Hey, everybody. My name is Mark Gowen and I am from Des Moines, Iowa. I started Sam Ovens' Consulting Accelerator program about two weeks ago, and couldn't be happier. You know, one thing that I love about Sam's program is the ability to work at your own pace. And, with that being said, I am on week 5 and just one step closer to turning my dreams into reality. You see, I've had an entrepreneurial mindset pretty much my entire life, but unfortunately I had no idea to do anything about it. I had no plan and I had no direction. I did start a marketing company in 2013 and I was able to do a few websites here and there, but I could never really get that business off the ground. The biggest reason was I didn't know how to market my own business, let alone market someone else's business.
I was truly living off of what Sam calls "hope marketing". I had no idea where my next customer was going to come from, so I was just hoping that they would find me on Facebook or find my website, hoping that one of my former customers would refer somebody that needed a website to me, and I was hoping I was going to be able to pay my bills. The truth is, is I had no plans in place or no steps in place to really make that business successful and so I had to go back to the workforce. For the last year and a half, I have been working as a renewable energy consultant for a solar company. It's a great company to work for, but unfortunately it's not my company.
You see, that's been my true dream. That's what I've always wanted to do, was to start my own company, start my own business, build up my own brand, and see that become extremely successful and see that become something that I could be proud of. I actually stumbled across some of Sam's Facebook ads, and at first I didn't really think too much about it. I kind of thought maybe it was just one of those marketing schemes that you see on the internet, but they kept coming up. I decided to enroll in the webinar, and after about the two-hour mark of that webinar I was absolutely hooked. But, I was not ready to come out of my comfort zone quite yet, so it took me a couple of days. I talked it over with my girlfriend, and she's been extremely supportive through this. We decided that this was the next step that we need to take.
I enrolled in the Consulting Accelerator and it's an amazing ride. I've learned so much in just a few short weeks about how to get away from hope marketing and actually put predictable proven steps in place to never wonder where that next client is going to come from. The steps that Sam outlines isn't just about marketing or just about consulting, it's way beyond that. He really shows you how to change the way that you think in order to become extremely successful and to take your business to the next level. He shows you how to do it in step-by-step instructions in order to help you explode your business.
I truly believe that one should not reinvent the wheel. Look at McDonald's or Subway or any other major franchise. They have a proven model that works. When you buy one of their franchises, you're not buying a restaurant, you're buying a system. The same goes for this course. It's been proven to work, so just follow the steps and put in the work and you will be successful. It's not easy, but it's simple. I do want to tell you I am beyond excited to see what this next year, or the next five years, the next 10 years has in store for me now that I actually have a plan for my life and my business. I would definitely recommend Sam's course to anyone that is tired of building someone else's dreams and is ready to build their own. So, take the next step in designing a new life for you and your family. Thank you so much, Sam, and take care everyone.