There are some people who come into your life at just the right time.
They say things to you that you NEED to hear, not necessarily what you WANT to hear… and they change your life forever.
That is how it was for us… and Mr. Aaron Parkinson.
How We Met Aaron Parkinson
The year was 2008 and Rosemary and I had decided to start a business. This was a reach for us. Neither of us had any business experience and we grew up being taught to get a traditional job, work hard and the company would take care of you.
So we decided to take action and to develop an exit strategy and plan for leaving our jobs.
We did our research and finally decided to join Carbon Copy PRO. Immediately upon signing up, we decided to attend our first live event… the Carbon Copy PRO Master Marketing event in Phoenix, Arizona.
It was an event that changed our lives, not so much for what we learned but for WHO WE MET. It's why you should do whatever it takes to attend a live event.
We met Aaron Parkinson.
Aaron was a huge deal… cofounder of the company and organizer of the Event. But he took the time to greet us, listen to our story and give us a few pointers about becoming an entrepreneur.
It was the beginning of a very beneficial relationship for us.
The Importance of a Mentor
Now, I've written in this blog many times about finding a mentor to shortcut your way to success. And Aaron was one of our mentors, but not in the traditional sense.
- We didn't do organized one-on-one training with Aaron.
- He didn't teach us how to get leads or drive traffic to our website.
- He didn't even teach us how to close a sale.
Aaron taught these totally green, entrepreneur-wannabes something far more value.
Aaron taught us HOW TO THINK
After our initial meetings, we've ran into Aaron several more times at Events and Mastermind Events. We would listen to Aaron talk about positioning and marketing wit h his typcial “in your face” style. In fact, our favorite time each week was to tune into Aarons “Full Contact Marketing” training call. We came away from each call invigorated, excited and ready to move forward in our business.
Aaron showed us what it meant to be an entrepreneur, to take risks, to do whatever it took to solve a problem and get results.
Aaron took us away from our 9-5 Entitlement Mentality and helped us grow into our new roles as Entrepreneurs and small business owners.
And for that, we are eternally grateful.
Just last week, Aaron announced that we would be taking on a different role within Carbon Copy PRO and it's quite likely we won't be seeing as much of Aaron as we'd like.
But even if we never see Aaron Parkinson again, he has made an indelible mark on our lives. He has changed us in ways he will never know.
Thank you, Aaron.