Using what I have learned over the past dozen years about how to be successful in business, life and investing, I have developed a workshop called Biderman’s Practices of Success and Abundance. I have conducted about a dozen courses in beta, both for adults and college-age younger people. The average feedback score in terms of what people got out of the course was 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5.
The workshop is no longer in development. This week I am launching the first Biderman’s Practices of Success and Abundance workshop, which will take place June 1 & 2 at the Fountaingrove Country Club in Sonoma County.
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Here is an appetizer about the course. In Biderman’s Practices of Success and Abundance you will first discover what has stopped you from being as successful as you want to be. You will leave the course with the ability to be totally engaged and fully present to the important parts of your life, particularly when you do not want to play full out at the time. That practice over time leads to long term success and financial abundance.
Many of us know from our own lives that sometimes suffering, or failure, ends up teaching us very useful lessons that enable us to be much more successful in the future. My workshop teaches that failure is not a bad thing. What is bad is not playing or taking risks, or learning from past mistakes. Yes, winning is better than losing, but sometimes we learn a heck of a lot more out of our failures than our successes. But that only occurs if we keep playing after losing.
Put another way, true failure is not playing at all. When you play a game important to you, such as in business, or in relationships, you can either win or lose. Henry Jarecki, the billionaire trader and father of two young movie makers, was a Yale psychiatrist when he discovered a huge silver trading possibility in the late 1960’s. He told me he was very lucky getting that deal done. Henry says he got 12 no’s asking banks for financing before he finally got a yes. I told him that is not luck. Very few people can suffer one turn down, let alone 12.
In my workshop, you will learn that failure is merely a way station on the path to long term financial success. I vividly remember in the early 1970’s when I was a cub reporter at Barron’s interviewing Larry Tisch, legendary stock trader and business wheeler dealer. Tisch said his secret for success was being “long term greedy. Tisch said the difference between short-term and long-term greed was key.
Short-term greedy people want to make it quick no matter what the methods nor the consequences. Long-term greedy means doing the right thing for as long as it takes to win. That includes allowing for the possibility of failure and then learning from the failure, and correcting past mistakes while playing again. Doing the right thing also means keeping your word, recognizing and owning up to mistakes whether in the markets or life and then learning from the mistakes, or failures, before playing again. Long term greedy includes doing your home work, being in close relationship with your co-workers, customers and suppliers. Everyone.
Being long-term greedy does not work without the willingness to take risks and fail. Being long-term greedy is a practice for success and abundance.
This is just part of what my day and a half workshop in the wine country is all about. If you have questions or want to chat to see if this workshop is for you, please comment and I will get back to you. Click here to register.
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