QC Inner Circle Newsletter – November 2010
George Faddoul – Success coach & author
What is Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)?
NLP is a technology of achievement which takes the old paradigm of personal growth and development to a whole new level.
When teaching NLP, I share a variety of definitions with my students, including some of the originals such as “NLP is an attitude and a methodology that leaves behind a trail of techniques” and “NLP is the art of changing another by changing yourself” as well as my very latest personal definition which incorporates the latest NLP map or i-NLP (Integral-Neuro Linguistic Programming).
In my latest definition, inspired by the work of modern day philosopher Ken Wilbur, I emphasize that “The study of i-NLP advocates the pursuit of excellence in all endeavours. It’s the study of how to integrally & linguistically affect a person’s neurology in order to achieve a desired outcome.”
I also go out of my way to highlight the fact that NLP is an experience to be enjoyed rather than just simply being a definition to be learned. Just like a good wine, or a work of art, or a game of chess, or a parachute jump, NLP is an experience to be had, and to thoroughly become immersed in, to the point of feeling it in your bones.
What is the best thing about your job?
Call me biased if you like, but I happen to think that I have the best job on the planet. As a lead trainer, presenter and guide to Quantum Change Seminars’ students, I get to see incredible change and transformation in our participants on a daily basis.
I get people from all walks of life come to me and share the fact that our trainings have changed their lives and transformed them for the better and forever on a regular basis. I get these sorts of comments from some of our youngest participants (in their teens) to octogenarians who come to me and say that they now see the world through different eyes. That to me is my greatest reward.
I get my kicks out of watching our students reach their goals, and achieve the change and transformation that they aspire to all within a relatively short period of time and with minimum of fuss. As Alfred Korzybski said, time binding is learning from the giants who came before us and standing on their shoulders, thus being able to see further than they ever could.
That’s what I encourage all our students to do, and that’s what I experience on a regular basis, that’s what makes my job the best job on the planet.
Who has been the most influential role model/mentor in your life?
There is no doubt that Jim Rohn touched my soul. Jim was one of my early mentors, and as such had an incredible impact on my life. I loved Jim because he was so down to earth. I called him the modern day Socrates. He would make simple yet profound statements such as ‘If you want to be wealthy – Study wealth’ and ‘Don’t wish it was easier – Wish you were smarter’ as far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t get any better than that.
Needless to say I also had and still have other mentors who have been most influential in my life in fact I always give them credit in all the books that I have written including ‘How to Get a Bigger Bite Out of Life’ and ‘The Modern Day Alchemist’. I found over the years that in times of troubles, I could draw an amazing amount of inspiration from my mentors, to stay on the right track, refocus on the big picture and to keep on keeping on.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received or given?
I have made it a habit over the years to be very much open to receiving advice, and to then work on improving it, and passing it along. For instance the old adage of GIGO some of you might be familiar with that term (garbage in garbage out) but I’d rather say ‘Good things In Good things Out’ or if someone might say ‘my way or the highway’ I’d turn around and say what about ‘my way or a higher way.’ Another old favourite was ‘when the going gets tough, the tough get going’ and I would say, yes, and careful not to lose your heart, so that when the going gets tough, the tough person with the human touch gets going and wins the day.
Sometimes people might say ‘a job worth doing is worth doing well’ I would reply by saying with all due respect, a job worth doing is worth doing poorly at first… think about it, there is nothing that you are now doing well, that you did not do poorly at first, right? What about ‘practice makes perfect’ I say to that, practice makes permanent… so beware what you practice, and how you practice it.
Another amazing bit of advice that I have learned to use effectively (lucky for me) a long, long time ago, was to use a ‘to do list’ on a daily basis. Interestingly enough, my twist on that is that effective people should also have a ‘NOT to do list’ so that each person individually can work out what it is that they should NOT be doing on a regular basis.
Finally another piece of advice that is sometimes misunderstood is ‘take massive action.’ Sometimes people who try to follow this advice to the letter can be seen running around like headless chooks trying to get everything done at once, and they soon run out of steam. So I say sure take massive action, and paradoxically ONE step at a time.
What has been your career highlight?
I think I’ve had a few. Even in what I call my previous life as a car dealer, where I would take a mediocre dealership, and turn it into the kind of dealership that would win distinguished dealer awards.
I would also say that being a part of my daughter Roberta’s team at Quantum Change Seminars, a business that made it in the BRW fastest growing 100 companies in Australia … 2 years in a row, would also have to be a highlight.
Developing and condensing an NLP Practitioner Certification training of the highest calibre would have to be another highlight, as well as developing the Bigger Bite Out of Life Trainers Training – a million dollar speaker system where participants get to have so many more tools added to their tool box, I must say what keeps me going, is the incredible feedback we get from all our participants. That is really delightful.
Quantum Change Seminars makes BRW Fast 100
Quantum Change Seminars has been recognised in the BRW (Business Review Weekly) Fast 100 List for the second year in a row.
Roberta Faddoul CEO Quantum Change Seminars said, “Being listed amongst the fastest growing companies in Australia means that we are delivering the sorts of trainings and seminars that people want. Our best advertising is word-of-mouth advertising, and we are certainly getting lots of that”
“It is an especially significant result given the fact that only 30 per cent of the fastest growing 100 made the list two years in a row and I am one of only nine female CEOs featured in the Fast 100.”
“It is nice to receive this achievement from our team’s efforts and we want you to know we are just getting started!
“We have BIG things planned for 2011 that we want to share with you so we can grow together. And all of this is possible and worthwhile because of you our friends in personal development and wealth creation and students so THANKYOU!”
Record Attendance for QC Trainings
QC Seminars has also just wrapped up an amazing month of NLP Scholarship Series trainings, which were attended by over 1400 students in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth. YES, that’s right one thousand four hundred participants at 4 NLP Practitioner trainings, that is a record to shatter all records.
The QC team is also pleased to announce that a record 90 new specialists have learnt the secret to earning $1,000 a day working just 2 days a week with our Quit Cigarettes in 60 minutes program this month.
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Sean: Thought about what you said to me the other day, about my painting. Stayed up half the night thinking about it. Something occurred to me… fell into a deep peaceful sleep, and haven’t thought about you since. Do you know what occurred to me?
Sean: You’re just a kid, you don’t have the faintest idea what you’re talkin’ about.
Will: Why thank you.
Sean: It’s all right. You’ve never been out of Boston.
Sean: So if I asked you about art, you would probably give me the skinny on every art book ever written. Michelangelo, you know a lot about him. Life is work, political aspirations, him and the pope, sexual orientations, the whole works, right? But I bet you can not tell me what it smells like in the Sistine Chapel. You’ve never actually stood there and looked up at that beautiful ceiling; seen that. If I ask you about women, you’d probably give me a syllabus about your personal favorites. You may have even been laid a few times. But you can’t tell me what it feels like to wake up next to a woman and feel truly happy. You’re a tough kid. And I’d ask you about war, you’d probably throw Shakespeare at me, right, “once more unto the breach dear friends.” But you’ve never been near one. You’ve never held your best friend’s head in your lap, watch him gasp his last breath looking to you for help. I’d ask you about love, you’d probably quote me a sonnet. But you’ve never looked at a woman and been totally vulnerable. Known someone that could level you with her eyes, feeling like God put an angel on earth just for you. Who could rescue you from the depths of hell. And you wouldn’t know what it’s like to be her angel, to have that love for her, be there forever, through anything, through cancer. And you wouldn’t know about sleeping sitting up in the hospital room for two months, holding her hand, because the doctors could see in your eyes, that the terms “visiting hours” don’t apply to you. You don’t know about real loss, ’cause it only occurs when you’ve loved something more than you love yourself. And I doubt you’ve ever dared to love anybody that much. And look at you… I don’t see an intelligent, confident man… I see a cocky, scared s***less kid. But you’re a genius Will. No one denies that. No one could possibly understand the depths of you. But you presume to know everything about me because you saw a painting of mine, and you ripped my f***ing life apart. You’re an orphan right?
Sean: You think I know the first thing about how hard your life has been, how you feel, who you are, because I read Oliver Twist? Does that encapsulate you? Personally… I don’t give a shit about all that, because you know what, I can not learn anything from you, I can’t read in some f****n book. Unless you want to talk about you, who you are. Then I’m fascinated. I’m in. But you don’t want to do that do you sport? You’re terrified of what you might say. Your move, chief.
— A scene between Sean Maguire (Robin Williams) and Will Hunting (Matt Damon) in the 1997 film, Good Will Hunting
All too rarely, flight attendants try to make the in-flight safety lecture and their other announcements a bit more entertaining.
The following are real examples that have been reported:
- On a Continental Flight with a very “senior” crew, the pilot said, “Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve reached cruising altitude and will be turning down the cabin lights. This is for your comfort, and to enhance the appearance of your flight attendants.”
- On landing the flight attendant said, “There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but there are only 4 ways out off this airplane.”
- As the plane landed and was coming to a stop at Washington National, a lone voice came over the loudspeaker: “Whoa, big fella. WHOA!”
- After a particularly bumpy landing during a thunderstorm in Memphis, a Northwest flight attendant said, “Please take care when opening the overhead compartments because, after a landing like that, sure as hell everything has shifted.”
- During a safety demonstration a flight attendant said, “In the event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure, masks will descend from the ceiling. Stop screaming, grab the mask, and pull it over your face. If you have a small child travelling with you, secure your mask before assisting with theirs. If you are travelling with more than one small child, pick your favorite.”
Do you have any jokes or humorous stories you would like to share?
Email them to the QC Team and stay tuned to see if they make the next newsletter.