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The Flip Side of The Secret Formula to Success

“If you love it, if you believe in it, if you believe in yourself, and if you’re willing to work your butt off, you can march to success doing it YOUR way”

~ Jeffrey Gitomer

I know, I know. I have already talked much about secrets in the recent past. It just seems that my flow of thoughts has been on this subject for a while.

Any one guaranteeing you that a certain ‘secret’ will most definitely work for you like it did for them are not being sincere…unless of course they are selling a pill.

If I came to you and told you that I have a ‘secret’ that has made me a successful writer and that it will most definitely work for you, I will not be sincere. Why do I say that?

Because to be honest, I do not know if it will work for you. It did work for me…but it just might not work for you:

  • I cannot guarantee that you are as passionate as I am,
  • I cannot guarantee that you will be as consistent as I was,
  • I cannot guarantee that you will be as committed as I am,
  • I cannot guarantee that you will have the same resources that I had,
  • I cannot guarantee that you have the same network as I do,
  • I cannot guarantee that you will use the ‘secret’ the way I did,
  • Your reason for success is not necessarily the same as mine,

So next time I show up with a ‘secret formula’, I should have a disclaimer prepared. I should tell you something like this: “I do not know how this will work for you, but it is what gave me success in such and such an area”

“The people who “pay for success” begin to reach for money based on greed, rather than earning money based on drive or love. More often than not, they fail at the process and blame the guy that sold them the formula (or the formula itself)”. –Jeffrey Gitomer

In my early days of Christianity, I honestly thought that my local church was the best in the whole wide world. I could not imagine someone passing the opportunity to be a member of my church. To me, Nairobi Lighthouse Church was the wild card of churches.

I was so baffled when my closest friends and relatives did not see it that way…I was even much more baffled when they would be more passionate about their churches…which in my estimation did not have what my church did. In other words, I always thought, “These guys do not know what they are missing!”

Boy wasn’t I wrong or what?

So here is the thing: There is another side of a secret formula to anything. That side is this: How personal someone will take it in, and how thorough they will apply it!

Not all investment schemes work for everybody!

What works for one couple to spice their intimacy is not guaranteed to work with another!

Not all secrets of earning money will work for everybody…especially if the W word is not included (WORK),

Not everything that I am excited about in terms of my success will work for everybody else!

Granted, if it has worked for me, it could work for everybody…IF (and that is a big IF) they do their part of the bargain!

If someone shows up in your office and sells you a success formula that guarantees you things without your involvement…show them the window…it’s a faster way out. OK, am kidding…but you get the point, don’t you?