What would the weather be in San Francisco?Jan 24, 2018
Welcome to this episode. I'm Tom Koster. Today I'm wondering what the weather will be in San Francisco. The reason is that I'm going to San Francisco next week. My son, Leon, my oldest son, is coming with me and it's his first time to the USA. For me, it's the 20th, 30th time, whatever. I've been going to the US since January 2000, so for more than 18 years now. He's going to join me now. He's 20 years old.
When I first went, he was just two years old and I can remember very well how that was. For me, also, as a dad, going all the way to the United States was not easy, leaving a small kid behind, but I knew I had to do it in order to grow my business and to provide for my family.
I remember quite well that the seminar that I went to in January 2000 took place in Los Angeles and it was an internet seminar by Jay Abraham and there I saw the light, I saw the big possibilities that internet marketing would bring. It was obvious for me that the people who were on stage sharing their information, they were already successful doing internet marketing and internet business in the US. My vision was to take the information, take the inspiration, and bring it to the Netherlands, which I did.
Since then, I've helped a lot of clients and I'm still helping a lot of clients with growing their business using internet marketing, social media, websites, and it's also very inspiring to me to get back there and just to meet the friendly people in seminars, and to have the inspiration, and to do the networking, but also to reflect on how my business is doing, how my private life is doing, how my social life is doing, and what is going well, and what would be a possibility to improve in my life.
Basically, it's three things. Number one, it's the information. Number two, it's networking. Number three, it's reflection. It's not vacation for me. Going there is no holiday time. It's business. To be honest with you, when I am on holiday, my mind also keeps running, and running, and running, and I'm also doing business when I'm on holiday, helping clients with their media messages. But, for me, it's work and it's not work, you know? If you love what you do, then you don't work as much as when you hate what you do.
Last Sunday, I was washing my car together with the friend of my daughter. I drive a Mercedes E-Class and he drives a BMW 118 car, his first BMW. He's also in the business of internet marketing, social media, and also programming. I helped him grow his business a little bit. With my help, he was able to buy his first BMW. We were at the carwash and it was Sunday night and it was 9 p.m. In our part of the world, in January, mid-January, it's Sunday night at 9 p.m., it's dark. No one is on the street and hardly no one is washing their car, but we were washing our cars. It was pretty cold outside. The water was cold and our hands were cold.
I shared a story with him. His name's Mart. I shared a story of me working in Germany when I was a student and I needed to make money. I went to Germany to work. In Dutch, we call it "kassen". In German, gewachshaus. I don't know the English word, but it's kind of a farm where they have plants, and they grow the plants and flowers and they sell them. As a young kid, 15, 16, 17 years old until my 21st, 22nd birthday, I worked there, all my school period. I worked there in summer, in autumn, in winter, and in spring.
During the winter, it was very cold and we had to go outside to wash some pots. There was this big tub with a lot of water and we had to take the small pots, and put it in the tub with water and we needed to clean the pots. It was very, very, very cold. Doing that kind of work provided me with money. We were paid about 4 German Deutsche Marks per hour back then, which is a little less than € 2,- now.
But that gave me the conviction that I would do whatever it takes, study in school, not to have to do this work to make money. The motivation that I got from doing my vacation work and we went there not only on vacations, school vacations, but also on Saturdays. I made quite a decent amount of money for a kid back then. But it motivated me to study in school and it was a motivation. It still is a motivation to learn from the best of the best what it takes to be successful in business.
That's the motivation for me to fly to the US also next week, and going to San Francisco. I'm curious what the weather will be in San Francisco. But I already cheated a little bit and I looked at the app on my iPhone. I know that there's going to be a few sunny days over there. In centigrade, it's about 14 degrees centigrade, which is not bad in January, at the end of January.
What seminar am I going to attend? I'm going to attend the sales seminar from Eric Lofholm. Eric is my sales mentor and also business partner. I have translated Eric's work into the Dutch language and I'm teaching sales to my clients in the Netherlands, but also in other countries in Europe, and also in North America. Especially, these clients are small business people who run their own business, selling IT services, websites, social media.
I have some free information if you're interested. You can go to my website at tomkoster.mykajabi.com. You can also send me an email to [email protected] One of the free things that I have for you is a free PDF of a book called The System. Also, I have a free PDF of a book called 21 Ways to Create Revenue Now. I also have access to a membership site for only € 1,-. If you're interested, take a look and maybe I can help you grow your business by making more sales, getting more clients.
That's it for this episode. The next episode will be from San Francisco and I will let you know how the weather is over there.
Thanks for listening. Have a great day. Bye for now.