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Lessons Learned From NYC

By August 15, 2012 2 Comments

I recently got back from an 8 day trip to the east coast, much of it being in NYC.  I was blessed to be attending a conference of world changers.  The group was less than 100 so it was big enough to meet so many amazing people, but small enough that it was still intimate.

I am very thankful to have mentors, coaches, friends, and peers, that challenge me to think bigger and be better and leave this world in a better (healthier, happier, fitter) place than when I arrived.

Sitting next to Steve Forbes!

I have done hundreds of interviews over the past 5 years and one of the more common questions is what is my biggest key that has led to the success of my business and the large amounts of amazing people I have been able to work with.  Besides a strong inwardly passion to help moms, I say, “it is all about the people I have chosen to surround myself with and the mentors and coaches who I have hired that have more experience and more insight into a particular area that I am looking to improve.”

I will always be a learner and will never pretend to know everything on any given subject.

In this blog post I will share a few pictures of some of the speakers and attendees whom I really enjoyed.  The theme for the meeting was abundance and how amazing the future is looking.

There were so many takeaways and lessons I learned so based off of many people asking what I learned I thought I would share a few of them with you.

#1  Think bigger then you have before.  I still have the goal of helping 1 million moms by the end of 2015.  But that has now only become phase one.  Those who spoke at this event don’t start a project or a business unless they believe it can help at least 1 billion people.  When I heard that over and over again it just blew my mind.

Fifty years ago, it would have been pretty much impossible to help 1 billion people, but now with the use of technology that is not only possible but probable for some.

Ray Kurzweil, if you don't know who he is google him. He is called the Thomas Edison of our time, and one of the smartest guys in the world.

There are tremendous amounts of opportunity for those looking to solve the world’s biggest problems.  The ones that were focused on in NYC were: health care, energy, education, clean water, infectious diseases, and childhood obesity.

Fortunately my passions and my life mission fit in alignment with helping improve the health care system by making people healthier, and affecting the childhood obesity epidemic by helping moms get healthier.

One of my favorite doctors, Dr. Hymen, gave an amazing presentation, which I will be sharing another time.  He gave one statistic that over the next 20 years in the US, it will cost us 47 TRILLION dollars to treat sickness and disease that are directly related to lifestyle choice.  If that doesn’t make you upset, sad, or frustrated, I don’t know what will.

#2  Vitamin C… Probably one of the most famous psychologist right now is Ned Halloway, and he gave an incredible talk on vitamin C.  This vitamin is more powerful than any other drug, it is more powerful than any type of exercise, and can do more than any food.  The vitamin C he is talking about is “CONNECTION.”

His talk and my subsequent time I spent with him after was one of the top moments for me.  He confirmed everything that I believed regarding what Fit Moms For Life is all about.  It isn’t about the newest exercise program or eating plan, it is about bringing moms together to form deep authentic relationships.  Once Ned heard what FMFL was doing, he wanted to be part of it, and gave me his contact info and would love to help and mentor me in anyway possible.

Arianna Huffington with Dustin Maher of Fit Moms For Life

Such an amazing woman Arianna Huffington is

#3  Everyone has a voice, and incredible amounts of powerful transformational wisdom and information to teach others.  My top moment came with Arianna Huffington, the creator of the Huffington Post.  I am sure everyone knows and visits the Huff Post for some of their news, but you might not be aware that Arianna sold Huff to AOL recently for 315 million dollars.  Arianna’s goal when she started it in 2005 was to allow people to have a voice and to share what they have to the world.

Her message to us was a few things.  Connections and relationships with people are more important than pretty much anything else.  Staying fit and healthy allows her to keep up with her crazy schedule.  She does yoga 3 times per week, lifts weights 3-4 times per week, and rides a stationary bike at her house when she can.  Lastly, she is huge into the empowerment of women and getting them to pursue their dreams and desires.

At the end of her talk there were a few minutes for questions.  I raced to the mic and was the first one to ask her a question.  When she heard about the FMFL movement and what it stood for she got very excited in her English accent.  She said we definitely need to talk and she wanted to see how the Huff could be a mouth piece for the FMFL movement.  She wanted me to email her and in this past week we have exchanged emails and I am looking forward to contributing to the Huffington Post in the near future.

Great to catch up with my friend and mentor Tim Ferriss, author of the two NYT #1 bestsellers, 4 Hour Work Week, and 4 Hour Body

Those are just 3 of the many lessons I could have shared, but I hope I have left you with some things to talk and think about.  If you don’t have enough friends or enough positive friends, I challenge you to go out of your comfort level to seek some out.  Every presenter talked about the importance of taking care of their body in order to add as much value to the world as possible.  Lastly, think big.  What physical challenge could you set for yourself?  What financial goal can you reach?  What personal goal can you set that would blow you away?

I hope you have enjoyed a summary of my time in NYC and I will do my best to continue to share what I am learning as it relates to life and not just what to eat and how to exercise.

I would love to have you write a comment below or ask me a question