Why I Do What I Do

I’ve recently completed the Almost Free Workshop in Toronto to a sold-out crowd. I’m asked why I continue to provide these very low-investment opportunities, when I continually sell-out very high-priced offerings.

The reason is that I believe you give back to your profession and professional community, and that I continue to learn (or I would simply retire, travel, play with the dogs, and drive exotic cars). Here’s an example of what makes my life so fascinating. I have permission from this wonderful woman to share her story:

Hello Alan,

It was great to meet you and your wonderful community at the workshop today in Toronto.

I left an abusive marriage of 21 years with 5 children, one of whom has cerebral palsy. I didn’t have any money, so I went on welfare to support my children.

I have been following your work for 18 months now. I followed your free resources, watched your youtube videos and read your blogs. I started implementing your “marketing gravity ideas” one at a time.

With faith beyond my circumstances, and your amazing ideas, I had a radio station in South Africa find my content online, and they contacted me to be The Friday Motivational Girl for five million listeners. Tomorrow, they want to have a conference call to talk about launching my new book, Secret Strength, and doing workshops for women in Southern Africa

Life has opened up for me, and my future is brightly filled with promise, hope and success.

Thank you Alan for being a part of my journey,

Fatima Omar Khamissa

Editor-in-Chief Spiritual Biz Moms Inbox Magazine


If she is blessed, then so am I.

© Alan Weiss 2013

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28 Responses to Why I Do What I Do

  1. Noah says:

    I met Fatima. What an inspiration!

  2. Dave Gardner says:

    What an incredible story. Thank you Alan and Fatima for sharing this!

  3. John Boggs says:

    Amazing, thank you for sharing.

  4. John Martin says:

    Oh wow.
    Just wow!

  5. Chris Daniel says:

    that’s simply fantastic…..

  6. Fatima’s energy and vibrancy in Toronto were inspiring!

  7. Patrick Daly says:

    That IS inspirational.

  8. Nancy Cramer says:

    Amazing! Thank you both for sharing this story. It’s time to get serious.

  9. Stories like Fatima’s give me pause at anything I might feel stymied about. Thanks, Fatima for sharing that there are always choices to be made, regardless of circumstance.

  10. Bobbe Lyon says:

    What a way to start a Monday. Thank You. The sky’s the limit!

  11. Siimon says:

    The power of belief and action intermixed.

  12. Helen Wilkie says:

    Fatima deserves every bit of her success and I predict a great future for her!

    Thanks for a great day, Alan.

  13. Ed Poll says:

    With odds like that to overcome, few among us have anything real about which to complain.

  14. Gail Kelley says:

    I posted this on Facebook for others to be inspired. Thank you Alan and Fatima.

  15. John Boggs says:

    Desire, Faith, Preparation, Execution all in one package. She is amazing.

  16. Congratulations Fatima! Your impact on the world will be far-reaching. Alan, you continue to inspire.

  17. Great story. I bet Alan gets letters like this all the time?
    After all, this is the reason we are in this business for – to change peoples lives.

  18. Rebecca Sponsel says:

    Thanks, I needed that today; and I do know exactly what I need to do today and the next and the next –> “Never, never, never give up.” Winston Churchill

  19. Thanks for sharing, Alan! Inspires all of us. I have found (and the research shows) that those who experience more than their share of adversity and loss are more likely to be high achievers, as long as they take action vs. ruminating over their loss. With your guidance, I know she is taking action! Can’t wait to see what she does next.

  20. Shirley M-K says:

    Thanks for sharing this. It is so inspiring.

  21. Grace says:

    Totally inspired by this experience, congrats to both of you for showing the way and doing what you love regardless of circumstance.
    Fatima it’s a blessing to connect with you since reading this!


  22. Thanks Alan .. you are a man of integrity.. you kept your word … simply refreshing .. This is a beautiful, loving and supportive community.

    Love, Fatima

  23. Alan Weiss says:

    I was so glad to meet you in Toronto, Fatima, and to have played a tiny role in your success.

  24. Michelle Price says:

    This gave me goosebumps. What a story of perseverance in the face of overwhelming adversity. You just never know whose life you are going to touch with your work. Bravo to you both!

  25. Alan Weiss says:

    Exactly right, it’s not about standing ovations, evaluation sheets, or numbers. You never know who you may be helping when you least suspect it.

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