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My entry into the Mac world was a rather unexpected one. As I said in the first post, I was really a Mac hater and needed a very good reason to even consider getting one. The event that changed my mind was a class I took in Seattle at the beginning of 2010. It was T. Harv Eker’s, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind seminar.
As is common in these introductory seminars, he did a lot of plugging for his other seminars. One of these was a course called The Ultimate Internet Boot Camp (UIBC). I knew from the moment I heard about this class that I had to take it and it’s what I’d been waiting for. After a lot of planning, preparation, and pretraining, I took the class in Los Angeles in December 0f 2010. Part of the pretraining included a coaching telephone call that proved to be the pivotal moment in my decision process.
The idea of the coaching call was to answer any questions participants might have and to introduce the methodology of the class. At the time, I was considering replacing my Sony Laptop as it had a lot of problems that made it a real pain to use. I happened to ask this coach for his thoughts on the matter. He said, in no uncertain terms, to get a Mac! This comment was totally unexpected and I asked him to explain why I would possibly need a Mac to take this class. Surely a Windows computer would be adequate…wouldn’t it?
The coach proceeded to go through a long list of why he thought Macs were superior for this kind of task. I was pretty dubious for the entire 90 minutes of this call. Being the skeptical researcher that I am, I wanted all the facts. After getting off the phone, I spent weeks researching the question. I even called him back two more times to discuss my research. At the time, I thought I’d be taking the class in the summer so I didn’t think I had much time to switch platforms and learn the new one before the class started. As it turned out, I rescheduled for December which permitted plenty of time for both.
The result of all this research is that I decided either platform would work fine for the class. I still had my doubts though because this coach seemed so adamant that a Mac would be better. By the third phone call, the coach realized that I was a very savvy Windows user and would do fine with a Windows PC. Interestingly though, he predicted that when all was said and done, I would end up using a Mac. So, he reasoned, I might as well get one now and enjoy the ease, simplicity, and time savings made possible by this platform.
As a side note, I have to say that part of my decision was based on an issue that had nothing to do with any research results. I had invested a lot of time, money (more than a nice Mac would even cost), and planning in this class, and I didn’t want to do anything that would make me get less than the maximum benefit from it. So since the coach was recommending it, and clearly he knew what would be going on in the class, I thought it wise to take his advice. So that was probably the single factor that finally tipped the scales.
As it turned out, when I got to the class, only about 20% of the participants had Macs. As far as I could tell, the success in this class really had nothing to do with which platform was being used. That however, is a story for a future post.
During the months between purchasing the Mac and taking the class, I used it exclusively for everything except my office work. By the time I got to the class I was as comfortable with using it as I had been with using Windows for all the years since Windows had been invented. That’s a telling statement about the Mac because it takes a while to really know your way around Windows. I don’t know how many books I read over the years about using and tweaking it. I was completely shocked at how easy it was to use a Mac right out of the box.
I still haven’t said that much about the difference between PC and Macs. Again, things don’t always turn out how we expect. So I’ll save for tomorrow most of what I thought I was going to write about today. I do think that all this preamble will help you have a better appreciation for what I’m going to say in in the remaining parts of this series. So stay tuned and I’ll see you back here tomorrow.
By the way, just in cased I’ve influenced you to look into T Harv Eker’s Ultimate Internet Boot Camp, I think it’s only right that I give you another bit of advice. Although this was an amazing class, and I’m glad I attended, I believe there are less expensive ways to get the same information. However, if you’re a hands-on learner and don’t like to dig things out for yourself, by all means take his class. You won’t regret it!
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