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[Case Study] From $16,000 to $250,000 working 2 days a week just using an iPad!

Posted on 05. Jun, 2013 by .


Here’s another awesome success story for you, from one of our clients.

Just six years ago Nick Cownie was working as an acupuncturist, working hard but making just $16,000 a year. He was also struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder, as a result of being held up at gunpoint a few years earlier. Then in 2006 he stumbled across some teachings that enabled him to completely eliminate the problem in seven minutes!

This led Nick down a path of massive learning, and he set out on a quest to master his mind, and eventually teach others how to do it as well. Hear his incredible story here:


After attending one of our 4 Day workshops and applying what he learned about online marketing, Nick went from near-empty classrooms to creating a multi-dimensional suite of teaching channels including books, webinars and automated online training that reaches thousands of students without him even having to be present. And much of his marketing is also automated!

Could you transform your business so it could be run from your iPad anywhere in the world?

View the case study here:

Join the workshop that changed Nicks life: http://www.ourinternetsecrets.com/workshop

We just love being inspired by other people who have been successful online. It’s one of the reasons we love what we do, especially when our students start to make a big difference in their lives and the lives of others around them.

At the next OurInternetSecrets workshop we’ve invited 7 new inspiring people just like Nick to share their lessons and learnings with you. They’ll be going through in detail what they did and how they applied their workshop learnings to their business.

The stories range from those making an extra few hundred a week, to those creating 7-figure incomes. All ages, all walks of life. The one thing they have in common, is that they all attended the 4-day OurInternetSecrets workshop.

If you haven’t yet booked your place, then remember, as a client of ours you qualify for two tickets to this info-packed event. You’ll leave with everything you need to create your own online business.

It’s on 14th-17th June at Mantra Legends on the Gold Coast.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Daryl and Andrew

PS – Here are some more comments from attendees at our past workshops…

“I was incredibly inspired by seeing people who are just like me being successful. If you are serious, you WILL get some huge benefits from attending. Can’t recommend it enough.” Robert Binnion, Varsity Lakes

“I came to extend my learning on internet marketing. The 4 day workshop gave me the clarity I needed to move forward in my business. I am now focused and charging forward. Absolutely worthwhile.” Stephen Thomas, Brisbane

“Opened up a whole new world of opportunities for me. Loved the speakers. Very powerful hearing from people who have gone through and implemented the program. The opportunity of a lifetime doesn’t come along everyday, so don’t miss this one!” Mary West, Mermaid Waters

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Feb 2013 Four Day Workshop Debrief, Wrap and Thank You!

Posted on 26. Mar, 2013 by .


First a big thank you to everyone who attended our February 4 day workshop! It was a jam packed event that got rave reviews from everyone we spoke to.

Andrew and Daryl shared some incredible content, much of it updated and refreshed. They even spoke about some new concepts never seen before which blew everyone away.

Our business builder competition was a huge hit. 8 inspiring entrepreneurs came up on stage and shared their successes and lessons along the way. They were all a lesson in courage and overcoming obstacles. Voting was understandably a tough proposition for attendees, who could only choose 1 winner. In the end, Nick Cownie’s courageous tale won the audience over. But honourable mentions to all participants including Simon and Joanne Bowen, Duncan Capi, Liz and Andrew Dunoon, Julie Mason, Sonya Matthews, Monika Mundell and Brian Keen.

Everyone that stuck around for the full four days was eligible to win our MEGA-SHOWBAG which had over $20,000 worth of prizes which included flights, accomodation, coaching, courses and training and even a day with Andrew and Daryl! Congratulations to Andrew Kavanagh whose name was drawn from the barrel. You are one lucky man but more importantly thanks for coming and playing full out.

Also a special thank you to our speakers who gave away some amazing gifts and taught some great content. Matt and Liz spoke about flipping websites, Bret Thompson about copywriting and Warren Black spilled the beans on Asset protection and how to legally reduce your tax. Please contact our helpdesk on support@ourinternetsecrets.com if you missed out and want to find out more about their events.

Thank you to everyone who gave us a testimonial and also to everyone who referred 10 or more friends. All referrers will get a copy of the workshop videos in due course.

The winner of the testimonial competition will be announced shortly (we have our top 3!). The referral competition was won by Sally Martin! Congratulations to Sally who will be enjoying some relaxing time at the palazzo versace.

Andrew gave a powerful session on mindset, getting people to team up and get out of their comfort zones. His mission? To help people identify the blocks that are holding them back from financial freedom. He also shared some exciting new strategies on the authority site model. Imagine a site that is able to highly target your audience, but still rank well on google due to its dynamic content and personalised websurfing experience. Good stuff.

Daryl spilled the beans on some of the latest and greatest strategies that she had learned about recently and implementing right now into her business. Not only did she she share the results, but as is standard at a 4 Day workshop, taught the audience exactly how it was done. And of course everybody loved the planning session that topped of the workshop so people had an actionable plan the second they stepped out of the workshop.

If you missed out on on this workshop and would like to attend the next one, please book out June 14-17th in your diary as our next workshop will be held during those dates at Mantra Legends Hotel on the Gold Coast. To book your seats, simply register at http://www.ourinternetsecrets.com/workshop.

See you there!

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Alex Cownie: How I Created $14,000 In 7 days From One Email With No Business Experience And No Money!

Posted on 18. Oct, 2012 by .


Thought you’d enjoy this short video. It shows how a client of ours, Alex Cownie, made over $14,000 in her first 7 days with no internet smarts and no money, and from just one email. Inspiring stuff!

Here’s the background to Alex’s story.

As a ballet dancer at the top of her career, Alex danced for Princess Grace of Monaco and was considered one of the world’s top dancers. But tragically, a serious knee injury wiped out all her dreams of performing around the world.

But she didn’t give up, and after attending an OurInternetSecrets workshop she had the tools to turn her passion into a serious income.

In this inspiring case study, Alex shares her story in detail. You can view the case study here:


We just love being inspired by other people who have been successful online. It’s one of the reasons we love what we do, especially when our students start to make a big difference in their lives and the lives of others around them.

At the next OurInternetSecrets workshop we’ve invited 7 new inspiring people just like Alex to share their stories with you. They’ll be going through in detail what they did and how they applied their workshop learnings to their business.

The stories range from those making an extra few hundred a week, to those creating 7-figure incomes. All ages, all walks of life. The one thing they have in common, is that they all attended the 4-day OurInternetSecrets workshop.
If you’ve already booked your place – welcome! We look forward to seeing you there.

If you haven’t yet booked your place, then remember, as a client of ours you qualify for two tickets to this info-packed event. You’ll leave with everything you need to create your own online business.

Here’s the link to book (and view Alex’s video):


The event is on 26-29th October at Q1 on the Gold Coast.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Daryl and Andrew

PS – here are some more comments from past attendees:

The quality of the information and speakers was first class. It’s definitely one of the best workshops I’ve been to. An absolute MUST! Carol Fisher, Sunshine Coast

The information I gleaned was INVALUABLE. I had so many light bulb moments in nearly every session. I felt like I was at a family gathering because of how much Andrew and Daryl cared about each person that came along. Don’t hesitate, this is a proven system and will work for everyday people like you and me! Heather Fields, Buderim

I was shocked to be presented a TOTAL turnkey solution which was very unexpected. I paid thousands on workshops that weren’t half as good as this one! Lisa Hudson, Toowoomba

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Alex Cownie
Alex: Hi, everyone.
Andrew/Participants: Hi!
Alex: Everyone is very enthusiastic, I like that. When I was offered to speak today the first thing that went to my mind was, “Oh, no. I can’t do that. They’re not going to understand a word of what I’m saying.” I thought, that’s a very convenient excuse to miss out on a really good opportunity. Then I thought, you know what, I’m just going to do it. I’m going to step up and come here and tell you seven years ago I could not speak a word of English. Nothing. I couldn’t even say hi.
Then the more I thought about this presentation the more I realise, well, this is not so much about me because if it were about me I would probably be dancing around the living room or feeding ducks with my baby. This presentation is about you. I’m here for you, each and every single one of you. So if I didn’t have this presentation I get every one of you to feel really inspired, feel that all the things that you’re learning these four days are so easy to implement and you end up thinking like, “Alex’s business just rocks,” then I win.
For so many years I used to actually spend much more time on stage than I was off stage. I’m used to all of these lights in my face. I was a dancer. I was a professional dancer and I did really well. By the age of 17 I was doing already solo tours all over Europe. I danced for the Princess Grace of Monaco. I was on the top 50 dancers in the world between 18 and 21 years. Things are looking really good for me.
What happened is that I came to Australia – that was actually a really good thing. But when I came to Australia I danced and actually danced with Sydney Dance Company. They told me, “We’d love to hire you in the company but you don’t have the right visa.”
So I said, “Oh, awesome.” So I went along started to do other things and try to get a visa and along the way I got injured. I injured my knee and that was the end of it.
They told me, “You have to take 18 months off.”
I was really depressed, really down. Pretty much my whole life was over. It was 12 years I was training every day. I never took more than six days off ever in a row and all of a sudden it’s like, “What do I do now?” I’ve nothing to do.
Fast forward, five years, I married a beautiful husband and had a beautiful baby. But I was so bored. If you’re a parent you know that you have to change night keys, wake up five times a night, and cook dinner every day. That was fulfilling on some level but that was not enough. I wanted and I needed more.
So when my husband who had a business came to me and said, “My business is going good, not great, I need to learn Internet marketing and I want to learn from the best in the industry so I’m going learn from Andrew and Daryl Grant.” He said to me, “You know what, let’s do it together.” I was like, “Oh yeah, great!” I absolutely want to do that because I was so bored I just was excited to learn something new.
So when I joined the Millionaires Club 12 months ago, that was for my husband. I had no intention to do any business for myself until five months ago. I’m happy to announce that I’m not bored anymore.
Then we went to Thailand, I had a lot of fun in the retreats. I loved it. One day after dinner – Andrew knew about my injury and he just came to me and he was just looking like this, “Hmm.”
I said, “What’s going on here?”
He said, “You know what, actually I can help you with your injury.”
I’m like, “Okay. Well, you’re a super guru Internet marketer; can you really fix an injury?” But I like to think about things open-mindedly so I said, “Sure, I’ve got nothing to lose, let’s go for it.”
We sat down, three hours later after working on a bunch of stuff, for the very first time in five years I could not feel my pain anymore. It was amazing, so I can never thank you enough for that. It’s really amazing. Thank you, Andrew. Completely unexpected and changed my life. I was reborn again.
Actually, two weeks ago was the first time I actually trained for three hours with the proper training, first time I put on dance clothes again in almost six years now and this is how I looked like. That was two weeks ago. I could dance again.
I said, “Wow, everything is going so well maybe I should just back off a little bit and stay in my little comfortable life and make a few excuses.” That’s really comfortable here because I had the knowledge now to maybe build something, some sort of business or a dance. Also, I knew I could dance, so let’s back off a little bit. It’s a bit too fast here. I said, “I don’t have enough experience or I don’t know the first thing about websites. I don’t speak English well enough.”
“Ha, ha, ha.” They laughed at me. It’s like, “What are you doing now?”
“I don’t speak like a business woman. If you know me in the outside world, I’m always jumping around and dancing. I don’t have the serious look that you would expect out of business people. People don’t understand me on the phone. They always ask me to repeat myself. It’s so frustrating. I’m just not good enough.”
He said, “It doesn’t matter.”
But then I thought, you know what, it’s like people coming to a dance class and saying, “Oh, I’m so sorry. I got two left feet. I can’t dance.”
“Well, my friend, you’ve got a right foot, a left foot. I think you’ll be fine.”
If you’ve got excuses, maybe you should think about doing the same because they’re just irrelevant. You can just do it. So, let’s go for it.
With zero experience on the Internet or in business and with no money to invest in it, what the hell am I going to do now? It just gave me an idea. I’ve got a lot of experience as a dancer, so I’m going to write a book. I’m going to share what my experience is. So I went and looked at my Our Internet Secrets notes.
What do I do first? First, I’m going to do research to make sure this project is viable. I followed step-by-step everything that I’ve been taught like you’ve been taught this weekend. What keyword do I need to use? Is it a viable project? Do I make money out of it? Do people want it? Are people actually looking for this information? Who are my clients? Who are going to be my competition? It happened I had no competition in the field. It was awesome. What was going to be my twist?
I figured all that out. It took me about three weeks. That was in February. Then I put together a marketing plan. Twelve months ago when Nick said, “I’m going to need to learn Internet marketing,” I went to the dictionary and went, “Marke – what? What does that mean? Hmm… That’s interesting.” You can’t think of anyone less dedicated than me in this area to a business like this.
I still managed to put a marketing plan. This is how it looked like. It’s very simple. Here I made another decision. I thought, because I know this project is viable, I’ve done the research. I know I can make some money out of this. Unless I tried every single one of those little boxes, I will not give up on this project because now I know the first one, the second one, the third one won’t work. But what if the fourth one works? Tick. Alex wins. And then I make a business.
So, I went on and wrote my book. My English was good, not great. It’s okay. I professionally did that with Carol fixing that. Here we are, three weeks later, I had the book with 23 contributors from 11 different countries. I followed exactly that interview system step-by-step. Some on emails, some on the audio – I did not try and bend the wheel. How would I know? I’m a dancer. I just followed what they taught me and here was my book.
Then I needed to publish it. I needed about $11,000 for that. I didn’t want to invest and involve personal money in it and I didn’t want going to that. I wanted a business to be profitable from day one. I thought, “How can I do that?” I believe everything is possible.
I had a great idea. I need a system that I can reproduce anytime I want to be able to pay for my business so the business can make money and pay for itself and it’s just fine. How do I pay for my project? I felt so clever when I came up with that one I thought I’m going to get sponsors. People are going to be so interested in what I’m doing. Well, I did a really nice sponsor pack, contacted people, followed up on the phone – nobody signed up. I thought, “Oh, I didn’t feel so clever anymore.”
But did I give up? No. I just kept going. I have much more boxes to tick. Then I thought that was a really good idea. I felt even more clever on that one. I thought, “I’ve got 3,000 people on the list. I’m going to sell the book bulk to dance schools.” At that time, I just have one document. What document? That was my book. Not even good English. Not even all in English at this stage.
“Do you want to buy one of those? Actually, do you want to buy 25 or 50 of those?” It looks like nothing.
People just said, “We’re interested but we don’t know what you’re doing here. So, thank you.”
But I still managed to sell 50 books. It was pretty awesome. So I got a bit excited.
I thought, “What if I sell advertising?” Then that was the start of a really good week – a week that changed my life. If I knew that was so easy, damn it.
This is my secret:
Step one, you send an email. Can everyone here send an email? That’s step one. Take note. It’s very important.
Step two, you call two days later or you send a second email.
Step three, that’s the most important point. You get paid.
That’s all I did. I don’t think it can be simpler than that. Results? In my first seven days, I made over $14,000 and I got a free exposure to over 70,000 people from all around the world, so internationally.
I’ve got affiliates calling me up saying, “Hey, I’ve got this list of 30,000 people. Do you need affiliates?”
Of course I said, “No, no, no, no, no.” That’s fantastic. I couldn’t believe this. It happened to me. Whoa.
I still managed to sell 257 books even before the book was finished. That was because I got my advertisers to promote the book as well. It was the deal. Get back [12:02 inaudible] and just get the wheel going.
Getting $1,000, up to $4,000 phone calls every single day is fun. It’s really motivating. I felt so good at the end of that week, I was on the phone all the time, I was following up people – that was so much fun. It took an email and a phone call.
I thought, “I’m going to build my business.” I built a bonus that I could just give away to people. That’s a nice little recipe book called “100 Healthy Snacks” and I just either sell it or give it as a bonus. That fits really well with some of the stuff I talked about in the book.
I’ve got the website where I sell the book. The main purpose of this website is to sell the book and also promote master classes where I go to dance schools and teach and then I make $500 to $4,000 in about 90 minutes. I do that on that site. But most importantly, I build my list there.
The benefits of buying one product – they buy my book and then what? I needed some backend to my business. I needed to find a way to get some revenue ongoing without having to work for it because I’ve got a two-year-old to take care of. If you’ve got kids, they keep you fit.
So, I built up this website. By the way, I did the website myself. As an advertising membership, which means that I get people to advertise on this site for $49 to $497 a month with more or less exposure depending on how much they pay and then here we go. I get paid every month and without even trying to get people on this yet, I already got nine people signed up. So, that’s really exciting.
Now I need to just market that thing. The potential on this one is pretty much unlimited because I set it up so I can put as many people as I want. My goal within the next 18 months is to make half a million dollar a month. Do you think I’m going to stop? Is that motivating? I’m not giving up until I get that.
Then I thought, “I’m going to reproduce the system.” My husband was about to publish a book, so I thought, “You know what, I’m going to do it again with you.” Guess what? It worked again. I asked him, “How many ads do you want in your book?”
He said, “Six.”
I said, “All right.” I wrote 45 emails. It took me about three hours to just [14:41 inaudible] all those things. I got five ads paid for $1,000 each, plus a contra-deal that gets him lots of exposure. That’s actually with Jason Urbanowicz. You saw the testimonial a little bit earlier.
The system works and I can use it and reproduce it anytime I need or want. How fun is that? An email and a phone call.
There’s more. Talk about free publicity. I thought, “Well, I can send emails. That’s pretty easy.” I did that and I got interviews happening from actually next week and for the next four months in every single one of the major events made here in Australia. I got interviews in Dance Australia Magazine and a bunch of other ones. You pretty don’t care about that. All you need to care about is that they are putting my interview in their magazine online in their business news. That’s free publicity to thousands of people that actually are interested in what I’m saying. How cool is that?
My reputation is growing. Three weeks ago I was invited to judge a competition in central coast, a big dance competition. They took me seriously. I just couldn’t believe it. I was a jumpy little person and all of a sudden I was a very serious judge. “Here you go, first prize.” But I did a pretty good job. I even got to sell a few more books. That’s cool.
Then I got a few emails. There are grumpy people and I thought, “Whatever.” I’m not going to care. I’m going to take the feedback and if I need to fix things, I will. but I’m going to stay positive and I’m going to see what all the people are saying about my product and what I’m doing, because I’ve got pages and pages now in about three months of amazing testimonials from all around the world that are just so supportive. It just makes your heart go, “Oh, I’m doing something good here.” I do it for the people. I’m just deciding I’m focusing on the positive stuff. Yes, some stuff are going to go wrong. But that’s okay because more good stuff are going to go right. Just remember that.
What are your excuses? Seriously, do you have two left feet? Can you speak English better than me? Probably. I hope for you. Do you know how to send an email? Do you know how to follow step-by-step instructions that are easy? Do you know how to dial a phone number?
Participants: Yes!
Alex: All right, that’s it. You can do it. I believe every single one of you can do it because I did it. I started five months ago, I still had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t know the first thing about any of that. I’m doing this for my family because now I get time for them. I get to take more care of them. I get to be a happier person around them because I’m not bored anymore. I’ve got a lifestyle.
I actually love my life now. I’ve got a purpose, a mission. I’m helping dancers to be called professional dancers in a smart and healthy way. How good is that? Avoid people to becoming injured like me and I’m doing this. It’s just amazing.
Yes, it’s your turn right now. You have ideas written down. I know. I checked last night. I talked to you. You made effort to be in this room and you know you have no good excuse not to. What excuse do you seriously have? Can you speak English? That’s all you need.
I’ve proven it’s much more easier than it actually looks. If I could do it then you can too. I really, really believe it. There’s no secret. Just follow the system. Thank you.

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Nick Cownie How I Went From $16K Per Year to $99,800 in a Weekend

Posted on 09. Jul, 2012 by .


Hear Nicks Inspiring inspirational journey from passive watcher to massive action taker.

Nick took his background in NLP and supercharged his business by applying a few key techniques and strategies he learned from The Grants.

It has enabled him to create a leveraged NLP business that allows him to run leveraged workshops (often times without him being involved at all!) and gives him lifestyle and time with family!

Nick’s presentation was inspiring, educational and a lesson to anyone that with a bit of hard work and determination you can do great things.


Some of Nick’s Major Learnings:

  • All the knowledge in the world doesn’t mean anything if you don’t take Massive Action!
  • Do whatever you have to do but start associating with people playing the game at a higher level than you. Just by being around these people, things happen and opportunities are abundant.
  • Believe in the Value you provide and get over your issues with charging others for that value!
  • Set lofty goals, get a coach who has achieved it and listen and action (without questioning it) whatever it is they have to say!

To visit Nicks website, visit his blog here and find out about his 7 Minute Mindset Program Here.

We’ll be inviting 8 empowering business builders to speak LIVE at our July workshop, along with our faculty experts and of course Andrew and Daryl themselves. Tickets are limited (and free for OIS blog readers!) so hurry on over and secure your ticket now.

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How I Went From $16K per Year to $99800 in a Weekend

Nick Cownie


Nick:  Like Andrew said, I’m going to show you guys in the next probably 15 minutes or so how I went from $16,000 a year (which sucks, doesn’t it?) to $99,800 in a weekend. I’ll tell you a little bit about my story and how we were able to do that.

What I want to do is actually take you right back to when I was 13. This is when this whole journey started for me. I’m the bigger one there on the screen. I had braces because I had bucked teeth. I had glasses – actually, I didn’t need them. The doctors got it wrong. I had a flat top haircut like Vanilla Ice. It’s not on the slide, but I had acne and I was taller and skinnier than everyone else. I was really attractive at 13. I made a decision at 13 years old, if I have no looks or I look pretty goofy and I had no money because my family was pretty much broke, I need to learn how to understand people.

At 13, I got my hands on a copy of a book by Allan Pease called “Body Language.” Has anyone seen that book? A good friend of mine in high school found a copy of that in the high school library. He wanted it because Allan Pease taught you that if you tell a lie with your palms out, people believe it. He wanted to be a better liar when he’s talking to his parents as much as 13-year-old boys still I suppose.

He told me about this book after two weeks. If you borrow a book, you get it for two weeks and you have to take it back. So I borrowed it and two weeks later, I had to take it back. He borrowed it and two weeks later, he took it back. I borrowed it – and this went on for about six months until the librarian ambushed us. We put it down on the table and she said, “Buy a bloody copy, okay?”

So, we had to go out and get a copy. That’s really what launched me into the personal development industry at age 13 even though I didn’t really know it at the time.

Fast forward a few years – 2001 I turned 21. That’s a big monumental occasion for most people. But what was probably bigger for me that year is the day after I went to visit that same friend who I was swapping the book with – we were still friends.

He just had a big argument with his girlfriend. He said, “Let’s go for a walk,” and it was about 8:00 at night in Parramatta in Sydney. It’s a super awesome place if you’re walking around at that time at night. We were held at gunpoint. I had a gun against my head, “Give us your money,” and all that kind of stuff. I literally thought I was going to die.

I ended up with posttraumatic stress disorder. I had that for five years, from age 21-26. Hopefully, no one in here has had any experience with that. It really messes you up. I almost failed uni as a result of that. I wouldn’t leave my bedroom. I kind of went progressively, I wouldn’t leave my bed, I wouldn’t leave my bedroom, then I wouldn’t leave my house. If I’d go outside I’d have to be home before dark. It went on and on and on until eventually I went to a seminar and learned some stuff – I’ll talk about in a minute – that helped me get over that.

I still managed to graduate uni. I graduated as an acupuncturist. That was my trade originally. That’s my girlfriend there on the screen [laugh]. That’s one of my lecturers from uni. We went and worked in a hospital in Beijing, so I got to fulfil my doctor fantasy, wear the white coat and all that kind of stuff. That was pretty cool. I came back to set up as an acupuncturist thinking, “This is fantastic. I love it. I’m going to heal the world.”

I never made over $16,000 a year as an acupuncturist. That’s not profit by the way. That’s total income. My expenses were equal, if not higher. I was busy going broke as an acupuncturist. Any acupuncturist in the room? No? Okay, they’ve all gone broke.

Two years later, I still wasn’t making any money. I thought, “I’ve got to do something about this.” I went along to a seminar and I saw Andrew and Daryl speak. They presented their e-book process. I was blown away by that so I signed up. I’ve got to get this thing. And I didn’t do a thing with it. What do you reckon happened? How much money did I make? Big fat zero. I didn’t use it all.

About six months later, I showed that program to my brother who was a bit of a computer genius. He went, “Oh, these steps to research e-books – that looks like a bit of hard work and I’m quite lazy. I’ll just write a bit of software and automate the whole process.” He did and it’s still sitting on his hard drive at home. He hasn’t done anything with it.

But I thought that was so exciting, I went to another seminar where I knew Andrew and Daryl would be speaking. I’ve got the guts up to go up and tell them about it. “We’ve got this great bit of software. It automates your e-book research.” Daryl said, “Here’s my business card and here’s my personal phone number and email address.” Who’d like it? I click a button in the sense of it flows away. Obviously I’m not going to do that. But Daryl gave me that.

Do you reckon the world changed overnight? No, I didn’t use it. Absolutely crazy – I didn’t use it.

What I realised is I had a lot of stuff in my head that was holding me back from being successful. So, I started researching options to fix my head. I came across neuro-linguistic programming and hypnosis. I spent the next year working really intensively on my mindset to fix that and I became an action taker big time as a result – from massive procrastinator to massive action taker.

I met my wife, Alex who’s just over there sitting on the ground with our little girl. I met Alex in 2007 in October and – how’s this for action – moved in the same day, just literally never went home.

Andrew: Just hold on. I’m going to interrupt here. Alex, come up here for a second. This is worth seeing. This is breathtaking action, mate. Put your hand up if you reckon Nick is punching above his weight here. This is Alex, everybody. And this is the result of moving in on the first day I think [laugh].

Nick: Take action.

Andrew: Good stuff. That’s worth seeing as taking action…

Nick: What’s this about “punching above his weight”?

Andrew: Yes, mate [laugh]. I just looked at the photos of you. Sorry if I interrupted there. Thanks very much.

Nick: That’s all right. A round of applause for my gorgeous wife. Thank you.

We were married 11 months after the day that I refused to go home. That was fantastic. We got married on the edge of a cliff on the northern beaches in Sydney. That was on Alex’s request in case she changed her mind. That was really awesome.

I still wasn’t making any money though. I became an action taker. I heard about the World Internet Summit. How’s this for action? A good friend of mine had bought tickets to the seminar and she rang me that night and said, “I’m at this event. It’s at the Convention Centre in Sydney. It’s really awesome. They’re not checking name tags. I reckon you can sneak in.”

We lived just down the road; we live in Griffith at the time. I was a bit nervous but I did that the next day. I’ve seen Brett McFall who runs that event and he thinks it’s hilarious because I’ve spent a lot of money at the event that I didn’t really have.

I saw a lady up on stage speaking about a basic marketing training program and she did a presentation. She said, “This will cost $2,000,” and I went, “I’ve got to do that but I don’t have the money.” I went home and I found in an account exactly $2,000 saved up to pay my taxes. I went, “Screw the government. That money goes to Debra.” That’s exactly what we did. We bought that.

What I thought a really good idea is, Alex and I hated our jobs, we were both working full-time – Alex was doing translation for an online poker company because she’s French, French in English; and I was teaching English to Japanese in Korean students, which I had no passion for at all. I used to carry Daryl’s business card around in my wallet with the idea that one day I was going to get the guts up to call – and I did. We’re walking around Circular Quay in Sydney and Alex said, “You just call that bloody number and stop talking about it. It’s been years.”

So I rang up and Andrew answered the phone, “Hi, it’s Andrew Grant here.”

“Hi, Andrew. It’s Nick Cownie.”

He was like, “Nick who?”

“We met a couple of times.”

He said, “Yeah, right. What can I do for you?”

I said, “I just want to work with you guys and do something.”

“So, what’s your idea?”

“I really want to work with you guys and do something.”

Andrew said to me, “Well, you’ve put yourself ahead of 99% of the pack just by having the guts to call.”

Inside my head I’m going, “If only I’d done that three years ago.”

“This coming weekend we’re running a Members Only 2-day workshop up here on the Gold Coast. If you can get there, you can come as our guest. We’ll go and have lunch and we’ll talk and see if there’s something we can do together.”

Is that pretty cool? That’s awesome – just because I had the guts to make the phone call. I went, “Yes, sure. I’ll be there.” Click. “Oh God, what have I done?” I turned around to Alex.

This is where we’re living at the time in Chatswood. We’ve got no money but I have to go. I actually didn’t have a hotel booked until I got there on the day. I’ll sleep on the park bench if I have to. I flew up there and had lunch with Andrew and Daryl. Things started to change. But when I got home, I was talking to Alex.

We lived in this place here and this is a studio apartment. That photo is taken like this – click, click. You can see I’ve got something circled in red there. That is a stain in the corner of the roof. That’s actually a dead possum. It’s decomposed and its juice is sucked into the gyproc and stunk the place up. So we had to get out of there in a hurry.

But in 2009 we’re still making no money, really frustrated, and we thought there’s only one logical thing to do. We’re going to go on a holiday and go and make a baby. When you’re under pressure, what you really need is more pressure. That’s exactly what we did and it actually worked really well.

Who has kids? Do you find it hard to motivate yourself to do things for yourself? If I said, “You’ve got to get up at 5:00 am tomorrow morning to go to the gym,” yes, a good one, “You’ve got to get up at 5:00 am tomorrow morning and take your kids somewhere really important,” would you do it? Absolutely. That lit a fire under my backside that was super, super hot.

I went back to the Our Internet Secrets 4-day workshop just like this. I was sitting there and going, “Oh, I’ve got to get up on that stage. This is a pretty special day for me.” I saw a lady speak, Janet Beckers. Janet wasn’t pitching anything, but I was so enraptured by her presentation that I chased her down in the break and interrupted her lunch. I said, “I’m so sorry. I know you didn’t sell anything. I know you’ve probably got stuff to sell. I want to buy whatever it is.” She went, “Um, okay. Sure.”

Over the next week, I’ve signed up for Janet’s program on running interview teleseminars and making a membership site. The thing that inspired me was when she said, “When you’re up there, go for the people at the top. Don’t shoot low.” That’s exactly what I did. I created an audio series called “Inside the Millionaire Mindset.”

Some of these people you might recognise if you’re into this whole industry. There’s Yaro Starak, there’s Janet, there’s Jo Martin who I think I heard Daryl said will be speaking at some point. Jo is awesome. In the bottom right-hand corner there’s Tim Ferriss who wrote “The 4-Hour Workweek.” I had Tim Ferriss lined up about a week and a half before I was due to interview him, his personal assistant sent me an email saying, “Tim can’t make it anymore. He’s gone snowboarding in Japan.” If you’ve read “The 4-Hour Workweek,” that’s a very Tim Ferriss excuse.

Is Paul speaking as well this weekend? Okay, on Monday you guys will see Paul. Paul is the master. He’s my idol. Paul’s absolutely brilliant. Paul runs Beyond Success which is probably the biggest coaching, training company in Australia. He invited me to come and be the resident NLP mindset expert for his coach training. Now I go down and teach all of his people a couple of times a year all the techniques that I know and use, which is awesome.

We started making some money finally – a sigh of relief. We managed to buy a house. This is our house in Catumba. That’s where we lived up until six months ago. We moved up here to be closer to Andrew and Daryl and the Millionaires Club. So now that’s an investment property for us, which is awesome.

But what’s really cool is the dodgy little apartment we lived in will fit in the kitchen in the house that we had in Catumba. That was really cool for us. Imagine that feeling of relief and excitement when you compare those two photos and realise our whole house, our whole life would fit in the kitchen. Plus, we’ve actually got space for a fridge now, which is really cool.

2010 I started running NLP trainings and I was invited to speak all over the place. I started doing really well. As you can see, they’re quite full rooms and I’m getting around and speaking.

That’s when our daughter was born, Emilia, who’s just the absolute love of my life. I love her beyond words. Absolutely amazing.

I went on a bit of a personal mission to meet everybody that I could in the Internet marketing and information marketing areas. Some of these people you might know. There’s Brett McFall on the top left-hand corner – he runs the World Internet Summit – Armand Morin, Joanna Martin, Matt and Amanda Clarkson, Andrew and Daryl in the centre of course. The guy pointing to me like that, his name is Simon Leung. You heard a bit about Google AdWords – that guy wrote Google AdWords. He designed the whole thing.

I met some really cool people and learned some more some stuff. All of a sudden, getting some momentum now, people are starting to interview me. My first ever interview was with West Loh. West is the first person to ever interview me – that was really cool.

I went information product crazy. We started with a newsletter, we started running courses. Probably Andrew or Daryl told me to film it and turn it into videos and audio products. We put up membership sites and multimedia courses. That started taking over. But what got really exciting is in February last year, I went back to the same World Internet Summit where Brody bought the Facebook training.

I was having a chat with Andrew and Daryl there. I saw a lot of people selling $25,000 programs and I thought, “I reckon I can do that too.” Luckily for me, one of the speakers was boring at the time. So I sat there and made notes. If I was going to sell something for $25,000, what would I put in that program? I sketched it out and created a program that I called “The Lifestyle Business Blueprint,” put a $25,000 price tag on it, and I told Andrew and Daryl about it.

One week later, I had 16 people in the room, and four people bought that program at $24,950 which is 25% conversion rate. I sent a text to Andrew saying, “I’m so excited. I told you last week I was going to do it. I just made $99,800 in a weekend and I’m absolutely blown away.” We were so excited – Alex and I – that when people were signing the forms at the back of the room, we had to excuse ourselves and walked down the stairs. We got halfway down the stairs and we’re going like this. We were blown away.

In June last year, we applied and we were accepted into the Millionaires Club. Of course, we went and got some champagne and wine, which is what we have for dinner every night because Alex is French. We started coming to the Our Internet Secrets 2-day Members Only workshops.

In July, we went to the Lucrative Niches workshop. I didn’t do too much after that one. But Alex had a great idea. Alex used to be a professional ballet dancer, so I really am punching above my weight here. She had a great idea which is, “Let’s do some research on how many people want to become professional ballerinas.”

The search term – this is Google Keyword, I took this last week by the way – “How to be a ballerina.” There are just over 1.8 million searches a month, which is pretty good. There’s some good traffic there. If you type that into Google, there are about 28.5 million sites up about that. So, it’s quite a bit of competition.

We put a site up and got it ranked on page one of Google. Do you want to see the site? That’s the website. The content we learned at that Lucrative Niches workshop was so good, we put a site up with no content and got on page one of Google. Isn’t that awesome? There’s nothing on it yet.

In July, I went to another Our Internet Secrets workshop “Build Your Brand with a Book.” Like I said, action taken out, it’s all about action. You can learn it and do nothing with it. You get no results, 57 days later I had my book written which I thought was fantastic. Not to be outdone, Alex came up with an idea and wrote a book in 14 days. Alex’s book “How to be a Ballet Dancer,” that’s what we’re going to put on that site with all that crazy traffic on page one of Google. Sound like a good idea?

In September I thought, “Well, saw that $25,000 program. Let’s do it again.” We had Millionaires Club coaching with Andrew and Daryl. I took the concept to them and Daryl and Andrew gave me one tip. They said, “Everything you’re doing is great. Do this one thing differently.” We went from 25% conversion to 75% conversion. Is that awesome or what? Absolutely amazing. Three times the number of sales from one tiny tip that they told me, which just blew me away.

In December last year, I was introduced by Andrew to Derek and Sally who were just over here in the corner. You get to hear from these guys tomorrow. Absolutely amazing. They’ve launched probably the world’s best weight loss program – I won’t go into because that’s their baby and their story.

What happened is Andrew put us in touch because they had the exercise, they had the diet, and they wanted the mindset to have a complete system. Andrew said, “We’ll plug Nick into your system and then it’s good to go.” One month later, that program was featured on national TV, which is just awesome.

In February this year, we spent Valentine’s Day in the most romantic day possible – we came to a workshop with Andrew and Daryl on membership sites. They had all these examples of “This is a membership site we built in three days. This one we built in three days.” I went, “I’m going to do that too.” But I failed miserably. It took me four days. So, I created a site called How to Close the Sale Fast! From concept to finish and up, ready to go in four days.

Just a month ago, we went to our last Millionaires Club meeting and I told them I am sick of running workshops in seminar rooms. It’s not working for me. I’ve just been screwed up by the venue in Sydney and I’ve got a seminar coming up in two weeks. I’m looking for ways to fix that. The concept I had was running workshops live online.

I’ve got a ton of great feedback from Andrew and Daryl and 14 days later, I ran the world’s first 100% live online NLP training, which is just awesome. As you can see, that’s not me on the screen – I didn’t teach that. I have staff who work for me. That girl was in Perth. We had a couple in Perth, a bunch of people in Queensland, New South Wales, Adelaide, Victoria, and one woman in Tassie – all doing that training at the same time online with live video streaming. First time ever in the world, absolutely brilliant.

What’s next for me is I’m in the process of researching how to get my own TV show. You guys have seen that show Fear Factor? Well, my book is about “7 Minute Mindset,” how to eliminate fear, procrastination, and failure in 7 minutes or less. I want to get people – make them really scared. Here’s a spider and then seven minutes later, they can have that thing crawling up all over their arm. That’s my big goal for this year.

I’ve got a meeting on Wednesday with someone who’s going to become my international speaking manager. I’ll be speaking all over the world. This week I’m going to a workshop on franchising because we want to take our concept of live online NLP training and franchise it and sell it all over the world. That’s what’s next for me.

Once that’s done, Alex and I want to move to France and buy a castle and just have babies – hopefully without sleep problems.

Participants: [Applaud]

Nick: Thanks. So that’s what’s next for me. But what’s next for you is I have discovered the absolute secret to success on the Internet. Do you know what it is? You take the Internet, you add Andrew and Daryl, you do exactly what they say, and then you make money. It couldn’t get any easier. That’s exactly what it is, right?

I told you guys a couple of years ago I was looking and going, “I’ve got to be up on that stage,” and now I am. Is there anyone sitting there going “I’ve got to be up on that stage”? I tell you, in three or six months time, if this happens again, it will be one of you up on stage doing this. It ain’t rocket surgery. Take the advice, do what they say, get the results. It’s that simple.

That’s how I went from $16,000 a year to $99,000 in a weekend. Hopefully, you found some use in that. Thank you very much for your time.

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