Today I turn 34!
Every year on my birthday, I try to flip the switch and redirect the attention that's on me to something much more important.
On December 6, 2014, I launched a campaign on the blog with an organization called Pencils of Promise. My goal was to raise $25,000 to build a school in Ghana, Africa. The community on the blog came together and we surpassed our goal, and I ended up matching the contribution personally so that we could build two schools together for my birthday, which was awesome! I traveled to Ghana to visit the schools in June of 2015, and it was absolutely life-changing.
Last year, I did some volunteer work in poor areas of Los Angeles to teach young kids the principles of entrepreneurship and inspire them to stay positive.
This year, I wanted to do something fun but also new - something that benefits Pencils of Promise again but also gives something back to those who participate.
So, I'm running a little experiment! Here's what it's about...
When I think of the easiest way to succeed in business and in life - the "secret" to truly help make a difference in other people's lives and your own - two words come to mind:
I always say, "your earnings are a byproduct of how well you serve your audience," and I've been teaching my own kids the power of helping others first before asking for anything in return.
I had a t-shirt designed and lettered with "Serve First" on the front that I'm offering where 100% of the sales from this first run go straight to Pencils of Promise. Not 100% of the profits, but all of it.
This is an experimental, limited quantity (500 shirts total) run to see if this is something the SPI audience may be interested in.
A lot of people have been asking for "SPI Swag," but I didn't just want to create something that had only my brand name or logo on the front. I wanted something more meaningful, and this is what I came up with. You can see what it looks like and get your size before it sells out at:
The price is $25 per shirt, and with each sale $25 goes straight to benefit Pencils of Promise to help train new teachers and buy books and supplies for new schools they are building.
If this isn't for you, no worries! I just wanted to do something fun and different on my birthday, and I can't wait to see the #servefirst swag on social media too :)
Before I go and build my new 3D printer (my birthday present to myself!), I have a couple more quick announcements:
Train with My Virtual Trainer!
If you're at all interested in how I stay on top of my fitness, the secret is I have a trainer to hold me accountable. The "secret secret" is that I train with him live, and virtually! His name is Jeff (featured in episode 228 of the SPI Podcast) and he lives in Columbus, OH, and we train together over Facetime and Skype while I'm in my garage here in San Diego. It's awesome!
He's got a webinar coming up this week that I'll be joining for those who want to learn more about fitness for entrepreneurs and how virtual training works. It's December 8th at 2pm ET (11am PT), and you can sign up for free below:
The Next Course I'm Taking
And lastly, for those of you who are interested in the type of business training I get involved with, the next course I'm taking is Michael Hyatt's 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever course. In fact, even though it's my birthday today, I'm going to be watching his live webinar later today when he opens the cart for early bird pricing.
In addition to taking this course, if anyone else signs up for it too, as a bonus I'll be creating a Facebook Group later this month where we can all go through the material together and make sure we set ourselves up for success in 2017, and even hold each other accountable for it.
I have a lot of big things planned for next year (a new book, a physical product, and a couple of courses), and I need to learn from the best in order to make sure I stay on target. Michael is a virtual mentor of mine, so I'm excited to take this course from him.
To sign up for Michael's live webinar (he's offering it today and 5 other times), just click the link below:
That's all for now! Thanks again for your support, and look out for some new minor design changes on the SPI blog coming soon. We're updating the navigation menu and the search capabilities to make it even easier for you to find the content you're looking for on the site.
Cheers, and thanks for all the birthday love today!