Category: "Success"

Lessons of this Week, May 8

Posted on May 8, 2020 by in General, Success
Lessons of this Week, May 8

The Formula for Success

I'm on my third Coursera course of this Corona Break, this one The Science of Success: What Researchers Know that You Should Know, with Dr. Paula J. Caproni of the University of Michigan Business School.

So I've completed week three, and this week we learned the formula for success, which dovetails with a lot of the materials I've been reviewing/encountering recently:

  1. A Deliberate Purpose, echoing Napoleon Hill's Definite Purpose.
  2. A Mental Representation of Excellence: see my post on The Secret. This the focus of Mark Joyner's meditation that he calls the Magical Minute.
  3. A Step by Step Strategy, Backward Design is what we call it in education, or a Structure for Fulfillment as I know from my work at Landmark.
  4. Practice with Precision: a push, coupled with a willingness to fail (or recasting failure as a part of learning), the best learning occurring at the edge, this the edge between order and chaos (Peterson's conversation on the Dao), or Jamie Wheal's enterprise to engineer flow, which comes from challenge in the right margin. n.b. a coach can make a difference here.
  5. SMART Measures:
    1. Specific
    2. Measurable
    3. Attainable
    4. Relevant
    5. Time Bound

The Takeaway being that anything is possible for the person bold enough to declare his future and believe in it.

And this from Dr. Jordan Peterson

This one is huge, I transribe the relevant part for you:


You're in a schema and something comes along and knocks out one of the presuppostions so that what you are doing doesn't work, then you're going to fall into an intermediate period of chaos, and the chaos is going to be proportionate to the importance of the proposition that was disrupted, and the importance is going to be proportionate to how much you use that axiom across multiple situations. . . .


Generally you should assume that you calibrated your machine improperly. And I should also tell you something that's akin to that with regards to a self protective mode of reconstructing your schema. . . .


Maybe the reason the person won't talk to you is because you are just wrong in a million different ways. But, let's not jump to conclusions.

53:17: The Rule

So the rule there, the Mental Hygiene Rule is “Pick the simplest possible explanation. and until you disprove it, accept it.”

Mental Hygiene Rule from
2015 Personality Lecture 05: Constructivism: Jean Piaget

Redemption is something that is accomplished at the level of the individual. Every time you hear someone say that they've oriented themselves properly, it's like a bell rings in heaven.

Higher Ed & Our Cultural Inflection Point: Dr. Jordan B. Peterson/Stephen Blackwood

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The Secret:

Posted on Apr 27, 2020 by in Personal, Success, Inspiration
The Secret:

Here's the secret in a few short minutes. The Secret is the Law of Attraction.

The Law of Attraction: What You Focus on You Get

Here is Jack Canfield's summary at 44:00 minutes in.

  • Decide what You want
  • Believe You Can Have it
  • Believe You Deserve it
  • Believe it's Possible for You
  • Close Your Eyes, every day for several minutes; visualize having what you already want and feeling the feelings of already having it
  • Come out of that and focus on what you are grateful for already, and
  • Really enjoy it
  • Then go into the world and release it to the universe and trust that the universe will figure out how to manifest it.

When You Have Inspired Thought,
You Have to Trust it,
And You Have to Act on it.

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An Entrepreneurial Mindset for Your Relationship (and Outsized Results)

Posted on Apr 20, 2020 by in Relationships, Success, Relationships, Success, Improvement
An Entrepreneurial Mindset for Your Relationship (and Outsized Results)

A lot of people are stuck at home, or spending more time there than they are accustomed to. I'm guessing this might be leading to some stress in personal relations.

All of a sudden, we haven't got an office or a job to disappear to, or a gym to blow off some steam. And this might be a cause of stress, but it could also be presenting an opportunity, if we're sharp enough to notice, to pivot as an Entrepreneur might say.

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Jim Rohn's Best Year Ever Notes

Posted on Apr 5, 2020 by in Structure, Success, Structure, Success, Improvement, Circumstances
Jim Rohn's Best Year Ever Notes

These are my notes from Jim Rohn's best year ever. I figured I'd share for two reasons: (1) it's good to review for myself, and (2) maybe it'll inspire you to move your life in the right direction at this difficult time.


  • Time is more valuable than money
  • Things don't just happen; things happen just
  • Best place to start is sincerity: Sincerity is not a test of truth.
  • Ideas + Inspiration
  • Ideas Can be Life Changing: Sometimes you just need one more idea to unlock it all.
  • Some do and Some don't; that's pretty much the philosophy.
  • Take the simple approach: Leave the why as a mystery.
  • Believers believe. Mocker's mock. The perplexed perplex: Don't fight it.
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    Activities for Your WuFlu Vacation.

    Posted on Mar 13, 2020 by in Structure, Success, Circumstances
    Activities for Your WuFlu Vacation.

    So this list has been brewing in my head all week, and now it's time to share it with you. As always, my intention is that you live an amazing life.

    I'm reminded of a story, I don't know if it's true: A middle aged lady walks up to Isaac Stern after a concert. She gushes “Oh, I'd give my life to play like you!”

    “Lady,” said Stern acidly, “That I did!” The point is that to have what you want usually takes a bit of effort.

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