Keeping My Promise

long distance education

I launched a course last week. And I promised I would put out the workbook to that course today. That workbook is attached. After looking at it, I realized that I should probably send you another book also to explain everything. I will send that book out next Tuesday. 

If you need this course or want this course and you cannot afford it, I will work to give it to you in one form or another. I do have to tell you that any training is work. You must work to find the time to take the course. You must work to do the research required. You must grab an honest look forward and plan. And you must keep contact and accountability so as questions come up and thoughts appear you have someone you can write to, ask questions, and get reasonable answers. I will do my best to be there for you if needed.

So why am I doing this?

I believe in keeping my promises. A significant vow of mine was to help others do better. I have been a trainer and educator for most of my life. To convince people they could learn and do, I have been something akin to an unofficial coach. I help people to understand that they can do things and they can learn.

Now, I’m a coach and an educator. It is my job to take people who don’t believe they can do something and help them prove to themselves that they can. Anybody can grow, anybody can learn, anybody can earn, as long as they want to and believe that they can. If I had to give one idea to describe myself, I’m the cheerleader and the mean old master sergeant all in one.

I have mentors and teachers the tell me if I don’t charge thousands of dollars for the course no one will think that the course is worth anything. I think I appreciate what they’re trying to do. However, I remember times when I carried a debt load so harsh that I was struggling just to give my family the bare minimums.  I want to ensure the people who could best use my products are able to access them.

During my Masters of Education studies, I was taught that the world will be 14 million teachers short by 2020. Most of those shortages are in places where teachers can either not get to or cannot survive in. To compensate for this, I agree, our best bet in education is long distance learning. It is the easiest way to teach over long distances and is on the Internet which stretches to most places in the world. That is why my work and blogs, books, and courses are on the Internet.

Building courses that people need are easy. Finding those courses is sometimes much more difficult. Even if I don’t charge the thousands of dollars which I am being encouraged to do, some people end up left behind because they legitimately cannot afford the course at any price. I want to close that gap.

Granted, I am new at this, yet I wish to have nobody left behind because of something that I could’ve helped them learn. If you would like this course and are willing to work at it and cannot afford it, write me, and we will look at what we can do together to help you get the training you need.

I do have to tell you that a course like this will take work on your part. It turns out most things worth really having, takes a level of effort. Yet if you really want it, it is almost always doable. If I can help you, please email me at

Here is the workbook for you:

Mapping Your Future Free Workbook 102

Please do not forget to download the workbook and check in next Tuesday for the companion book that explains everything.

Thanks for being here and I hope to be with you again tomorrow.


Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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