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Issue # 104, September 5, 2000

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-> Quotes of the Week
-> Personal Growth Products and Services
-> Twelve Outrageous Secrets of Success Your Guru never told you, But Your Mentor Will!   by Claude Diamond
-> BOOK REVIEW: The Road Less  Traveled : A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth by M. Scott Peck
-> Brief News of the World
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I complained that I had no shoes; Until I met a man who had no feet.  - Proverb

Every morning you are handed 24 golden hours. They are one of the few things in this world that you get free of charge. If you had all the money in the world, you couldn't buy an extra hour. What will you do with this priceless treasure? Remember, you must use it, as it is given only once. Once wasted you cannot get it back. - Author Unknown

Procrastination is the thief of time. - John Dos Pasos

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Don't read this if you're looking for touchy-feely, warm and fuzzy, hug a tree, you and   me, personal achievement psycho banter. There is plenty of that nauseous stuff around to  get us through the 21st century. (If you don't believe me go to any garage sale/flea market  in Southern California and check out all the leftover personal motivation tapes for sale)! I  want to share with you some of the practical/real world advice that has enabled a kid who  grew up with his family in a deli/grocery store in NYC to achieve the life he wanted and  yes, that includes financial freedom, quality of life, health of body, spirit of mind and just plain enjoying each day of life. Some of the items on my list you will agree with and others might outrage you. I can only tell you that they worked for me and they just might work for you. OK, here we go folks.


Secret #1: If your Life Stinks, it's your fault. ( Hey, I warned you!) Success begins when you take full, unmitigated, unequivocal RESPONSIBILITY for your life. You stop   blaming lawyers (well, maybe lawyers), politicians, luck, the weather, etc. How many  times do we hear from others how it's always someone else's fault? Your Success   ALWAYS begins and ends with you.

Secret #2: Throw away your Useless 40 Pound Success Planner. These things are the most useless, supposedly time saving devices ever created. They are designed to save you time, but all you do is waste it by filling out the silly thing. Heck, you even need a three day seminar to learn how to use them. Try using a simple composition book (yep, the black & white one from grammar school) or a basic weekly calendar book. I use one and my appointments and goals are always in front of me. It works great! It's time to simplify.

Secret #3: Whoever said 'Money isn't Everything' never had any. Yes, Yes I know all about good health, etc. What I mean is how can you be a good Husband or Wife, Mom or Dad, a role model to your kids, an upstanding person of character, a contributing member of your community, a person of faith when you are up all night sweating about paying your bills?

Secret #4: TURN OFF THE TELEVISION! Television is a narcotic for the masses. The average household has a television on for 8 hours plus per day. Watching Gilligan and his buddies on that insipid island won't make you rich, but what will get you to wealth is   making more time for the goals you..Secrets of Success Your Guru Never Told You   Con't.: have set for yourself, for research, learning and implementing ideas. One of the  biggest excuses I hear when Mentoring others is that there is no time for anything.  Hogwash. There is all the time you need to find your greatness if you place a value on it.

Secret #5: Walking on Hot coals will only give you a hot foot! There are more silly ways for you to spend money in search of success than ever before. I can't tell you how many   folks I have Success Mentored who have literally spent tens of thousands on gimmicks.  You don't need to find your center, eat tofu or wear a crystal from the planet Zongo. You just need to learn simple principles of common sense and apply them.

Secret #6: If you hang around or take advice from losers you will become one, too! You are a product of your environment. Oh boy, this is a toughy, but let's go for it. I   discovered a long time ago that when I hung around with losers I became a loser, too.  How many times do you find yourself wanting to hang out with folks who have no desire for greatness, just recreation, gripping sessions, whining and the like. The good news is that if you surround yourself with Winners you can become one, too. You must create an environment of Success. It's that simple.

Secret #7: You can't petition the Lord (for wealth) with Prayer. (I heard this on some rock album in the 60's). NO, I am not trying to proselytize, but I figure that praying to the Almighty to win the lottery while waiting in line at the 7-11 quaffing down your mango Slurpy(TM) isn't what spirituality is all about. Save your talks with the big guy for stuff that's really important.

Secret #8: You have to be your own Cheerleader. Now don't go into the attic and get your daughter's high school pom poms out. What I mean here is you have to be in your own   corner. Success is about having self esteem, believing in yourself, having a little respect for YOU. If this sounds self centered then you're correct. It's all about you, your  confidence, your attitude when you really get to the bottom of it.

Secret #9: Character does Matter. No matter what you see and hear from our politicians it really is smart to do the right thing at the right time. I know this sounds corny, but when you do the right thing at the right time you feel good about yourself, you never have to  look over your shoulder, you never have to remember a lie you told. Ask yourself this  question. If you were walking down the street with your child and you found a wallet  with the owner's ID intact would you have the character to return it or would you hope  your child forgets about it and you pocket the loot? How can you expect anything more  of your kid (or anyone else) when you, as their role model, can't lead by example? 

Secret #10: Find A Mentor. Mentor defined: A wise and trusted teacher. I know of no other technique of Success that has given me greater results faster than having a One-On-One relationship with a winner. The positive influence, guidance, teaching, motivation and laser like focus is what Success is made of. This technique goes all the way back to Homer's ancient Greece and has stood the test of time. Seminars, books and tapes are fine starting points, but there is no substitute for an ongoing supportive, role model   relationship. Decide what it is you would like to do, learn and accomplish with your life, then find someone who is already doing it Successfully to help you to discover your  greatness. Don't start from scratch or reinvent the wheel when you can have the life you want beginning today with the right Mentor.

Secret #11: Become a Coach or Mentor. Enabling others to stay focused and motivated is   such a great feeling! There is no greater joy than sharing in the success of another person  who you played a part in helping. Specialized niche Coaching & Mentoring is becoming the home business opportunity of the 21st century. Find a Mentor and Become a Coach or Mentor and make a difference in your life and in that of another person.

Secret #12: You have everything you need right now to Succeed. You are endowed with   the same seeds of greatness as anyone you have ever envied or admired. It's just a   question of finding your passion, discovering your greatness and pursuing it with a   disciplined HUNGER. So many people accept mediocrity as their standard when they are  capable of so much more. Don't settle for less; excel and find the life you deserve, your greatness within and the life you are destined for. You have everything you need right now! So just go for it!

About the Submitter

Claude W, Diamond is a Success Mentor and Coach . He is tha author of several tape sets including creative real estate, sales, consulting, success secrets and more. He is the publisher of Claude's Success Stories© a free newsletter which you can have by going to or emailing him at

** BOOK REVIEW: The Road Less Traveled : A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth by M. Scott Peck **

By melding love, science, and religion into a primer on personal growth, M. Scott Peck   launched his highly successful writing and lecturing career with this book. Even to this  day, Peck remains at the forefront of spiritual psychology as a result of The Road Less  Traveled. In the era of I'm OK, You're OK, Peck was courageous enough to suggest that "life is difficult" and personal growth is a "complex, arduous and lifelong task." His willingness to expose his own life stories as well as to share the intimate stories of his  anonymous therapy clients creates a compelling and heartfelt narrative.

Book Description
"Life is difficult."

With this first sentence, Dr. M. Scott Peck revolutionized the way we live our lives, and it is no less true today than when it was written twenty years ago.

In this guide to confronting and resolving our problems-and suffering through the   changes-we learn that we can reach a higher level of self knowledge. Written in a voice  that is timeless in its message of love and understanding, The Road Less Traveled can  help us learn the very nature of loving relationships: how to recognize true compatibility; how to distinguish dependency from love; how to become one's own person; how to be a more sensitive parent.

The Road Less Traveled, a national bestseller for twenty years, will show you how to embrace reality and achieve serenity and fullness in your life. In this brilliant,   roundbreaking book, traditional psychological thought and spirituality are challenged and a new understanding is brought into everyday life.

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