I’m going to give you valuable information derived from my own experience and by Mike Hernacki and his wonderful book, “The Forgotten Secret to Phenomenal Success”. In this article, I’ll extract several nutritious nuggets of wisdom from the beginning section of his first chapter “The Most Phenomenal Success Mechanism on Earth” and add my own comments so you have two ways to put it into use for your own benefit:
What is success?
Hernacki starts by asking you what success means to you and gives some common Western society definitions:
achievements (such as school degree, positions and promotions, awards, spiritual enlightenment)
possessions (car, house, and all the other bling and stuff), and
relationships (friends, significant other, family, children, important “contacts”)
He then states that no matter the form that success takes, success is success and results from applying the principles and rules to gain it. You can apply them to any area and experience success.
Finally, he gives three truths:
You already have experienced success in some areas, while you’re still trying in other areas
You’ve pursued success in the past but gave up
You’ve accepted others’ limiting statements of what you can succeed in
Here are my comments, which I will call…
“See the BIGGER picture:”
1. Western social engineering:
His success definitions are great and they speak to one important 400-year trend due to the Protestant Reformation begun by Luther in Germany and Calvin in Switzerland.
In Western society, we have been purposefully atomized and individualized – by stressing the individual and not stressing family and community connections. Our pursuit of achievement, possessions, and relationships are heavily focused on the symbols of success (certificates, degrees, badges, awards, luxury car, home, beautiful spouse, important connections with high-level people). The symbols themselves are absolutely meaningless.
When you design society with certain values and paths to follows, you are engineering society. And we have been highly engineered to the point where we don’t see it anymore. It’s like the invisible aire we breathe but don’t notice.
We only believe they’re important and bring us emotional satisfaction because that has been the message for 400 years – even more so in our highly commercialized society where everything’s a transaction.
The bigger picture is that symbols are the carrots dangled in front of us by those who engineer society. Yes – it’s a form of mass manipulation so that society can function and frustrations are kept in check by directing emotions into the symbols.
2. Success is a journey, not a destination:
As much as I hate that “corporate team building” phrase, it’s true. (In corporations, it might even be used as the explanation to deny your promotion).
Success is the PROCESS you go through and NOT the end result. Why not the end result? The end result only lasts one second and then it’s over:
You save for two years and buy that fancy TV (it takes one second for the online merchant system to approve your purchase)
You study for four years and get your college degree (it takes one second to turn you into a college graduate)
You work 70-hour weeks for two years and get a promotion (it takes one second for the boss to finally decide to promote you)
You live 50, 70, 90, 100 years… then it’s over (it takes one second to stop living)
I call all of this false thinking the “orgasm approach to sex:” the process might last hours but the end result, however pleasurable, fades away quickly.
3. Outside authority, expertise, criticism:
Hernacki states Truth #3 as you accepting others’ limiting statements of what you can succeed in. This fits in with the Western social engineering I just talked about.
Part of the social engineering has been to send the message that “life is increasingly complicated and you need experts to understand things now.” These experts may be family and friends, mass-media celebrity authorities (many of whom aren’t actually knowledgeable about what they promote), or other authorities and experts.
Any impressionable person seeking guidance will likely accept the words of someone who has credentials:
A student seeking career guidance from the career advisor: they might hear they’re not strong in a certain area and should pursue something else
A professional wanting to change careers: they might read that they need to have certain number of years of experience or achievements (e.g., an MBA) in place in order to succeed in the new field
But the truth is this: those statements (and any other limiting statements like them) are absolutely FALSE!
Here’s a real story from how truly successful people do it:
My friend is an entrepreneur and is in his second career as a marketing consultant. Early in his career, he read from an industry top performer that the industry’s top performers don’t work for by-the-hour or by-the-project basis. They ask for and get a percentage of everything they produce (from 3% to 10%). So if they create marketing that brings $10 million (even if the client’s salespeople do the selling) and they get 3% of that $10 million: $300,000!
But that top performer stated you need to climb the ladder: get your foot in the door, prove yourself to the big company, get bigger projects… until that glorious day arrives years or decades later when you can dictate the terms.
My friend, who in his first career had brought a $50 million Hilton hotel to contract along with other large-scale deals, said “BALONEY! I’m setting the terms exactly how I want them: I want a percentage ownership of the client, a board seat, and a management position.”
And that’s exactly what he gets. He’s more like a venture capital than a marketing consultant and he has a portfolio of privately held companies in which he has large or controlling interests.
Harness this wisdom for your benefit:
This wisdom comes from my own decades of experience. I’m a health champion and have succeeded in healing myself and thousands of others with the “secret phenomenal success” power of wheatgrass. However like the simple steps above, not knowing what you’re doing with your “journey to success,” wheatgrass can have consequences: