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The Only Way to Succeed at Anything

Success in not really that complicated; it’s not easy, but it is simple. There is really only one way to true happiness and success. 
You deserve to be super happy and successful! And you can achieve, but you have to follow the rules of success. There are certain principles that must be applied in order to succeed in anything.

The One Way to Succeed at Anything in Life

I am going to reveal to you the only way to succeed at anything in life!! What I am about to tell is not complicated or some crazy magic system, it’s actually unbelievably simple! To be more honest with you, it’s actually ridiculously simple! But it’s the great divider which divides mediocre from the great!!

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The one way to succeed at anything and everything… are you ready? ‘You just have to do it’ Still can’t you get it right? Well, in order to succeed at anything, you have to do the things that need to be done and do them consistently. –Yeah Mr. Right you are wasting my time!!– I am sure that this is what you are saying right now. But trust me, too many of us are casual about our commitment to succeed. Whether it’s with health, family, spirituality, financially…etc whatever it is you want to succeed in you have to do it.

You Have Got to Go All In

Here’s the key, anybody can work out once or twice, anybody can be romantic to their spouse for one night and anybody can work hard for a month or even a year but only successful people who will keep doing it consistently.

You have got to go all in!

I want you to evaluate yourself with these questions:

  • Are you all in?
  • When you are going for workout, what percentage do you give?
  • When you go to work, what percentage you give?
  • When you are studying and reading a great book, what percentage do you give?
  • Are you giving a 100% to your pursuits?

If you are 100% present in everything you do, then you have succeeded!

I invite you right now to make a list of the things you want to succeed in. Pick 5 things that you really want to succeed in.

  • I want to accomplish this…
  • I want to be this kind of person…
  • I want to read this many books…
  • I want my life to be this way…
  • I want to improve this thing…

Whatever it is, write it down and then do it consistently.

Do everything in a great way and be all in.

Be all in, day in and day out, weeks, months and years.

Go after it and you’ll see your life totally transform before you!



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How Will You Measure Your Life? What Great Cause Are You Living For?

Each of us wants to live an extraordinary life, but how do you measure your success? Money, things, titles, degrees, relationships, happiness?
How will you measure your life? How will you know if you followed the right path for you?
How will you feel when you look back on your whole life from your death bed?
How will you know if you lived well, on purpose and meaningfully?
You and I have got to ask the right questions and find the right answers. This video will help you do that.

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To start with, if you are not actively involved in a colloquium, please get in one. For those of you who may not know what that is, it is where you read great books together and then get together and discuss great ideas. You might be saying now -isn’t that like a book club!- well, yes kind of but it’s got much higher standards and higher objectives. I run colloquium for both youths and adults and you can find that on

snipAnd that leads us to what I want to talk about today. I read an incredible line from the great book Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and I want to share it with you. Which reads:

‘It is of no importance what you put in the other scale.’

This line just struck me!  Our lives are going to be measured and balanced on the scale. And for some things, it doesn’t matter what you put on the other scale. For example, someone said:

“No other success can compensate for failure in the home”

I believe that education is like that. It doesn’t matter what you put on the other scale. If you fail in getting a phenomenal education, nothing else on the other scale will do any good.

Douglass said:

“We can’t judge the validity of slavery by how much sugar is being produced.”

I want you to read the following questions and give yourself some time to answer and consider them.  We all have to take a minute, look at ourselves and say:

  • How do you major your life?

  • What are we doing with our lives?

  • What great cause am I living for?

  • What great principals am I fighting for?

  • What are the great questions you use to major your life?

  • Are you making a difference?

  • Are you living deliberately?

  • Are you alive or just merely existing?




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#1 Factor For Success and Happiness in Life

More than any other thing, this seems to be the determining factor for real happiness and success that I’ve observed as I’ve traveled around the world and worked with thousands of people.
Success leaves clues. There’s a formula; and it’s not that complicated. Happiness is the same way.
There are simple things that you and I can do everyday to ensure our happiness and success… but we have to actually do them.

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The Number One Key for Living a Happy & Successful Life

What we do with ourselves when we don’t have to do anything else is what makes all the difference! Therefore, the number one key for success and happiness in life is your habitual culture.

benBen Carson’s mother was working as a cleaning lady and went over to a professor’s  house and he had a huge beautiful library and she asked him -you read all these books?- and he answered -yeah because reading is what makes the differences-. Hence, she  realized that the children and the people in her neighborhood watch TV, and the children and people in the wealthy one read great books. And so she went home and made a decision which is watching 2 TV programs a week and spending the rest time at the library and learning new things. At first, the children weren’t happy about this decision but she was firm about it and that led them to a love of learning, which led to a desire for a great education and which eventually led to who  Ben Carson is today!

What Are You Doing With Your Time?

And the same can happen for you and for me as well. It’s all about what you do with your free time. Every single qualification for success and happiness comes through habits. And you are the person you are because you have formed the habits of that kind of person.

So what are you doing with your time?

Do you spend it on the phone?

Do you spend it on social media?

Do you spend it on playing video games?

Do you spend it on watching TV?

So in your life and in your home, I want you to take a really great examination: What are your defaults? Are that the kind of things you want to happen?

Because the only way we are ever going to change and become the people we want to become and live the kind of life we want to live; is if we set up those habits and discipline ourselves to live those habits until they become natural. And I promise that this literally will change the course of your life!

Life is exactly what you make of it and you make it by the habits you form!

The kind of habitual culture you create -in large major- determines your life! And that maybe the number one determining factor in how your life turns out!



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How to Set Yourself Up to Success. (You May Want to Stop Hanging With Those People)

Don’t be one of those people who sabotages their own success!
Success leaves clues; it’s a science. It’s not guess work or luck. But you have to follow the proven principles and do the right things in the right order.
Too many people fail to set themselves up for success, and therefore miss out on the incredible life that could have been theirs.
Don’t. Do. That.

Setting Yourself Up to Succeed

I want to share an amazing story in just a second and teach a principle that’s so important which is you have to set yourself up to succeed.

Believe me, it’s never going to happen by default. And it’s not going to happen by crossing your fingers and hoping it happens either! You have to be deliberate about setting it up. A lot of people sabotage their success by not being deliberate in setting themselves up to succeed.

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Lindsey Stirling
Lindsey Stirling

So here’s the story now.

The story is about Lindsey Stirling. Maybe you have seen her videos before. She plays the violin and she is a very talented musician. Well, she had some serious critics  in the beginning though, but then she has blew passed that.

I watched an interview of her recently and I was really impressed by what she said. She said “you have to set yourself up to succeed” and she also said that in order to succeed, she surrounded herself with people who had the same vision, ideals, and standards. And she made it very clear who she was, who she wanted to become and how she was going to live, operate and perform. In other words, she made it very clear the kind of level she wanted to be at. And that’s one of the most important lessons in life!

What Determines How Your Life Turns Out?

Who we choose to spend our time with and how we choose to spend our time will, in large major, determines how our life turns out. Hence, if you are trying to reach excellence, then limit the time you spend with mediocrity. Because who you surround yourself with and where you put yourself has a huge impact and influence in your life. And so if you are constantly around people who are thinking, speaking and acting in mediocre ways, it’s going to have a negative influence on you. That’s just pure science right there!

So, set your vision and then surround yourself with people who have the same vision.

For example, if you want an excellent education, then surround yourself with people who are learning great things. If you want to be in a phenomenal shape, then get around people who are exercising vigorously and going after it. You want to have a positive optimistic attitude, (then read posts like this 😀 🙂 ! get around people that are optimistic and outgoing  and that have the characteristics, qualities, skills, abilities and mindset that you want to acquire. And I promise that it will have the biggest influence in your life!

I challenge you to be deliberate, intense and disciplined. Set yourself up to succeed bu surrounding yourself with excellence in every way.



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How Super Successful People Think

I know it sounds crazy, but successful people simply think differently then unsuccessful people.
The Great news is that you can change the way you think!
From what you think about most of the time, to how you think about challenges. Altering your thinking habits will literally alter your life.

Five Ways the Way Super Successful People Think 

I will share with you five ways that super SUCCESSFUL people THINK! I am pretty sure that your first reaction  would look like —Come on! How can thinking change something!– But I am here to tell you that it does change a lot! There are thinking habits and thinking patterns that actually work all the time.

Don’t you believe me? Then just give it a try and if it didn’t change anything, sue me! Oh no! I am just kidding haha. But I am super serious about those thinking habits.

thinkAs I moved through my own journey, moving from being alone, homeless and broke to what I am now, gave me huge experiences. I have been studying voraciously for about 20 years! I have been studying success principles and studying the lives of really successful men and women. And I discovered that they think differently! The way they think about a situation, the way they think in general, their habits and thinking patterns are different. And that’s the biggest determining factor! Because what we think about, we bring about!!

It is absolutely critical that if you and I want to be successful and create a life of success; like how successful people have done throughout history; then the first thing we have to do is to learn to think like they think.

#1 Successful People Think in a Successful Identity

Successful people identify themselves as a successful person. So in their mind, they say “ I am SUCCESSFUL!”. Thus, the first thing you have to do is to require a successful identity.

A loser mentality is like “I don’t know how to do this so I can’t do it”

A winner mentality is like “ I don’t know how to do it, but I am going to find out how!”

So, you have to overcome yourself doubt and overcome any thoughts that tear you down. And believe in yourself that you can figure out how to do things and work them out. Successful people eliminate the excuses and say “ I WILL BE SUCCESSFUL!” so acquire that thought habit right now and then make it happen!

#2 Successful People Think About The Result but Not The Method 

Successful people are willing to do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do! For example, if you want to be really healthy and fit, then you have to forgo some of the sugar, junk and all the garbage food. You are going to have to discipline yourself to the right proportion. Well, you don’t have to go into some crazy diet but you need just  to be disciplined and eat healthy food; that taste great as well; with the right amounts.

Remember, always ask yourself this: “ What is the result that I want and what is the price that I have to pay; and be willing to pay that


#3 Successful People Think: First Things First

A lot of people talk about balance, and they think that each thing needs equal time and attention and that’s just not true. Real balance, is giving each thing appropriate attention and time. Successful people think first things first. They get up in the morning, usually write a list of the things they need to do in the night before,  and then they work on that list. Because they have priorities and they identify things that need to be done first.

There are some cool books about this topic:

First Things First by – Stephen R. Covey

Eat That Frog by –Brian Tracy

#4 Putting The Small Things in Place

Extremely successful people do the small things and they do them well. Like what!? Like:

  • Daily rituals.
  • It is choosing to listen to an audio book instead of listening to music all the time.
  • It is the little things like saying ‘I love you’
  • It is the small thing of smiling!

Small people are bothered by small things but great people do not allow themselves to be bothered by small things.

So make sure you do small things in a great way!

I highly recommend you to read:

As a Man Thinketh by –James Allen

Change Your Thinking Change Your Life by –Brian Tracy

Thinking For a Change by –John Maxwell

#5 Successful People Have a Fail Forward Mentality

Really successful people view failure as fertilizer. They are willing to try and fail, knowing that that is the real path to success.

You have to get out, try, stumble and learn new things. Get out and think of failure as a way to succeed. To avoid failure is to failure! But the right way to success is not to be afraid to fail! Super successful people view failure as the path to success!



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How to Solve Your Problems and Totally Improve Your Life

Too many of us let our ego get in the way of our own progress. But swallowing our pride and facing the facts can hurt.  So be it. Stop resisting the solutions to your problems and get out of your own way. Resisting solutions can quickly sabotage your best efforts for improvement and a happy life. Don’t do it! 🙂

Take This Part of My Story to Inspire You

IMG_0896As most of you know part of my story, I grew up in a broken home and I ended up out on my own on an early age. I remember that I lived in some terrible places! I struggled and went through some really tough situations! I really remember that my life was miserable and that I was totally surrounded by misery! I also remember how I desperately was trying to know how to be successful and how to create a life that is full of happiness!

Therefore, I have been studying success principles and happiness for over twenty years! A further advantage is that  I have had the privilege for about seventy years to be teaching, speaking, mentoring and coaching in many nations around the world and helping thousands of people transforming their lives!!

Here’s What Successful People Do and What Unsuccessful People Do. 

Which Side Are you In?

SUCCESSFUL people get pride and  their ego out of the way. They are willing and open to accept new true. Those people have a bright future because they are willing to change! Furthermore,they are willing to take correction each time.

On the other side, people with mediocre future justify! They are always the exception and somehow the law of progress doesn’t apply to them! Therefore, they make their families suffer along with their personal  issues and they always complain about their life and situations. Moreover, whenever you offer a solution for them, they act like you just offered something that has nothing to do with them and that is completely irrelevant!

Here’s One of My Weaknesses

I am going to share one of my weaknesses and I hope you’ll be forgiving. People who reject and resist a solution to their problems, it just infuriates me! I don’t really know why do I care because eventually, their negative choices will affect their life, but I guess my frustration is because I was there! BUT I CHANGED!

We will be HAPPY when we choose to be HAPPY!

We will have a FULFILLING life when we live a FULFILLING life!

We will have what WE WANT when we go out and make it HAPPEN!

LIFE is what you and I make of it!

So like how I said, I get frustrated when there is an answer or a solution but  people still resist! And they continue to whine and blame while the answer is in front of their face!

I had to realize that you and I are exactly in control of our lives and of how we want to become! I had to realize that if anything is going to be better in my life, I had to be better first. And that I was not a victim but instead I was totally free to choose what I want. And that all the consequences around me are a direct result of my choices.

Of course I want to eat sweets, of course I love sweet food and I want to eat a huge portion of it but I realized that I am accountable for what in my mouth. Of course, I want to sleep and not exercise at all but I realized that this will bring me a mediocre living! Of course, I want to sit and just spend hours in front of the TV and not working if I don’t want to, but that is the point! Most things in life get done by people who don’t feel like doing them! And that is what would separate mediocre from excellence!


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The first step toward improving your life is the will to accept that you are entirely accountable for your life! And that you will accept and embrace the truth no matter how hard it was!

I have a bright future because I examine myself constantly and I ask others to examine me as well! And I am willing to look at every area in my life and make improvements.

Here’s a Challenge for You

So my challenge for you today is to CHANGE! If you have problems stop hiding them and fix them. If you are going through some psychological struggles, then face them and fix them.

Begin today and right now, to become a NEW YOU!



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How to blow your chance for success

This is one of my favorite recordings.  It is chuck full of great principles and proven practices for success!

You WILL learn something in this that may alter your life.

Are you doing one of the things that kill the recipe for success?  One of the most common killers is focusing on the effects and neglecting the cause.  Are you guilty?  Find out.



Fable 23: The Mistress and Her Servants.

assA Widow, thrifty and industrious, had two servants, whom she kept pretty hard at work. They were not allowed to lie long abed in the mornings, but the old lady had them up and doing as soon as the cock crew.

They disliked intensely having to get up at such an hour, especially in winter-time: and they thought that if it were not for the cock waking up their Mistress so horribly early, they could sleep longer. So they caught it and wrung its neck. But they weren’t prepared for the consequences. For what happened was that their Mistress, not hearing the cock crow as usual, waked them up earlier than ever, and set them to work in the middle of the night.”

First, the lady had a great recipe for success. She is thrifty, industrious, gets up early, and a hard worker.

There are some great benefits to getting up early in the morning. Some people do like the morning and function better but the others don’t. It is true that we all have our very best time of the day, but believe me, there are some huge benefits from getting up early in the morning. And we ought to try to do that as often as  we can. What? Is it hard for you? Well, just give it a try. Exercise some self-discipline and start your day with some prayers and some studies and get that morning routine going.

Second, attitude.  The servants disliked intensely getting up in the morning. And ignorantly, they thought that the cock crowing was the cause. They didn’t know that the cock’s crow signals the morning; it doesn’t create it, nor does it create her habit and her self-discipline.

How foolish to think that the chicken was the cause of her industry, her thrift, her hard work and to think that killing it would change her good habits.

How often are people – you and I included- working on the effects instead of the cause?

Let’s just quickly hit a couple of ideas.

Many people think that the lottery would solve all the financial problems. And I am here to tell you nope it wouldn’t! Because as a general rule, those who win the lottery are broke again within 18 months.

Another fault idea is that liposuction will make you healthy. Not so my friend!  Because the problem is about the habits and not the surgery. Many people who have liposuction have their weight back within a short time because the cause is the mouth to stomach and the eating habits.

Therefore, if you keep fighting the effects it’s just not going to work. You have to look at the causes in your life.

There are some other principles in this fable. You cannot pick up the choice stick without also getting the other end of the stick which is consequence. In other words, you cannot make a choice without getting the consequences. If I make a decision, I am necessarily going to receive the consequences of that decision. We have to watch out our attitude and how much it affects what we do.

Someone once said that as we persist in doing things, they become easier to do. Not that the nature of the thing changes but our ability to do is increased. So think about that. It may be difficult, hard for most, but necessary for success to do these things.

Let’s focus on having a great attitude. Whatever it takes, go for it. And let’s focus on the cause and not the effect, so whatever your goal or dream, fight for it.

You and I have got to stop focusing on the effects and really focus on the cause.

Focus on the cause and the effects will take care of themselves!



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