You want “the secret” to success? I know I sure do and since I’ve come back from volunteering Central America I’ve done nothing but try and improve myself to find it. I could give you every book I’ve read or listened to. I could show you all the videos I’ve watched. I could even tell you all the things I’ve Googled to find “the secret”. None of it matters and I’m going to tell you why.
1. Every motivating or self help book has one message: Thoughts become reality.
I’ve read or listened to every major self help or motivation guru there is. They all have different approaches to the same basic idea: Thought become things. Some play it off as a mere parlor trick or coincidence, but others make it the sole purpose of their message. Whether they believe or not or you believe or not, this is a reality. Everything in your life was once a thought. The seed for a thought could have been planted by you or by others but ultimately you choose to make it real or not. Everyone has their opinion on this “Law of attraction” or “secret” and you either completely believe it or you don’t. I don’t agree with those who call it a “secret”, anything you can look up on YouTube is not a secret and there are literally walls of books trying to share this information with you. It is a hard pill to swallow especially if your life is not where you want it to be or you’ve experienced tragity in your life (which we all have) but it’s there. In today’s world it is hard to think positively, because of the fear mongering we experience on a daily basis. You have to consitanetly continue to keep your head in the right place or you will lose it to depression or some other preventable disease. You must “think happy thoughts”, as Peter Pan says, and you truly will fly.
Here is Mike Dooley on his thoughts on “The law of attraction”: http://youtu.be/8x4sVR67wCk
2. Every religion is one in the same: We are nothing and everything. We are no one and We are everyone.
Don’t believe this one? That’s fine with me because thank God, Krishna, Jesus, Zues or Buddah that you can research everything I say right after you read it. I am not a religious scholar and do not claim to be and please if you disagree or are a religious fanatic please comment. I want to inspire thought not promote religious banter. Recently it has come to my attention that all major and serious religions have one thing in common: The Golden Rule. Treat others as you want to be treated. Why would all the different world religions of the world share this one seemingly insignificant and cliché law? Because we are all connected. “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’- Matthew 25:40 Many other world religions such as Hinduismm and Buddism believe in relincarnation because “everything is everything” (What The Buddha Taught). I have included a link to a web site that has the golden rule in all its forms from different relgions. We have to be good to eachother if we want to be happy and in turn “successful” in our own ways. We are not independent and we are not alone in our struggle. Our American materialism has drowned out the facts that we all once knew. We do not need to give to ourselfves to be happy but give to and help others, that is the pathway to success.
The Hipster monk: http://hipstermonk.com/the-golden-rule-a-list-of-two-dozen-versions/
3. You must give to receive.
When I see someone asking for money on the street I always carry around a bundle of ones to give out and distribute to them accordingly. I’m not saying this to impress you but I say it to inspire you. Every hard earned dollar you give away will come back to you with interest. This is a common theme in all self help and improvement books. No matter how hard you are stuggling to make it and attain the life of your dreams, if you don’t help others to do the same, you will fail. Be the change you want to see in the world. Even if you are 99% sure that the man you just gave that $1.00 to will use it for crack, there is still that 1% chance that his story was true and he sincerely meant it when he shook your hand and said, “God Bless You brother”. He is you, in that he has all the potential in the world. You are him, in that your life could have been the same if another path was chosen. It’s hard to give when we see so much pain in the world. We feel like we are going to be deceived or fooled by someone so we just don’t give at all. Other times we are truly overwhelmed by the big picture that is, the world’s problems. The world’s problems are your problems, but you don’t have to feed a billion starving children at once. You just have to give, give often and give sincerely.
Business Book: The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman