most people fail at these events.
As soon as one thing comes up at that event that isn’t super awsome in their eyes, they tune out and start going back to old habits. It’s weird that a comedy show would be used almost 20 years later as a place where I got the idea to start looking into seminar behavior more but here it is.
You know something interesting? You see all these seminars coming out with these “All Star” line ups. So here is the question. Out of all the speakers…..who is the most right? Who’s advice do you take, how come there isn’t just one theme and they all target that? I don’t like “All Star” lineups for any seminar because its a Guru tactic to take advantage of other people’s fame and center it around you. This tactic has been around forever.
Guru’s will do this because if they add in famous speakers to their line up, all the followers of those people will not connect with YOU if you are hosting the event and in return that turns into a hell of a lot of web traffic that YOU don’t have to pay for, it will naturally flow to you.
The intent is nice and they want you to believe its all for you, but in the end its a self promoting expose of non stop people promoting their brand and personal philosophy’s. This is why a lot of people at seminars never end up doing any of the work that gets taught at those things. They get pulled in so many directions emotionally and end up losing track of what one person said because someone else said something cooler or wiser or worse, they end up falling asleep of paying attention to their phone.1st day
Very soon you will start seeing a lot of “Marketing Seminars” popping now because of all the changes happening to search engines. Smart guru’s are already on top of this. Social Media Influencer’s are jumping all over this as well and everyone and their mom is going to tell you how “THEY” made something work for them. Your job is to take notes and try out everything you hear from that weekend and hope it all works out for you.
Most of it will be good content, and you will fail a lot when you try most of it, but eventually something that you try out brand new will stick and then you have yet another building tool to add to your arsenal in life. The problem is people burn out before they get a chance to test out all those new ideas. Seminars are not personal and that is what people need more of, believe me I’ve been to enough seminars myself to see that this is a problem.
A large portion of people who attend seminars only do so because they want to be closer to a certain speaker or maybe get a picture taken with them so they can gain some status on social media in some way. These people are “Seminar Groupies” and much like people who go to rock concerts and follow a certain band around, these seminar people go to all the events and most of them only go to be “SEEN”, vs actually being a student.
They will take notes and show proof they are a hard worker but after a few days of being home away from the hype of a seminar, reality sets in and then you find out what people are made of in terms of their work habits and real intentions. They buy all the books and attend all the events, but do half the work, or none at all.
Much like a rock concert, most people after a seminar just want to get home and sleep in their bed and wake up the next day with some of that fire burning inside them but much like a rock concert, the fun and the excitement fades and that is why seminars are not for everyone, only the disciplined.burnout-600x600
I sat through SEO and Copy Writing seminars all last year. Those are not super exciting events but I noticed something, not one of the speakers said the same thing. If I sat back and looked at it as a whole. I had 37 different speakers telling me to do 37 different things. No wonder people can’t ever seem to get value from seminars most of the time, they have too much information overload and think they can do all of it, but end up doing none of it.
This is why I created Meet The Mentor a few years ago. I realized that most people don’t want to spend time in seminars, or pay thousands of dollars to go to a weekend event and stay in a hotel when they would rather stay at home and just get the information that way. I went to over 100 seminars in my life and I saw a huge demand for this type of training that Meet The Mentor does.
Why go to a weekend event when you already know that you don’t do the work afterwards anyway? People have convinced themselves that if they don’t go to seminars then they will not be seen as a hustler in life or a leader.
It’s about education and actually doing work folks and not about just being seen or trying to increase your popularity on social media! I’ve seen way too many people pay tons of money to sit for a weekend in a place where they pump you full content and you literally retain 5% of the information you just sat through and once you get home from an event like that you will apply an even lesser percentage because the hype and excitement wears off pretty quick.
I stayed in hotels and I did all that stuff too but I know its not the best platform for most people to actually learn especially when it comes to paying attention to details. I know a seminar is not the best setting for most people to learn from because if anything, its too much information too soon and they get overwhelmed by it and then get intimidated by the work load.

What ends up happening is, they will try some new ideas, fail at a few and then quit working hard after that. It’s instant burnout! When the hype of a weekend event doesn’t match up to how things are in real life, it hits people hard and most can’t handle the disappointment.

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If The Data is Good, Then The Hype Lasts Long After The Event is Over. People Will Praise a Speaker and Their Presentation, but Then Turn Around and do None of The Work.

People want the knowledge alright, but having to sit through a weekend and take notes is not very appealing to many people and that is why most people who attend seminars never do anything with the information they just learned….because they were tuning out during the event.
I watched a famous speaker recently online at an event. The people in the front row were not even paying attention. They were on their phones and not even looking up. It’s people like that who never create breakthrough’s.
When I created Meet The Mentor, the goal was to take out that seminar feel and make it more like a group gathering. We are in the 3rd week of the Masters Class and so far not one person has giving me any issues.masters class blue
In my Accountability Classes I get people who fight with me all the time because they don’t want to do certain things like “Post an Instagram Video” or “Actually be in the videos they post” so they argue about it and its gets them nowhere.
The Masters Class people are a different breed. They are a hungry bunch of people who are starving for more knowledge. this group I have right now is loaded with stars. These people came to the class not only prepared, but they also come in with an open mind because when you get a room full of alpha males and females…..it can get intense sometimes.
My hats off to the people in the class right now. Not only are they doing well in the class and taking good notes, but they are also doing the work “NOW” vs waiting for some magical day to come along where they all of the sudden work like a person who wants to go somewhere in life.
Meet The Mentor is a program for those people who have been to seminars and have not seen any changes in their business. “Seminar Sickness” is real folks, sometimes a change of scenery is just what you need hence why the classes we host are so small. Don’t get overwhelmed by 100 people telling you to do 100 different things. Instead learn the information that would be presented at those events but then have it delivered to you in a way that makes more sense because you can actually talk to the host directly on camera.
When I host these Masters Classes, students are “Live” with me online and they can ask questions at anytime. Having that type of “Live” interaction is important to people because many times they need clarification on things and by them asking questions in real time ,that helps them learn better because they are getting instant responses vs just relying on speakers notes.FBCoverB
Michael Opolski is an Entrepreneur, Real Estate Investor, Mentor, Music Producer, Blogger, & Author.

Do You Know People Who Say That “They Work Too Much”? (Call Them Out)

How hard do you work….I mean really? If you added up all the hours in a week, how many of them do you think you are actually working vs not doing anything at all? I ask this question because its an actual lesson in my program.
We track students and what they do for an entire 24 day. People seem to think they work so hard, but they have no idea how much time they actually waste until it confronts them. I host Accountability Classes in my Meet The Mentor program and I have people telling me that they are hard worker and are dedicated to growth.

So far after 149 students, only one person has passed that course 100% without failing a single week. The class is a 10 week program and I have a 99% fail rate for it and its not because people can’t do the work, its because they have excuses that they cling to more than they do anything else.

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If You Can Pass My Class as The #1 Person Who is The Most Accountable. You Will Be Rewarded.

People bitch way too much about how much they work, as if we are supposed to feel sorry for them. You’ll see posts like “I haven’t had a vacation this year” or “I worked a week straight without a day off when will this end” LOL….its pathetic, no wonder people can’t look forward to their future they are too busy wondering when their next day off is or they can’t wait for the weekend to get here (It Can’t Come Soon Enough). They will also justify their pain by letting you know the exact days in a row it has been since they last tastes freedom LOL. The bigger the number, the more sympathy they want or they want you to tell them how hard working they are…(give me a break)….no really, I need one from these type of people!
I personally haven’t had a day off of working or as I call it (Being Productive) since October 29th 2001 and I’m not kidding. That was around the time my mentor died. I’ve have even worked on Christmas Day, My Birthday, and New Years Eve every year since that date and I never missed a single day, not once. That’s not to brag, that’s to show you that I play the game of life for real and I don’t have an excuse for why I can’t produce something each day for one of my businesses.
I’m proud of what I have built and have going on, why in the world would I need time away from that to go do things that don’t matter like “Watch Reality TV” Have you ever once seen me complain on social media about how hard my day was or how badly I need time off?
You never will because I love what I do and people who feel under appreciated and trapped, those are the people who bitch about work and track how many days its been since they have had any time off. Hard work should be celebrated and not used as a pity party! Otherwise you are just crying for attention and you need to get a life or better yet, go and set some goals set for yourself.

A day without production is a day full of excuses. I don’t care if you have a wedding to be at (even yours) or even a funeral (not yours) you have no excuse not to post at least something everyday on behalf of your brand otherwise that is you telling the world “I don’t want business or progress today at all, someone else can have it”. Real business owners do not think that way at all, only the wannabe’s do.

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How About This Instead… “Never Get Too Lazy To Take Massive Amounts of Time Away From The Work You Should Be Doing So That You Can Actually Have a Life”

The next time you see someone bitch about how much free time they lack, go and ask them what they are doing with all their money that they worked so hard for. Go ahead and ask, chances are you’ll find out there is a reason they are so miserable in life. (no plan)
Business owners have no excuse, you don’t have days off, otherwise someone else takes away your opportunities. Go read people’s feed’s today, see if anyone on your friends list has bitched about the weekend being over too soon or see if they bitch about their job or the hours they work because if so that is someone who lacks fulfillment and venting on social media is their way of letting the world know just how hard they have it in life LOL..
Why else do you think I host Accountability Classes and wrote a book called “Embrace The Grind”? Because I actually live the life that I teach! I show up everyday without question even if I am sick with the flu, I don’t care, if I’m not dead, I’ll produce! and my students know this more than anybody!3D_michaelopolski
My question to those people who bitch about work is this…..“What are you doing with your time off that is so worth while to want to be away from what produces your lifestyle’s income”?  I’m curious to know what is so important that you just can’t wait to get off work to go do….so what is it that you do that is “That” important. Are you reading up on material to better learn how to control your finances?
Are you learning new ways to protect your retirement? or are you fucking around and watching TV and doing worthless activities? (Most Likely)
People complain about money and how unfair life is, but yet they spend all their extra free time bitching about things they could be changing but refuse to so instead they look for sympathy vs guidance or progress.
It makes no sense, shouldn’t you be happy you at least have a job, anyone who bitches about work or how many hours they work is someone who is lost in life and they just let all of social media know who they are by posting this way.
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3 Ways to Register For Our Accountability Class.

Accountability Class registration opens today. Only 30 people per class. There are 3 ways to register. You can register and do the class on your won, or you can register and have the chance to work directly with me one on one at any time of the day (I don’t care if its 3am on a Tuesday either). These classes were the most popular program that I have ran to date.

You can build up a huge body of work in the 10 week class for your business. We cover Blogging, Link Building, Content Creation, Networking, Getting Attention Online, Ranking on Google and More.

**These are not the same as the MASTERS CLASS. This is a lot easier than that class so make sure you know the difference between the two courses. Here is the difference!

Masters Classis for people who already have a business they live off of but want to increase performance and results. This class is not for people who lack motivation to dominate their space. If you lack confidence, do not take this class, it will only make you more mad and you won’t be able to keep up with the work. This is the best class I host and its all because of the intense detail this class goes into on everything.

Accountability Class is for struggling business owners or brand new business owner who want to get more attention to their brand through social media efforts. This class is good for those who don’t have a huge marketing budget to work with yet.16602948_10208615501609395_7254582726090951656_n

Accountability Class Starts = April 1st

Masters Class Starts = April 9th.

 

Michael Opolski is an Entrepreneur, Real Estate Investor, Mentor, Music Producer, Blogger, & Author.

 

Are You One of Those Fake Entrepreneurs on Social Media?

Meet The Mentor is a mentorship program that offers different things to business owners. One of the things I think that Meet The Mentor specializes in is, how to get attention for FREE to your brand with “Content Marketing”.
Meet The Mentor was created from a FREE blog and has grown in size for three straight years because of those efforts. When I work with people in my programs, I mostly work with people who have a hard time getting attention to their brand or who can’t seem to be good at lead generation so for the most part, those are the main area’s I work with people on but that is not all that I do in this program.Fake People
I’ve been around a lot of places folks. I have 7 income streams that I have built for myself and they all took a ton of work to get built so I teach people things based on what actually works vs what a seminar will try and sell you on. I’m very honest with people. If you lack talent in a certain area, someone has to tell you. Mentors are not your pals, they are your teachers who are willing to do the dirty work with you and that can’t happen unless we are honest with each other 100% from day one.
I’m going to change my Facebook profile bio to “Academy Award Winning Actor”. Let me show you why. These are examples of actual people who came into the Meet The Mentor program. Each one of these people said the following…..
 
Student #1 – I’m a Real Estate Developer
Student #2 – I’m a Life Coach

Student #3 – I’m a Real Estate Investor.

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Here’s the status of all three of those people in real life actually.
Student #1Knows nothing about real estate, hasn’t developed anything ever, hasn’t even flipped a house or sold a parcel of land in their life….but their a developer alright! They have been a (so-called) developer for 4 years too…..this is a scary level of denial.
Student #2This person doesn’t have their life together at all, this person works an entry level job, has a degree in a field they don’t even work in, has a business that produces no income each month and is going through a divorce and personal bankruptcy right now….yup, they should be posting that they are life coach alright! This story with this person is this. They admire Tony Robbins and want to be like him. They pretty much think that if they copy some of Tony’s stuff and make it sound like their own, then they can make a living doing that. I told this person you have to actually study and develop skills over many years and actually build a business like Tony did vs just posting on a Facebook banner that you are something that you are not qualified to be yet. (They Quit my class because I didn’t feed into their fake life”)….bye bye.
 
Student #3Never used private or personal money in their life to invest into a project of any kind that paid them a return so where’s the investing part?. If you are an investor, what do you invest in? Magic, and Invisible inventory? This person really angered me because they wear this super huge watch and it sparkles like crazy and its a fake. He bought it at a stand at a mall and uses that prop as a symbol of him looking like a successful guy who is just all kinds of savvy and making all kinds of deals happen. I kicked him out of the program for not being serious about personal development. Personal development is either a part of your lifestyle or you are trying to fake it like this guy does.
This is a problem on Social media. Way too many people think they are business person when they still have a 9 to 5. Unless you live off your business and it pays your bills, you should not be allowed to post that you are anything except what pays your bills.Fake
If your job is a cashier and your paychecks pay the bills and your business just sits there and does nothing each month, you are not a business owner, you have a hobby and a full time job! HUGE DIFFERENCE!
There is too many fake entrepreneurs out there and what sucks is for people like me who work and train people in area’s like SEO or social media for business growth.
I am finding out more and more with each class that I am not actually working with success hungry, business minded people. I’m working with people who think they are something that they are not and it shows in their work ethic and habits and its very common in my classes.
Student #1 has been trying to wholesale or flip a house for 17 months and still hasn’t done one deal yet….but they are a developer WTF? The only thing they are developing is a false sense of what WORK and what real success actually looks like.
My mentor Glen always told me that you can’t say you are anything until you have made a living from it for at least 6 months. Anything I post for my bio on social media means I get paid from it. As soon as my book came out and I started seeing monthly sales come in, I added “Published Author” to my list of accomplishments in life.3D_michaelopolski
If I end up making money someday in something new, I’ll add that but I don’t post things that paint a picture of someone who I am not. I was a DJ/radio guy for 17 years, I’ve been in sales my whole life. I actually own my own video game channel and you can come see me “Live” most nights.
I actually have invested in real estate all over the country and bought and sold land and actual houses. I like to only tell people about what I actually have real world experience in vs what I think I might be someday. It kind of adds to the whole credibility thing.
If you don’t live off your business, change your profile on social media because you are lying to people and what’s worse id that when I talk to many of these people about their business, they don’t have much to say because they are not die hard students of their niche, they are wannabe’s with excuses as to why they can’t move forward!

This is a nasty trend and its not going away. Once people get out of a weekend seminar, they start getting Facebook profile artwork made so people can see they are now in business for themselves. Don’t jump the gun folks. I’ve interviewed people for my program and they didn’t know the first thing about their niche but they post all over that they are an expert in it.

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Don’t sign up for these classes if you are a “FAKE Business Owner”. You won’t be able to handle the information.