Where do I even begin?? Honestly, as life changing as buying DSL Program was for me months ago, this year’s retreat was equally if not more life changing for me.
This year’s Drop Ship Lifestyle Retreat was held in Krabi Thailand October 8th-11th. When my wife and I booked our retreat tickets a few months prior we had no idea how beautiful Krabi was. We arrived in Krabi on Sunday October 4th. We checked into the resort hotel (KrabiResort.net) and headed straight to the beachfront which was only about 100 yards from our hotel room.
Shortly after arriving we met up with fellow DSLer Len Costa. I had spoken to Len multiple times on Skype prior to arriving in Krabi, but had never met him in person. The moment we shook hands, it was like we had been friends for life. Len had lived in Thailand previously, and graciously decided to show my wife and I the ropes to South East Asia.
Hours after we arrived, we went to dinner with fellow DSLers Fletcher, Simon, and Chris. Being around other entrepreneurs felt amazing. Back home I don’t have anyone to talk to about business, but within a couple hours of being at the retreat, I felt like I had found my people. I met so many amazing people at this retreat, I hesitate to try and name them all.
Arriving early turned out to be a great decision. Many other people attending the retreat had arrived early, and in doing, so it allowed all of us to get to know each other and network before the retreat started.
The retreat officially started on Thursday by all of us getting registered in the conference room and having a free lunch and dinner at the Resort’s restaurant. Anton was more than generous right from the beginning. When registering, we were given a Drop Ship Lifestyle t-shirt, bag, notebook, water bottle, and other goodies. We were also treated to free lunch all four days at the Krabi Resort restaurant, and dinner 3 out of 4 nights at various places. The first night was dinner at the Resort as I mentioned. The second night was an optional dinner at Umberto’s Italian Restaurant. The food here was fantastic. I wasn’t expecting great Italian food in Thailand, but both my wife and I were pleasantly surprised. The 3rd night we had a BBQ dinner on an island as part of a 4 island tour. And finally, on the 4th and final night, we had dinner at a very elegant restaurant on top of a large hill overlooking Ao Nang and the ocean.
I want to give a quick overview of how the 4 days went to give you an idea how much value was given to us in 4 short days. So here is a breakdown of how the days went.
Register in the conference room. Have lunch at leisure at the Krabi Resort Restaurant Buffet. We ended up networking all the way until dinner which was also at The Boat Restaurant at the Resort where much more networking occurred.
Day 2 began with 3 presentations in the conference room. The first being “Lead Value Optimization” by Anton Kraly. If you are a member of DSLprogram.com be on the lookout for this video in the member’s area. It might be the best presentation I saw all week. Amazing job by Anton setting the bar extremely high to start the retreat. The second presentation was by Johnny FD entitled “Managing Customer Service and Sales from Over Seas”. Johnny, the owner of FDmethod.com, did a great job describing how to outsource your tasks, so you can live location independently and still make great sales. And the final presentation of the morning was by Michael Erickson entitled “PLA Optimization”. Michael recently added 4 hours of Google Adwords training to the DSL program member’s area, and only added more value by giving a great presentation. His presentation blew my mind in many ways, and will be another great addition to this course.
The presentations were followed quickly by a buffet lunch, and everyone meeting on the beach for long tail boat transportation to Railay Beach where we rock climbed and played beach volleyball. When we returned to the Resort at sundown, we headed to Umberto’s Italian restaurant for the optional dinner.
Day 3 began with 3 more presentations beginning with a presentation by Nathan Richer (it’s pronounced ree-shay. He’s French Canadian eh) and Michael Coghlan on Amazon FBA. This presentation was one of my favorites because that is the direction I want to take my business in the near future. These guy’s were part of DSL Program last year with very successful stores, and moved into Amazon FBA. They did so well that they created their own course, FBA Empire, and basically walked us through the whole course in their presentation. They handed out one of their own products that they manufacture for us to see in person which was pretty cool! My wife and I spent a lot of time with these two throughout the week as well. Great guys to say the least.
Presentation number two for the day was called “How To Make Facebook Pay You” by Kim Barret from Your Social Voice. He went into great detail how to target very specifically on Facebook. And following that presentation was Christopher Browning. His presentation was entitled “How to Find the Confidence to Live Like a Millionaire”. I don’t think my explanation will do this presentation justice. Christopher is a very unique guy who has a knack for teaching you about your own uniqueness. Check this video out in the DSL Program member’s area and let me know what you thought!
After another buffet lunch at The Boat Restaurant, we hopped in a shuttle to the pier. The tide was low, so we took longtail boats from the pier to a waiting ferry in deeper water. Getting out of a longtail boat and into a very large ferry is interesting to say the least! Being a big guy, I’m sure I made it look extremely graceful. Once on the ferry, we took a tour of four islands. Phranang Cave, Chicken Island, Tup Island, and Poda Island were the islands we visited.
We stopped at the first island and swam in the turquoise blue water. Quite a sight to behold in person. From there we took a tour past the other islands. When we arrived at the final island, everyone was given snorkel gear and we were able to jump off the ferry and snorkel in the shallows. After snorkeling, we were again long tailed into shore for a BBQ dinner. My favorite part of that meal was my wife and I sitting at a table with Anton Kraly, Justin Cooke from Empire Flippers, Johnny FD, and Len Costa. We discussed our goals and the possibility of a large exit. It was one of my favorite moments of the whole retreat for me.
Between the island we were on for dinner and a small island next to it was a small sand bar that acted as a bridge. All 100 of us on the island made our way to the sand bar to watch the sunset. It was a pretty amazing sight to see.
There were only two presentations on day 4, but both were excellent. The morning started off with Anton Kraly presenting again. This time he presented on “Creating and Growing Membership Sites”. It was nice to see a big picture perspective from a guy who is really crushing it. The biggest take away I got from this presentation, aside from the knowledge bombs he dropped though out, was that Anton is an amazing person. He loves business, he loves making money, but never substitutes his values for making money. The entire presentation you could hear and feel how deeply passionate he is about helping people succeed.
The second presentation was made by a team member of Antons, and also a member of DSL Program, Adam Jacobson. Adam’s presentation, “Digital Drop Shipping”, was about affiliate marketing. Adam brought a ton of value in this presentation. Not only did he present for 45 minutes, he gave everyone in DSLprogram.com access to his course on affiliate marketing that he will be releasing in the future.
Following the two presentations that morning was some much needed open office co-working. Everyone that presented was easily accessible to ask questions, and help make changes to your stores. I wish I had a picture from the conference room that morning, because I think this part of the retreat made a huge difference for people. Where else can you go see amazing presenters, and then be able to sit down with them and have them work on your store with you. I personally sat off to the side for awhile and started implementing what I had learned. I had a chance to bounce ideas off of Anton, and spent a good half hour with Laura adding some new cool features to my store. Those 3 hours were worth the small price of the retreat alone.
Many people co- worked well into the afternoon as we all slowly made our way to the pool for a pool party and buffet lunch. This was a great time to relax, have a couple drinks in the pool, and meet all of the friendly faces while having a great time. I was able to pull Klint and Grant, The Drop Ship Hustlers, aside and record a short podcast at this point. We returned to the pool afterwards to “Live the Dream” as Klint would say.
That evening, about an hour prior to sunset, we all made our way up to The Hilltop Restaurant for dinner and the most amazing view of the entire retreat. The views from the this restaurant were simply remarkable, which is why I made it the cover photo for this blog post. Thailand is extremely beautiful and the view we saw that night at sunset says it all. The food was amazing, and the drinks were on the house. (Thank you Anton)
It almost felt like a wedding atmosphere after dinner as we all got on the dance floor, and sang songs with the band. Jeremy Ginsburg sang quite a few songs as well. He’s really funny and has some songs related to being location independent in South East Asia that I would highly recommend checking out! Check out his site and sign up for his new book or check out his YouTube channel for hilarious songs.
This all sounded amazing right? Well, it was. In one short week, I made friends for life, learned a lot about my business and other business models. And more importantly, I left there with a raging fire inside of me to scale my business, and the knowledge to make it happen. Last year a post like this inspired me to buy DSL Program, Take Consistent Action, and make it to this retreat. I hope this post does the same for you!! Now get to work and we’ll see you next year!!!