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I had to ramp up to Mark Silver.
Oh, I was a fan of his newsletter from the get-go; it was one of the few that I wholeheartedly endorsed in an ancient article on how to do (and not do) newsletters. The writing was too, too good to ignore, engaging and witty and crisp, and on a topic (marketing...ugh) that too rarely draws great writers to it.
And, because Mark is a good, smart marketer, I started buying up the chain of products: his book, which contains the foundation of his teachings, was next on the list. I was thrilled beyond belief to get it, despite the less than glamorous wrapping it came in.
But there were these exercises. Seriously woowoo exercises, where God or Spirit or what-have-you had to be invoked. And try as I might, I couldn't get on that bus.
Still, I read the newsletter and talked to Mark and clicked through his wonderful sales pages, and one day, one of them enticed me into buying a course on copywriting. (Hint: for those new to this site, I spent 10 years getting paid out someone else's wazoo for my own copywriting.) And it was good, very good. If you're in the market for some DIY-type help on copywriting and are a sensitive type, you will likely get much from it.
If you've been doing the math along with me, you know that I'm now the owner of a couple of products of Mark's who still can't do the core, spiritual exercise that forms the foundation of all his work. Yet there's something about him...and it, his work. His way. His gentle, supportive presence. (And the humor, and the talent. The humor and talent go a long way.)
And frankly, I'm sick of being hung up with stupid money issues. You have them, too? Yeah. They're probably different than mine, but many of us have them. Issues around debt or scarcity or abundance. They seem like different problems, but they all get ladled out from the same crazy soup.
So I sign on for the most expensive thing of his to date: the Heart of Money teleclass, and the most woowoo of all his offerings. I know, because I asked. No pushing, ever, from Mark: just the calm, gentle, helpful and quiet answers. I thought about what it might be like to have that kind of support in my quest for finding peace with my money issues; I thought, it'll be the opposite of the brittle, tense, frothy-mouthed, batshit-crazy attitudes I grew up with. That sounded good, so I signed up.
Even taking a week off with traveling, even not getting all the exercises "right", even feeling a little bit lost and a lot wobbly for the past six weeks, I have grown by leaps and bounds. My handle on my finances is firm but calm. My clarity around what needs to happen next is profound and comforting. And my excitement about the future is electrifying.
I bring this up because a couple of weeks ago, Mark let us know that they were doing this particular incarnation of the class with the intention of turning it into a product. And a few days ago, he let us know that for a very short window, through July 31st, they were going to offer a 'pre-release' price at a substantial discount.
My only hesitation in recommending the product is that you will not have the benefit of getting automatically matched with a new and wonderful partner to work the exercises with you each week. I suppose you'll need to come up with these on your own (and trust me, it does help to work them with a partner). On the other hand, there's something magical about Mark Silver and his team over at Heart of Business. Maybe they'll come up with a genius way of helping people pair up. I suppose you could join his ongoing workshop community and find your right partners there. Or who knows, maybe you could find them through Twitter or Facebook, or maybe someone will set up a Ning group for Heart of Money student-seekers.
All I know is that if this is the right class for you (and these pages provided by Mark and his team will let you know pretty quickly), you must take it. You must. Extraordinary things will happen. I've had clients start dropping in my lap, and have gone from struggling with my work to letting it just flow through me, and that's just six weeks of half-assing it. Imagine what you could do if you really paid attention. (Imagine what I could do...oy!)
I receive zero monies for recommending this. There's no affiliate program or kickback or nothin'. Just me, tellin' you, this is awesome. Because it is, for me. And if it could be for you, I want you to know about it.
Whatever help we need to help us change ourselves, so we can go forth and change the world, that's the stuff we need to share. The Heart of Money class is that for me. I hope it may be for you...