What do 22 incredibly successful, life-changing thinkers like Randy Gage, Joe Vitale, Josh Hinds, Vic Johnson, Mike Litman, Rick Beneteau, Stephanie West-Allen, and 15 others, all gathered in one place, have in common?
But, that’s not the point of this post today …
The point is this: In knowing these people as I do, and in studying others I’m connected with – from authors and speakers to TV personalities and more – it seems to me that one thing MANY mega-successful people have in common is the level of playfulness of their spirit.
And not just those who are mega-successful, but those who are such and who also have an incredibly positive, loving impact on the world. Take a look at some of those I connect with on Twitter and their posts there, and you’ll see what I mean even more.
Here’s a little story for you …
I can remember when I was finishing my first ebook, Peak Performance … Peak LIFE! and began my ‘exit’ of the Internet Marketing world and into my true calling of the spiritual, self-help, personal development world. I connected with Josh Hinds of GetMotivation.com, who co-authored One Question with me and is one of the nicest guys you could ever hope to meet. (Josh is another great example of a playful spirit, by the way.)
With Josh’s help, I connected with Randy Gage. At the time (early 2003), Randy was already a best-selling author, a VERY in-demand speaker, and already well known as a prosperity guru. So, I was absolutely blown away that he had agreed to contribute to our ebook, to say the least. (There’s much to be said about the power of asking, and the power of expecting positive results. More on that another time as well.)
Through further emails exchanged with Randy’s right-hand man, Ford Saeks, I discovered that Randy was, at that time, on a get-away on a private island, ‘brainstorming and planning the next 5 years’. Josh and I were blessed that he took the time to partake in our project, and couldn’t have been more grateful.
And then, as we totally did not expect, he OVER-delivered, providing timeless content that has the ability to change lives. THEN, he went a step further and provided an ebook and video as a bonus gift for anyone who purchased our ebook! We were literally floored by his kindness!
When I emailed Randy a most heart-felt ‘Thank You’, he replied that he was happy to have the opportunity to contribute and thanked US for inviting him to do so as it was a lot of fun and he was honored.
Now, here’s a guy, who most people only dream of connecting with and who many pay thousands upon thousands of dollars to spend a bit of time with, contributing (and over-delivering!) to a project created by two guys who had a simple idea and a motivation to inspire and positively impact anyone they could touch. And Randy was playful throughout the entire process, as was Ford, who handled a lot of the communications.
In fact, it seemed that Randy’s contribution gave Josh & I even more fuel and motivation. We finished the book in record time, taking only a few months from start to finish, connecting with 22 total contributors (many of which also contributed bonus gifts for buyers), and an affiliate network that helped us to make One Question To Success one of the biggest ‘success package’ hits in the personal development market in 2003! (“Success loves speed” … and massive action! I’ll talk more about that soon, too.)
So many people tend to stress, get overly-serious, grind our teeth, and cause ourselves so much tension and heartache just trying to make ends meet, get that next client, create that shiny new product, connect with our deeper selves and follow our spiritual journey’s path.
Fact is, we put ourselves in our own way of success.
We can be happy and prosperous, at ease and living a life of abundance, spiritual well-being, and continuously grow in our path, or we can be at dis-ease, unhappy, perpetuating our own misery, manipulating those around us to be more miserable, and run on the wheel of karma never changing our patterns, like hamsters in a cage.
Sure – it’s proven that hamsters enjoy those runs on their wheels, but what other choice do they have for fun … and how much fun could it possibly be, anyway? Think about it. We aren’t hamsters, and I firmly believe we are intended to enjoy the moments we experience, the contributions we can make to the world, and the prosperity we are intended to gravitate toward … completely, deeply, and with child-like wonderment.
The FUN of it – of LIFE – attracts more and more positive, abundant, prosperous energy … and more quickly, too, I believe, especially when fortified with heart-felt gratitude. Try it in your own life, and I’m sure you’ll agree.
To be continued …
Thanks for being here! Be well.
In Peace & Light:
PS: It’s funny because, when I speak about this, people seem to get sidetracked with their curiosity, mostly wanting to know, “What is the ‘one question’?” You may be thinking the same thing. I’ll save that answer for another time (soon!), and hope you’ve allowed everything else here to soak in. 😉