About MasterKeySkills

A person who recognizes opportunity and capitalizes on it. Born in Baghdad, Iraq and moved to the Netherlands at 7 years old, I was raised in a bi-cultural manner. At one hand you have the strict, disciplined, religious and sometimes restricted way of going through life (the Arabic influence); on the other you have the more loose, "live and let live", exploring way of living (the Dutch influence). Both have helped me grow tremendously along the way. Growing up I juggled multiple jobs ranging from doing newspaper rounds, to working at a hotel to selling digital TV through the phone. After completing what we call "school for higher general secondary education" in Holland (equivalent of high school), I entered Law School in Groningen in 2008. Three years have passed and I discovered the home based business industry. It didn't take long before I fell madly in love with it! Who else wouldn't want to work fulltime hours and get paid in a linear – and in almost all cases – static fashion month after month. Instead, this industry offers the field the opportunity to work substantially less (or at all long term) and get paid exponentially. THAT's what gets me going every day. Going through multiple adventures, struggles and hardships, I realized that it's not easy being a young entrepreneur if you're not being coached by the right people. It took me nearly two years to finally be taken under the wing of a successful person who has the track record of the results that I want to attain. Throughout these two long years I've discovered that all success – whether it be in business, sports, literature entertainment or in any other economic sector people are working in – is all about mindset. The kind of mindset that is conditioned so well, that it stays on "winning mode" for eternity. There's a conscious mind and a subconscious mind, the latter of which rules over all your decisions and subsequently, your actions. All the successful writers, award winning actors, hall of fame athletes, presidents, army generals and world-renowned businessmen have got their subconscious mind to work WITH them instead of against them. People underestimated the intensity of such conditioning. I was one of them. As many many people have made the same mistake, I too have fallen into the traps of the "self-help" guru's out there who have offered me the opportunity to condition my mind so that I could become GREAT, to become the best that I can be. Unfortunately, I did not break through the barrier of greatness, and I was stuck in mediocrity. Then one day, I discovered Mark Januszewski's website and I saw the confirmation of my earlier discovery, that our subconscious decides what we do. In Mark's words: "the subconscious mind makes all the decisions". I started to read through the material and watch the many videos that were on his site. Soon afterwards I also signed up to newsletters for updates and instantly my life shifted. The shift happened when I learned that not only does success depend on mindset, it also revolves around skills (in many cases just the basics). It sounds pretty obvious, but on a subconscious level, it does not. When someone teaches us something new, and that something gets taught to us again for repetition purposes, we're already used to say: "Oh, I already know that." And so we neglect or ignore any training on the basics or the fundamentals. One of the very basic things to do in my industry is to talk to people. And not just talking to people, but talking to them in such a way that the conversation benefits both parties. A very difficult and overlooked thing to do when it's not mastered. A wise martial arts grandmaster once said: "I am not afraid of the ten thousand strikes you know that you have practiced once. I am deathly afraid of the once strike you have practiced one thousand times." It's better to master the fundamentals and "sharpen your sword" than to try to learn the advanced stuff right away. As I build my business day by day, I'm continuously working on my basic skills: how to communicate with people, how to build relationships, how to transfer information that people want to hear into their subconscious mind so they can make a sound decision for themselves, how to leverage time by working together with business partners, how to render service of higher value than transactions in return, how to be professional and good mannered, etc. Recently, I've been blessed with earning a scholarship for the Master Key Mastermind Alliance course. For six months I'll be reading books, doing exercises, writing blog posts, participating in weekly conference calls and finishing all kinds of assignments necessary to form good habits and unfold all my potential. We are all born for greatness, by greatness. But in most cases, when we enter the age of 5, that gets beaten out of us by external factors: our parents, school teachers, the government, television programs and the like. We must remember this: as soon as we see just a glimpse of how great we can become, we get hooked. We instantly want some more, and more, and more, until we reach that greatness. Keep striving for greatness. Life might give you body blows, haymakers, throw you into the ground, stomp you, pick you up, chew you, spit you out and throw dirt at you, but here's what life can't do. Life cannot decide if you get up or not. Only YOU can! So you have a decision to make. Make that decision and follow your bliss. Mohammed Al Rubaiy

Week 10 – Go for it!

“I will persist until I succeed!” (Og Mandino – Greatest Salesman in the World).
One of my favorite sentences to go along these two:
– “Great habits are the key to all succes.”
– “I will greet this day with love in my heart.”

It’s funny how you can affirm how your day is going to be with just one sentence. But we’ve learned something very important on this subject. It’s true that we can speak life or death with our words, but there’s a twist. If we think and speak positive things for just 10 minutes, we won’t get anywhere. We have to do it the majority of the time. We can’t be positive for 10 minutes and expect to be that way for the remainder of the day. It takes more. We have to persist.

Charles Haanel explained that man should learn how to put causes into play. Everybody knows that thoughts are causes and conditions are effects. Few weeks ago I shared a SMART goal. Looking at my own progress, I’m down another few kg because I caused (healthy meals/exercise) it (better shape) to happen. Just under 8 kg to go. 7 weeks left. It’s been years since I’ve seen my abs again.

There are many things that factor in the outcome of your desires. What’s written in Scroll III of the Greatest Salesman is a part that consists of a greater whole. In our adventure, we are all shaping that great whole. The Law of Growth aids us as we grow into our higher selves. Self-directed human beings powerful enough to manifest desired conditions effortlessly. All we have to think about is the cause.

It’s simple, but that doesn’t make it easy, since these two words have nothing to do with each other. We have to cause. Thinking about causing something to happen for yourself? Go for it!



Week 9 – Finky and the Brain

Thanksgiving is not celebrated in the Netherlands, but I do give thanks. Below is something I’m very thankful for.

The Science behind the world within

Most people believe the big lie about the brain. It’s that “people are either left brain or right brain thinkers”. In other words, if you’re all about facts and numbers, you’re a left brain thinker, and if you’re all about concepts and feelings, you’re a right brain thinker. Science has proved that we are not merely left brained or merely right brained. If that was the case, then we wouldn’t be able to function.

Why is this important? Because if we don’t base all our life’s strategies on the truth, then they’re doomed to fail. In influencing the subconscious mind to make us do daily habits conducive to our success, we must learn exactly how the brain works.

Haanel stated in the Master Key Systempart 6 – passage 7:
“We are accustomed to examining the mechanism of the implements which we use for tilling the soil, and we try to get an understanding of the mechanism of the automobile which we drive, but most of us are content to remain in absolute ignorance of the greatest piece of mechanism which as ever come into existence, the brain of man.”

In comes Gerald R. Fink’s study of the two hemispheres of the brain. This shifted the world’s conventional views about the workings of the brain. For a lot of us, this study assisted in developing confidence in our ability to exert faith around the daily MKMMA exercises. What’s started from intuition, is being supported by concrete evidence.

It proved that the left brain (all about information) and right brain (all about concepts) need to work together. If you only operate on information, and don’t have the ability to form a picture out of the information, then you’re a sitting duck. Also, if you only have a vision, but don’t know how to put that vision into practice, then you’re only daydreaming.

To get the two hemispheres to work together, we have the corpus callosum. It can be seen as a bridge between the two. You want to drive a car? Then that impulse goes from right brain to left brain and manifests itself into a plan of action to get a driver’s license. Then it travels back into the right brain and there you’re thinking about what color car you want. Now goes back to the left side to think of methods to obtain that car. This goes on until the initial thought impulse is materialized to its physical equivalent.

Very exciting!

Corpus Callosum

Some people prefer the information first, other people prefer the concepts first. What’s your preference?

Many of us have our Definite Major Purpose written down, illustrated in pictures, recorded in words, affirmed in readings, and more. To know that our faith is backed by hard science is something I’m truly thankful for.

Week 8 – Presenting to the Subby

Just a quick experience share here.

Like most people, I used to feel bad about myself for the countless mistakes, failures and shortcomings I’ve had in my life. So much so that I developed an addiction to those debilitating feelings. Last year I learned that “every adversity has the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit”, as Napoleon Hill said. At first it didn’t seem plausible to me, but as time went by, I understood why he said that. That “seed” of an equivalent or greater benefit is a lesson. It’s the seeds (lessons) that till the soil (mastery).

So I simply made an inventory of my lessons and re-examined my goals.

In week 5, I mentioned the first of my SMART goals: shedding 12 kg (26.5 lbs) within 3 months. In just 3 weeks, I’m already down 4 kg (8.8 lbs). It’s great to be ahead of schedule, but what’s working for me? About a month and half ago, I presented to my subconscious mind the idea of me being in world-class shape. I now do this every day by ways of active and passive suggestion. For example, sitting for 15 minutes, thinking about the future self. Another example, looking at and touching the SMART goal filled Colored Shapes mentioned in Week 7’s post. These are just tidbits from the list of daily things we do in the MKMMA experience to harness our potential.

For slimming down, I always had the right programs, methods and advices. I knew what to do and how to do it, but I never knew how to make that consistency ease for me. Thanks to what I’m learning recently, I’ve been able to pepper my mind with suggestions that trigger feelings of achieving my life’s authentic desires. It’s so amazing, it goes beyond the “life hack” level!

Some people may know, that it takes 3-4 weeks to build a habit. I coupled what I learned recently with my general knowledge of behaviors. In the Influencer by Joseph Grenny, it’s explained that focusing on results is not effective. Focusing on behaviors however is effective. Normally folks try to create a whole washing list of do’s and don’ts. I used to do that too. This time, it’s just 3 vital behaviors (do’s) to execute every day. One hour walk (got rid of my bycicle, I only walk now), 3 liters of water, 6-7 healthy meals. Basketball practices/games are the extra mile. I have no clue what the in between results are daily, but I do know that the behaviors are getting me there way ahead of time.

Week #7- Understanding fear through meditation.

A true masterpiece by Maria Khakhalkina.


“Fear is false evidence appearing real” Zig Ziglar.

Fear…will be the topic of this blog. It is a huge topic and it is possible to discuss it for days, connecting it with different events in life, mental, physical and spiritual health or disease for that matter, state of mind and learned limitations, Should’s and Should-not’s, procrastinations and other habits that goes under the same roof, low self-esteem, lack of faith & courage, indecisiveness, anger, worrying, separation and that list can go on and on and on for hours…

Can you even imagine what this fear does to our Self? What it pushes us to create in that fearful state of mind? How many fears we learn already in our early childhood, and how all of it becomes so close to us and we start believe it is our own thoughts and even worse – that it is true.


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Week 7 – No, My Future Self Is My Best Friend!

You may have heard that karma is: “What goes around, comes around.” It’s really deeper than that. Karma is understanding that we all make decisions. Even indecision is a decision. Each and every decision has a consequence. “Every action has an equal and opposite reaction”, science says. Last week, thanks to T.A. Pychyl’s study Solving the Procrastination Puzzle, we discovered how fMRI’s revealed that we see our future self as a stranger, so we procrastinate investing in things that’ll benefit us in the future, because our future self a total stranger. So when we put off the things that we don’t want to do, we’re giving the problem to our future self. In this Masker Key experience, we’ve learned how to help ourselves by developing passive ways to ourselves create and develop intimacy with our respective future selves, eliminating procrastination. Our brains now recognize the benefit of being best friends with our future self.

The karmic questions we ask ourselves:

  • What are the consequences of the choice I’m making?
  • Will this choice bring fulfillment and happiness to me and those affected by this choice (future self)?

We started last week in earnest with shapes, colors and SMART goals (scheduled, measurable, achievable, realistic and timed). These colored shapes were taped around our houses, work offices and cars, all placed in areas of which we have most of our vision directed to. We’ve already started that environment to develop intimacy with our future selves. This environment we set up is one where we and our future selves can meet in the present, become acquaintances with each other and with consistency become friends. Once that future self is a real, genuine friend, something really special happens – way past eliminating procrastination. There’s an old saying: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” We will lay down our lives for our future self. Eventually we will lay down our lives of limitation we currently have (“Lives of quiet desperation”, according to Henry Thoreau). We will let our old self (Old Blueprint) die for the higher self (New Blueprint) we were always intended to be. “It is by dying that one awakens to eternal life.”

Week 6 – My Future Self Is a Stranger?!

You might have noticed my Week 6 blog is late. I’m being honest. I’ve procrastinated. This should have been posted last week. Felt horrible for a few days, but I’m digging in, and it feels great to be back on track.

Learned some bombshell information last week!!!

Let’s talk about why we proscrastinate.

So why do we procrastinate? Well, because we are emotional beings, we want to avoid feeling negative emotions evoked by an undesirable task or something else that’ll delay us from doing what we want to do. In simple terms: we feel bad about unpleasant tasks.

A few blogs before I talked about delay gratification, and how utterly difficult it is to do that in a fast paced, instant gratification society. One thing I know about myself is that I’m a good writer, but that doesn’t mean that I like doing it. So I delay it.

It gets worse. What we’re really doing is, we give this problem to our future self. That person that we’re all trying to become. In this remarkable study Solving the Procrastination Puzzle by Timothy A. Pychyl, it’s found that fMRI’s were tested on a few people. At the time, they were asked to think about the following 3 things:
– their present self;
– a stranger; and
– their future self.

Here’s the bombshell!

The subjects saw their respective future self exactly the same as a stranger!


Our future self, the person who we all affirm ourselves into becoming. The incredible ideal person we want to be. A complete stranger?!!

Thus we procrastinate investing in things that’ll advance our values and help us in the future, because our future self is a total stranger! We basically ask ourselves: “What’s in it for us to help this stranger?”

Picture this: somebody you completely don’t know contacts you and asks you if you can assist him/her in fixing his/her car. Would you do it…? For a stranger…? Most likely, you wouldn’t.

How about your best friend? Somebody you know and love. Would you help fix his/her car? Most probably you would.

Here’s the killer.

Now, what if the person who holds the master key to all your life’s dreams, wishes and desires is in need of help. Would you help him/her? You bet you would!

That person, is your future self.

Of course you’re going to help him/her. Why delay, when it’s worth it in gold? You’d be doing it instantly!

I’ve known for a long time that this is what helped me get over the gratification thing and actually get stuff done. I just didn’t know how to put it in words. Now I’m able to illustrate it in a blog post. I’m more than priviledged to call my future self my best friend! This is the feller to please, as mentioned in the Guy in the Glass.

Every now and then I tend to forget what the theme of this blog is. It’s to unfold the authentic self within. Procrastination is just a product from the world without. I’ve been dwelling in that place for a little too long last week. Now I’m right back in the world within, we’re I can talk to my future self. He’s rooting for me!

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