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The DM Is Addicted (don’t judge until you’ve read his shocking revelation…)

Okay, I admit it, I’m f’n addicted

… seriously I have a massive issue and I need to get it off my chest.

Please don’t judge me… at least not until you’ve read my whole story below.

Years ago, I wouldn’t have dreamed I’d be doing this. Even just a few years ago this wasn’t something I thought I’d do.

But now? I can’t get enough of it…

The majority of the world (and even some of my friends and my own family) won’t understand this addiction, but it’s real and I’m not alone.

It’s controlling my decisions and it’s affecting my wife’s and son’s lives forever…

But I’m not sorry!

… You see, this addiction is something that is rather new to me. (I didn’t know it really existed. It’s sort of like a weird “club” that no one ever talks about.)

This addiction is real and I’m not being silly here, so don’t laugh at me.

My addiction is flying private.

… Yup…

flying private is a real addiction!

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You’re looking at the face of an addict :)

WHY I’M ADDICTED (AND OTHERS ARE, TOO)…

The last time you flew somewhere, how did you go?

Most people try to save a few bucks, they buy economy seating, and they squeeze into those tiny little seats… and are lucky if the flight attendant throws some peanuts at them for the trip.

Those little economy seats barely fit anyone, it’s a tight squeeze to get in and out, and you’re stuck with your knees in your chest for a few hours while you fly somewhere. Forget trying to work on your computer because the regional salesperson of whatever is staring over your shoulder the whole time.

I used to fly economy years ago until a mentor told me to start levelling up my life, then I started flying first class. (If you’ve never read my “Fly First Class” blog post, you’re missing out because some people have called it “life changing” and one of the most important blog posts I’ve ever written.)

Flying first class was fun… and if you are stuck in Economy class right now then maybe that’s the first step for you.

But I have to tell you that I’ve actually since graduated from flying first class and now I’m flying private.

Yes, I get into a private jet and it takes me where I want to go.

And it’s F’n amazing.

The DM and his family are flying private only from now on, wherever private jets will take us.

“BUT DM… YOU’RE CRAZY” (PART 1)

You got to this point in the blog post and now you’re saying, “that’s crazy. Can it really be that much better?

If that’s what you’re thinking, I get it. I understand. So let me ask you a question that is central to understanding my addiction…

What’s more important to you — TIME or MONEY?)

Let me paint a picture for you…

If you and I were to travel somewhere, and I took a private jet and you took your commercial flight, let’s compare experiences…

You leave several hours early to get to the airport. You struggle through the screening process where TSA people poke and prod you and scan you with weird contraptions. Then you wait at the gate for 30 minutes. Then you board and shoe-horn yourself into an airplane seat… and then wait longer while they do a final boarding call and then a final FINAL boarding call for the one guy who’s still pounding back beers in the cocktail lounge. Finally your plane gets going and you have to turn off your phone (at least for the take-off). Your flight takes a few hours, and then there’s a hassle of deplaning with the pushy masses of anxious people… only to get into the terminal and find out that some of your luggage was accidentally sent to Anchorage Alaska, even though this was a routine flight with no connecting flights. You KNOW it gets worse when there are connecting flights, am I right?

And me?

… I show up to the Fixed-Base Operator (or better known as an FBO) which is a little, exclusive dedicated terminal for private jets. I show up 5 minutes before I have to take off; the car pulls right up to the plane. There’s no screening, no body cavity searches. They just grab my bags and put them in the plane for me. I walk up the steps and choose a luxurious seats… perhaps a couch or an armchair with a table (a table you don’t have to fold up before taking off).

… I don’t have to stow my cell phone, I can read a book, I don’t have to deal with a crying baby (unless it’s mine). And when I’m trying to work, no one is sneezing and coughing all over me.

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Lots of work room!
… the flight is fast and comfortable. There’s food and drink and a bathroom whenever I want (no waiting for that weird old guy who visits the bathroom like 4 times on a flight).

… and we land at another FBO where my rental car is sitting at the FBO waiting on me.

Who do you think had a better travel experience? You on your commercial flight or me with my private flight?

“BUT DM… YOU’RE CRAZY” (PART 2)

Now you’re saying, “Okay, DM, you convinced me. It’s a better experience — it’s faster, easier, cleaner, no waiting, more private, more exclusive, no poking and prodding — those sound like great benefits…

… BUT…

… It must cost an arm and a leg.”

My answer is: how much is your time (and sanity) worth to you?

It’s a really big deal (bigger than you realize) and if you’re in business and not flying private, you’re missing out.

After all, the whole reason you are working so damn hard is to buy time right? You are working to control what you do with your time…

… but then for a 2 hour flight somewhere you’re willingly giving up 7+ hours (at least).

They say time is money, so why not fly private?

Truth is I’m typing this to you from the jet… it’s 3:22 PM EST over West Virginia about to land in Cleveland, OH from Palm Beach.

And as a result of flying private on this very flight, I have at least an extra 4 hours to grow my business and or just hang out with the family.

And believe me, I’d much rather hang with the family than to dick around with the TSA and have them looking at me like a criminal. Heck, the last time I flew commercial, the process to get to the gate took nearly 45 minutes and they pulled me to the side to check my computer… I mean WTF are they looking for? I’m all about protecting the world, don’t get me wrong, but come on. It’s just frustrating that the TSA folks think they are big shots, and that’s just part of the process BEFORE you even get to your gate… then you’re waiting and waiting and waiting.

For people flying commercial, it’s mostly just about killing time.

… and I HATE killing time. Time is too precious. I’ve got stuff to accomplish.

You might be looking at all this and thinking, “yeah but someone who pays $15,000 for a one-way trip… that’s just silly, when I only pay a fraction of that to fly commercial.”

Well, if you think this is silly… I get it now… it’s an entirely different way of thinking for someone who values their time:

So, thanks to flying private, I don’t have to wait at the airport, deal with TSA people, deal with lost luggage or connections, and I can work comfortably and privately. And I get back HOURS of my time.

Assuming my flight is 2 hours, then I spend just 2 hours and 10 minutes traveling (compared to your 7+ hours)… and the trip is quiet, productive, and energizing!

Compare that to the 7+ hours to do the same thing by flying commercial.

Now tell me what sounds silly. Spending a couple hundred bucks to put up with that hassle and “killing time” for 7+ hours or spending a few grand and having it simple, fast, fun, and ultra-productive?

That’s a VERY easy answer in mind… and for people who understand the value of that extra time then it’s a no-brainer.

Let me put it this way: how much do you value your time? $50/hour? Then you might spend $250 for an economy class ticket but you’re “spending” another $350 in pure hassle and wasted time.

And me? I’m dropping $15k but I’m flying in total comfort and I’m using that time. Heck, I can do a couple of deals while I’m traveling and the entire trip has paid for itself… meanwhile, you’re trying to hold in your pee because you got a window seat and there’s an angry biker sitting next to you who doesn’t want to move… and right behind you is a kid kicking the back of your seat.

Hell, yes. $15k is a no-brainer.

THIS ISN’T FOR EVERYONE…

The truth is, I’ve known about private jets and I used to sit up in first class on commercial flights and look out the window while we taxied down the runway… and I’d see the jets parked in the hangars and wonder how that could be possible, who are those people were who flew in them, what did they do to achieve their level to fly in those planes, how did they make their money, and I was dreaming about the possibility of just hopping on one of them one day…

… but now I’m on these planes often and I feel super blessed in many ways. I discovered something and if you want to fly private. It’s never been easier.

Truth is it’s easier now to fly private than it’s ever been.

In fact, I recently grabbed some buddies and we flew to The Masters in Augusta…

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Are you scared to pull the trigger on flying private? Guess what, you’re not alone: Even Tony Robbins was scared to pull the trigger on this! (See what Tony Robbins has to say about this).

Again, it will never make sense to the majority of the world… but the folks I roll with are not normal anyways! :)

In my mind, it comes down to this: what is your time worth? If you value your time in a low-budget way then you’ll never “get” private travel and you’ll have reached the end of this post and say, “it’s too expensive.” But if you value your time for what it’s really worth, the way you SHOULD value your time (the way I value my time) then this is the no-brainer next step for when you travel.

For those that are ready to take their life to the next level, just message me via email or PM on Facebook and I’ll hook you up with a way you can fly private for FREE once in a while. (No joke).

It’s never been easier to fly private, so why sit in economy class (or even first class) with your face pressed up against the window while I walk past you into my private plane? This lifestyle is within your reach, it’s never been more easier and more attainable and for those who truly understand the value of their time, it just makes sense.

Your private jetting friend and mentor,
Mark Evans DM,DN

PS, I was dead serious about that invitation to reach out to me to find out how you can fly private… even for free sometimes. Just get in touch by email or PM on Facebook. I’ll be watching for YOUR email (and hopefully I’ll see you at the FBO in the near future).

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New Year’s Resolutions Are A Huge JOKE — Stop Making Them Right Now

If you’re making New Year’s Resolutions – just stop right now. They’re not helping you, they may only be hurting you. And ultimately, most people give up on them in 8 days.

Want to do something that is more effective instead, and is way more powerful at helping you grow toward the level you want to achieve in your life and business? I’ll share with you exactly what to do in this blog post…

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Here’s The DM and Deena celebrating New Years (a few years ago)… NO RESOLUTIONS!

HERE’S WHY RESOLUTIONS ARE BROKEN

 

Most people make New Year’s resolutions at the beginning of the year.

“I want to make more money”
“I want to lose weight”
… and so on.

And maybe they even get ultra-specific and say, “I’m going to go to the gym every day” or “I’m going to quit smoking.”

This seems to be a smart thing to do. But is it?

According to an article by the Washington Post, a quarter of people give up their New Year’s resolutions by the first week of January. And the same article quotes research that reveals: approximately half of resolution-setters give up by March. And an article published in Forbes reports that only 8% of people who set resolutions actually achieve them.

New Year’s Resolutions don’t work.

But do you know WHY they don’t work? I’ll tell you: It has nothing to do with the date you set, or even how much you think you want the goal. It usually has to do with how much work is involved in setting that resolution.

For example, the big joke among regular gym-goers is that you need to skip the gym during the first week of January because that’s when EVERYBODY goes. But after the first week, you can start going back again because only the serious people remain.

“It’s Easy to Start but to keep consistent and get to your goal is where people fail.”

Unless you’re one of the rare 8% who actually achieves your resolutions, stop wasting time setting goals and resolutions if you’re not willing to do the work.

Does that mean you should just carry on like normal and treat January 1 the same as every other day of the year? Heck no. Let me show you what I do (and what you should do instead). This is very powerful and you’ll see in a moment how life-changing it can be…

In fact, I don’t believe you should treat ANY day like normal! We can (and should) live each day to the fullest, maximizing what we get out of life. After all, we only have one life to live so let’s make the most of it. (I’ll bet the 8% who are making resolutions and keeping them have BIG things going on in life).

HERE’S THE ONE QUESTION I ALWAYS ASK MYSELF…

 

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Stop making resolutions… start asking yourself this 1 question…

At the beginning of the year (and, actually, throughout the year too) I ask myself one question: “What can I add into my life or business to grow it so I can have more time?

Let me break this down for you…

What can I add…” – Notice how I ask what I can ADD. Most people spend their time trying to figure out how to take away, how to spend less, how to do less. They’re busy cutting expenses and pinching pennies. Hey, I’m all for spending wisely but I rarely do anything to cut expenses (unless it’s an obvious waste that doesn’t contribute to my business or life). Instead, I’m looking for things I can add. For example, I constantly try to figure out how to add more relationships (and better relationships), more team members, more opportunities, more deals, more streams of income. I want more because more helps you grow.

… into my life or business…” – I ask this question about both my life and my business. I mention both of those things because they’re related. I build a business using systems and a team so that I can have more time to do what I want. Too many people try to separate “work and life” or strike some kind of balance. But not me. I want to build total imbalance: a business that requires almost NO work on my part so I can spend more time on the non-business portion of my life.

“… to grow it so I can have more time?” – This is what it’s all about. Growth for time. If it’s not growing then I’m at risk of allowing my business and life to stagnate, so I want them to grow: I want to build each so I leave a powerful legacy that will impact future generations. And right now, I want more time – because time is the real measure of wealth. (Too many small-minded people think MONEY is the measure of wealth but it’s not… TIME is and that’s what money buys you). Time allows you to do the things you want and need to do. Want to focus on your health? Time allows you to go to the gym, do yoga, etc.

As you can see, this is a powerful question that is full of deeper meaning. When I ask it and then think carefully about the answer, I always come up with a big list of exciting strategies and ideas that will contribute to my life and the lives of those around me.

But I don’t just stop there (because if I did, nothing would happen)…

BE SURE TO ASK THESE 2 FOLLOW-UP QUESTIONS

 

If you just ask and answer the question, you’d be no better off than if you make New Year’s resolutions. Simply put, the answer itself to the question above will only reveal what needs to happen. Now you need to go one layer deeper to know what to do…

So there’s a follow-up question I always ask: “What needs to be in place or what do I need to build or invest in, in order to achieve that plan?

This is huge. And the answer will be your to-do list for the coming year. In fact, I ask this question WEEKLY (and so should you).

I’ll use an example to illustrate. Let’s say you’ve asked the first question:

“What can I add into my life or business to grow it so I can have more time?” And you decide that you want to meet more people to grow your network.

Cool. Now you ask yourself the follow-up question…

What needs to be in place or what do I need to build or invest in, in order to achieve that plan?” The answers turn into your to-do list. In this example, let’s say you want the following:

  • Something of value to give to people (i.e. a book or a valuable piece of information)
  • A way to build relationships (i.e. an email management system)
  • A plan so that he relationship has somewhere to go
  • A “channel” or “vehicle” to actually meet people (i.e. a Real Estate Investing Association group or a Facebook page)

(Of course the real answer might be much longer and more detailed but this is good enough for an example).

Now that you’ve asked the first and second question, you have a list of things to implement to achieve that bigger network.

HERE’S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ASK THESE QUESTIONS…

 

In my life, I ask this question and the follow-up question all the time (at the beginning of the year and throughout the year as well) and the answers often include building systems and building a team.

In fact, my team is growing all the time and THEY’RE implementing systems to grow even more. The result? My business is growing bigger and bigger and, at the same time, it’s requiring less and less of my attention.

Giving me more time to spend with Deena and Mark III.

SOMETHING POWERFUL HAPPENS WHEN YOU ASK THESE QUESTIONS…

 

When you ask these questions, something very powerful happens.

You ask BETTER QUESTIONS (questions that really matter) and you discover BETTER ANSWERS (answers that lead to life-changing activities).

You’ll discover powerful strategies and actions to do more this next year than you’ve done in previous years – to help others, to build a legacy, to do more deals, to create more cash flow, and to grow your business and life to a greater degree than ever before.

Your friend and mentor

Mark Evans DM,DN

PS, Head over to my page on Facebook and tell me what the answer is to this question when YOU ask it for your life and business!

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As I Held My Son In My Arms, I Saw A Facebook Post That Shocked Me…

On August 19, Deena gave birth to our son, Mark Evans III. (Check out these awesome pics on my Facebook page and be sure to like the page to get some great info and the occasional adorable pic of Mark III).

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The DM jr. … dreaming of making deals!

As you can imagine, I’m pretty excited and the little guy has already inspired me to level up my game even further (plus he amped up my motivation to do even more deals to provide an amazing life for him).

While sitting there holding him in my arms, I was just feeling so thankful and thinking about how there are millions of kids in the world who wouldn’t be born into a family that had all the privileges and advantages that he had.

Then, almost as if the universe heard my thoughts, I saw post on Facebook about Hope To Haiti (a non-profit organization that does amazing work in Haiti). They talked about how there was a school in Haiti where the children had to sit on a hard cement floor in order to learn. (Some of the kids couldn’t go to school at all.)

Now, I didn’t love school but I was fortunate enough to have a desk and chair. And when Mark III goes to school, he’s going to have a desk and chair too. But these kids in Haiti WANTED to learn and SHOWED UP to school but had to endure a lot of discomfort. Wow.

Little DM looked up at me and it was like he was telling me to do something about it.

So Deena and I and Mark III talked about it (well, Mark III didn’t contribute a lot to the conversation — lol) and we decided then and there to donate the materials so desks and benches could be built for those students.

Here’s the really cool reply we just heard back from Hope To Haiti

(Source: This information was written by Hope To Haiti and published in their newsletter)

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I want to say a special thank you to the Preston Scott Morning Show on100.7FM Tallahassee, Florida. He along with my dear friend Dr. Ed Moore, put out a challenge to Preston’s listeners to donate for this cause. They raised enough funds for thirteen benches !!!

I also wanted to share this story. It is amazing who we are able to reach when our friends that receive our newsletters and FaceBook posts SHARE and then repost or forward a friend. We often receive support from people we have never had any interactions with beforehand.

One of H2H’s number one fans is Doug Doebler, we have been friends for almost eight years. He is a member of the Caring House Foundation’s Board of Directors, and is always quick to forward my emails to others within his network.

When Doug saw our need for the school desks, he posted it on his FaceBook page. His friend Mark Evans saw the need and immediately pledge support for an entire school!!!

From Doug, here is Evan’s story…..

H2H Donors and Palm Beach Residents Mark and Deena Evans were blessed with a healthy baby boy, Mark III, on August 19, 2015. Just hours after watching his son enter the world, Mark saw a Facebook post that H2H desired to provide new school benches/desks for the Guernsey Family Village multi purpose building we recently built with The Caring House Project Foundation.

The Facebook caught Mark’s attention because the School/Church/Community Center is located near St. Marc in Haiti — a country Mark had visited in 2007. During that trip, Mark was shocked at the conditions there, and although much progress has been made in Haiti, there is always more to do and Haiti has always remained close to Mark’s heart. So Mark and Deena sent a note to H2H that they were so grateful to have their first child, a bouncing baby boy born in the good old USA, and they wanted to do something special to honor the birth of their son.

Providing the funds for new school benches sounded like a great idea. Less than 30 days later, the benches are built and in use in the new School/Church/Community Center building.

Thank you Mark, Deena & Mark III for your generosity.

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Deena, Mark III, and The DM

Check out these pics of the desks and benches being built…

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The lumber was bought locally

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Haitian locals were hired to build the benches and desks

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It’s coming together!

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The kids are trying them out

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I think they seem pretty happy

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Yep! These kids are ready to learn!

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Here’s how the DM feels about school…

I wasn’t great in school. I never went to college. And the truth is, I think college degrees are often overrated (although definitely necessary sometimes… I’m glad that the doctor who helped Deena give birth had a degree!)

But the value of school, especially in the formative years for children, is so powerful. Kids drink up information and they also benefit from the discipline and routine of school plus the exposure to information that they might not get if they didn’t go to school.

I may not have been a stellar student but when Mark III grows up, you can be sure that I’m putting him into a great school with the best support he can get. I won’t have an expectation that he’ll get a degree but I’ll make sure he doesn’t blow off school either.

And I firmly believe that if Haiti is going develop as a nation, it will be because their children had the invaluable benefits of education… and I’m thrilled that my family of 3 can contribute to the education of 150 Haitian kids, and to the future of Haiti.

Your friend and mentor
Mark Evans DM,DN

PS, I also encourage you to give. You can get more information and arrange a donation to Hope To Haiti at http://www.hopetohaiti.com.

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