National Achievers Congress 2014 – My 29 Key Takeaways

{ Day One of NAC 2014 }

For the first time ever, I bought a VIP ticket to the National Achievers Congress (NAC). Was it worth the S$808 I paid? Ask me at the end of the 3rd day. 😀

Today, I posted updates on my facebook page regarding my key learning points from each speaker (before lunch). After lunch, my Samsung phone was getting low on battery juice, and I decided to give it a break.

Here are 29 Key Takeaways from the whole day of learning (and a wee bit of yawning) –

The A to H (no time for the rest till Z) from Jerome Tan

*Also, Jerome mentioned that LUCK actually stands for ‘Labor Under Correct Knowledge’. And LUCK took him from bankruptcy to where he is today.

1) Acceptance of self
2) Believe in yourself
3) Commitment – tell people your dreams. They will laugh, but whomever laughs last, laughs best!
4) Dream BIG
5) Excellence in everything you do
6) Faith – plant seeds through charity
7) Give – the more you give, the more you receive
8) Happy about anything that happens in your life. Think about how to add more value to others. Give away your ebooks, etc.

*There was a really awkward moment when Jerome suddenly spoke about his “fast and furious” sex life – he comes fast and she is furious, according to him. I’m not sure if he meant it as a (bad) joke or he was so nervous, he had no idea what he was saying. It woke everyone up, at least. 😛

From Andrew Matthews, one of my favorite authors:

9) Happiness is a choice.
10) It’s not what happens to you, it’s how you respond to it.
11) Negative thoughts are like rats. They get company. Combat them by thinking of ONE GOOD THING about whatever situation you are in, e.g. 1 good thing about being broke is that you find out who your real friends are.
12) Handle big things ONE BITE at a time.
13) Be grateful, then you’ll be happy. Miserable people think they must be happy before they can be grateful.
14) Happiness is not an accident. Not dependent on our bank balance. It is a daily decision!

Andrew also illustrated as he spoke. Absolutely lovely cartoons:

Andrew Matthews

Got to take a selfie with Andrew during lunch break – one perk of being a VIP ticket holder:

Andrew Matthews

*The lights at the Resorts World Convention Center are really horrid for photo-taking. Pictures turn out all orangey-yellow. So I went with a black-and-white filter for this one. LOL.

And Andrew’s autograph! I have 3 of his books, purchased a long time ago! 😀

Andrew Matthews

And speaking to us next was Patrick Liew, a fixture at just about every NAC I’ve attended! 🙂 Love his jokes, by the way!

Patrick Liew

15) To be successful, find a COMPELLING reason to be successful.

16) Purpose drives Performance.

17) Be successful so you can do more for the world.

18) There are people making $ even in the worst of times. Find out HOW.

19) If you want to fly with eagles, don’t mix around with chickens.

20) Property investments: look for Outlier, Gap and Value-added properties.

21) 9 out of every 10 Singaporeans who became millionaires got their wealth directly or indirectly due to property investments. Does this give you a clue?

22) Have a DREAM. Patrick’s dream is to out-GIVE Bill Gates.

“The best way to live your life is to live your life for others. The more you reach out to bless other lives, the richer and better your life will become.” – Patrick Liew

And from Internet Marketer Chan Peng Joon:

Chan Peng Joon

23) Sell only two things: Ebooks and Membership sites.

24) Automate a Niche, Build a Product, Convert Customers. [Go to forums, find the Top 10 things that people ask all the time, provide a solution, offer the forum owner 50-100% comms to promote your product]

From Adam Ginsberg, who got a ‘tough crowd’ battling post-lunch food coma and the Zzz monster:

25) Arbitrage Profit Method (no inventory, no overheads) – Go to Amazon, find a product to list on ebay at a higher price, take the money, checkout on Amazon which will ship it out for you, and you keep the profit. *Beware: ebay might suspend your account if it finds you doing this without Adam’s (approved) software

From Cayden Chang

26) High income earners don’t pay bills first. They save and invest first, then think about paying the bills (e.g. buying that car or condo)

From Sean Seah:

27) 4 Strategies: Capital Appreciation, Dividend Strategies, Stock Arbitrage, Options Writing. [Shall not go into more detail here, but the session was pretty insightful]

From John Burley, who spoke about property investments:

28) Raise $ first, Get $10K or more upfront, Buy real estate for BIG discounts, Appreciation and cash flow when you want.

29) “Not about real estate, the deal, the money… [but about] meeting the investors’ emotional needs”

*Picture Credits: Patrick Liew and Chan Peng Joon’s pictures are from the National Achievers Congress facebook page.

There are some people who know that I attend this-and-that seminar and contact me asking me for my takeaways and notes and so forth. I think this is incredibly rude. If I’d like to share my takeaways (I usually do), I post them on my facebook page and this blog. I find it ridiculous that people make demands of me. I spent good money and my time (which I value more than money) to attend these seminars. If you are unwilling to spend the money and/or don’t have the time to attend any of these seminars, perhaps ask “Grace, will you be sharing your takeaways from XX seminar on your blog?” If I say I won’t, then don’t demand to see my notes or meet me for coffee so I can “download” the information to you, ok? Please, have some respect for people.

If you’d like me to continue sharing, just leave a simple “thank you” comment each time, and I’ll continue to share. I hate it when people demand things from me. It’s just so rude and makes me feel so upset that I can’t even explain adequately how I feel about this.

I’ve said this already and I’ll say it again. I really value my time, so if I don’t want to meet you for coffee, I really do not want to meet you for coffee. Unless your coffee is worth S$808 or more. 😛


4 thoughts on “National Achievers Congress 2014 – My 29 Key Takeaways

    • Thanks, KC. I was inspired by Nick too (actually, who wasn’t?) and I’d like to blog about his sharing soon. 🙂

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