Archive for December, 2011

What Really Makes You Happy?

Everybody wants to be happy. But few people actually define for themselves what truly makes them happy.

Interesting, isn’t it?

We all want things. But often what we think we want is not really it at all.

Happiness??What are the things that make you happy? Power? Recognition? Fame? Freedom? Fortune? Love? Appreciation? Significance? Money? Pleasure?

Are you sure?

It makes no sense to work hard and long seeking something only to find that it’s not really what you wanted.

Let’s say you want a new house. Why do you want it? What are the real and lasting things that the new house will get for you?

There’s nothing wrong with wanting things. It’s just that the things themselves rarely, if ever, make us happy. It’s what the things represent to us that’s important.

I believe that our time is one, if not THE, most valuable things we have. Our time is our life. So why should we squander our most precious resource on things that only might make us happy.

Determining what you truly want and why you want it is the starting point of what we call The Achievement Code.

It’s so simple and so profound. And yet so few people actually do what’s needed to gain this critical point of clarity.

Next week, we’ll be conducting the most important webinar we’ve ever done.

I say that because The Achievement Code is the codification of the most important things I’ve studied, learned, tested and believe in. I’ve stolen from Socrates, taken from Tony Robbins, borrowed from Ben Franklin and appropriated from many, many more.

I’ve looked for the common denominators between most of the wisest teachers who have ever lived. And, of course, I’ve added my own nuggets of wisdom from my own particular point of view.

And with The Achievement Code, we’ve organized it in a way that you can easily discover, learn, integrate and implement this valuable knowledge in your own life.

Join us on the 28th at 6 PM EST or listen to the replay if there is one (with technology, you can’t always count on it).

The registration page is here . . .
The Achievement Code

PS: The 43-second video on the registration page should give you an idea just how big this is.

The Achievement Code

One of the Biggest Publishing Milestones Since . . .

. . . Gutenberg Invented the Printing Press.

Just a year ago, it was predicted that Amazon would soon be selling more eBooks than both hardcover and paperback books combined. Just a few weeks later, they did just that. And that’s not even counting all the free Kindle books.

There’s no question that The Kindle has been a huge success. And we’re continually amazed at just how big a success it has become. For instance, Amazon now has more than 950,000 Kindle titles available for sale.

On a recent vacation, I read two entire books and reviewed several others—all on my iPhone Kindle app which I got for free. You can even read newspapers with it.

If you don’t own a Kindle, we highly recommend you get one—or at least get the free Kindle app for your computer, iPad or smart phone.

And Kindle book sales show no signs of slowing down anytime soon. It won’t be long until Amazon’s next milestone: digital books accounting for twice as many sales as physical books. Amazon says it will sell 6 million Kindle Fires by the end of 2011.

Even at a used book store you can’t beat free, $1.99 or even $5.99 for a book. Older books you were planning to read someday are available instantly—mostly for free—on the Kindle. And you can get as many as you want, because you don’t have to physically store them anyplace.

As an author or publisher, the potential is substantial. Amanda Hocking is a purple-haired, 26-year-old author raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars without ever being published by a traditional publisher. She bypasses the middleman and publishes her own books on Amazon Kindle store. And what does she write about? Vampires.

Hocking sells around 100,000 copies of her nine different books, such as Flutter, Hollowland, and the My Fate Approves trilogy, every month. She nets from .70 to $2 USD per book—more than she ever would earn as a traditionally published author.

The value to readers and the opportunities for authors and publishers is simply astounding.

This Christmas, get a Kindle for yourself and/or someone you care about. And if you already have one, load it up with some great reading.

Our Kindle Store is here . . .

Action Points

1. Get a Kindle or Kindle app. It will be one of the best things you’ve ever done for your learning library. If you’d like to find out more and order yours today, go here . . .

2. If you have a book or plan to write a book, find out how to get yours into Kindle format and start selling it today.

3. For a complete analysis and in-depth insight into this entire phenomenon and what it means to you and your future, go to this page and watch the video by Vic Johnson.

Hundreds of thousands of people will become millionaires as a result of this technology and the publishing tsunami it’s creating. Take advantage of this window of opportunity and learn how you can get books on Amazon in Kindle format.

The Rest of Your Life . . .

footprintsAny day now, I expect to get the call telling me my mother has passed on.

It‘s been less than two months since she was diagnosed with an incurable and inoperable cancer. And although her mind is strong and clear, every day her body gets weaker.

She has said her goodbyes, she’s at peace and she is without pain. She has nothing to resolve, no regrets and is appreciative of her long, well-lived life.

She will make her transition just as she has lived her 84 years—with grace, dignity, courage and compassion. She’s ready, but we will miss her greatly.

Watching someone experience their last days on earth can’t help but cause one to think more about our own mortality. One of the few things we know for sure is that we will all one day leave this earthly existence. And few of us will know when, where and how it will happen.

Life is short—or so it seems.

Regardless of how many days, months or years we have left, we all want to feel complete when we die. We want to have made a difference. We want to know that we mattered, that we’ve done something of significance.

What about you? What do you want to accomplish with the rest of your life? What dreams do you have left to achieve? What legacy do you want to leave?

My mother did not aspire to greatness. She simply did her best on a consistent basis. The result was, and is, a life well lived and an inspiration to many.

SuccessNet, the organization I founded 16 years ago this month, is dedicated to helping you experience more purpose, passion and prosperity. It—and we—have much more to do. If you have been informed, inspired and empowered to be your best, then I will feel we have succeeded. And I feel confident that the best is yet to come—for you and for SuccessNet.

I encourage you, as I am doing myself, to think deeply about achieving your full and unique potential. Richard Bach wrote, “Here’s a test to find out whether your mission on earth is finished: If you’re alive, it isn’t.”

Our Diamond Club and Inner Circle programs are uniquely designed to help you achieve your personal and professional best. And I would be glad to work with you in doing so.