Friday, July 10, 2009

The Next Step

The alarm clock reads 4:41 a.m.

Time to rise and digest what went down at Wizard Academy in Austin, Texas.

Sitting here in a motel room on I-35 South, the process to implement "Checklist For Your Journey of a Thousand Miles" begins now. This particular TSB journey was launched June 1, 2009 when best-selling author and Wizard Academy chancellor Roy H. Williams asked 43,000 subscribers "How Will You Measure Success?" in a Monday Morning Memo.

43,000 people were invited to answer each of these three questions in 12 words or less:

1. What are you trying to make happen?
2. How will you measure success?
3. What’s the first thing you need to do to get started?

Out of 43,000 MMM readers, 307 took time to answer the questions and e-mail them to

From that number, 38 made the trek to the heart of the Lone Star State to absorb first hand the singular secret to success shared by anyone who has ever made a mark on this planet. Statistically, these are the people who represent the less than one in a thousand who will actually stop talking long enough to actually DO something.

We're talking everyone from John Steinbeck to Sam Walton.

From Pablo Picasso to Paolo Freire.

Every John, Sam or Sally wants to be "normal" but no one wants to be average. Most people are unwilling to set themselves apart, except those on the short list of one in a thousand.

That list includes people like Jean who went from being an orphaned girl married by the time she was 14; a penniless single mother at 17 forced to give up her son for adoption to become one of the most successful, happily married business women in America with more than 2500 clients and a loving husband hanging on to her every professional and personal word. Jean, like any achiever, learned early that to accomplish anything of significance you will need to do what you can, with what you have, starting from right where you are.

On this Friday morning, I am starting from a cheap highway motel room in Buda, TX with a million and one thoughts swirling on how to best share this insight with you. However, some of things you need to take you to the next level will need to be experienced in person. You can't "read" your way into fitness or as the great sales trainer David Sandler once remarked, "You can't learn how to ride a bicycle at a seminar". And that's why, even before the sun comes up here in Central Texas, the words of Darren Sears still echo through my brain, when he said, "At least once in your life, everyone owes it to themselves to visit Wizard Academy".

Now you know.

How many people do you know right now looking back in the rear view mirror of life, wondering what could have been or they should have become?

Don't let that be you.

The greatest risk will always be the one you didn't take.

In the meantime, you might want to carefully review the current Monday Morning Memo and make the connections from what Roy articulates to what he is about to share the first of next week.

"A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams"

p.s... Located on a 30-acre campus, 20 minutes outside Austin, this non-traditional business school is focused on the study of intuition. In other words, how can you take what talented people like Picasso, Monet, Einstein, Hemingway, Hawking, Spielberg, Springsteen and Dr. Seuss do without thinking and apply it to your own field and circumstances. What you experience at Wizard Academy has the potential to take you places that exist beyond the realm of what you can imagine right now.

Right now, you might have an idea that you want to do something to actually make a difference.

Right now, the only thing standing in your way is not what you think it is.

Right now, we are in this together.

Right now, is the time to get started.

1 comment:

Dr.D. said...

Hey Gare, let me be the first, as far as I can tell, to comment on this morning's blog. First of all man, what are you doing up so early? I know, it must be the time difference.
I guess from this current trip to Texas, you've proven that "to do something" brings results. Results cannot materialize unless you "do something".
I've learned my lesson for today. Thanks,
Fully awake in Fredericton.