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A Flicker of Delusion a Moment of Grandeur

We can see all around us the vanity of the moment. Our present international, enshrined in glory for those who achieve 1st place in their competition, are the Olympics. I realize this could almost be seen as blasphemy, but I hope you have enough patience to read on as I attempt to explain.

Mouse that roared

The mouse that roared at shadows

We live with examples in entertainment, politics, sports, business, etc. whereby we recognize people for some unique characteristic which demonstrates they are the better than all others by some measure. We worship and adore the top entertainers, athlete, wealthy and political leader. It’s accepted practice to believe the only worthwhile efforts are those which help propel us to the top of our game / endeavor. We use statistical analysis to explain why this person or that idea is better, and yet do we delude ourselves? Are we after all is said and done, the mouse on the hill which roars at our own shadow?

I’m going to suggest this man, Jiddu Krishnamurti, has already summarized what I’m now writing on when he said, “don’t compare yourself to others.” I know it goes against almost everything we’re taught. It’s as if we’re the moth attracted to the flame. We’re surround by a vast sea of truth and lies in which it’s our challenge to discern useful fact from enticing fiction.

Jiddu Krishnamurti summarized in the beginning, at the occasion of dissolving an organization in which he was head. It’s the story of how the devil and a friend of his were walking down the street, when they saw ahead of them a man stoop down and pick up something from the ground, look at it, and put it away in his pocket. The friend said to the devil, “What did that man pick up?” “He picked up a piece of Truth,” said the devil. “That is a very bad business for you, then,” said his friend. “Oh, not at all,” the devil replied, “I am going to let him organize it.”

motivational speakersThere’s an entire industry of paid professionals which offer their ‘secret sauce’ in helping you achieve goals and aspirations. I’ve created this short list as an example, not as a criticism but recognition of their status among the pantheon of professional advisers, past and present.

I know there are many others which have thoughts and ideas that are beneficial. I couldn’t begin to list them all. So what can I or anyone suggest from any or all, I again turn to another for quote: Absorb What is Useful. – Bruce Lee.

Getting back to the original thought, as we’re taught from our schools which use comparison testing, to post secondary education and business giving out rewards for success. Be cautious in comparing yourself. The damage you do may supersede the intended good. It’s not so important when we learn to walk, run or ride a bicycle, rather it’s important that we do.

Click on these two links by a creative artist who best summarizes the idea of comparisons and the road of success.

Jiddu Krishnamurti quote from his book Freedom From the Known: “That is the first thing to learn — not to seek. When you seek you are really only window-shopping. The question of whether or not there is a God or truth or reality, or whatever you like to call it, can never be answered by books, by priests, philosophers or saviors. Nobody and nothing can answer the question but you yourself and that is why you must know yourself. Immaturity lies only in total ignorance of self. To understand yourself is the beginning of wisdom.”

Skye Bridge Scotland

Live, laugh, love, cry, worship and enjoy. Realize your dreams and your goals are merely pathways to greater personal understanding. You may not understand any of it in the moment, but over time you can. When all is said and done, all that can be said is done. Live without regret.

Finding Ways to Succeed – Even While You Fail!

We’ve all heard the impressive success stories; the triumphs over substance abuse, rebounding from bad decisions, business or family relationships and individual achievement in any number of entrepreneurial endeavors.3 soaring divers

We have world-class athletes who after their prime go on the lecture circuit. We listen, read and watch fantastic achievements from entrepreneurs telling us how we can succeed in business. Some motivational speakers can really be just that, exciting to listen to or watch as they demonstrate the latest in whiz-bang, sure-fire, you can’t contain it, success from within! When they’re finished, you’re still on your own to make whatever you’re doing a success

No matter who the presenter or the story as original and authentic as it can be, the bottom line is, nothing succeeds like success. When you hear someone say, failure is not an option, my inner reality check says, oh yes it is!! Failure happens all the time and the problem is a triple whammy for those who have struck out.

First thing, failure brings your motivation level down, it’s difficult to feel upbeat about succeeding when everything you’ve done up to that point suggests otherwise.

Second, failure is like a repellent, people sense it and rather than take a chance on that which has been rejected by others for what ever reason, they too will pass. Try convincing someone to loan you money when things aren’t working the way you or others expected.

Third, just when you need the support the most from friends and family, they start to work against you, not necessarily in big ways but they often do it without thinking. Biting comments are likely to be made, however if you’re ultimately successful, rest assured they will come around looking for ways for you to help them.
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So what do you do when pretty much nothing is going your way? Oh yes, you can listen to another motivational CD, read a book, watch a TED presentation or pick a seminar to attend. After all the advice you receive there are just so many things you can try because any number of them may have actually worked for someone but honestly, they come from people who aren’t in your situation and may never have to go through what you’re experiencing. You of course don’t need shoulders to cry on or kicks in the pants but there are some things you have to choose and find out if they will work and maybe they aren’t the suggestions of those well-meaning friends or family or even from some wealthy entrepreneur.

So how do you find a way to succeed? Scott Adams recommends keep failing until you find success.

I recommend reading this article or watching the video from THE SATURDAY ESSAY – October 11, 2013
Scott Adams’ Secret of Success: Failure
What’s the best way to climb to the top? Be a failure.
“Dilbert” creator Scott Adams talks to WSJ editor Gary Rosen about how to draw lessons, skills and ideas from your failures and why following your passion is asking for trouble.”