I’ve developed a pill that will guarantee success in any endeavor. I only have a few of them and I’m not sure how to go about deciding who should get them. I don’t want to run afoul of the FDA, and we don’t have the 10 years necessary to complete medical trials. Just send me a short description of what kind of success you’d like to achieve and how much you’d be willing to pay to have it happen to you instantly. Let’s think of it as an auction. I’ll make sure to get them to the people with the best use and highest bid.
Please don’t call the authorities. I’ll confess now, I don’t really have the magic success pill, but I’ve come to realize that this is what most people want.
Earlier this year I started a weekly coaching program … Read More »
So 14 people have officially taken the Resistance Challenge and I’m sure there are a few more of you thinking about it, or secretly trying it (note: that caution is resistance) but I wanted to send out a warning. You don’t have to make up for a decade of procrastination in one day. Don’t wear yourself out. Only do today’s work today, without hurry. The only thing you want to keep in mind is to not avoid the tasks that propel your life forward and fill the time with tasks that are simply distractions. You know what I’m talking about, checking email obsessively, Facebook, researching the topic more, waiting for support, cleaning your entire house instead of making that important call, or starting that project. Just calmly stare down today’s resistance today and everything will start to fall in place … Read More »
“Don’t aim at success—the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one’s dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long run—in the long run, I say!—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think of it.” – Viktor Frankl … Read More »
I attended a workshop yesterday and listened to a handful of speakers. I noticed a thread in every story in which each person reached some point in their life where they had achieved all of the status symbols and outward appearances of success. In each case it was at this point in their lives when they acknowledged how miserable they were which led to a total reexamination of themselves and the path they were on. Motivated by finally having enough, each person changed course, sometimes dramatically, and pursued a new personally chosen, more fulfilling path, driven by internal values instead of society’s values. If you are still sleepwalking on a path to impress others, or the one you bought into unwittingly under the influence of culture, this is where you are heading. If you are one of the lucky ones … Read More »
“What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.” – Bob Dylan