Technology, Common Myths and Quick Fixes

Jan 23rd, 2011 | By | Category: Personal Development

by Kyle Wilson

Technology and our lives - challenges and quick fixes...The internet, email, iPods, BlackBerries, TiVo, etc., are all amazing technological advances that have created many advantages and conveniences readily at our disposal, but if we are not careful we might miss the real keys to success — as Jim Rohn would say, “Designing a life versus just making a living.”

It reminds me of something the comedian, George Carlin, said after his wife’s recent passing:

“The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers; wider freeways but narrower viewpoints. We spend more but have less; we buy more but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences but less time. We have more degrees but less sense; more knowledge but less judgment; more experts yet more problems; more medicine but less wellness.

We’ve learned how to make a living but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.”

Wow! Well said!

Carlin’s quote raised this key question: Is everything moving at such a fast pace that we have trained ourselves to try and find the quick fix or overnight success formula in most of what we do, including our health, relationships, skills and finances?

As I went through the 20 plus hours of Classic Jim Rohn footage recorded in 1981, 1983 and 1985, I was continually reminded of the rock-solid principles and ideas Jim has shared over the past 40 years. Principles, that when followed, have had a profound impact on so many peoples lives! Why? Because principles do not change (regardless of technology). Whether it is a 12-year old, a 24-year old, a 40-year old or a senior citizen, we are all subject to the guiding principles of success.

Now, I also recently watched a new personal development movie making the central point that we are what we think about, and if we want something we must think about and speak it into being. And this is true in the sense that yes, whether in the form of praying, stating your intentions, or writing your goals out –amazing things can and do begin to happen. Then I waited to hear the next point in the movie. But honestly, if there was a next point, I never got it. The whole movie seemed to keep restating point number one: You are and get what you think about.

Okay… But I think there is more to the equation.

During the movie, I couldn’t stop thinking of Jim’s simple formula: There are about a half dozen things that make 80% of the difference in any area of your life, and that success is based on your philosophy, your attitude, your activity, your results which then affect your lifestyle.

In other words, after you come up with what you want and state what you want, you then have to go do the activity — the work, the discipline — to get what you want. To have a harvest you have to plant the seed, water the seed, keep the weeds out and only then can you harvest the crop.

In fact, Jim demystifies the whole subject of success and failure with these two definitions:

“Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying basic fundamentals.”

“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day; while failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day. It is the accumulative weight of our disciplines and our judgments that leads us to either fortune or failure.”

I do believe there are many ways to jump start your success in any area of your life, including goal setting and visualizing what you want. In fact Jim says, “You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.”

But for true, long-term, real success in life you must know and follow the laws and fundamentals of success on a consistent basis. Whether it is a company, a family, your health, relationships or money… there are proven principles that when followed will produce successful results.

Yes, life and technology are moving fast! And we can benefit greatly from so much that is available to us. But to build a life, make sure and build it on the fundamentals of success.

To Your Better Future!

Kyle Wilson

President

JRI

Kyle is the president and founder of YourSuccessStore.com, Jim Rohn International, and Chris Widener International. For nearly 20 years, Kyle has been promoting hundreds of seminar events. He has worked with many of the world’s top speakers and authors including Jim Rohn, Zig Ziglar, Brian Tracy, Mark Victor Hansen, Og Mandino, Les Brown, Denis Waitley, and Harvey MacKay. Kyle is founder/editor of six personal development publications, including Your Achievement Ezine, Messages from the Masters, Quotes from the Masters, The Jim Rohn Weekly Ezine, The Denis Waitley Ezine and The Chris Widener Weekly Ezine. Kyle is also a weekly contributor as well as the co-architect of the Jim Rohn One-Year Success Plan. He has also produced/published over 100 hours of personal development DVD and CD programs.

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5 Comments to “Technology, Common Myths and Quick Fixes”

  1. Hennie says:

    The George Carlin quote is fantastic ๐Ÿ™‚ These are the questions we should be asking ourselves.

  2. Yes… why can’t I come up with stuff like that ??? ๐Ÿ™‚

    Though, speaking of business and of quotes, this is my most favorite quote from this article, and sooo true:

    โ€œSuccess is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying basic fundamentals.โ€

    So many people try to reinvent the wheel, when there are already “walked paths” that you can follow. Just like a recipe: mix in the right ingredients and you’ll get the same results as the other guy…

  3. Here’s another great one (my latest mantra ๐Ÿ™‚ ) :

    โ€œSuccess is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day; while failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day. It is the accumulative weight of our disciplines and our judgments that leads us to either fortune or failure.โ€ – Jim Rohm

  4. Hennie says:

    Jim Rohn is a very wise man. I think I will read a bit more about him.

    I also like quotes that makes no sense, like

    “A man without a women is like a fish without a bicycle” ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. That’s why we are “brothers” Hennie – that’s one of my favorite quotes too – the fish and the bike ๐Ÿ™‚ My daughter loves it too – she thinks it’s hilarious (and she tries to come up with similar ones…).

    And, yes, if you have a chance, read Jim Rohn. I bought a bunch of his books and keep ’em by my bed and read some most nights… Very inspirational and so darn down to earth!

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