If you’ve been around these parts at all over the last year, you’ve probably heard me talk about Marie Forleo’s B-School and my experience as one of very few dudes who enrolled in the course. When I enrolled in 2013, by appearances in the B-School forum, I was one of about 30 guys in a group of over 6,000 women. NO, I am not exaggerating even a little—daunting, to say the least.
At first when I thought of signing up, I was intimidated by the idea of being in a group that consisted mostly of women because I didn’t want to be looked as as an interloper, but after exchanging emails with the B-School team, they reassured me that “plenty” of men join B-School (plenty, of course, being 30). After I was enrolled, however, I took my genetic disadvantage and turned it into a big win by looking at it as having incredible odds.
With 6,000 women around, all I had to do was be a decent human being and I was bound to get noticed strictly for my prominent Y-chromosome. The beauty of it was, since I was doing my best to be engaging and helpful, not only did I succeed, but I thrived. I think it’s fair to say that of the 30 guys in the group, I became one of the most notable, and it all came from me being genuinely helpful and embracing the power of the B-School community.
B-School Times, They are A-Changin’
Jump ahead to now and the annual enrollment in B-School is just around the corner, but instead of Marie’s Rich, Happy & Hot B-School, focusing toward female entrepreneurs, they have recognized that this training program resonates far beyond the ladies, and they are creating new content with a new attitude that doesn’t exclude the guys. It’s a revolution, I’m telling ya.
Now, ladies will continue to dominate in this place, but what I’ve learned over the past year is that female entrepreneurs are some of the most amazing human beings to be associated with. They are enlightened, empowered, and endearing. They are a strong and powerful force, and a majority of them will go out of their way to be helpful and encouraging to the others in the group, even if you are a smelly boy.
Also, in the past, there was this pervasive thought that B-School was only for people who want to sell virtual products and/or services, and not focused toward people who sell things. Marie and her team took this to heart and they have developed an entirely new aspect to the training that incorporates elements toward people who make and sell physical products. In other words, you artsy/craftsy types have a leg up in your product promotion and sales, where in previous years, there was no direct focus on selling physical items. This is HUGE an I cannot wait to see what Marie has planned.
So What is B-School Exactly?
Essentially, B-School is online training—an 8-week course dedicated to helping you define and create the best possible business for you. The training is deep, robust, and incredibly eye-opening when it comes to operating a business online.
When I went through the coursework, I realized that much of the elements being taught were things I kind of knew already coming from the marketing and design world, but I needed to hear them from the perspective of someone who is much further along the journey for them to make sense, and Marie does a fantastic job of describing all aspects of the course.
Over those eight weeks, you’ll be ushered through 6 different modules on topics such as planning for a profitable business, creating websites that don’t suck, developing a killer communication plan, building a crazy-solid email list, developing products and services that sell themselves, and marketing strategies that pay you for life.
Along with the modules, there are weekly live calls from Marie to help you with questions along the way, worksheets to keep you involved in the course work, and of course, a massive support community just waiting to help you work through the modules.
Why Would I Recommend B-School?
Let’s be 100% clear for a second—this training is not for everyone. If you’re a fence-rider, caught up in the fear of not ever taking a chance on your own future, then maybe B-School isn’t for you. If you’re perfectly happy living out your days in a corporate job that pays decent but doesn’t challenge you, then B-School might not be your bag. If you want a turn-key system that does all the work for you and all you have to do is sit back and collect checks—it’s time for a reality check because that stuff doesn’t exist.
However, if you got this itch in the back of your head; a tickle in your gut that tells your restless soul that it’s time to act, you are probably in the right place. B-School is a massive commitment, and I’ve seen plenty of people go in thinking it was going to answer all their business problems, but that just isn’t the case. As Picasso said, “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working,” so goes for starting a business. Success exists, but it wants to see your nose to the grindstone.
If you’re ready for that kind of unrelenting commitment to something great, then B-School is your ticket. I’ve gone through a ton of different trainings, both online and off, and nothing has been as in-depth, easy to follow, and effective in a short amount of time.
Really, if you want to know a little more about it, follow this link and check out the free video series on the next page.
Side Note: I am 100%, unabashedly an affiliate for B-School, therefore, if you sign up, I do make a commission. However, that has absolutely no bearing on whether I would promote Marie or B-School. My thoughts and intentions are the same regardless and I would sing her praises for free. Whether you use my link or not is totally up to you. The most important part is getting in there and making the investment in yourself.
Side Note to that Side Note: I’ve got some seriously tasty morsels coming your way and will be exclusive to anyone that signs up through me. I promise to help make the journey as unforgettable as possible. How’s that for a carrot?