Success literature happened.
And success gurus, success writers, motivational speakers, and the whole industry of the Lottery Approach.
The same thing happened in spirituality and in healing. Even religion was kinder to people… Even religion robbed them less that this new wave of success literature. Killing Life… for most people.
Liars, shysters, snake oil salesmen, con artists. all making money through selling lies. Teaching you things that don’t work.
Unfounded, untested, untrue.
With rare exceptions.
Werner Erhard is an exception. Tai Lopez is an exception. Any more like them? I don’t think so. 1 There are some marketing teachers that teach what they did and do… but even there, they make their money by selling you ideas, techniques that are untested, and won’t work…
And, of course, the crowds want to buy ready made success, they want to believe, they want to have it. Earning it? no…
Not work for what they want, not learn real stuff, no, they want to be given.
A number of years ago I read a sentence: most people walk around with their umbilical cord in their hands trying to find a place to plug it in. 2
The person who said that said that people are looking for leaders. but I am finding out that they are really looking to return to the certainty and safety of the womb where they have to make no decisions, where they can be taken to where they want to be. without any risk or their own, without any effort, without any work.
On one hand I have compassion for these people, 90% of humanity. They don’t have the time to learn sound principles, they don’t have the energy, the technique of thinking, but more importantly: they don’t want to be responsible.
Responsibility is a two edged sword.
On one hand it tells you that it is, or it was your job. If it is to be it is up to you. It is your access to your personal power. Because if it is up to you, then you can do it.
…but because you think you know yourself, you know that if it is up to you, it will be botched up, or won’t ever happen. How do you know it?
You look in your past and you extend it to the future. As if it were a law that you have to repeat your past mistakes, or your past successes… Not is true, even if you see proof in your own life.
The future can be different… if your attitude changes, and if your actions change.
Most people do drag the past 3 into their future, and then the future has to be the same as the past was.
This distinction is the hallmark distinction Werner Erhard contributed to humanity. And also the process with which you empty your future… 4 maybe daily, maybe even hourly, so the future can be empty.
The result is miracles… apparent miracles. Anything that is unpredictable for a person can be considered a miracle, because filling the future with the past is the most unusual activity. Even people who know they could do it, don’t often do it.
An empty future is frightening. The devil you know is better than the devil you don’t? Hell no. And yet, even people who have learned the distinction and the technique/process of emptying the future by participating in Landmark’s courses: don’t do it. In fact, In fact, muscle test says one in 10,000 participants do it with any regularity. Of those who know how to do it. In the world at large it is probably one in a million. You could be one in a million… It’s not brain surgery!
Without doing the process of “clearing”, what is predictable will happen. The same. The past.
Why? Because your actions, your attitude are closely correlated with what you see.
And your future is full… full of your actions in the past. Mostly failures. Mistakes. Can’t do’s.
And that is what is informing you, giving your attitude and giving your actions.
Because this is so automatic, your job is to build a new track record. Tiny step by tiny step. And even when you are good at filling the past with small successes, even then you’ll need to stay awake, aware, and bring another distinction to bear:
Your results come from the invisible. Invisible to you. Nothing esoteric!
What is the invisible? It is simply what you can’t see. Cannot see it from where you are, cannot see it from where you are looking from, the eyes you are looking with.
The eyes will see some stuff and not others…
I always bring up my dyslexia, but I have a hunch that you either don’t have to have dyslexia to not see what’s in front of you, or we all have dyslexia.
I vote for the former.
You almost always look with your emotions. The emotions come from the past. And the emotions tell you that you are worthless, or slow, or not good enough, or stupid… or that it’s hopeless! or whatever you decided when you were little.
How do I know this? I am observing myself. My emotions tell me, consistently, that it’s over. I am done, and I am as good as dead. That it’s hopeless.
Because I am so practiced in this distinction (that you put past is in your future, probably so you can avoid doing it again, or to protect yourself) and I am so good at clearing the past from the future, I can stop, breathe, and look again. And see something new. The way out of “it’s hopeless”.
Now that the past is taken out of my future (I may have to say a few times: “it ain’t necessarily so!”) I can see ways the game is not over.
I have shared this before, but what happened in this story is also a great example.
As a magazine publisher my expenses were huge. Printing, staff, rent…
So oftentimes I could see my doom, I could see that it was over. Dread is the emotion that clued me in.
So, one time, I called one of my advertisers and planned on asking him for an advance, so I can bridge the gap, the missing funds.
He, instead, said in a soothing voice: You can do it.
Honestly, I never had anyone say that to me, so I didn’t know that it can be b.s.
So when I hung up the phone, I said to myself: if he can see that I can do it, then there is something he sees and I don’t… So what is it?
You see, asking the right questions is also a key to seeing a future different from the past.
I looked and looked. I suddenly saw that I had a lot of resources I was not taking advantage of. For example I could offer a special… That is what I did, and in three days I had the missing funds.
Of course you have to have a good product: selling something worthless at a special price won’t bring you sales.
This is the second thing that no one really teaches: you have to have resources.
Tai calls them: the ingredients for a good soup, the ingredients for the good life.
Skills, knowledge, attitudes.
I could whip up a sales pitch in a few minutes, because I had done it before, because I knew what I was doing.
I could set a price that was neither too desperate, nor too high.
I had a good product.
I had the time and the willingness to call my advertisers.
I sold the hell out of that special.
Without resources you are shit out of luck…
This is why I am pushing skills.
And one other thing:
One of my students, finally, followed the instructions to making energized water. Finally I say, because he was doing it his own way for months, and the water wasn’t energized.
So now his hydration is 30%. At 30% suddenly you feel alive, you are optimistic, and you have a “can do” attitude.
Without energy it won’t matter how many distinctions you know, or how many processes you have learned…
Energy, personal energy is one of the resources you you need to be able to see a future different from your past.
I know you don’t understand. I know you don’t see it. And I know you don’t even try.
This is why your life is the way it is… lackluster. 5
If you haven’t: find out what is your cell hydration… without raising it you chances for success are very slim.
- Maybe this Cavett Robert of whom I never heard before today? Needs more research… I don’t have time for it now. Chime in if you know his work.
- I am surprised to find that I have been living, a lot, by Cavett Robert quotes. Here are a few I just found:
Cavett Robert quotes not to be forgotten:
“If its to be it’s up to me.”
“True success is a journey, not a destination.”
“True progress in any field is a relay race and not a single event.”
“When it’s foggy in the pulpit it’s cloudy in the pew.”
“Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the mood in which it was made has left you.”
“If we study the lives of great men and women carefully and unemotionally we find that, invariably, greatness was developed, tested and revealed through the darker periods of their lives. One of the largest tributaries of the RIVER OF GREATNESS is always the STREAM OF ADVERSITY.”
“Adversity is the abrasive that gives the sharp edge to courage.”
“School is never out for the pro.”
“Life can be a grinding stone or a polishing stone depending upon the substance of which we are made.”
“A superficial knowledge is not enough. It must be a knowledge capable of analyzing a situation quickly and making an immediate decision.”
“People don’t care about how much you know, until they know how much you care!” – (Yes! Cavett Robert said this when John Maxwell was just a boy!)
“Any person who selects a goal in life which can be fully achieved, has already defined his own limitations”
“Be afraid to die until you have won some great victory for mankind.”
“Success is a journey, not a destination.”
“Yesterday is a canceled check, tomorrow is a promissory note; only today is legal tender, only now is negotiable.”
“We tell our ideas from our minds, but we sell our ideas from our hearts.”
“People are persuaded more by the depth of our own conviction than by the height of our knowledge.”
“Since 95 percent of people are imitators and only five percent initiators, people are persuaded more by the actions of others than by any proof we can offer.”
“Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed.”
“Everybody has a big sign on them that says, “Make me feel important!””
“If we believe in something strongly enough, we are a walking climate of positive acceptance. People can refuse words, but they can’t refuse an attitude.”
“To be pretty as a teenager is a work of nature, but to be beautiful, graceful and elegant as we begin to mature, that is a work of art.”
“It’s amazing how much people can do when they divorce themselves from concern over who gets the credit.” &
- interestingly only the bad stuff!
- clearning is the name of this process
- lacking in vitality, force, or conviction; uninspired or uninspiring.