How much do I want to read more? 8/10

How much I liked to read this book: 8/10

I loved it. Reading this kind of book is all I need to make the shift, from nothing to action. From lazy to effort. From empty to inspired.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2599636569


Steve Chandler is one of my favorite inspirational authors.
Here are the parts that impacted me the most from this book:

I had no ambition, no goals and no dreams. Nothing.

I was stuck. No upward development for me. Development did not look fun. It looked like work. Little did I know that the secret to growth and wealth was less than a heartbeat away. I just couldn’t feel my heart at the time.

It is important that you get clear for yourself that your only access to impacting life is action. The world does not care what you intend, how committed you are, how you feel or what you think, and certainly it has no interest in what you want and don’t want. Take a look at life as it is lived and see for yourself that the world only moves for you when you act.

“JUST FOR TODAY”
Just for today, don’t drink.” I was stunned. That seemed so doable. But wasn’t that just a trick?

I was now reading day and night.
what I was reading was not just good information. It triggered new and unprecedented action.
A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us.

I became obsessed with books that would create inside of me, inside of nothing, a set of operating principles that would guide me for the rest of my life.

Allow your definite major purpose to guide your choices throughout the day.
Without a definite purpose guiding me I would always be sidetracked.

the fundamental problem plaguing unsuccessful people DRIFTING.

To understand why you are not making the money I first want to see where you are not serving.

Produce something and sell it on the internet. Serve people on the side. For fun and profit. What do you love to do? Monetize it. What fires you up? Light that fire, then monetize the fire.

Emerson said service would always be compensated.

Money is a tool of exchange, which can’t exist unless there are goods produced

life is a perpetual teaching of cause and effect

He gave before he got.

Light the fire, don’t warm yourself by it. What you are being, the stand you take in life, creates what you’re experiencing. Not the other way around like 98% of all people think.

What I give my attention to expands in my life. Am I choosing and creating?

until I read Napoleon Hill and learned that I could have a definite major purpose, and that if I stayed on the path and didn’t waste my days with drifting I would be fulfilling that purpose every day.

Success is all about creating relationships, and relationships are all about giving.

“Find somebody who has a problem,” my friend Steve Hardison would tell me, “and solve it for him.”
Most people are like the sun. They shine here, there and everywhere, but at the end of the day there is no fire.

Always asking, What can I give them that would serve them the most?
It always came down to that. A life of GIVE versus a life of GET.

And there is a crack in every story of “life is wonderful,” and that is how the light gets in. And that crack is where the coach enters into the world of the prospect.

“We spend our entire lives looking for someone who will make us do what we can.”

People aren’t buying it anyway. Just be you.

First we form our habits, then our habits form us.

He decided to give himself a year to see if life was really worth living.

the only thing all that information is really doing is consuming their attention and overloading the brain.

Carnegie’s philosophy was to “Have your heart fixed on what you want.”
He believed that his definite major purpose in life would have to come to him. Maybe it would arrive in a waking dream or a spiritual vision.
“Have you ever considered working for your vision?”
If I was going to succeed as his coach I would have to have him see that the real magic is in what you create, not in what you expect to receive.
Barry’s life thus far was a life of waiting and wanting. No wonder nothing good was happening “to him.”

It’s about building the mental muscle that has you effectively serving and being rewarded for your service.
Instead of filling your mind all day every day with what other people have done, start creating.
What product, what skill, what talent,

The myth says you have to be motivated to do something before you do it.
Motivation and action ultimately arise mutually.

money is a reflection of bold and creative service.
BE IT. Be the change I wish to see.

One of the primary sins of humanity identified by Gandhi was:
“Wealth without work.”

My entire life changed when I found out what made me feel most alive and then figured out a way to make a living doing it.

There is never any way around this truth: your success is
ALWAYS directly related to the time and effort you put into
developing your profession.
effort is the way… and the reward.

The transformation is in the actions you take.

  1. Get the fire inside you started.
  2. Then let the fire serve someone.

My own life’s turning point came when I discovered I could light that fire all by myself. It took me more than fifty years to discover this. But I’m slow in these matters.
For the first fifty years of my life I thought the fire only happened when something inspired me. It was something that had to happen to me.
You know how to feel like it? You play. And so even though you don’t feel like it, you play anyway and now you find you are loving it.So, you light the fire within by taking the action that you would be taking if the fire were already lit—and that lights the fire. The action lights the fire.
the action itself is what starts the fire and creates the passion in them and the desire to do great work.

“Following your passion? What a bunch of BS!” Mark Cuban.
I can’t tell you how many people I know who are not doing anything to serve others because they are still frozen by their inability to find or follow their passion. They’ve heard that’s where you have to start, but they just can’t find it!
Don’t follow your passions, follow your effort.

One storm can come and
blow it all away…
Build it anyway.
Because it isn’t the something you built that is important, it is the Having Built It inside you that is important.
That’s what will never leave you.


Introduction - How to create worldwide prosperity

I don’t owe China anything. They owe me. They pay me. I am one person.
You are one person.
We can create worldwide prosperity one person at a time.

[quote, Joseph Campbell]
The warrior’s approach is to say “yes” to life: “yes” to it all. We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.


Chapter 1 - How could I possibly make any money given my past history?

[quote, John Wayne]
Life’s tough. It’s tougher if you’re stupid.

I had two alcoholic parents.
I had a wife with a medical disorder who was hospitalized
and who left me with four children to raise on my own.
Those were my excuses. And you have to admit they’re pretty good. Pretty dramatic. How could you ask someone to
overcome that?
How would someone ever learn to create wealth with those
kinds of things to deal with?
Wait. It gets worse.
I had (what I thought was) a birth defect. I was missing a
gene that most humans had. It was the gene that provided you with a work ethic.
People talk about a “work ethic” as if it’s a quality like blue eyes. You either have it or you don’t.
I didn’t have it.
I was stuck. No upward development for me. Development did not look fun. It looked like work.
Little did I know that the secret to growth and wealth was less than a heartbeat away.
I just couldn’t feel my heart at the time.

[quote, Frederick Douglass]
It’s easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.


Chapter 2 - My perfect escape from work and adulthood

Of course my father was appalled and embarrassed, but not actually surprised. He had identified my lack of ability to make any kind of sustained effort very early on in my life.

My alcoholic drinking had become my real job. I didn’t “know” I was an alcoholic, but I was.
And it would get worse before it got better.


Chapter 3 - No ambition, no goals, no dreams even

When you add alcoholic drinking to no work ethic, you get zero achievement.

But in my case it was important for me to get real about all of this and understand what a truly heroic effort was all about.
Not only that, it was worse. I had no ambition, no goals and no dreams.
Nothing. Just empty when it came to all that. Who knows why, really? I now know it wasn’t genetic. I now know that work ethic can be built from nothing, and even strengthened at will. But back then?

IF I CAN DO THIS ANYBODY CAN.


Chapter 4 - Work ethic and the wealth it produces can be built and strengthened?

Back to the exciting news I kind of jumped over before: work ethic can be built and strengthened.
That would soon become my breakthrough.
That would be my life being handed back to me after all those years. I’d been alone for so many years with my lack-of-achievement gene. To realize that there was no such thing was nothing short of a rebirth for me.

I think that’s my point, though. I wanted to set this up just right for you. Please realize: if I can do this, anyone can. And in working with so many people over so many years who have experienced various similar levels of loserdom, I can report that it’s true: anyone can do this. Anyone can go warrior and create prosperity for themselves.

But in order to make money you have to know who is doing the making. In my case, if it had to be that same “me” who was missing a work ethic, then it would have been a lost cause.

The same with you. Your sense and experience of who you really are is the first step toward making money. Because if it’s going to be that old collection of hurt feelings and fears you call “you” then we’re in for a rough ride.

For you to create wealth in ways that are free, imaginative and prolific, you have to have access to your higher self.
Higher self?
The real you—you at your best. You when you surprise yourself.
Don’t you surprise yourself once in a while? That’s the “you” I’m talking about.
That’s the real you.
The rest is fears and bad memories.
But here’s where it actually gets exciting. This old, struggling “you” is not natural or “real.” Your higher self is the most natural “self” for you to be.
You were meant to thrive.
But you’ll only find this out when you take action.

[quote, Werner Erhard]
It is important that you get clear for yourself that your only access to impacting life is action. The world does not care what you intend, how committed you are, how you feel or what you think, and certainly it has no interest in what you want and don’t want. Take a look at life as it is lived and see for yourself that the world only moves for you when you act.


Chapter 5 - A drunk seeks his fortune

I identify with Woody Allen, who said he knew he was drinking too much when he came home one night and tried to take his pants off over the top of his head.
Finally I got help.
And that’s where this story really begins.
This is the point in my biography when I began to find my higher self, and the higher power that gives it life.
Without this turning point: no chance for wealth, no chance for warrior and no chance for any kind of peace inside.
Turning points are so powerful. And you can create one any time you want. But who knew?

[quote, Ezra Bayda]
In every moment you have a choice: to live the life of spiritual practice, or retreat into comfort and security.


Chapter 6 - Now I’ll work hard to get my thinking clean (and sober)

[quote, Steve Jobs]
That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.

My recovery changed my life.
The world through the eyes of a clean and sober force was a new world.
That’s where I began to see that there was more to life than the thoughts that flew into my head like Hitchcock’s birds.
And those caged birds (thoughts believed) were who I was.
Except they weren’t.
In fact they were just thoughts flying into my head.

I later built my whole time warrior training and coaching around that sign. It’s the most counterintuitive sign ever put up in any room anywhere.
Why? Because it eliminates the future. In fact it eliminates the hypnosis of linear time altogether, and linear thinking as well.
What did “JUST FOR TODAY” really mean?
When I got into those recovery meetings my biggest worry was that I was now going to have to go the rest of my life without a drink. Impossible to conceive or believe. But they told me I wouldn’t have to do that.
“Í don’t have to quit drinking forever?”
“No, of course not.”
“Well, does that mean you’ll teach me how to drink sensibly? Like other social drinkers?”
“No, we’ve never seen that work for people like us.” “Then what do you mean?”
“Just for today, don’t drink.”
I was stunned. That seemed so doable. But wasn’t that just a trick? A way of putting blinders on a horse?
They told me, “Today is all you have. It’s part of your spiritual progress to see that.”

only did I believe I was missing a work-ethic gene, I also thought I lacked a “follow-through” gene. I would start things
and not follow them through to completion. In my mind I was absolutely incapable of following through. It wasn’t just that I wasn’t good at it.
So the “JUST FOR TODAY” sign in the meeting hall gave me my first taste of freedom and my first flirtation with this wonderful thing I call the “higher self.” (You can give it any name you want.)

Many years later I would admire the achievements of UCLA basketball coach John Wooden. He won more national titles than any coach before or after him. And his method was to eliminate the future.
He called it, “Make each day your masterpiece.”
Linear thinkers could not beat them. Because Wooden’s boys were always in the moment they were in.
There is no reference to the future in this good phrase: Give us this day our daily bread.


[quote, Bob Dylan]
When you ain’t got nothin’ you ain’t got nothin’ to lose.

Chapter 7 - My work-ethic gene theory begins to fall apart like a bad game of Angry Birds

[quote, Leonard Cohen]
I am the one who loves changing from nothing to one.

I was sober now. The monkey was off my back.
But the circus was still in town.
All those negative beliefs were still there.
Birds flying in.
Birds flying out.
What used to be a web of beliefs, thoughts and the absolute “truth about life” had now become merely birds-in-birds-out. I no longer had to cage them or believe them.
Maybe now I could create from zero.
I could start from nothing. With nothing to lose.
Was it really true that I might recover completely from this seemingly hopeless condition? That I could leave behind my disease? (Disease? What is this “disease” called? It’s called “Being drunk all the time.” It’s called destroying the gift of life. It’s called a willful pollution of consciousness.)

Yes, it was happening, but it presented me with some new challenges—the main one being: “How do I make money?”

This was a frightening question to a person with no previous sustained work experience. But my newfound freedom and sobriety, and my newly-restored full head of consciousness, was open to anything.

If I could stop my drinking I could do anything.
So I decided to learn how other people made money.

One day at a time.
But I was confused until a good friend noticed my confusion and gave me a book by Napoleon Hill called The Master Key to Riches.
The book blew my mind. One of those book experiences where you say, “And the rest is history.”
Well… Maybe it didn’t happen that quickly, but it was a great start.
I was on the path now. One book would lead to another. Those eight wasted years of college were being made up for. I was now reading day and night.

And the best part was that what I was reading was not just good information. It triggered new and unprecedented action.

[quote, Franz Kafka]
A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us.


Chapter 8 - Oh, come on, like a book can really change someone’s life

When people arrive inside that nothing space, books change lives. Over and over I see it. And what are books but heartfelt messages from one human to another?
Those messages change lives.
My life was changed forever by The Master Key to Riches because it showed me the way forward. It wasn’t that greed or an obsession with riches was suddenly in play. It was more basic than that.

It was whether I could develop within myself what it took to make a living. Not just surviving, staying technically alive until I died.

The Master Key to Riches led me to Napoleon Hill’s more famous Think and Grow Rich. Then came the domino effect. I became obsessed with books that would create inside of me, inside of nothing, a set of operating principles that would guide me for the rest of my life.

In the movie Meatballs, He says the rich kids have all the advantages, but it just doesn’t matter. Soon the whole poor kids’ camp is cheering, “It just doesn’t matter! It just doesn’t matter!”
“We have no mother now…and we have a father who has no idea what he’s doing…but we don’t care. Why? Because it just doesn’t matter. It just doesn’t matter!”
spirits were lifted.
by the thrill of starting from nothing.
Starting life over again in this empty, zero moment.


Chapter 9 - It’s really true that it isn’t about the money

[quote, Nelson Mandela]
Money won’t create success, but the freedom to make it will.

It wasn’t the prospect of money that lit me up inside when reading the books I was reading. It was the process by which that money could be earned.

It was the idea that energy wedded to creativity led to riches. It was the key element of staying on the path—or, as Napoleon Hill called it, having a “definite major purpose.”

Later, when I was doing time management work with client groups, I delivered the same master key: Allow your definite major purpose to guide your choices throughout the day, instead of letting other people do it.

A warrior does not please. A warrior serves.

Without a definite purpose guiding me I would always be sidetracked. I would always have my day guided by other people’s feelings instead of my own plan. It would be a day of pleasing people and winning their approval.

And that was always at the heart of it. It isn’t that Facebook or LinkedIn or email or tweets or texts are a waste of time. They are not, all by themselves, a waste of time. When people believe that they are confusing the map with the territory. They are trying to kill the messenger.

The real addiction is not to social media or the Internet, or to tweets and texts and emails. The real addiction is to getting other people to LIKE me, and to approve of me.

How do I shake that addiction? Because there can be no definite major purpose-driven life with that addiction being active and dominating my day.

Maybe just like any other addiction. Maybe I could kick it one day at a time. Just for today! Just for today I will have my definite major purpose guide my actions.

In Outwitting the Devil, a book by Napoleon Hill not released to the public until just recently, he calls the fundamental problem plaguing unsuccessful people DRIFTING.
How much of my day do I spend drifting? And how much of my time is spent on the path?
It hit me.

There is a path to wealth for all of us and the reason we don’t realize this is because of our drifting.

If I am completely honest in evaluating my past three work days I will see just how much of my time has been spent drifting.

The sidetracking that’s conscious, chosen and restorative is fine. It’s the drifting that’s unconscious and not spotted or owned up to until later that’s deadly. Deadly to one who has set out to create wealth. Certainly not deadly to people who believe they are here on this planet to live up to the expectations of others.

Many of my clients who hire me to coach them in wealth creation think my early guidance on a purpose-guided day is going to cost them their relationships.
They think their fragile network of people who “like” them will dry up and blow away like dead flowers if they aren’t constantly watering that network with texts and emails, tweets and posts, phone calls and Skyping.

That’s the point when I like to introduce the next important component in wealth creating: service. And especially the distinction, the exciting contrast, between serving and pleasing.

To understand why you are not making the money you want to make, I first want to see where you are not serving. That will give us our turnaround strategy.
Businesses fail because they don’t serve. Individuals too.


Chapter 10 - How to stop trying to save the world from the outside in, and start saving ourselves from the inside out

[quote, Joseph Campbell]
When we talk about settling the world’s problems, we’re barking up the wrong tree. The world is perfect. It’s a mess. It has always been a mess. We are not going to change it. Our job is to straighten out our own lives.

Serve the world with what you love to do.
What would you do with your time if money were no issue and you didn’t have to “work”?
And I don’t mean “how would you passively entertain yourself.”

That only lasts three days.
Having all the pleasures and material dreams you ever dreamed of?
Three days.
All that stuff up there on your law of attraction treasure map on the wall?
Three days. Three days of that glut and then you feel bored, bloated, vaguely nauseous and guilty.

The path is where you want to be.
For pure joy.
What active, moving, action-oriented path would you take with your life if you did not need money?

That’s a great fantasy/inquiry because it helps you know your own strengths.

If Viktor Frankl (Man’s Search for Meaning) can make a concentration camp work for him — if he can find joy inside that sorrow — surely you can make your job work.

Create a side job, Plan B. Call it a money-making hobby if you like.
Soon you’ll transition to it. Then, once you’ve transitioned and are enjoying your new work, create another Plan B.
Produce something and sell it on the internet. Serve people on the side. For fun and profit. What do you love to do?
Monetize it.
What fires you up?
Light that fire, then monetize the fire.

[quote, JEAN COCTEAU]
If your house were on fire, which object would you take with you?
The fire!


Chapter 11 - Your beliefs are always your only real problem

Don’t believe anything negative about yourself.
If you have an unproductive habit, simply get busy. Replace it with the habit that would serve you better. Nothing is permanent.

Everything changes, including you.
Especially when you decide to go warrior.
Stop it with the random input of information.
Read the things that make you productive.
Read what lifts you up into your highest self.
Pick out the people who make you laugh, sing and dance. Subscribe to their blogs. Michael Neill sends out weekly coaching tips. Subscribe and watch your life get better. I do the same. My blog is called iMindShift for a reason: I write it to shift my own mind—and maybe even yours. I try to write what I myself would want to read each day.

Otherwise it is too easy for random, rotten and polluted information to fill your head each day. Worry and fear are the main dishes served up by the media.
Your wealth and your creativity need not be disconnected. Thrive.
Deliberately and consciously. Know the difference between information and transformation.
Always lean toward transformation. Take in only what changes you for the better.

The movie Waiting for Superman changed me. For the better, forever.
I want to get better at choosing. More Superman, less vomit.
Watch what you love and the inspiration will follow.

Emerson said service would always be compensated. Read his essay called “Compensation.”. He writes that compensation won’t always be immediate, so, “If you serve an ungrateful master, serve him the more. Put God in your debt.” (www.emersoncentral.com/compensation.htm)
Because “ungrateful” isn’t the point.
The point is to create compensation, not someone else’s instant gratitude. That’s just pleasing people for instant gratification (our national pastime until we wake up to this thing we call warrior).

The warrior does not live to please others. The warrior serves. The warrior is loved and respected by others because of this profound service.
“What do you think of me?” said one of Ayn Rand’s nasty characters to her book’s hero.
Her hero said, “I don’t think of you.” Warrior.

[quote, Martin Luther King]
Everyone can be great because everyone can serve.