June 8, 2019

What if I told you I had a video for you today of Socrates, Alexander The Great and Gene Schwartz on stage presenting live?

I bet you would watch it, right?

Sadly, those three guys are no longer with us (although I really tried to get them for you).

Instead, I got three “stand-ins” who I hope you will still like. More on that below


This week, I had the privilege to share the stage with a modern day Socrates (Jay Abraham), a modern day Alexander The Great (Mike Agugliaro)–and dare I say that I tried to be a modern day Gene Schwartz (at least I am his most enthusiastic student).

And he is also my “Homeboy.”

I’ll probably get a video of this event soon (which includes Dan Kuschell, a business builder who is a philosopher, warrior and direct marketer all in one).

We discussed themes like “run your business with the end in mind” and “what key things we should be thinking about for 2020.” And a whole lot more.

We had a blast this time as we did last time.

Here are 5 insights from our session:

1) Your DNA is pre-supposed for greatness (Jay)

2) Success is quicker if you stand on the shoulders of giants (Brian)

3) Fear is a condition of doing life (Jay)

4) If you have doubt or fear, it only takes 20 seconds of courage to get to your next big breakthrough (Dan)

5) You can’t have fear and gratitude at the same time. You can’t have envy and gratitude at the same time. You can’t have anger and gratitude at the same time. If you want to get unstuck, be grateful (Dan)

I also talked about my stroke and how it will make me bigger and stronger in the long run. This was my first public appearance since then and it was a positive first step to get back to 100%.

These events are for dynamic service professionals, mostly business owners, and mostly in the world of “HVAC” (heating, ventilation and air conditioning)…with some plumbers, electricians and other excellent tradesmen as well.

The leader of this tribe, Mike Agugliaro (“CEO Warrior”) built, and then sold, his own HVAC business (which he grew to over $30 million). That’s a great story in itself and I may share it in a future post.

I was in the room when Kevin O’Leary (“Mr. Wonderful” from Shark Tank) called Mike “the real deal” when he told his story.

He teaches his service professionals the right way to lead and grow their businesses–and it’s inspiring.

Mike is a living example of someone who “did it” and now feels an obligation to “teach it.”

Jay would tell us we have a moral responsibility to teach it (if we did it).

I recently sent Mike this plaque, created by my good friend and woodworker extraordinaire, Jason Garber, which is a quote from a previous post I wrote:

That Mike would bring in Jay Abraham to speak to his service professionals shows you his commitment to sharing best practices with his students…and I was so grateful to be along for the ride. 

Today I want to share this video from last year…I think you will get some valuable takeaways from it.

As you can see, the three of us are not at the bar (that came later)…






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