They’re all wrong. The books. The gurus. The seminars. They’re all wrong. They want to expose and exploit your hopes and dreams. They want you to believe that they have the answers for you. They are your savior, with wise advice only told in certain circles made available, for the first time, to you. None of that matters.
None of that matters because it’s not them. None of that matters because you truly don’t want to be like them. You don’t want to be like them because those at the top of their game don’t teach, they do. You want to do. Or do you?
Would you like to teach? Would you like to be an admired guru too? For so many guru’s excel at salesmanship above all other skills. How many guru’s are champions or record holders? How many had success…outside of the success industry? And what new innovations have they developed? None. None.
The guru’s bring nothing new to the table. They may package it as a ‘secret’ but the ‘secrets’ are age-old wisdom. And that’s why it works. And that’s why they’re guru’s. It’s not them, it’s the principles, stupid.
The guru’s can create magic. If they can inspire you to do the things you know you ought to do, your life will change for the better. And you will thank them and give them the credit. But it was you who did it. The guru’s didn’t even light the spark because you sought them out. They just told you what you already knew. You knew all those things, deep inside. You told yourself what you could do to be happy. You know. Yet you did nothing. Why?
You did nothing because you don’t trust the person who told you what you need to do; you! You don’t trust or believe in yourself. So you turned to an outsider. An outsider who had other people saying how they received help and their lives had been changed. The outsider tells you what you had been telling yourself, the good stuff, not the bad. You thought, ‘maybe this could be true. I’ll give it a try’. If you followed through and took different actions, you would start getting different results. If you stuck with it, your life would change and you would tell your friends how your guru helped you.
Only you can make you take action. By seeking out a guru, you are starting to take action. By reading books, listening to audio and attending seminars, you are taking even more action, increasing your motivation and putting success principles at the top of your mind. You are creating a culture of success around you. If that culture leads you to make better decisions and take more actions, your life will change and improve. If your happiness increases and part of taking those actions was seeking a guru, then the guru was worth every penny as long as you could reasonably afford it.
Yet you still want to be a guru. Or is the guru thing a distraction? A distraction because you don’t really believe you can get what you want. The truth is, you only need enough belief to believe, “it’s possible!”. It’s possible! It’s ONLY possible IF you take ACTION. And you must take action. You need enough belief to take action. You need enough optimism to take action. Yes, optimism is an ACTION!. It’s not a feeling. You act optimistically even if you don’t feel it. It’s much like courage. You can be as scared as you want to be. If you take action and overcome whatever is scaring you, you have courage. You have courage because you acted anyway, not because you ‘felt’ courageous. The fact is, you felt exactly the opposite. Which is one of the secrets they don’t tell you.
You will never ‘feel’ like it. The greats never ‘feel’ like it either. They accept it. They accept the rocky, uphill gravel road in the cold rain run at four in the morning. They don’t ‘feel’ like doing it, however they accept the price they have to pay to get what they want and they willingly pay that price! And there it is. The secret.
“There is no success without struggle”-The Rock
The secret is to take what you want and pay for it. Do you want to be the world’s greatest swimmer? Then you must outwork Michael Phelps. Are you willing to do that? Really? Also, is it reasonably possible? If you are not a swimmer and you are twenty-four, you’re too late. As Og Mandino says, “There is an immeasurable difference between late and too late”. The same goes for the thirty-five year old singer. Too late.
What do you need to be content and happy in life? That is the real question and only you can answer it. Fame and fortune will not make you happy and I know you won’t believe me. I didn’t believe it myself until recently and I’m 49. A look at the evidence available should help convince you. Just google, “celebrity deaths” or “celebrity drug addicts” or just watch the news. There are many retired truck drivers and factory workers who had better lives than famous rock stars. Ask yourself, “Am I acting, singing, songwriting or creating for fame or because I need to or I love to? Fame tends to have affairs with people, frequently moving on the to next one. Who are you when she’s gone?
If it’s the art and creativity you chase, you’re in luck. Chase it. Create, try new things and enjoy the process. That is how you get better. That is how you create from a place of honesty. You accept that it is a process and that you latest work is not your best work. You’re best work is always still inside and grows with you.
You don’t get bored. You challenge yourself. You allow yourself to fail and you are grateful for your failures since you have learned that is the pathway to growth. You create for you. For you realize and are grateful for the limited time you have in life. Time to experience and experiment. You will create because you are alive and you can! And that will make you happy. At least, I’m finding out, that it is working for me.