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You CAN Go Back Home… Connecting With Your Source

Somewhere along with path, I lost my way. Big time.

It was 2009 and after a couple of years of testing the waters in the world of “Internet marketing” during my transition away from purely a “fitness” guy – I decided to do a BIG event that was 100% marketing.

This event was called “The Continuity Summit”. It took place in Stamford, CT. The speakers were killer and hundreds of attendees came from all over the world. In fact, it was the FIRST event to focus entirely on “recurring revenue”.

Man, I was so excited and the world looked full of promise.

THE IDEA TO GIVE BACK AND BUILD A SCHOOL

At that event, I teamed up with my friend, Cynthia Kersey, to try and raise enough money to build a school in Emori Joi. And in about 20 minutes live on stage – we reached our goal of $25K and it was done.

You can see the very first Continuity Summit School below. That was built using the funds we raised at the event.

Anyone who was there remembers how powerful that moment was. The generosity of the attendees literally brought me to tears.

But like I said at the beginning of this post – I lost my way…

 

LOSING MY WAY

As good as that moment felt, for some reason, I never did it again. I don’t know why.

2 more Continuity Summit. And 1 DotComXpo – and I didn’t use whatever so-called “influence” I have in the marketplace to do more.

Fresh out of college I went to work as a recreational therapist in a children’s rehab hospital. My only goal was to help as many kids and families as possible. It was a pretty simple goal. And while I knew I’d be successful in whatever I did (and loved started part-time businesses) – becoming a “millionaire” was never the goal.

But over the years I went into some dark places.

I started to hang-out with some people who’s motives were clearly not in the right place.

I created some products that I shouldn’t have.

I took on some project I clearly should have said NO to.

And as I started to see the true “dark side” of Internet marketing – I became very jaded. And negative. And for a while, I couldn’t write a blog post without dropping an “F” bomb or putting someone else down.

But what’s more…

I haven’t done a thing to try and raise more money for charity since that first Continuity Summit. Don’t get me wrong, my wife and I support a lot of charities locally – but I haven’t done enough with my “platform” to make even more of an impact.

FINDING MY WAY BACK
Over the past few months, I’ve done a lot of soul searching. Focusing more on being a better husband. A better father. And a better example for my loyal subscribers.

Yesterday I had one of those moments of clarity that seemed so clear. It was a “why the heck haven’t I done this sooner” ideas.

It’s a way to help thousands of entrepreneurs in the one area I know like the back of my hand (continuity income), build ANOTHER school and still help my business (after all, I still firmly believe in capitalism – I haven’t gotten too soft on you!)

Here’s the deal…

After a 2 year hiatus – the Continuity Summit is back. That’s right, #4 baby!

The FIRST and ONLY event to focus 100% on recurring revenue. Membership sites, continuity, retention, marketing, coaching programs, inner circles, subscriptions, apps, “of-the-month” programs, newsletters, software, nano-continuity, and much more.

But this year it will be different.

Rather than just being able to reach the 500 people who can afford the $1,000 price tag (plus travel expenses and time away from family to attend the CS in person) – this year it will be ONLINE.

That’s right – ALL of the sessions will take place right over the Internet so you can access every session from the comfort of your own home.

And here’s the part that gets me REALLY excited.

50% OF ALL PROFITS from the registrations will go DIRECTLY to build another school. This one will be in Kenya.

The benefits are two-fold.

Help yourself build a profitable business that delivers MONTHLY income (the holy grail of marketing). AND, at the same time, make an even bigger impact in the world by helping to build another Continuity Summit school.

YOU win. The kids win. We all win together – just like it should be.

GETTING INVOLVED… NEXT STEPS

Here’s what to do next…

1. VIP LIST: Make sure to get on our Continuity Summit 4 VIP list for a special bonus.

2. WANT TO SPEAK? We already have a bunch of speaking spots filled – but I want to hear from you. If you currently run a continuity program of ANY kind in ANY market – tell me about it. Let me know your site and what you can speak about. Feel free to brag and no, you do NOT have to be a “guru” – even a small niche continuity site earning an extra $1k per month would be great. We are going to have lots of sessions and panels if you don’t want to do a full 60 minute session. Just email me at cs4@ryanlee.com with all the information with SUBJECT = SPEAKER.

That’s it. I’m back, ready to deliver outstanding value and change the world.

Yep… just another day at “Starbucks”.

YOUR COMMENTS/FEEDBACK ARE ALWAYS WELCOME HERE
WHO’S READY FOR CONTINUITY SUMMIT 4??? 

P.S. Please help spread the word about CS4. Like it. Tweet it. +1 it. Thank you so much.

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50 Comments
  • Danny Howard Jan 24,2013 at 7:50 am

    Hey Ryan

    Very Inspiring post, Congratulations on the school. I always feel a need to help kids in Africa and to help them lead a better life for themselves.

    I was a big fan of the long way round and long way down (TV documentary series) here in the United Kingdom, which stared Ewan McGregor and Charley boorman as they went around the world on Bikes for charity.

    Keep up the good work and good luck with the new school.

    Cheers

    Danny

  • Troy Dec 6,2012 at 8:46 am

    Great stuff Ryan and I love your “getting back to basics” approach… Interesting that you’re going the “online” model for this event as well.

    Would love to contribute and help in the fund raising cause…

    -Troy

  • Blaine Moore Dec 5,2012 at 5:47 pm

    Raising money for a good cause is always a great use of time and resources (earlier this year I raised money for a local organization that caters to children with life threatening diseases and their families) – I was really impressed at CS1 with how fast the money was raised (and was happy to contribute to that!)

    Will definitely get a ticket to CS4! (Just don’t make it the first week of May…I’m already booked then for the RRCA…)

    One question I have: Are you going to do anything in a “live” fashion that will contribute to the networking, which is one of the best parts about your live events? Forums are all well and good, but something where you interact in real time with people would be even better. Some kind of speed networking using google+ hangouts or some such would be pretty cool…

    • Ryan Lee Dec 6,2012 at 11:25 am

      Thank you for your continued support.

      Not sure about the live networking component (at least not for the first one). I’d have to plan that out.

      I’ll probably still do one big IN-PERSON event a year – but more of the online ones as well.

      Ryan

  • Kevin Rogers Dec 5,2012 at 12:03 pm

    Ryan… you’re killing me man. It’s like watching a mere above-average mortal gain legitimate superpowers before my very eyes.

    And all because you are willing to be 100% transparent – warts and all.

    You’ve inspired me once again. (Even though I will miss the occasional spirited F-bomb)

    Happy to contribute my friend. It’s going to be awesome.

    Kev

    • Ryan Lee Dec 6,2012 at 11:23 am

      Kev – not sure what to say.

      You are one of those people who I consider a real “friend” and just knowing you makes my life infinitely better.

      Ok, enough mushy stuff – let’s watch some manly football.

      Ryan

  • The good news–it’s never too late to do good works.

    The better new: when you do charity work, you can get a lot of “marketing juice” out of it, along with the significant benefit of feeling terrific that you’re making a difference in the world–just ask our mutual friend David Frey, who has been heavily involved in charity.

    I personally put in a LOT of pro bono time for causes I believe in–I suspect blocking fracking in central New England is going to be my newest passion.

    • Ryan Lee Dec 6,2012 at 11:16 am

      Shel – I couldn’t agree with you more.

      Those 20 minutes on the stage at the first Continuity Summit were the best of my career. Now, I’m ready to ramp it up and impact even more lives.

      Best
      Ryan

  • Jerri Dec 4,2012 at 10:59 pm

    It sounds like you’re going through a re-awakening in your life about the things that really matter. That’s a good thing (as Martha Stewart would say).

    I’m excited about the summit being online this time. I’m hoping that there’ll be some scholarships for those of us that are just starting out and between blessings at this time.

    • Ryan Lee Dec 6,2012 at 10:27 am

      I’m definitely going through a re-awakening.

      The summit will be priced low enough so that it’s affordable for everyone!

      Stay tuned…

      Ryan

  • Jacqlyn Dec 4,2012 at 8:33 pm

    What an inspiring post, Ryan! It will motivate quite a few people I am sure. I really love the idea of educating people which in turn helps to educate others! :) What an awesome concept.

    Lastly with regard to the negativity and ‘f’ bombs. It is so common place now and many people just don’t notice anymore. Does not mean it should be so. By taking notice and not doing it you are walking your own path and not others…which you do well!! :)

    Love your work!

    • Ryan Lee Dec 6,2012 at 10:11 am

      Thank you Jacqlyn.

      And if this event turns out how I think it may.. I will be doing LOTS more of them, you can bet on it.

      Rock ‘on
      Ryan

  • Evan Dec 4,2012 at 5:21 pm

    Hi Ryan,

    This may seem rude or intrusive. I’m wondering if you figured out why your motivation changed after getting the first school.

    It seems that it met some kind of need.

    I am glad you saw through the sleaziness of some parts of the IM crowd.

    • Ryan Lee Dec 6,2012 at 10:09 am

      Evan,

      I wish I knew the answer – but I’m sure a part of it was greed. Thinking of myself first before others.

      Ryan

  • Karen Ryce Dec 4,2012 at 4:12 pm

    I’m so glad of this change. I’d stopped reading your blogs, though I was still on your mailing list. I was around for the first continuity.

    • Ryan Lee Dec 6,2012 at 10:07 am

      Welcome back Karen.

      And I don’t blame you for getting away from my blog for a while.. I definitely let a dark side takeover. But I’m baaaaaack… and ready to rock.

      Ryan

  • alan Dec 4,2012 at 3:17 pm

    Sweet, I’m checking this out. It reminded me that sometimes you just have to go ahead with an idea even when the outcome is uncertain. And if it turns out not to be ideal, that’s not a mistake it’s more like an audition for future success.

    • Ryan Lee Dec 6,2012 at 10:05 am

      Well said Alan.

      And I always encourage people to take a chance – and I’ll do everything in my power to make this a massive success!

      Ryan

  • @LenaWest Dec 4,2012 at 1:34 pm

    Ryan, it’s great to witness you finding your way. Encourages me to do the same. Guess that’s what it’s all about, eh? :)

    Anyway, I’m supporting you 100% on this. Digging it in a major way. Major.

    Just sent my email about my own Nano and continuity program.

    Keep blazing a trail. As my Mom would say, you’re a good egg.

    • Ryan Lee Dec 6,2012 at 10:04 am

      Hi Lena,

      Just keep on the path!

      And I’ll check the email.. I received A LOT from people who want to speak.

      Look for a reply today.

      Ryan

  • Tom Justin Dec 4,2012 at 1:15 pm

    Your soul searching time was well spent. In the IM world we talk about distractions with “bright Shiny objects.” It’s true of any discipline. We get sidetracked. So, you’re human.

    The influence you have today is enormous. Over time your training will likely be seen as a “millionaire generator.” I’m sure that new school is a done deal. I look forward to the event.

    • Ryan Lee Dec 6,2012 at 10:03 am

      Wow – thanks Tom.

      It’s pretty awesome indeed when I see the people I have helped – and how their live’s have improved.

      “See” you at CS4!

      Ryan

  • Chris Lang Dec 4,2012 at 1:00 pm

    Great post filled with honesty Ryan, takes a real man to admit his mistakes!

    • Ryan Lee Dec 5,2012 at 2:55 pm

      Chris – I don’t think I did anything special.

      Just being honest and trying to constantly be a better person.

      But I appreciate your comments.

      Ryan

  • Steve Gumm Dec 4,2012 at 12:53 pm

    Ryan – love it my friend. Life is a funny ride and it usually takes significant ups and downs to really find out who we truly are. Keep learning, keep thinking.

    I’m looking forward to this one!

    Steve

    • Ryan Lee Dec 5,2012 at 2:47 pm

      You are right Steve – it is one heck of a ride.

      I’m glad to have you along for it…

      Ryan

  • David Frey - MarketingBlogger.com Dec 4,2012 at 12:50 pm

    Ryan,

    I’m so happy to read this post. To be honest, I never like the guru bashing or the “F” bomb dropping. It was like, “that’s not the Ryan Lee I know.” I’m really glad you’ve moved away from that.

    And I’m even more happy that you’re raising money for kids. You know that’s been a passion of mine and Stu’s as well. I was there when you raised that $25,000 in a matter of minutes. That money is now helping lots of kids get an education.

    Way to go Ryan!

    David

    • Ryan Lee Dec 5,2012 at 2:46 pm

      David,

      I definitely felt like I was moving away from who I am.

      Thanks for your friendship and support over the years.

      Can’t wait to build another school!

      Keep up the awesome work…

      Ryan

  • Ron McDaniel Dec 4,2012 at 12:43 pm

    When I started reading that I was afraid you were going back to 100% fitness – that would make me sad.

    • Ryan Lee Dec 5,2012 at 12:16 pm

      Ron,

      I have definitely thought about it. I do miss working in the fitness industry – but I’m happy where I am. Just gotta keep attracting the RIGHT people into my life.

      Ryan

  • Charles Kirkland Dec 4,2012 at 12:42 pm

    We have all been at that point. Sometimes we don’t even know how we got there, but the key is know you aren’t who you are suppose to be and start changing.

    • Ryan Lee Dec 5,2012 at 12:09 pm

      You are right Charles – I don’t know how I got there.

      But I know how to get back!

      Keep on rockin’
      Ryan

  • Fred Ligaard Dec 4,2012 at 12:42 pm

    This is the most profound Ryan Lee I’ve seen. I think you’re having a break-through in your life and in your contribution to others lives.

    • Ryan Lee Dec 5,2012 at 11:45 am

      Fred,

      I’ve definitely done a lot of soul searching over the past few months.

      I’m in the best place “mentally” I’ve ever been and ready to deliver on my mission to help millions.

      Best,
      Ryan

  • Charlie Seymour Jr Dec 4,2012 at 12:41 pm

    Getting lost is easy, Ryan – it happens to all of us.

    Someone appears and we feel we can help him/her. We steer off course, make some money, but are no closer to our deep-in-our-souls goals than we were before.

    I applaud you for Continuity Summit 4 and your goal of building another building… this one in Kenya.

    We’re so connected in our world that while we help “in our backyard” most of the time, it’s nice to give back and help in other places too.

    Thanks for leading the way again, Ryan. Way to go!

    Charlie Seymour Jr
    http://DrMarcAndCharlie.com

    • Ryan Lee Dec 5,2012 at 11:43 am

      Thanks for your ongoing support Charlie.

      I hope others can follow my lead and make an even bigger impact.

      Rock ‘on
      Ryan

  • Dewane Mutunga Dec 4,2012 at 12:40 pm

    I can totally dig this Ryan.

    This is the kind of stuff we need in the online space (REAL)

    Glad you found a way to make money and make a difference.

    *salute*

    • Ryan Lee Dec 5,2012 at 11:42 am

      Hey Dewane,

      Thanks, my friend. I’ll continue to try to help my customers and give back to others as well.

      Ryan

  • Dave Soucy Dec 4,2012 at 12:38 pm

    Great idea Ryan. I was there at that Continuity Summit and I remember that the feeling in the room was pretty amazing after Cynthia spoke and we realized how much money we raised.

    Looking forward to helping build another school.

    ~Dave

    • Ryan Lee Dec 5,2012 at 9:32 am

      Thanks for your ongoing support over the years Dave.

      Let’s build another school!

      Ryan

  • Scott Colby Dec 4,2012 at 12:38 pm

    If this is online, how do we get a hug from you?

    • Ryan Lee Dec 5,2012 at 9:28 am

      You’ll get a big “virtual” hug from me Scott – I always have plenty!

      Ryan

  • Billy Beck III Dec 4,2012 at 12:38 pm

    Great idea Ryan! I’m all in and will support you and your cause all the way!

    • Ryan Lee Dec 5,2012 at 8:30 am

      Thanks Billy – and you know I’ll always support what you do too!

      Ryan

  • Stu McLaren Dec 4,2012 at 12:35 pm

    Dude you have no idea how pumped I am about this event. SO stoked to be involved and can’t wait to help raise a bunch of money for those kids.

    You’re a great example of what can be done with a little creativity (and an internet connection!).

    • Tom Justin Dec 4,2012 at 1:16 pm

      I trust Stu will be a presenter? I sure hope so.

      • Ryan Lee Dec 5,2012 at 8:06 am

        Yes Tom, my man Stu will be a presenter!

        Ryan

    • Ryan Lee Dec 4,2012 at 5:07 pm

      Thanks Stu – glad to have your support and I hope to raise A LOT of money for Amy’s charity!

      Ryan

  • Matt Bacak Dec 4,2012 at 12:34 pm

    Dude. This is a great post. I know the feeling about losing your way… Keep up the great leadership… and see you at the top bro :-)

    • Ryan Lee Dec 4,2012 at 5:06 pm

      Thanks Matt – and it’s great to see you “back”!

      Ryan

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