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

28 thoughts on “Why I Do What I Do

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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!


  5. 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!

  6. 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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