Key To Success

What do you do when you come across a key to success in a book you're reading? You ponder over it. Since I read many books and come across many keys, I thought it would be fun to share the ideas that arise as I contemplate a key to success. Reading is not just about absorbing information, it's also about contemplating, allowing the ideas to blossom within, and nurturing a seed tossed in the rich soil of the inner garden.

Location: Denver, Colorado, United States

I got my Master's degree in psychotherapy more than a decade ago. Since then I've studied the human condition with fascination. Over the years, I've learned a singular lesson: your life does not work when you oppose your soul nature. If you want a magical life, you have to drop your inauthentic transactions with the world. You discover your own power when you spend time alone to figure out what you really love to do.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

The Challenge Of Success

Success is a challenge.

It’s not easy. It’s not easy at all.

And that is why most people simply do not have it.

It’s fine to learn from successful people, follow their principles, and try and emulate their example, a process called modeling, but there is always a gap between what we perceive and what we experience.

What we don’t grasp or perhaps can’t grasp after reading the success literature and visiting seminars is what others have really done to achieve their level of success.

You see, it is the invisible element that defines success.

You don’t see the late hours, the bouts of self-questioning, the dark night of the soul that everybody who quests for greatness has to experience.

You don’t see the intuitions, the inspirations, the insights.

You don’t see the failures, one after another, piling on top of each other that strengthens the successful person.

What you see is the finished product, the easy lifestyle, the flawless charm, and the eloquent expression of success principles.

You see the charisma, but not the struggle that brought it out of darkness and obscurity into the light.

You see the displays of wealth and power, but you don’t see the pain the person once went through to overcome poverty, inertia, and utter confusion.

You aren’t privy to the struggle and while you may hear about it your awareness can’t fully engage it.

Success is a challenge because it is not easy.

If it were easy most people would have attained it by now.

Instead only a few do.

When you strive to rise from one level to another, your greatest enemy is yourself.

Everything inside you craves the comfort of the old, useless, life-force robbing ways. It craves the companionship of those who entertain stagnant energy and fixed ideas.

Your mind quickly tires from too much study, and your body from too much labor, and your heart from too much isolation.

Yet study, labor, and doing things on your own are part of the price that you have to pay for success.

Success is not easy.

It’s not easy at all.

There is a huge price to pay for it.

Yet it is the most rewarding thing of all. What can be better than looking at yourself in the mirror one day and saying, “I am the now the person that I always wanted to be.”

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Saleem Rana is a psychotherapist in Denver, Colorado. If you're up to the challenge and want to create the kind of freedom and lifestyle you truly deserve - starting now - then get his free book from


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