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More Questions Than Answers

Believed to be the founder of the 'success movement' in America, Orison Swett Marden the founder of "Success Magazine" once wrote: "The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone."

Marden lived from 1850 until 1924 and is considered to be the link between the old philosophies of success and the innovative, more wide-ranging ideals made fashionable by best-selling authors like Napoleon Hill, Dale Carnegie, Og Mandino, Norman Vincent Peale, and today's current writers Stephen Covey, Anthony Robbins, and Brian Tracy.

Marden's first book "Pushing to the Front", was published 110 years ago in 1894, and gained phenomenal circulation. It was true then just as it is today that people were (are) searching for the answers to life's challenges. Seeking the answers to what impedes them from succeeding, for the answers to overcoming mediocrity, depression, fear, loneliness, and procrastination.

Nothing has changed we're still the same - we're still searching.

Sadly for the most part my experience with people who read and use 'self-help' books shows they are merely chasing the money; seeking softer, easier, faster ways to gaining riches, believing wealth to be the answer to a better life. And while I recognize that money can alleviate many of life's burdens and challenges, it doesn't answer the entire question does it?

What was Marden really saying?

Personally I am not a great advocate of 'self-help' processes. I believe at heart they point to many of the right attributes and actions we need to have in order to succeed, but what is their core motivation? In many cases they tend to fail in treating the fundamental issue - the whole of you.
Was Marden simply saying to look inside yourself for the answers to all your dilemmas? Or was he implying there are hidden opportunities that lie within the labyrinth of you?

Was he saying you alone can achieve everything your heart desires if you decide to do so? Was he suggesting we spend far too much time looking everywhere else except at what's important? And was he saying we must do all this without the help of other people?

Perhaps Marden was telling us to confront our personal demons and truths. Maybe he was pointing to the 'God within' and suggesting that everything you have already is all you'll ever need.

I suspect we need to determine exactly what this golden opportunity is we’re searching for, that is if we're seeking it at all. Has it been decided for us or do we need to decide what it is? Do we need to create it or has it been created for us? Do we need to actively search for this secret or will it simply be revealed to us if we just sit still, listen, and breathe?

Take a look inside yourself; are you keeping something from the world? From you? Is there a bigger, brighter, better version of you? And to get ‘you’ to come out what do you need to do?

It is in you alone.

Sell without Regret.

Michael Tate

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