Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Make Yourself Available When Opportunity Knocks

If you have been selling on Amazon for any time at all you have probably heard of the Proven Amazon Course (PAC), Silent Sales Machine, and Jim Cockrum. In November Jim Cockrum and his team will host an event called CES Conference 2013 in Orlando, FL.

I signed up to go as soon as I found out tickets were available. That was almost two months ago, in early August. Since that time I have been following Jim a little more closely so I am fully up to speed by the time the event takes place and I can consume as much information as possible while there. One of the ways I am following Jim is through the event's Facebook group. In that Facebook group on Friday September 20, 2013 Jim posted the following:

"We'll have a few segments at the conference where we interview many of the successful folks who are attending. If you don't mind sharing your story for a few minutes (in interview fashion on stage) please drop me an email with a brief version of your story and we'll see if it's a good fit for what we have in mind."

I took a deep breath, thought about my career goals, and decided if I want to succeed in this business as a coach I had better learn to put myself out there (not an easy thing for a self confessed introvert). I wasn't sure whether or not my story would resonate with the crowd of heavy hitters that will be in attendance or if it was even the kind of story Jim was looking for. Either way, I wrote Jim an email with a 2 paragraph rundown of the last 18 months of my life, from wanting to leave the corporate world, to finding Brett Bartlett and Amazon FBA, to working an FBA business, then one-on-one coaching, hiring a team member, giving a training webinar, and preparing for my first group coaching.

About 5 minutes after I sent the email, nerves still shaking from taking the step to contact someone I hold in such high regard, the phone rang. It was Jim Cockrum!!! He told me my story was exactly the kind of story that he wanted. Since the conference will be recorded he is confident it will help to inspire others in a similar situation as the one I was in 18 months ago and to show them the success that can be achieved if you are willing to work for it. So with that, he assured me I would be on stage to tell my story! The thought of being on stage in front of close to 200 people while the camera is rolling scares and excites the crap out of me! I can't wait! It's amazing how much opportunity can open up to you if you are willing to take even the smallest step.

Jim was extremely generous with his time and talked to me for about 30 minutes. Some of our conversation was about the event, some about coaching, and even a little about running. It was an absolutely surreal moment. I can't thank Jim enough for giving me so much of his valuable time and advice. It was simply incredible.

Hopefully you will be attending and able to be a part of this exciting experience with me. If you haven't purchased your ticket for the CES Conference 2013 you still have time. Click the link below and you can sign up today. I truly believe if you are running a business you won't want to miss this event.




  1. Duane, that is awesome. Opportunity favors the prepared. I love your integrity, your genuine willingness to help and your ability to inspire others. I am glad that Jim recognized the same qualities in you that you admire in him. I am eager to hear your interview and to see the impact it will undoubtedly have on the lives of your colleagues.

    1. Gil,
      Thank you so much for the kind words. I am both extremely nervous and excited about the interview. Jim is an amazing person and this event will undoubtedly be just as amazing. I can't wait to meet you and so many others in Orlando.

  2. Well done Duane, keep pushing yourself outside your comfort zone its the best way to grow.

  3. Duane, So excited for this big opportunity for you. Look what you have accomplished in such a short of time. What growth! Good luck to you and I can't wait to hear the recording.

    1. I can't believe how much my life has changed so quickly. It has been incredible. I wish you were going to Orlando so I could meet you in person. Maybe next year. ;)

  4. Jim are my idol too, I learn a lot from him [outside US, i'm Thai] especially about FBA business.

    Duane, you're great and i love your word too.
    Cheer up !!!

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