“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven”– Ecclesiastes 3:1
There’s a shocker in this post … but first let me tell you a story.
I was 15 years old when the Byrds came out with their version of “Turn! Turn! Turn! (to Everything There Is a Season)” written by Pete Seeger in the late 1950s.
The lyrics were adapted almost entirely from verses in the Book of Ecclesiastes, set to music and recorded in 1962. The song was originally released as “To Everything There Is a Season” on The Limeliters’ album Folk Matinee and then some months later on Seeger’s own The Bitter and the Sweet.
The song became an international hit in late 1965 when it was covered by the American folk rock band The Byrds, reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #26 on the UK Singles Chart.
We Are Changing.
At 15, everything is changing.
And life kept on changing … rapidly.
Things are still changing … rapidly.
On May 27th, 2003 I registered the domain, jvAlert.com and today it looks almost identical to the way that it did over a decade ago.
jvAlert started out as a “by invitation only” group of top-level Internet marketers, including people like Mark Joyner, Declan Dunn, Yanik Silver, Willie Crawford, Anthony Blake, Charlie Page, David Garfinkel, Diane Hughes, Duncan Carver, Eva Browne-Paterson, James Maduk, Jim Daniels, Jo Han Mok, Jun Han, Larry Dotson, Lee Benson, Mark Keegan, Marty Foley, Michael Green, Neil Shearing, Paul Myers, Peter Twist, Phil Wiley, Robert Imbriale, Shawn Collins, Sherry Gordon, Sid Hale, Simon Grabowski and Theresa Cahill just to name a few of our quality members.
For a long time it was just a small group of hand-picked folks who did interesting things like build subscriber bases of over a million subscribers by collaborating and working together to build our businesses.
Eventually, we decided to open membership — still by invitation only — to a wider base of our combined 30 million subscribers and on the first day of our pre-launch, September 15th, 2003, jvAlert climbed to a Alexa traffic ranking of number 362 out of all of the sites on the Internet.
In 2005, I went out for lunch with Andy Jenkins, Frank Garon and Mike Merz – wish I could remember who the fourth guy was – and it was a great time spent with people who understood what I was doing. You can relate I’m sure.
It was such a good time I decided to e-mail the members of jvAlert and see if any of them were in my neighborhood who wanted to go out for lunch.
Over 30 people responded including my incredible friend Frank Sousa who is the heart and soul of the spirit of jvAlert Live.
Frank e-mailed me back and said that he wanted to fly from Spokane, Washington to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for lunch.
Among the other people who wanted to attend were my soon to be friends Sterling Valentine, Jane Mark, Phil Basten, Richard Rossbauer and about 26 others — let me know if you were there because my memory is fading fast – so we decided to get a meeting room at the Renaissance Philadelphia Airport Hotel.
We decided since Frank was flying in from Spokane to have a networking dinner on Friday night, then a full day of “Hot Seats” followed by a networking breakfast on Sunday.
On November 10th, 2005 I registered the domain, jvAlertLive.com and shortly after three guys sat on a couch.
Frank Sousa, Sterling Valentine and I sat down and had an ordinary conversation, just like you have at any event. The questions were simple. “What are you working on?” and “How can I help?”
Sterling had been trying to finish a product and I had a system for product creation that I wanted to prove worked.
That simple conversation resulted in my mentoring Sterling through his successful creation and launch of “JV Formula” with over $100,000 in sales and a list of over 10,000 people in 92 days.
But that was just the start of the “Impact Factor” …
From that simple conversation, many millions of dollars were made, but more importantly countless lives changed.
I’ll let YOU tell the stories of how jvAlert Live changed your life. I know that it changed mine.
My first book, Impact: How to Get Noticed, Motivate Millions, and Make a Difference in a Noisy World, was inspired by my experiences with jvAlert Live events and how those events changed peoples lives – maybe including yours.
For the Love of the Game
Kevin Costner stars in the 1999 film, “For the Love of the Game” about a baseball legend almost finished with his distinguished career who at the age of forty has one last chance to prove who he is, what he is capable of, and win the heart of the woman he has loved for the past four years.
Billy battles against his emotional and physical limits as he strives for a Perfect Game with flashbacks to all of the moments throughout his career that have meant so much to him.
In the end, Billy chooses to hang up his glove at the close of his perfect game.
I played jvAlert for more than a decade for the love of the game.
We’ve grown together, changed together, loved together and now it’s time for jvAlert Live to go out with the perfect game.
As Mitch Axelrod would say, “There’s a new game of business.”
This is the new beginning.
As my vision grew, it expanded beyond joint ventures, beyond Internet marketing, beyond marketing and beyond one life into creating a legacy of impact that can literally change the world for the better.
When we live in the past, we can’t be in the present.
The Perfect Game …
It will be good to take one powerful look at what we have done together. We should share the stories, raise the glass and celebrate all the jvAlert family has done for over a decade.
We will be together in Las Vegas and Philadelphia to close out the year for jvAlert Live, but I want something more.
I want to give you some time to plan for something special to cap our journey together.
Sometime soon, I’ll announce jvAlert Live: The Perfect Game.
It will be our final jvAlert Live event and I want jvAlert to go out with the perfect game, to celebrate the joy of our friendships made to last for a lifetime and share our hopes for the future.
I hope that you will be there with me.
Let’s work together to make this the best event we’ve ever had.
Over the years we have had amazing speakers and I’d love to bring back the best of the best.
I’d love to have a day of pure networking for the highest caliber marketers on the planet and three days of magic filled with incredible content from the best in the world.
I want this one to be the perfect game, so let me know who should be there and plan to be there yourself.
No, it’s not the end of the family.
It’s the rebirth.
New life, new projects and new relationships.
I have so much to tell you … soon!
All the best,