I never was a Marine but I’ve seen Full Metal Jacket six times, about as many times as my friend has been to Afghanistan as a Marine. Frankly his enthralling stories scare the hell out of me. I’m both glad and ashamed I’ve never faced combat.
When The Secret came out I read it like everyone else. And I’m a Disciple. It’s irrefutable. Having a positive attitude has been repeatedly proven to improve performance in nearly all situations. If you want to be truly successful I vehemently encourage having a positive, grateful attitude with a splash of detachment. That way even if you fail, holding on to that strong positive attitude will cloak the failures from your friends. Totally cool, right?
But lately I’ve had misgivings about the message of positive thinking. I’ve noticed a few of my colleagues have been spending more time thinking positive thoughts and being grateful for what little they have left – and less time rolling up their sleeves and getting to work. So I started wondering.. what would the US Marines do?
If you need to lose weight: What would the Marines do? Would they join a Pilates class and hire a nutritionist? Or would they do push-ups and run?
If you need to get a job: What would the Marines do? Would they go on-line and search Craig’s List? Or would they hit the streets and storm a high-rise?
Recently a friend sent me a link to a video on YouTube that I hadn’t seen before. I’m speaking in the video along with a co-worker, Danielle Goldie, about Real Estate and the need for getting out and working. And a year after this interview with Richard Ramos I’m still saying the same thing. Get to work America! (Watch the video.)
The best path to success is a healthy day of honest hard work. Then, when you’re about to fall asleep, think positive thoughts and be grateful you have a bed to sleep in. Some people are reading The Secret from the back seat of their car.
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