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Visionary Balazs W. Kardos is the Founder of the Global Prosperity Movement.
Balazs always knew he wanted to change the world, he didn’t know how but he knew why. His mission is to empower people from all around the world to realize True Health; Physical, Financial and have Peace of Mind.
Balazs is passionate about teaching people about preventative health, wealth and limitless freedom. He has a track record of success and mentors those who are ready the same principles he has used to retire his Mom & Fiancé in under 18 months, earn multiple 6 figures a year and have the unlimited freedom lifestyle we all desire.
Since 2013 he figured out how and has helped over 10,000 people in 35+ countries, his organization today is doing over $1,000,000 per month in sales helping people just like you break free from the rat race and create a life by their own design.
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Stefan Aarnio: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the show, Respect the Grind with Stefan Aarnio. Now this is the show where we interview people who have achieved mastery and freedom through discipline. And we interview entrepreneurs, athletes, artists, real estate investors, anybody who’s achieved mastery and examine what it took to get there. Now today on the show, I have a friend of mine, Balazs Kardos. This guy is huge. He is out on the West Coast. He has created a thing called The Global Prosperity Movement. And I met him in 2013, when he was starting out. I was starting out in real estate. I remember, I met him in a hotel room. Where were we, down in Florida? I think we were down in Florida.
Balazs Kardos: Yeah.
Stefan Aarnio: He shows me a water machine in a hotel room, and I buy it. That’s how crazy this guy is. Now his team is telling me he’s doing two mill a month in sales, grown his team, grown a movement, online marketer, fantastica at that and killer in direct sales. So really great to have him on the show, Respect the Grind. Balazs, thank you so much for joining me.
Balazs Kardos: Awesome, Stefan. It’s great to be here man. I’m excited for you. This new podcast of yours is gonna be a huge success. So thanks for having me on man.
Stefan Aarnio: Thank you. Well I really wanted to create something where we could talk to all the guys who are crushing it, the guys who are grinding. And I have a massive respect for you, because when I met you, you were in the kind of MLM direct sales space. And then you did it the way I would do it. We spoke on the phone a while ago. You were calling about maybe doing some real estate mentoring with me. And I said to you, I said, “Dude, you’re doing the MLM direct sales game the way I’d do it. You build a brand.” And that’s the smart thing. You built a brand. That’s what I wanna talk about today. And you attached a company to it. So you built the brand and you monetized. And it is the most brilliant thing.
Out of all the MLM guys I know, or all the dudes who do direct sales and MLM, I know two guys who are crushing it. You’re the king as far as I’m concerned, out of guys that I know. So really happy to have you here. And I wanna start with a little bit about, why don’t you tell the people about yourself in your own words for people who don’t know who Balazs is.
Balazs Kardos: Yeah, definitely. I mean, for most of my life, I was a struggling to figure out my path. I come from very humble beginnings. My family immigrated from Hungary in Eastern Europe when I was a little boy. And you know, just like a lot of success stories you hear, I didn’t have much growing up. My parents were hardworking labor workers. And we had a great family in terms of all those other areas, like we had love and communication, and we were really close. But we just had that, the success wasn’t there. The finances weren’t there. And very early on, when I was like maybe 10, 11 years old, and I was starting to understand the concept of money a little bit around my home, and hearing my parents arguing about money and stuff like that, I developed a love hate relationship with money, because I hated it so much because it seemed to always be the cause of all the problems. But then I fell in love with it because I knew if I could just figure out how to never worry about money when I eventually got older, and started a family or whatever I decided to do, then I fell in love with the idea of solving the game of money.
So then I felt like after that, life truly begins. And it’s what’s driven me for a long, long time. Just like lots of people who are listening to this show, they can relate that your first attempt at success, your first attempt at an opportunity or a business, most of the time is a big disaster and a failure. And I was no different. I got fired from 12 different jobs by the time I’m 25, before I realized that I was unemployable, because I was always thinking like an entrepreneur. I was trying to change operations, give feedback when it wasn’t wanted, do it my own way, the better, faster, more intelligent way so I thought. And I was a threat to lots of people who worked around me, and I worked for them in terms of positions. So I kept getting fired and set up, and all this stuff. And I was like, “Man, what the hell? This is ridiculous.”
And then, by the time I was 25, I was still living at home. I was depressed. I lost my father to cancer. I was in the lowest point of my life. And me and my mom’s relationship was very bad. And she was sort of telling me I gotta move out and start my life. I didn’t wanna go to college. I dropped out of college actually first semester. I had no job. I wasn’t helping around the house with money or bills or anything. I was just bumming around, basically. And then here I am, 25. And I didn’t know what my future had in store at that point. And my mom sort of just nudged me with love out the door. It wasn’t an officially a kick out of the house, but it was close. And I love her dearly for that, ’cause had that not happened, I’d be like the 40 year old, not virgin, but the 40 year old broke guy living at home.
So I started-
Stefan Aarnio: You mean a average millennial? You’d be the average Mellinneal living at home til 40?
Balazs Kardos: I guess so. I guess so. It’s becoming kinda common in a lot of people’s lives. It’s crazy. But yeah. I couldn’t get a job anywhere because of my lack of a resume. And I ended up getting hired and tricked into door to door sales. I wasn’t told-
Stefan Aarnio: Wow.
Balazs Kardos: … it was door to door sales. My parents hated salespeople. They were always treating them really poorly, and had negative beliefs around salespeople. So the last thing I ever thought I would do as a career or get involved with was sales. And I got tricked into this job. First day on the job, went and did door to door sales, and from there, I realized how much I misunderstood what they whole basis of sales, persuasion and influence, all of that was. I had no idea what it really was. I fell in love with that, and turned it into my craft.
And I got very good, one of the top people in direct sales doing door to door. Built an organization over four years. We were the ones who put a major telephone company on the map in Western Canada. And then, that’s kind of how I developed who I was. And then from there I realized I loved helping people. And my biggest, actually my biggest motivation is helping people break free from a nine to five job that sort of owns them or consumes them just for the money, and helping people have freedom. And then I believe that once you have that freedom, life truly begins. And my goal is to help people get there as quickly and as fast as possible. And now we’ve done that with over 10,000 people in the last two years, and it’s been really cool, cool to see what has happened.
Stefan Aarnio: I like what you say. Life truly begins when you get to that point. I got out of the rat race at age 23. I did two real estate deals. Cash was enough to get out of the job. McDonald’s rejected me. Walmart rejected me.
Balazs Kardos: Cool.
Stefan Aarnio: And once you get to the point where you have enough money or enough base money you can start doing the things you wanna do. Now Balazs, you were in the door to door space. How did you get started in what you’re doing now? ‘Cause that’s usually, like a lot of guys go into door to door. I did door to door for like a day and I was so sweaty, and so dirty by the end, I was like, “No thanks, man.” It’s like plus 40 here in Winnipeg. I’m sweaty. I’m not doing it. How did you transition from that into like the direct sales where you’re selling like Kangen machines or whatever else?
Balazs Kardos: Yeah. I think that there’s a interesting phenomenon that happens to people with door to door. And there’s a lot of variables that have to happen on your first day, and even up to like your first seven days in that career or in that job. I think of everything as an opportunity, and I always think, no matter if you’re a janitor or work at McDonald’s, that’s a business for you. You’re your own business always. So I always [crosstalk 00:08:24].
Stefan Aarnio: You’re on commission.
Balazs Kardos: Pardon me?
Stefan Aarnio: Everybody’s on commission Balazs. If you don’t sweep enough floors, you get fired.
Balazs Kardos: Absolutely.
Stefan Aarnio: If you don’t knock enough doors, you get fired.
Balazs Kardos: [crosstalk 00:08:33].
Stefan Aarnio: It’s all commission. Yeah, yeah.
Balazs Kardos: Yeah.
Stefan Aarnio: Okay, go ahead. Sorry. I’m interrupting you now.
Balazs Kardos: No, no. That’s perfect. Yeah. Let’s make it like a conversation. I like this a lot. But yeah. So for me, that first day, had it gone any other way than the way it did for me that day, I would’ve never continued in door to door. I would’ve quit, just like you, that first day.
But there was a certain higher power or whatever you wanna call it that played into that, and my manager was this Asian lady with a thick accent. And like I said, I got tricked into the job, so my first day, I’m thinking about I’m doing inbound sales, like answering phones for this telecom company. And here I am getting told to jump in this woman’s car, and we’re gonna go out and find our territory, or our turf. And I’m like so confused, just kinda going with it. And then this chick literally snuck into an apartment building, waves me in. We’re not allowed. It’s like breaking and entering, or like [crosstalk 00:09:25].
Stefan Aarnio: Oh.
Balazs Kardos: So I’m so confused. I’m kinda like curious what’s gonna happen next, so I’m like, “Whatever. I’ll go with it.” We sneak into a stairwell, she puts the badge on me, and my Telus hat. I didn’t wanna say the company, but whatever. The company name on the hat. And puts it on me, and she starts to knock on these doors. And she has a thick accent. She doesn’t really know the product, the features and benefits very well at all. But it was like this massive discount and this special offer. She made like 350 bucks in a couple hours in front of me.
Stefan Aarnio: Wow.
Balazs Kardos: And I was just like shocked. I was like, I could not believe I went from 8 bucks an hour at all these jobs I got fired from. So I would’ve make like $16, $24 in that timeframe, and she made 350 bucks in front of me barely speaking English and just getting signatures on a line. And I was blown away. I’m like, “Man, if she can do that, I can make thousands a day, period.” And this was like before sales training, before any sort of reason to be confident. I was just like, comparing. I’m like, “I can speak a little better English. I can …” You know what I mean? That was it. And that’s what made me stick around was like beating what I saw that first day. And had that gone differently, I would’ve walked out, 100%. So-
Stefan Aarnio: So … Oh, I was gonna say, you go ahead. Go ahead man.
Balazs Kardos: Sorry. So what happened is that was the initial challenge for me was to get out of the poverty consciousness that I was in, the paycheck to paycheck. But I only knew that way of life the whole time. And then I started making like $500 a week, $1000 a week, $2000 a week. And I was like, “Are you serious?” This is crazy. And I got it all the way up to just under 10 grand a week before I left that. But the problem was is that I found myself when I was wanting to do things I wanted to do, like travel, or hang out with my friends or whatever, I found myself saying two things. And these two things eventually drove me kinda crazy. And the first thing is, “I can’t.” I’d always say, “I can’t, because I have to work.” And I didn’t realize how often I was actually saying that. And the other one was that I had to, that I have to. So those two things. So “I have to do x, y, z,” and “I can’t,” because whatever excuse. And it was constantly coming out of my mouth, but without realizing it. And then I got to this point where I’m like, I have money, yes. Things are good in that department. But I have to keep saying, I have to keep doing something even on days I don’t want to. And I keep having to say I can’t participate in trips or family functions, or whatnot ’cause I have to work. And it got to the point where I’m like, “If I continue down this path, five years from now, ten years from now, and I don’t make any changes, how will this affect my life? How will this affect my lifestyle, my relationships, my health,” and all these different areas. And I wasn’t happy with the picture that I was seeing. So that’s how I got introduced to the concept of the network marketing industry, the direct sales industry with the leverage component is because it was the same thing I was already doing in door to door, but it had the long term leverage, residual, passive income element that would allow me to take back control of my time, and most importantly my lifestyle. So that was the transition that I went through, and that was from age 25 to 30 roughly. And for the last five years now I transitioned into that networking industry. And then the last two years, I went 100% online. So it was kind of like this gradual leveling up. And online’s like the best thing ever. It’s just the way that I always imagined it to be. And most people still aren’t doing it like this, so it’s crazy.
Stefan Aarnio: Well that’s why I wanted you on this show, Balazs, because number one, I can see you got the chops, and I respect the guy with sales chops. I got a sales book coming out right now called The Close, Seven Level Selling, and the base of all wealth is sales. You gotta be good at selling. There’s no other way. You can’t skip selling. I mean, maybe you can if you’re an investment banker, or maybe if you’re something else. But you got the base skill. Then you built a bit of an org. And what really impressed me about you is the way you’ve built the brand. And the brand of what you have online is different. You’re not representing your company. You’re not one of those guys who’s like, “Hey man. Get this product from me.” You’re like, “Hey, here’s the lifestyle. Here’s what you can have.” You’re showing people the benefits that they can have. And it’s a really sophisticated way that you do business, and I really, really love that, because you’re doing it the way actually I’m going all online right now too. And I can see a lot of similarities there. And everybody who’s crushing right now whether it’s Grant Cardone, Terry V, Ty Lopez, all these guys are going straight online. The seminars are dead, the door knocking, the basement parties with the wine and cheese. All that stuff’s done, man. I’ve been in so many basements where they pull out the shrimp ring, and they say, “Hey, join my MLM.” And that’s over, man. We’re not doing the shrimp ring and the triangle anymore. We’re doing online. So let me ask you this, Balazs. You’re a successful guy. You’re crushing it. Do you believe that success is more talent or more hard work?
Balazs Kardos: That’s a great question. I believe it all comes down to the individual. There’s different sort of recipe within each person. So I don’t think it’s the same in everybody. But I heard a quote many years ago where hard work beats talent if talent doesn’t work hard. So I think that depending on where you get started from, and some of the strengths that you have, you may have an advantage out of the gate over some other people or vice versa, but that hard work can always eventually elevate you out of it by simply just mastering your craft and doubling down on one thing.
And I think with Millennials especially. I’m at the very beginning of the Mellinneal generation. But I feel like people are so scattered. And because of scattered, they never really master anything. So luckily for me, I knew that earlier on, and I wanted to just stick with one thing, Five years, roughly, was my timeframe. And I was like, I’m just gonna do one thing for five years, get really, really good at it, and then eventually evolve from there. And that’s a rare thing these days. There’s no long term commitment from people. And so I definitely think that talent in some way, shape, or form can influence your overall success. But talent that’s lazy, talent that makes excuses, talent that doesn’t do anything will never get anywhere. But someone with very basic level of talent, or next to no talent if you will, who just puts in effort and puts in the hard work, eventually they must win over time.
Stefan Aarnio: Yeah. I love that answer. I’ve got a couple sales guys in my office. And we got one guy, super talented, but it’s the tortoise and the hare. He’s up, he’s down, he’s up, he’s down. Then I got a couple guys not talented, but just tortoise every day, and they’re just hitting every day. And they’re overtaking the tortoise and the hare. It’s the old story.
Balazs Kardos: Yeah.
Stefan Aarnio: Now let me ask you this, Balazs. You’ve done a lot of things, especially in one focused area. This is what I love about the show here. We’re picking on people who are focused on one thing and crushing. Now, do you think success changed you along the way?
Balazs Kardos: Yes and no. I had to change before I ever had success. So I think the change happened first. And the change was not changing in a bad way. You know sometimes you hear those cliches or those memes or those things that are all over social media where like friends and family will say like, “You changed.” Like it’s a bad thing. But in my opinion, it’s like, I didn’t work this hard to remain the same. I wanted to change.
Stefan Aarnio: Right.
Balazs Kardos: I wanted to grow. But who I am as a person has, I believe, stayed the same, at my core. But I just look to bridge the gap between who I am, who I was, and who I can become, and just trying to always be aware of that. So yes, I’ve changed. But I think for the better. And I had to change first before success ever showed up.
Stefan Aarnio: So would you say that in essence, you’re the same guy, but you’re a better version of that guy today?
Balazs Kardos: Yes, absolutely.
Stefan Aarnio: Yeah. Well I can see it, man. I been following you for years, and your health looks better. You’re married. You look super happy. Lifestyle looks amazing.
Balazs Kardos: Yeah.
Stefan Aarnio: I see a better product today.
Balazs Kardos: Yeah, thanks.
Stefan Aarnio: And I’ve talked to, it’s my seventh interview today. I’m just grinding on this as hard as I can. And everybody I speak to says, “I’m a better version. I did change, but I changed for the better.”
Now, I don’t know if you read any Robert Greene books, like 48 Laws of Power, or Mastery. Ever read any of those books, Robert Greene?
Balazs Kardos: I have read, yeah.
Stefan Aarnio: Okay great. Great author. In Mastery, he says that mastery is a blend of creativity and discipline. And do you think that creativity is more important today than discipline?
Balazs Kardos: That’s a great question. I think there’s a combination. You’re disciplined around your daily routine. Your daily habits I think are the fundamental pillars to your success. But the creativity is what separates you … Excuse me. The creativity is what separates you from just being another Joe Schmo. So I feel like it’s a combination of both. And within my personal life, I’m always asking myself how I can be more creative. And that’s part of my daily routine, where I have discipline. So I don’t know if I would say it’s more important or not. But a lot of the things that I’ve become successful with has come from thinking outside the box, looking at things from a different perspective, and like you mentioned earlier, not doing it the way that the masses or the way it’s always been done. And then sticking to the discipline on like implementing those crazy ideas and testing them out. It’s all about testing. I tested way more things that didn’t work than the things that have, and it’s all part of the process, so.
Stefan Aarnio: I love what you say about testing. We’re both marketers. We’re both marketers. We’re both marketing. And I look at marketing as kind of like drilling oil wells. You drill these little oil wells, and most of them don’t have any oil. But then when you hit something, you go all the way down. And with that, with the marketing side, and you graduated from sales to now marketing and branding, which is where the real money’s at. Do you think it’s more important Balazs to have a great brand or a great business?
Balazs Kardos: I believe a brand transcends your business, and businesses can come and go, fail, economies can change, you know. You don’t really know for sure. But your brand is something that stays with you forever. So I definitely think that a personal brand would be number one, then your overall brand of who you are from a company level would be second, and then your individual company brands would be third. So a lot of people skip over the personal brand, and you’re focusing just on company brands. And I think that’s a massive, massive mistake. And also, the biggest names in personal development and sales marketing that we look up to as mentors and role models, they don’t really talk about their personal brand very much from what I have seen. But they all have massive, massive focus around building their personal brand. So it’s kind of interesting. It’s like the secret sauce that’s right in front of your face, but that doesn’t actually get talked about very much by them.
Stefan Aarnio: Right. Well it’s just a massive secret. I think that the brand can go two ways. You either have the brand, then you attach the business, or you have the business, then you attach a brand. But I like what you’re saying. A brand takes a long time to build. And I met you when you were just starting to build that brand in 2013. I even remember, you were in there with a couple other guys. You’re not working with those guys anymore. You’re the survivor. And I respect the survivability, because you know, my lawyer, I sit down with him, I’m closing real estate deals. He goes, “Stefan, I know 50 guys trying to do what you do. You’re the survivor.” And Balazs is the survivor.
Stefan Aarnio: So with that being said, Balazs, every leader, every guy who’s at the top of his game has an obsession. What’s your obsession?
Balazs Kardos: Well, my obsession has evolved over the years. My obsession has always been focused around freedom. Freedom’s my number one highest value. So everything that I’ve done has been to create a lifestyle of freedom. And now my decisions always go through, hey, is this gonna give me more freedom or less freedom. So that was the initial obsession that I had. Now that I achieved a level of comfort and freedom in a lot of those areas I was obsessed with to get to, now my obsession is on giving back impact and legacy, and really paying it forward. I get the most amount of joy now from the success stories and testimonials, and people I’m able to influence and help through everything that I’ve been through.
And it’s now almost like an example, an inspiration of what’s possible. So that’s what keeps me going even though I don’t have to anymore, which is one of the things that I hated to say. I have to do this, and I can’t do this. Now it’s, “I want to,” and “I enjoy to.” It’s not an obsession where it consumes me as much anymore. I’ve been able to develop more of a balance, but that’s ’cause I’m going into a phase of my life where I wanna start a family, and I knew that without that, chances of it working out, and being a good dad is slim to none, so I have to adjust some things to be obsessed with balance.
Stefan Aarnio: I love, what I love about hearing you speak, Balazs, is I can hear that you’ve done some editing in your language. And I have an English degree dude. I’m like, I dropped out of four faculties, dropped out of music, dropped out of business school, dropped out of computer science, took two poetry classes, got an English degree. And what I realized when I had that English degree, I was finishing it, I read Art Of The Deal by Donald Trump. I don’t know if you ever read that book.
Balazs Kardos: No, I haven’t read that.
Stefan Aarnio: It’s a legendary real estate book. And at the time, my parents were going through a divorce, and they were negative, negative, negative language. And I read Donal Trump’s book, and it was all positive, positive, positive languages. I like it. I like it. I love it. I want it. I’m doing it. And it was such a change, ’cause everybody I heard in my life was complaining complaining. And when you start to edit your language, you edit your life. And I can see it with you, that there’s a line there where there’s probably the “I can’t,” and “I don’t have time,” or whatever you’re saying before. And you edited that into, “I want this. I must.” And the language has changed, and the results have changed, and I love that. Now underneath all the techniques and the language changing, what motivates you to be great at what you do?
Balazs Kardos: I think I took a lot of responsibility on helping the people that are closest to me. So my motivation was outside of myself. And I believe that it starts with you first. I put myself last for a lot of years, and I suffered for it with my health and different things, ’cause I always, I didn’t realize that putting, you know, your mask on first, if you will, that expression when your airplane’s going down. They say put your mask on first before you help your neighbor. I didn’t really understand that for quite a while. And the thing, and now actually I have a routine. This is a bit of a golden nugget in my life that may help those of you listening, is I put my phone on airplane mode in the morning, before I go to bed actually. And not right before I go to bed, but like I have a time where I turn my phone off, like way before. And I don’t turn my phone on, off of airplane mode, until I’ve done all the things that matter the most to me, my morning routine-
Stefan Aarnio: Wow.
Balazs Kardos: Working out, drinking water. There’s a whole bunch of lists. My gratitude, my reading, everything that is important to me, I do it, and it’s the craziest inner battle. Like every day, I’ve been doing it for quite a while, but every day I have this itch, and I wanna pick up my phone, and like, I just wanna check like my email or whatever, ’cause there’s so much going on. But I refuse to push that one button til I’m done. And that’s like an oath and a promise I made to me. And it’s been the biggest game changer. It’s such a small thing, and I’m sure a lot of people already do this. But that one button on my phone has turned out to be the most valuable for putting me first. And then when I’m done, I can serve and give all of me the rest of the day and not feel guilty, and all these things that I used to feel in the past, ’cause I always put things off, and I’m like, “I’ll do that later. I’ll go to the gym later. I’ll go to the gym later.” And then all of a sudden, it’s the end of the day, and I’m like, “I’m tired,” and other excuses came creeping in. So that was a big game changer for me.
But yeah, motivation has always been my mom. My dad passed, and when my dad passed, my mom, I gotta take care of her. So I retired my mom. She was only … How old was she? She was like … hold on a second. She’s 20 years older than me. She was 46 when I retired her from having to work, and financially she’s good, which was a huge accomplishment for me. And that was my motivation. Then I retired my wife now, who was my fiancee at the time from having to work. That was my motivation. Then I was good financially in terms of securing more than enough for what we needed for bills and expenses and whatnot.
So it’s always been outside of myself, and now my motivation is to really tap into how many other people we can help, and how big we can scale what we started five years ago, and just reaching out maxing my potential. I always imagine, [inaudible 00:28:31] my house, and I create these scenarios that are all make believe, but they really motivate me a lot. And I make up these scenarios, where I have a few of them that have really just messed with me in a good way. One is I always imagine this imaginary scenario where I’m having a conversation with my future kids.
And the scenario goes one of two ways. One is I look them in the eyes, and I’m able to provide the life that I always wish that I had and that I could give them, and basically be in a place where I’ve delivered that to them, and not have to be like, “Oh, Daddy, he can’t afford to take you to Disneyland,” or, “Daddy has to work,” or, “Daddy’s not around.” And looking at my kid, like it’s one thing to feel like that might happen. But it’s another thing to vividly imagine the eye contact with my future kids and how that conversation plays out. And that has driven me like crazy to avoid that from happening, which is really, I don’t know if that helps anybody. But it has been like this thing where I vividly imagine, and I can’t wait for that day to come where it doesn’t play out like that. It’ plays out like the positive version of that situation.
And then the other one is having a conversation with myself the last day before I pass away, and having a conversation with the man I could’ve been, as opposed to the man I am when I die.
Stefan Aarnio: Oo.
Balazs Kardos: And that is my motivation. Seeing the man I could’ve been saying goodbye to me, and I’m only a fraction of that man really drives me.
Stefan Aarnio: Wow.
Balazs Kardos: Yeah.
Stefan Aarnio: They say hell on earth is meeting the man you could’ve became.
Balazs Kardos: Yeah. That’s exactly-
Stefan Aarnio: And that’s powerful.
Balazs Kardos: Like the driver. That’s such a good way of putting it. Yeah.
Stefan Aarnio: Wow. And I love … So I guess they call that future pacing.
Balazs Kardos: Future [crosstalk 00:30:20].
Stefan Aarnio: And very powerful sales technique, very powerful NLP technique, and that’s the key to closing big business. I love how you use it as motivation. I just came out with, I got a product coming out called The High Performance Journal, and it’s got 15 productivity things-
Balazs Kardos: Cool.
Stefan Aarnio: … that billionaires and high performers do. And one is what you said, their time travel, their future pacing. What’s this gonna look like if I keep doing this? You have a donut every day. Not bad. But if you have a donut every day, you’re gonna be fat.
Balazs Kardos: Yeah.
Stefan Aarnio: If you have a cigarette everyday, it’s great. You’re in flavor country until you have lung cancer, man. It’s over, right?
Balazs Kardos: Compound effect for sure.
Stefan Aarnio: Oh, compound effect all the way. No Balazs, I wanna take you back in your career and your journey. I wanna know what was your darkest moment where you thought that you were gonna fail and this was all gonna collapse on you.
Balazs Kardos: I believe the time that I was the most, I wouldn’t say failed, but the most scared that I might fail, and it crossed my mind. I’ve always been very certain. I think that certainty is such a key to success, as I’ve always been certain that I would become successful. But along that journey of I knew, there were times when you’d question yourself and wonder if you’re on the right path or making the right calls and right decisions. And I have this goal, this target, to quit my door to door career at a certain time. And I ended up, certain things happened where I was so distracted, and not committed, and not focused, where I was not doing my duties like I should’ve been, ’cause I just wasn’t, I was checked out. I was ready to go. But I was playing it safe to accumulate enough extra kinda like, you know, they say have six months tucked away, blah, blah, blah. So I was trying to take this safe transition from a steady paycheck to entrepreneurship.
And I left it three months earlier than I had planned. And it was like my world caved in. And every possible scenario happened of like, I was technically good financially, but this illusion that I needed three more months to be safe, every possible circumstance crept into my head, like, “What if the car breaks down?” “What if this unexpected thing happens?” And I literally had a nervous breakdown feeling emotionally, and that took me 24 hours to kind of feel sorry for myself and get past. But since then, I think the hardest thing for me along my journey of business, especially my main focus with my direct sales online business has been relationships that have gone sideways. I think that’s been the hardest thing for me to kind of manage. Never to the point where I thought it would make me fail, but just questioning whether it’s worth it, because I value my relationships so much that when they get destroyed over kind of greed or betrayal, or stupid stuff, it really takes a piece of me, you know? Other than that, like other … Go ahead.
Stefan Aarnio: I was gonna say, when we were talking, before we started the interview, we were talking-
Balazs Kardos: Yeah.
Stefan Aarnio: … about internet marketing, and how you trust people too much and you’re paying them too much, and you’re giving too much. And entrepreneurship is like a bloodbath, like you lose your friends, you lose your family. You can lose girlfriends, boyfriends. I’ve lost a lot of people along the way, and what’s sad about it, Balazs, I’m sure you experienced this, those relationships that you lose or the ones that go sideways, there’s nothing you can do about that. It’s, you got your half of the relationship. They got their half. And that’s it. Their half isn’t taken care of. And when you go up, these people, they stay in the same spot. It rips you apart. Or if they go down and you go up, it rips you apart even faster. Would you agree?
Balazs Kardos: Yeah. I think it can. I don’t believe it has to. See that’s the thing. I think that a lot of relationships that I thought might get broken in that description you just said didn’t. And ones that I thought never would be destroyed have been destroyed, so-
Stefan Aarnio: Wow.
Balazs Kardos: I think that there’s a level of manifestation that entrepreneurs have created by this belief that there’s a bloodbath, or this belief that all things go to hell with your relationships. And then it happens to you, because you believed it to be so way before you got to that point. So I have now, a little bit later on, I have that belief also. And I learned it from mentors and people who were saying all the same kinda things. But now, being a little bit further along, I disown that belief, and I don’t believe it to happen. Will it? Yes. I mean, you can’t absolutely stop it. But as often as it does, I don’t think it has to. And a big part of that now with hindsight, looking back, is communication. I think that if people just simply talked about things, in advance, as it happened, and not bottled it up and kept it from each other, and then created these assumptions, and then went into resentment and then anger, and then hatred, and then betrayal, and all these, it kinda snowballs.
But especially with family and close friends, if you simply sit them down before you begin your journey or at the beginning, and say, “Look. Here are my goals. Here’s where I’m going. And the most important thing to me is I don’t wanna lose our friendship. And if something bothers you, something happens, speak up and talk to me. Let’s work something out.” I think could save some of them. Not all. But I think that’s a big thing is that nobody is communicating. And then that tear that you’re talking about is the natural thing that will just occur, right? That’s almost like the natural path. But you could mitigate some of that, I believe, if you simply just communicated and opened up to people a little bit better.
Stefan Aarnio: Yeah. And what I’m hearing you say is, yeah, I like what you’re saying about disowning that belief, ’cause I think it’s a really noble thing to do. What I also hear you say is you just don’t know who’s gonna work and who’s not-
Balazs Kardos: No.
Stefan Aarnio: … until you put the rubber to the road, and that’s when you find your champions, and that’s when you find the guy who’s full of BS. He goes right to the bottom, and it’s just the big separator of this guy’s going this way. This guy’s going that way. And that’s what real life is.
Now, we’re talking about people going up, people going down. What do you think is the biggest cause of failure that makes those people go down?
Balazs Kardos: There’s all sorts of things. I think from a standpoint of getting complacent would be one of the biggest ones is just not growing anymore. If you’re growing you’re dying, as you, I’m sure, agree. And just staying to a level of stopping doing the things that you did to get you to where you got is a massive one. I see it in my life, in my business all the time. Not elevating their mentors in their life and their education. So back to sort of growth but specifically to do [inaudible 00:37:28] and learning. And then, not elevating their inner game to match their outer reality, because I believe that we do this interchanging where you have to believe big to achieve big. But then once you achieve big, you have to reassess those beliefs to be bigger. So it’s like this, your outer reality will match your inner world, but then you have to keep upgrading both to kinda keep moving up, or else you just plateau, and the complacency kicks in, and then you essentially get, you know, descend, and someone else surpasses you, right?
Stefan Aarnio: I wanna pull a nugget out of that you said. Your outer world and your inner world. I want you to talk more about that. So you’re saying your inner game goes up, you gotta elevate your outer game to go with that. Tell me more about that, because that’s a fresh concept to me right now.
Balazs Kardos: Yeah. So your inner world, or you’re outer world is a reflection of your inner world. So first, you have to make everything internally, like your beliefs, your values. Like I don’t know if you’re familiar with Dr. John DiMartini’s work.
Stefan Aarnio: Mm-hmm (affirmative). Yeah.
Balazs Kardos: But he talks all about values, your hierarchy of values, and if those are out of alignment, you’re never gonna be happy. ‘Cause if you wanna get fit, and your value of fitness and health is like number six out of your nine or ten hierarchy values, you’re simply never gonna get around to focusing on that. So if that’s out of alignment for you, you’re gonna be unhappy. So beliefs, the inner work is always gonna be the hardest. The external how to is fairly straight forward. If you really do your research and go on YouTube, Google, buy some courses, it’s pretty repetitive online. This is what you do. This is what you do next. But the reason most people don’t succeed is their inner world and their inner being is in conflict. So what I believe is when you put that as a focus, to get that shit sorted out, which is programming, all kinds of stuff. There’s a lot of stuff going on inside of people, everybody, right? Your unconscious mind is just fricking messed up. And then, once you get that into alignment, you don’t have to be perfect. You don’t have to fix everything. We simply just have to get into alignment. Once you’re in alignment, everything just flows and it becomes much easier to move forward.
Then, of course, you have to take action. Yes, you’ve gotta have goals, and all those external things are key. And what I’m saying is once you start doing those things, if you don’t go back and revisit your inner [inaudible 00:40:03], your values and your beliefs and your vision and your goals, everything inside of yourself, then you’re gonna be just like, “Oh, I’m done. I’m good.” So that’s what I mean is it’s inner world first. Get into alignment. Do the external work. Get some results, get some goals, get some achievement. Then go back to the inner world. What can I increase, improve, stop doing, start doing internally? Make some adjustments, and then exponentially go from there. So what I’ve found to work for me has been this back and forth focus, an inner game and outer game, and it kind of goes in phases. That’s what’s worked for me. It might not work for others, but it’s been helpful for me for sure.
Stefan Aarnio: I think that’s some of the biggest money that’s been dropped on this podcast right now is people fail when they have that internal conflict. When some people call that self sabotage. Like we said about the values, if you wanna get fit, and your health is level six or value number six out of ten, that’s not gonna work. Beautiful, beautiful stuff.
Balazs Kardos: But, but here’s the biggest part. Your values are not gonna change. So when you go through, like for example, let’s say, here’s an example DiMartini uses. If you’re in a relationship, and you’re walking through the mall, and let’s just use some stereotypes for this example. But let’s say the man in the relationship is business focused or money focused, or entrepreneurship focused. That’s their highest value. And the woman in the relationship is family first. Well they’ll be walking through that mall, and the man is gonna be looking at all the retail opportunities and the sales, and like, “Man, this person’s crushing it in their branding and their marketing,” on some random store. And the woman’s gonna be looking at the sales for kids’ clothes. And it’s the same mall, and very different perceptions of reality because their values are different.
Stefan Aarnio: Right.
Balazs Kardos: So then what needs to happen is for the woman to actually stay with the man and not have conflict in the relationship, the man needs to attach his business, his freedom, his entrepreneurship values back to the family, so they’re connected, and the woman who has the family values needs to understand that the husband grinding in the business is to provide for family. So you need to link together instead of being in conflict, like, “Oh, all you care about is the business.” And the man’s like, “I’m doing the business because I wanna provide for you.” So it’s like, as soon as those are in alignment, then you can have a happy thriving relationship. So it’s pretty cool. But the values factor, the breaks in experience, you gotta get on those books with DiMartini. He’s just an absolute genius in my opinion.
Stefan Aarnio: Dude. I can hear you’ve done the work. You’ve done the inner game. And this is actually, I’ve gotta say this Balazs. I’ve done seven interviews today. I’m having fun on this, man. This is like really great. Thank you.
Balazs Kardos: I’m having fun too man. This is great.
Stefan Aarnio: Now, coming back to more of the start of your career, did other people doubt you? Did they doubt you when you were building your brand? Did they doubt you when you were building your org? Tell me about the doubters and the haters and all those guys. Let’s hear about that.
Balazs Kardos: Yeah. This is always a fun topic for sure. I think everyone goes through their fair share in some way, shape, or form. For me, I failed a lot, and I failed fast. And the thing that got me a lot of haters and doubters, more of my inner circle, my friends, or people that knew me from high school, or some of my extended family and stuff, was that every time I did anything, I was all in. Like I’m going to the top. Like I’m gonna be the best, every single time. And the thing is, I never lost that enthusiasm going from failure to failure. So from the outside world looking at me, they thought I was just a wack job, because I kept saying, “I’m going to the top. I’m gonna be a millionaire. I’m gonna make it.” And then repeatedly I would quit, fail, give up, get destroyed, didn’t work out, whatever.
So I always had my tail between my legs in some sort of way when they would ask, “Oh, how’s that business going?” And I’m like, “Oh, man, you know what? It wasn’t really for me.” And then obviously my way of expressing it was all these excuses and stuff. So part of it was natural. I can’t imagine why people wouldn’t have doubted me. So I’m not even mad about it at all. I think that it’s natural for a guy to be insane going from business to opportunity, to this, to trying all these different things, and for people to still support me and encourage me, and cheer me on. They’re crazy if they do that, ’cause it’s just not normal.
So yes, I had some supporters for sure, who were like, “Don’t worry about it. It’s cool. You’re gonna figure it out.” I had some of that. But then the people outside of that, I expected it, you know what I mean? And each time, I contemplated and wondered, “Man, should I still have 100% enthusiasm? This is kinda getting out of hand a little bit.” But I knew I was on a pursuit to find the one thing that will work, and I remember one of my favorite quotes when I started door to door is they said nine out of ten businesses fail when they get started. And most people look at that as there’s no point, like the odds are against me. But then the entrepreneur, the person who believes in themselves, like, “Hey, that’s great news. I just gotta start ten businesses.”
Stefan Aarnio: Right.
Balazs Kardos: And when I heard that, I was like, “Yeah, I can do that. I can do that. You know what I mean? It might not take ten. But if I know that I’ve just gotta do ten, because the odds are nine out of ten fail, then I’ll fucking start ten businesses.” That was the way I looked at it.
Stefan Aarnio: I love it, man. That’s the thing. It’s just odds. It’s numbers. If you do-
Balazs Kardos: Absolutely.
Stefan Aarnio: I was talking to some real estate people today, and like I encourage guys to do ten offers a week. You wanna do real estate, right Balazs? We were talking about that. And most people, I tell people do ten offers a week, 50 calls. The real estate people I was talking to today, one lady, she’s got a 100 million dollar development she’s doing right now. When she started, she did 60 to 70 offers a week. And the guy who mentored her, I also spoke to him today, was doing seven to eight to ten offers a day every day, five days a week. And that’s an insane amount of rejection. They’re maybe doing a deal a week or whatever. But that’s insane. 60 or 70 offers, like offer, offer, offer. And I love that. I love the relentlessness that you’re bringing there. Now, Balazs, if you could go back to the beginning and give yourself a piece of advice, what would you say to the young Balazs, 17 years old, 18 years old, maybe even 16, what would you say?
Balazs Kardos: I think that I started, I was a late bloomer, so like I said, I didn’t have anything really going for me before the age of 25. And I’ve seen people now, social media and things like that, young kids, 21, 23, 19, even younger often just completely awesome, so successful. I think for me, the advice that I would’ve given myself is that to start figuring out, through education and personal development, and getting into that world, what it is that I really wanted for my future, and getting a little bit more clear on that, whereas back then I was thinking like, I’m only young once. I don’t have responsibilities. I could party. I could just waste time, and it’s okay because I have more time later. And I think adults still do this as well. A lot of people have this delusion of how much time they really have. And the best way that I’ve ever heard it put that was like a punch in my face was, you know, you look at the average life expectancy, and it’s whatever it is. I don’t even know the specific number. 75 maybe, and then it’s like a few years difference between men and women. So you look at that-
Stefan Aarnio: I think 82 and 85 or something.
Balazs Kardos: Yeah, something like that, 82 and 85. I think it’s gone up-
Stefan Aarnio: Yeah.
Balazs Kardos: … over the last decade a little bit, which is awesome news. And I think it’s gonna keep going up with technology and advancements in health care and all those awesome things. But when you look at it from how many years you may have left, first of all, it’s not promised. It’s not a guarantee, for one. Number two is, how many, if you look at a year, right? You have, if you’re religious, you have all the religious holidays. You got the seasons. You have spring, you have summer, you got fall, and you got winter. You have Christmas and New Year’s. You have your birthday. And if all of a sudden you look at it from another angle, another perspective, it’s like you might, if you’re lucky, have 50 summers left.
Stefan Aarnio: Wow.
Balazs Kardos: All of a sudden, your like, what? How many? Or 50 Christmases left. You know? 50 birthdays. Birthday’s kinda the obvious one, because we associate to the yearly thing like that. But it’s like, when you think about 50 seasons of nature or 50 opportunities for an anniversary, or 50 opportunities to go out on vacation with your family, that’s not very many. That’s gonna go fast. So my advice to my younger self is like, man, I’m starting my kids so young, because they can start at like when they’re born, you know what I mean? They can start right away. And then from there, they have an 18 year head start, a 21 year head start. And it doesn’t mean they gotta make money, doesn’t mean they gotta be an entrepreneur when they’re like a kid. But just shaping the mindset, developing those inner things that I never had growing up I think would be the thing I would tell myself, is like, “Just fucking pick up a book.” You know? I didn’t read anything until like my second year in sales. It was crazy. I sold my first year in sales without reading a single book, and I did well.
Then, my mentor was like, “You’re never gonna grow if you don’t read and start learning from other people and stuff.” And I started reading Zig Ziglar, Secrets of Closing the Sale. And it was the weirdest feeling, ’cause things that I was reading, I was already doing, but I didn’t understand why I was doing it, ’cause no one taught me.
Stefan Aarnio: Right.
Balazs Kardos: So it was a strange feeling. I was like, “He’s talking about the stuff that I’m doing,” but I could never explain why and how I was doing it, til I read the book. Then I’m like, “Oh. That’s why I’m making money. This is so cool.” And then I was really intrigued, ’cause obviously the ego got in my way, like, “I’m just gonna read every book and know everything already.” And then my second book, I didn’t know any of that. And from there, it was like an addiction to learning. And now I can’t, I go crazy if I don’t learn something new every day. It’s something I really must, I have to do, so yeah. Start earlier is my advice to my younger self.
Stefan Aarnio: I love it, man.
Stefan Aarnio: What do you think are the three books that totally changed you life? Three game changing books.
Balazs Kardos: Yeah, this question, I love this question, because I learned a while back is that the only things that really change us are the books that we read, or like audios or whatever, but all around that space, the people that we meet, and the places or experience we go, like the travel that we do, right? So those are the three things that really change you. So if you don’t rad anything, and you don’t meet anybody new, and you don’t go anywhere outside of where you’ve always been from, you’ll be the same fucking guy, excuse my language, for like the next 50 years. You’ll just get older every year, right?
So books that I like to recommend are foundational books that I don’t believe are associated to a career or a business. It’s more just like life, you know? And if you incorporate these three books, they’re just massive, massive game changers. And I built the whole culture of my business around these books to help the average Joe come in and crush it. So the first one-
Stefan Aarnio: Dude, you’re selling me. You’re selling me. I’m buying these books right now. I got Amazon ready.
Balazs Kardos: The first book, by far the greatest one, I believe, as something that you should read every single day. Not a religious book. You know, some people might argue. But is The Magic by Rhonda Burn. I don’t know if you heard of that book. The Magic, it’s all about gratitude. And she’s the author of the book, The Secret. And this book, The Magic, is magic. She wasn’t fucking around when she named it The Magic. But basically, it’s 28 days of a daily gratitude practice. And when you’re stuck in life, when you’re in debt, when you’re paycheck to paycheck, when your relationships are failing, when your health isn’t where you want it to be, and you feel like the world is crumbling down on you, if you simply add The Magic, and actually do what the book says, and do the little daily exercises, you’ll realize that you’re wealthier and in a better place than most of the world. Billions of people wish they had your life on your very worst day ever. They dream of your worst day ever, ’cause that’s how much your worst day ever is ever gonna be compared to their lives. So the gratitude, it grounds you, because yes, you’re in debt. Yeah. But it’s like, you even have debt. The idea of a credit card is foreign-
Stefan Aarnio: You get a loan.
Balazs Kardos: You have a home. You have so many things to be grateful for. So what I’ve helped so many people come out of this victim mentality, this poor me. Why is my life so hard? Everything’s happening to me, as opposed to happening for me, and all these kinda messed up beliefs that they have. The Magic. Boom. Hand them this book. Read it every day, one chapter a day. It’s super easy. Chapter one, read it all the first day of the month. Chapter two, read it on the second day of the month. Really easy to keep track. And just do that. Takes 10 minutes. And you will start your whole day with gratitude. And the best part about the book is each chapter focuses on one little different area. So you’re getting like this laser focus of gratitude in different places. And you realize, like, “Oh my gosh. My life is so blessed, and so abundant, and so much going on for me.” And you can never get more of what you don’t appreciate now. So that has been the first one, by far. Thank you so much Rhonda Burn if you happen to see this ad. Complete game changer.
The second one is called Happy Pocket Full of Money. Not sure if you heard of this one?
Stefan Aarnio: Haven’t heard of it.
Balazs Kardos: David … I can’t pronounce his first name. He’s African I believe. David Gikandi, or something like that. But if you go Happy Pocket Full of Money on Amazon, it’ll come right up. Same thing with The Magic. So this book is all about what is money. Crazy book. It’s about quantum physics and how money is actually energy, and it’s not what people think it is, and how to create it in your life. This book is like the quantum scientific explanation of money. And it’s not complicated. It’s not over people’s heads. It’s not using big complicated technical terms that can be intimidating or whatnot. This book, I swear, if you read it, it’s like Think and Grow Rich in terms of like pure value from like book like cover to cover. And that’s a very popular one. That’s why I’m not even gonna mention that one, ’cause it’s kind of a given. But-
Stefan Aarnio: Everybody said it today. Everybody said Think and Grow Rich. I was waiting for you [crosstalk 00:56:12].
Balazs Kardos: That’s why I didn’t say it, because I know everyone said it. Don’t get me wrong. I love it, but I just don’t wanna say the book everyone’s expecting. So Happy Pocket Full of Money. (exploding) That’s what will happen to you. Per every few pages, your mind will be blown. You gotta reconstruct the brain and then keep reading. It’s not good. And I’m not even hyping it. I promise. And number three, I would say the DiMartini books, which I mentioned earlier, because once you know your values, you’re no longer in this, what’s the word I was looking for? I said it earlier. Conflict. You’re no longer in inner conflict once you know your values, because everything that you do, if you don’t know your values, here’s a really simple exercise. Just look at where you spend your time, and look at where you spend your money. It’s right there. It’ll tell you in a second, because what you’re constantly thinking about are your values. So that means you’re focusing your time on that. And then whenever you’re buying stuff or spending money, you’re investing money is going to that as well. So that’s the easiest way to see your value is just like that, just look in the past month. It’s crystal clear.
But the book from DiMartini, The Breakthrough Experience and Values Factor, you just incorporate those three. I mean, the list goes on and on and on. But I think that the most bang for your buck or punch, you can really get from there, and they’re not the common ones you hear all the time.
Stefan Aarnio: I’m already ordering these books. I’m on Amazon. I’m so fast.
Balazs Kardos: Let me know, please. ‘Cause I know, look at your library behind you is like thousands of books.
Stefan Aarnio: Oh yeah.
Balazs Kardos: Yeah, man, it’s-
Stefan Aarnio: Dude, we got a shelf in the other room, two shelves. We got two shelves in the hallway, three of these wardrobe.
Balazs Kardos: I love it dude. You post like a picture on social media. You’re like, “reading for the week.” It’s like 10 books. I’m like, “That’s freaking awesome.” I can’t read that fast personally, but I like to really take my time. I reread chapters and kinda take it slowly. But yeah, those three books, hit me up on social media. Let me know if you ordered those books. Balazs W Kardos, [inaudible 00:58:12] on Facebook. And just give me some feedback and say you got value from those books.
Stefan Aarnio: That’s money. Now we’re gonna wrap it up Balazs, ’cause we’ve been, dude, this has been a really great interview. Thank you. This is much more than I was expecting. I was thinking this was gonna be good, but this is like really good.
Balazs Kardos: This has been great. Thanks man.
Stefan Aarnio: Yeah. Really appreciate it. So three more questions for you. Number one, what’s the one thing that young mellinneals, young people need to succeed nowadays?
Balazs Kardos: One thing. I think it comes down to the inner game for sure. So a combination. I can’t say one thing. It’s too difficult for me to say one thing, so I’m gonna break the question. I’m sorry about that. A dream-
Stefan Aarnio: Gimme something.
Balazs Kardos: A dream first, right? A dream and a vision of a better life or a different life that thy want that they currently have, the heart and the desire, and the willingness to change for sure, and then the ambition and the resilience to not let all the bullshit, for one, distract them, for one, discourage them, and for one, make them just be like too, how do I wanna word this? To connect the price that is necessary to pay for what they want, because you have to pay the price for success up front in full. There’s no loans. There’s no payment plans. There’s no freaking PayPal. There’s none of that stuff on success. So I think a lot of the time, people, what they do is they want X, Y, Z, this amazing fairytale sort of dream lifestyle, but they haven’t connected it to what it’s gonna take in terms of a sacrifice, and then be patient enough to see it come to life, to come through. And the patient game, the staying focused on one thing, I feel like is a lost art in a lot of younger people. And especially my industry with this whole grass is greener on the other side. Everyone’s always jumping on the next flavor of the month. And it’s really funny to see the people on Facebook and stuff always being the next expert.
I remember a couple years ago, it was like everyone was a health expert and pushing all these health products. And then it went from there to like the Facebook ads guru. Now it’s like the crypto. Everyone’s a crypto expert, and it’s-
Stefan Aarnio: Oh my God. Crypto. What a [crosstalk 01:00:45].
Balazs Kardos: It’s just so funny. It’s so funny. So I feel like if someone just really took the time to become very good at a few things, and obviously sales, influence, persuasion would be at the top, and then from there, getting into marketing and branding. Those would be my recommendations. ‘Cause if you have those things on lock, the world’s your oyster. You can literally do anything you desire, in any industry, in any place, because you get those fundamentals which are like the secret sauce to making those businesses work. So yeah, it’s a long answer to, it’s a trick question. [inaudible 01:01:16].
Stefan Aarnio: It’s all good. So Balazs, we talked about three books. Is there any other resources you recommend for people starting out and wanting to follow a path like yours for success?
Balazs Kardos: Well I mean, what I now teach people is like the ultimate resource, ’cause it’s become a combination of all the valuable stuff that I’ve learned, the stuff that didn’t work. And we kinda put this system in place, just like what you do with all of your courses and all of your products. You prove concept first. You got results. You know the BS that doesn’t work, and then you systemized it, packaged it, and now you add value in other people’s lives, and they don’t have to go through all those same things. So instead of going down the path of lots of wasted time and lots of wasted money, and following people that don’t have the real success that they claim to have and all that crap that I’ve done. I think I’m at like 500 grand in my personal development, education and stuff, from the last eight years. So that’s how much I’ve spent. And like 400 grand-
Stefan Aarnio: Wow.
Balazs Kardos: … out of that has probably been pissed away in the wrong places. But I’m still grateful for it, because it was courses, books, seminars, things that led me almost to like the next piece of candy on my Wizard of Oz path, you know. Like “Oo, piece of candy,” and then I moved forward. So I don’t regret any of that. So I guess, without pitching what I do, we’ve just simplified how to go from an employee or trading time for money in terms of a career or a job, into how to move into the online space, and work from a laptop with WiFi and leveraging social media, and it’s 90% done for you, 90% automated. So that’s what we now offer as our primary product that is helping lots of people. So that would be the ultimate resource for anybody who values freedom and lifestyle, and just overall positive quality in life. That would be what I would recommend.
Stefan Aarnio: Wow. I love that. Now, one final question. You know, it kinda ties into what you were just talking about there. End of the program. Shameless plug. Any programs you wanna promote? Dude, just come out and say it. Just do it. It’s all good. You’re on my show. Everybody gets to promote something. So just give it the promotion it deserves.
Balazs Kardos: Yeah. I think what we really love to do with our business, you know, Stefan mentioned on the beginning of the show, I created a Global Prosperity Movement. And what I believe is that once you take care of your health, once you take care of you finances, and you have your freedom, life is very good. There’s not a lot to be stressed out about. There’s not a lot of issues that arise. If you actually look at life and you look at why people fight, argue, get divorced, and you look at the statistics, it’s usually over money, lack of money, health challenges that they simply just can’t overcome. So things kind of get stressed out and maybe someone passes away and you can’t handle that. So it’s health, finances, and then time freedom of doing the things you love.
‘Cause if you don’t fulfill what your soul wants and you neglect it, you can’t be happy, if you think about that. You just can’t. If you wanna paint or write music or play the guitar, and you don’t ever have time to pick up the guitar or paint, you’re gonna be fucking miserable deep, deep down, and that’s gonna show up in every other area of your life. You’re gonna look like shit. You’re gonna feel like shit. You’re gonna treat people like shit. Everything’s gonna be shit because deep, deep, deep down, you’re not doing that one thing that you wanna do. Now the problem with that is that most people’s passions area also what pays the least, unless you’re the very best. So now there’s this conflict of, “Well, I wanna paint all day, but I also gotta pay my bills.”
Stefan Aarnio: Right.
Balazs Kardos: So the reason where I’m getting with this is if we can incorporate leverage and automation and online and the power of social media to run for you 24/7 without you having to physically be there and doing it, then the money keeps rolling in. You got your health. You got your finances. You got your time freedom. You can focus on helping other people or whatever you’re passionate about. You wanna have a family, you got all the time, and all the means, and all the finances to do so without stress. You’re good. So if that’s something that you wanna check out or be interested in, we just have an online free web class to kind of go over some of the more details. My website is freedomwithBalazs.com. It’s just a put in your name and email, and you’ll see the presentation. If you like what you see, you can get started. And if you have questions, you can hit me up personally. Instagram is where I spend most of my time right now, ’cause I kind of double down on one social media platform at a time. But anywhere online, Facebook, Instagram, you can message me. Or BalazsWKardos@gmail.com. You can hit me up there as well. But definitely shameless plug, so hopefully that was good.
Stefan Aarnio: Beautiful man. I really appreciate you Balazs. Thank you so much for being on this call. You know, I think you really exceeded my expectations today. You got some really great stuff. I totally appreciate 500 K in eight years man. Good for you. That’s a lot of self development. I’m only at like 300 something.
Balazs Kardos: Yeah.
Stefan Aarnio: So I salute you my friend. Great interview. Thank you so much. Respect the Grind, and I hope we get to meet up and hang out in person again, ’cause-
Balazs Kardos: Let’s do it.
Stefan Aarnio: You’re a real champion man. Thank you so much.
Balazs Kardos: Thanks Stefan. It was great to be on the show. It was good times.
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