Newsletter Issue #104 : Dan’s Year-End QLA Newsletter

Hi,

 

2013 TERRIFIC AND 2014 EXPECTED TO BE EVEN BETTER FOR ALL QLA DEVOTEES!!!!!

Hi all!  You probably are asking, why “Dan The Money Man,” (as the Financial Times of London referred to me in the 90’s), or more recently called Dan The Financial Magician (aka Wizard) by a WORLD RENOWNED SPIRITUAL MEDIUM, could know this with such certainty? LOL! Well, with the greatest sincerity and respect – this is exactly how you  MAKE things positively happen in your life! YOU SET HIGH EXPECTATIONS WITH COMMENSURATE RESPONSIBILITIES AND IT BECOMES A SELF FULFILLING PROPHECY, AS LONG AS YOU STAY LASER BEAM FOCUSED AND EXECUTE!

QLA Tip for 2014: Take positive action and react accordingly when you are creating your 2014 goals, affirmations and visualizations!

To end 2013 I have decided to write about the 2 most important services I have rendered to those that have been fulfilling their dreams since 1993, when I gave my first QLA Seminar in Los Angeles!

First, was the actual initiation of the QLA Methodology Model, based on my own experience of building a $450 million (now about $1 Billion) in pre internet dollars. Of course this feat is made even more remarkable because it was accomplished in a collapsing market, starting with only $820, in 8 years! This model was based on me having no money and building net worth that would normally take 2 generations!

Secondly, the initiation of the Year Long QLA Mentor Program in 2010! Both these actions have assisted countless individuals achieve their dreams! But the Mentor Program accelerated the QLA results more than I could imagine! These 2 actions have changed the Success Coaching Business forever!  In fact, it is now referred to as: SUPER SUCCESS COACHING AND MENTORING BUSINEES; and QUANTUM LEAP  is used universally to describe super growth!

I could add many other QLA exceptional occurrences: No Personal Money Needed For Acquisitions; Dream Teams; Anchor Chairmen; Success Fees; Giving Equity Through Options; Over 100% Financing; Roll Playing; Building Through Acquisitions; Buying Revenue; Emotional Bank Account vs Financial Bank Account; Comfort Zone; and much much more!

NEW YEAR ALMOST HERE!

The New Year is rapidly approaching! And I don’t know anyone that is looking ahead to next year 2014, as much as I am! After all, I will be 69 next August! LOL! And since no 1 thought I would make it past 20 years of age, I am closing in on making history! Hell, every single year is history! In fact, having just attended my 50th year high school reunion and being reminded of some of the things I did as a kid – it is scary to think I did make it! LOL! Just 1 example: I with my 2 best high school buddies VOLUNTEERED to go into the ARMY during the increased involvement of the Viet Nam conflict! WTF! Sure we were patriots, but still – WTF!

Though 2013 was a very good year for me and more QLA MENTEES than I can count, many others less fortunate, I continue to hear from because they are still THINKING about taking action, are glad to be rid of 2013! But as I have written and coached, for more than 20 years now – each year is what you make it! Nothing more, and nothing less! I have told all that will listen, including my kids, till I am blue in the face – we (YOU) are the problem! We have no 1 to blame and, or compliment than ourselves! All people are self-made, but only successful people talk about it!

 

JANUARY 4 – 10, 2014 CASTLE SEMINAR SOLD OUT!  
NEXT CASTLE SEMINAR,  MARCH 2-8,  2014 NOW OPEN!

Again, I am pleased to announce the January QLA Castle Seminar is sold out as of 1 Dec! And we already have early sign ups for the next Castle Seminar Mar 2 – 8. For those of you that are betting individuals, you might ask yourself who was the very first to sign up the QLA Castle Extravaganza in March? Well you would be correct, if you guessed Robert from Germany, or as we call him Bavarian Bob!  Hell, this will be the 6th time since 2010 and the 5th time in 17 months!  Again, ask yourself why Robert, an extremely intelligent physicist, continues to return to the QLA Castle Seminar? I mentioned this in my recent newsletters, but why does Robert keep coming back? And why do so many follow his lead, considering they are paying? What do you think? Or put another way – who is dumber? You or the physicist?

AND TO ANSWER 1 BIG REASON WHY HE CONTINUES TO RETURN? IN THE QLA 1ST YEAR MENTOR PROGRAM – BAVARIAN BOB MADE MORE MONEY IN THE FIRST 12 MONTHS AFTER HIS 2010 QLA CASTLE SEMINAR AND DURING THAT YEAR MENTORING THAN HE MADE IN HIS ENTIRE WORKING LIFE BEFORE, OR ABOUT 12/13 YEARS! WTF! NO WONDER HE KEEPS RETURNING TO GET A DOSE OF DAN! WHAT ABOUT YOU? AND REMEMBER AS I HAVE WRITTEN BEFORE – ROBERT WAITED 13 YEARS BEFORE HE CAME TO THE QLA CASTLE EXPERIENCE! WTF! 13 YEARS! AGAIN WTF! PERHAPS HE WAS DOING HIS E = mc2 CALCULATIONS AND FINALLY REALISED HIS RISKS WERE NEXT TO ZERO! AND HE DECIDED TO GIVE HIMSELF A CHANCE? HOW LONG HAVE YOU WAITED?

TESTIMONIALS FROM 1 YEAR QLA MENTOR PROGRAM BEGINNING ITS 4TH YEAR!

I have written in recent newsletters what a difference the Year Long QLA Mentor Program has had on former and current mentees! Since 2010, when I formalized the 12 month QLA Mentor Program, the results have been overwhelmingly successful! And when you compare the results to the prior 15/16 years that were already very successful – after all the previous QLA Mentor Program produced QLA’s most successful corporate leader in 20 years – DR Klaus Kleinfeld, Current CEO of NEOM, Former President/CEO of Siemens; Former Chairman/CEO of Alcoa; Former Chairman/CEO of Arconic. But notwithstanding Klaus Kleinfeld ’s EXTRAORDINARY success, the results since 2010 have become even more outstanding with the Constant Mentor Intervention by ME! In years gone by, mentees called it – A DOSE OF DAN! And now it’s a very structured program filled with BEST PRACTICES of processes, procedures and systems! Hard to believe it took me all those years to formalize the YEAR LONG QLA Mentor Program! WTF! LOL! AND THE QLA YEAR LONG MENTOR PROGRAM WILL IMPROVE IN 2014! I GUARANTEE IT!

When I calculate the results of the of the QLA Program and the more recent results from the QLA 1 Year Mentor Program, it is pretty hard to imagine! Of course this is a primary reason Bavarian Bob continues to come to the Castle Seminar. He was fortunate enough to have participated in the 1st QLA 1 Year Mentor Program in 2010! He then parlayed that serendipity to being the most successful mentee since 2010 and 1 of the best in this millennium! As I have often said – I would rather be lucky than smart! But it is even better to be lucky and super smart!

 

TESTIMONIAL SNIPPETS FROM  1 YEAR QLA MENTORSHIP PROGRAM:

Doris P – USA – (3 time castle attendee) I love everything about the Castle experience, the one year mentoring through conference call, and most of all I love how Dan cares about the success of his mentees.”

Fancsali A – Romania – Year-long seminar mentor program was really great at helping me understand and deepen some of the knowledge acquired at the Castle. It was really comforting to know that you have someone out-there to rely on for unbiased, no BS advise and point of view. It was very useful for pushing me along and giving me an emotional jolt from time to time…”“Monthly con calls were the best at keeping me in line and motivated. I just love Mr. Pena’s RAW and no BS attitude. He always prides himself with giving someone a beating, I just call it the truth.”“Overall the year-long seminar mentor program is awesome for increasing ones chances of success. The more I kept in touch with Mr. Pena in one form or another, the better off I was. The time spent together was far more important than the method of keeping in touch.”

Markus B – Austria  (4 time castle attendee) – Started with the mentee program in 2010 October!
Had one company (lets call it company 1) with a revenue about 1 Million Euro!
Now we write the year 2013:
Increased revenue to 3,5 Million for this company 1.”
Michelle A  – USA  (2 time castle attendee) – These monthly conf calls are super important to me, not because they remind me of being at the castle, but because they remind me of the things that I need to do more of.  As you know, we all have MANY years of wrong, fearful mental conditioning, especially when it comes to business.  The more I get a dose of you, the better off I feel I will be, that’s the bottom line.  Even if it’s only once a month, that kick in the butt can last a while and make a huge difference.”
Robert M – Germany  (AKA Bavarian Bob a 4 time castle attendee) – I was searching for years, but he is the only person I could find in the world who is able and willing to pass over his professional leadership skills, his tons of knowledge of the real (and hard) high performance business world, and much much more directly, intensively and unforgettable to his mentees, because – I think – he wants to enable you to be all you can be and to succeed.”
Josef B – Israel – The greatest benefit that I received from the QLA seminar is my mentor relationship with Dan. Dan is like a Zen teacher – if I lose focus he gives me a good beating and says “Wake up!”. I’m only sorry for 1 thing – that I didn’t write him often enough during my 1 year of personal support, that I spoke to him only twice on the phone, and that the 12 conference calls are over. I wish I could talk to him via internet video software like Google hangouts once a month. 1 minute of video chat with Dan is worth 1000 emails, and 1 minute of meeting him in person is worth 1000 minutes of video chat! Fortunately, Dan has agreed to keep mentoring me after the 1 year was over! He still replies to my emails on an almost daily basis! My advice for all the people who come to the seminar is to use the mentor relationship, and to keep in contact with Dan as often as possible to stay focused. And don’t be afraid to ask him a lot of questions and look stupid to him! That’s what I did. Although his reply to your questions will be emotionally unpleasant, you will learn a lot from his answers. The mentor relationship guarantees that he won’t let you lose focus or go in the wrong direction.”
Steve G – USA – You’ll learn how to play to win. Instead of sitting back figuring out how not to lose and stay safe, you’ll discover how to perform when you are so far outside your comfort zone that most people would wither with fear.”Dan’s castle seminar, his monthly calls and weekly reports he asks you to do are all designed to do one very important thing. You find out what it means to put everything on the table, and then make sure you do WHATEVER IT TAKES to succeed.”
S – Norway – “The weekly reports and con Calls was very important 4 me, not only to “keep me on track” but also to integrate what was taught at QLA to a much deeper degree. Also the couple of phone Calls With Dan was useful for direction.”
Manjit K – Singapore  – “Writing those reports have also forced me to take stock of things in my life, of what’s helpful and what’s not, of my priorities and of the constraints I put on myself and my aspirations.  This process in itself is revealing – and sometimes painful as well, as I am forced to ask myself some really hard questions.  This process forces me to take away the blinkers – so to speak.  And if I continue with what appears to be the status quo – at least I’m doing it with a greater degree of awareness and at least I’m doing it on my terms more than I have been able to do.”  “Thank you Dan.  I know that if I avail myself of all the other “interventions” – they’ll probably be very very helpful.  Getting there – work in progress…”

Cristina M – Romania – (2 time castle attendee)1. Being part of a high-quality group of bright, ambitious, determined, visionary entrepreneurs.2. One has something to learn from each of them. Each comes into the group with his/her own business and life experience and you can always find something good to learn and translate into your business and life.

3. The businesses each of the participants comes from are so varied and, on top of it, Mr. Pena’s business and life experience is so vast, that you can almost mentally create a clear picture of the worldwide business life. Mr. Pena is a macro-thinker!

4. The problems debated in the con-calls offer a lot of answers and practical solutions to everyone.

5. There is a sort of pressure on the con-call participants. Everyone wants to prove they are progressing.

6. The weekly reports make you work under pressure, clearly define goals and act accordingly.

7. Mr. Pena always answers e-mails quickly (unless he considers that you are wasting his precious time :).

Father Gheorge – Romania (2 time castle attendee)– the major one – knowing myself better and better, which I think is the most important thing; all facts of life depend on this matter.– another very important – is to repeat/ re-learn Dan’s principles in doing business/ living your life, in a constant way (again and again; ’cause “repetitio est mater studiorum”); otherwise we would forget almost everything.

– all these things – con calls, weekly report, etc. – in particular Mr. Pena’s answers, avoid you to make mistakes (big ones or the same).

Finally, the friendship with such a man, such a mentor (a ‘rara avis’), in each one’s life – this fact itself is an important benefit.

KOLJA B – Germany – (3 time castle attendee)The Con calls help me in the following way:– “reenergize” myself, because it “retriggers” (call it Pawlow´s effect) the Castle Seminar, so it helps me to keep on track in the all day business 

– Keep me on track practically like with the things we talk about, but you could be even harder on us


– Keep track, if I see how little I have achieved from concall to concall 


– talk to the other guys and keep track of how they are doing, but I feel it takes too long for them as well, even if Riccardo and Markus seem to do better than the rest. However this group is much more ambitious than almost everyone else I know (which shouldn’t be the case, I should know way more).


– I feel it corrects me when I sidetrack, show me when I am going the wrong path
– it also lets me see the mistakes of the others. Which are in many cases my own. By seeing them doing wrong and getting corrected by you, I see clearly what I am doing wrong and should be doing different in the one case or the otherThe one thing I want to underline again is that the more I listen to you, the more successful I am. To the degree ! I want everyone to know………. I need to understand and listen more. If it weren´t for the pea brain …

PATRICK L – AUSTRIAOver the year, the program proved to pull me back out of my daily pattern, into which I used to slide back into, and by hearing from the others what they were doing, it was a great way to be pulled back on the track one chose for one self, rather than the one, one was used to. Finding companies to buy that suit the profile can be grinding work, and it is great to see that the others are still there and working on their stuff, rather than being isolated, having no one to talk to who gets it. 

USMAN M – CANADA

Benefits of monthly calls:

– Going away from the call, I feel more energized. Watching and hearing you drill the points is a great part of being mentored. 

– In the group setting, I’ve learned that my ‘problems’ aren’t personal. Most problems are universal. The monthly calls help me understand that it’s all in my head and it’s my responsibility to change my situation in life. 

Benefits of weekly reports:

– I think the weekly reports are very powerful for holding oneself accountable. 

– It creates a sense of urgency because I want to accomplish what I had said in my previous work reports. 

TRAIAN S – Romania – (2 time castle attendee)

Business is great. We launched two new offers that are successful… and I didn’t write any of those! We’re in the process of scaling the “prototype” that we’ve developed. If we succeed, we’re looking at an 8-figure an year business or more. It’s my first time doing anything about processes and systems but I have some great people on my team (just hired one of the top project managers from ….., an 800 people news agency from Romania, and preparing to finally hire an operations manager). 

I’m more eager and positive than ever. And for the first time I’m not doing it just so ….. …… (We’ve already done it… 110k buyers on our main product… plus others…) 

Regarding the calls: I can understand why they work for people ……….. 
As for the weekly reports – they were helpful…….

I loved both seminars and I’m encouraging people to come to the castle. 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS, MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

To your Quantum Leaps in Life And Business,

Dan

 

P.S.  34 BILLION DOLLAR MAN!

I am often asked, what were the results before the Year Long QLA Mentor Program? Hell, it was pretty terrific, if you believe CREATING ALMOST $34,000,000,000 (billion) IN EQUITY AND MARKET VALUE IS ANYTHING TO BRAG ABOUT! LOL! And remembering, I was only about $450 million of that total! But I will let you the QLA devotees and readers decide for yourselves! As an aside, the $34 BILLION figure is a preliminary quick and dirty number that can be absolutely substantiated! My crack staff is now looking for other QLA DEVOTEES AND MENTEES since 1993 that were not readily available when we went to press last month! They have already found a few more BIG HITTERS that we will substantiate and add, in due course! Of course not everybody wants to have notoriety! LOL! The bottom line – there is no shortage of QLA Success Stories! Could you be the next? Will you be the next to be added to the QLA LEGIONS? THE ANSWER IS VERY SIMPLE! WILL YOU TAKE POSITIVE ACTION NOW? OR CONTINUE TO DO THE SAME YOU HAVE ALWAYS DONE AND EXPECT DIFFERENT RESULTS! OF COURSE WE ALL KNOW THIS IS CALLED – INSANITY! AND OF COURSE ANOTHER GERMANIC PHYSICIST, ALBERT EINSTEIN, SAID THIS ABOUT 100 YEARS AGO!

P.P.S. ANOTHER GREAT SUCCESS STORY FROM BED IN A HOSPITAL!

Now here is an email from a former CFO of a company I was Chairman of in the 90’s and attended the QLA early seminars and actually put into practice what he learned! Admittedly he is a smart guy, but he had his share of bad stuff come his way! Of course, I have written, bad stuff happens to good people all the time! And if he can do his most recent leap of his life time Quantum Leaps from a hospital bed – what can you do?

Hey Dan,No, I’m not dead, yet.  Everyone keeps thinking I died off because I go quite and they do not hear from me for long periods of time.  But, every 5 years or so, I rear my ugly head.  I attended your seminar when I was the CFO at SDI 1995 to 1999 with (brace yourself) Ron LeGrand……..Anyway, I retired November 30, 2012 at the ripe old age of 52.  Having survived, in the short time since 1999, a dislocated left shoulder, torn ligaments in the right elbow, a triple hernia, two open heart surgeries and facial cancer this year (and I don’t even smoke).  I have attained a modest (ha, ha) home, two new cars, a motorcycle and I am looking to trade in my 50 footer for a 100′ “boat” (all paid for with no debt).

Well, now that I am drawing on my retirements, I discovered I am bored.  So I have embarked on yet another adventure.  People with the “Quantum Drive” just don’t stop.

I have acquired property via the “Short Sale” market while hospitalized at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix.  Started the first deal in February while undergoing chemo-radiation therapy and closed in April.  Finished therapy treatments May 1st.  I was able to acquire my first property with a current value of $187,000 for $110,000 and the selling bank ……. did the financing for me.   Additionally, I am now hooked into the “right” department and the lending staff has set me up with a stream of “Short Sale” properties into the next 5 years that they would like me to take off their hands.  And, the first great news is ………… will do all of the refi’s for me.  The second is that I am converting first class homes (not junkers) into long term rentals (contracts are for 5 year leases) and the income is passive so that it does not count against my retirement distributions.  WIN WIN for me.

Two things in business you helped me understand.  Other people’s brains and other people’s money (as you once quoted John Fuqua owner of Geogia Federal Bank).  If I didn’t know how or want to commit my time, I asked someone.  People always are more than willing to “prove” how much smarter they are then you.  I didn’t want to use my “safe” retirement money, so I asked someone for theirs.  The worst I could expect was a no.  And they said yes.

Thanks Dan for a third time (SDI’s public offering and Pouring Profits bar chain were the other two), as I embark on a yet my next adventure.

Still kickin’
Reno Ralph
If you just put forth the effort, the gamble, eventually, pays off.  Never quit!

P.S Loved 3 weeks in Ireland during 2012.  We might do Scotland in 2014.

P.P.P.S. To end 2013 with a positive QLA bang, on 28 DEC, I am giving a QLA Webinar from Guthrie Castle! I will answer ALL questions you might have and possibly  still can’t answer! You will be able to get information reference the  webinar on my site http://www.danpena.com/dan-pena-webinar/ . It will last as long as necessary to answer questions you might have. I am giving you this opportunity to end the year with positive QLA information!

P.P.P.P.S. I JUST TALKED TO BAVARIAN BOB ON OUR MONTHLY QLA VIDEO CALL. I ASKED, IF THIS ANALOGY WAS CORRECT VIES A VIES WHY HE CONTINUES TO RETURN TO THE CASTLE EXPERIENCE SEMINAR AFTER SEMINAR? “IF YOU CONTINUED TO DISCOVER THE EQUIVALENT OF AN E = mc2 (LIKE EINSTEIN) EACH SEMINAR, WOULD YOU CONTINUE TO RETURN? HE ANSWERED OF COURSE I WOULD! AND PERHAPS THAT IS WHY HE CONTINUES TO RETURN TO THE QLA CASTLE EXOERIENCE! OF COURSE THIS IS MERELY A YEAR END THOUGHT FROM – DAN THE MONEY MAN! LOL!