Small Business Worldwide
Ilene & Michael Gerber
Michael Gerber is
a world renowned speaker, entrepreneur, and best selling
author of "The E-Myth," "The Power
Point," "The E-Myth Revisited," and
"The E-Myth Manager." He is also the founder
and chairman of the E-Myth
"One evening in
April my sister, Nancy Dreyfus, who lives across the
country in Philadelphia, called me to ask me what
I thought of the idea of our meeting in Sedona in
July and spending nine days at something called the
Method Training. The thought of spending nine
days with my sister, who I adore and never get enough
of, anywhere, let alone in Sedona, was all I needed
to hear. I made my childcare arrangements, gave instructions
to my husband, kissed my family goodbye and I was
off, without much more information about what I was
about to get myself into.
"Nancy and I met
at the Phoenix airport and drove to Sedona together.
Everything was as it was supposed to be until the
last 10 miles of the drive, which took us off the
main highway, in blazing heat, deep into the desert
and the middle of nowhere. As soon as I got out of
the car at the retreat center to check in and get
our room assignment, I was convinced I had made a
big mistake. It was hot, it was desolate, there wasn't
a familiar face around. (Even my sister seemed like
a stranger at this point.)
"I started plotting
my departure. What good excuse could I use to get
out of this? Could I get a flight back to San Francisco
that evening or would I actually have to wait until
tomorrow? How could I have been so stupid as to not
have asked more questions about this Sedona thing?
"I looked over at
Nancy and suddenly felt unable to abandon her without
at least giving the training a shot. We lugged our
suitcases up to our room, went to dinner and got ready
for the first evening session with Hale and about
15 other participants. I walked into the training
room and everything seemed wrong. The room was wrong.
The trainees were the wrong people. And the heat.
Nine days without an air conditioner. Were they kidding?
I settled into my chair, waited anxiously for Hale
to start, and somehow, within minutes, I had a profound
sense that I had come home. This feeling has not left
me, except in moments, of course, since then.
"In the last four
months, I have let go. I have let go of anger. I have
let go of judgment. I have let go of desperation.
And I have let go of wanting stuff that I would never
have imagined I truly wanted, until I did the training.
Yes, it all comes back from time to time. But it's
different. It's moved from the foreground into the
background. Joy, acceptance, and calm are in the foreground
so often I sometimes can't believe it. I actually
find myself laughing at other people's insanity that
would have, four months ago, made me insane.
"People find me
so much more approachable. My children, my husband
and partner, my employees. I find myself telling myself
that it must be that the people in my company are
just getting to know me better. But I don't think
that's really it. I'm just not so scary.
"In October, we
brought The Sedona
Method to our small business consulting firm,
The E-Myth Academy. Our entire management team, including
my husband, has been through the training, and this
month, 14 more employees out of 50 will be trained.
We will soon become a company committed to releasing.
In a world filled with people who have, for the last
21 years, done their share of suppressing and expressing,
it's a dream come true.
"And the best is
yet to come. Over the next several months, with Hale
and Amy's help, The E-Myth Academy will be integrating
the Method into our already astonishing small business
development tools and technologies so that thousands
of small business owners around the world can benefit
from releasing in the process of building their businesses.
For 21 years, our company has been in the business
of 'Transforming Small Business Worldwide...One Small
Business Owner at a Time.' How perfect."
"What can I say?
I entered into the 2-day training with no expectations,
simply a willingness to discover something. Did I
ever! The simple process of letting go has had a profound
impact on my life. I don't readily say such things.
I've been brought up to believe that leaps in consciousness
don't come easily. That the work is hard. That you
have to fight for every step forward, and that you
most often slip back three steps for every forward
step gained. Not so with The Sedona
Method. The freedom gained in those two days is
forever with me. The simple question, 'Would I rather
stay stuck, or would I rather be free of it?' says
it all. I would rather be free! Thanks, Hale. It has
been a gift. To me, to my family, to my company. And,
to our clients."
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