Visionary Pursuits

Preface

There are two basic rules you need to follow before committing to this program: commit and allow yourself to try without judgement.

The first issue, commit or don't waste your time, is based on the premise that your time is valuable. Everyone's is. Time is the only real asset we have in life. Everything else we need, we get by exchange our time for money, goods, or services. So if you aren't going to truly commit to this effort, you're wasting time that you could better spend elsewhere.

In the author's opinion, however, this is possibly the most valuable use of your time you've ever undertaken. I'm confident that if you go through this book with an open mind, honestly consider and work through each exercise, and are consistent in pursuing your vision on a daily basis, you will achieve more success than you ever thought possible. How can I say this with such confidence? Because I've seen it work over and over again.

You see, contrary to some other authors, I really don't think there is such thing as 'The Secret'. All the knowledge you need to be successful has been publicly available for at least 50 years or more. Some of the best books on prosperity were written almost a century ago, such as Napolean Hill's "Think and Grow Rich"(1937). So why aren't more people prosperous? I think it comes down to basic laziness. As I wrote earlier, if you are consistent in pursuing your vision on a daily basis, you WILL be successful.

The time you spend with me, whether it be at a seminar, through a book, or through an audio file, needs to be safe. It should be a place where you feel free to create, and try, and fail, and get back up and try again. Therefore, all of the time we spend together is officially a judgement free zone.

This applies, of course, to judging those around you. Those participating need to feel open enough to share new and untested ideas. More importantly, though, it is a self-judgement free zone. We are, almost always, our own worst critics. To really pursue your vision, though, you need to turn off that self-doubt and allow yourself the space to think and act in new ways. So starting now, the following statements (and anything similar) are illegal:

My mentor Dr. L Wayne Gertmenian used to expressly forbid the latter statement in class. As he put it, it was his job to determine whether a question was stupid or not. For us to preface a question with, "I know this is probably stupid," assumes we understand the material well enough to know what is stupid and what isn't. And if we knew the material that well, we wouldn't need the class!

Put differently, have you ever overheard someone asking a question and listened in because you needed to know the answer too? This could have happened in a classroom setting, or asking for directions, or in a meeting at work, but I'm willing to bet that no one reading this has failed to encounter this situation. You've probably also had the reverse happen. You've probably asked a question and later had people come up to you and say, "I'm so glad you asked that, because I was confused/wondering too."

This is a time of teaching and a time of learning. To truly do that, questions must be asked. Mistakes must be made. Edison made thousands of prototypes for the lightbulb that never worked. When asked about it, he didn't look at them as failures, but as learning experiences on how not to build the next prototype. It's a good thing he didn't judge himself or you might be reading this by candlelight today!