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Getting in touch with who you really are

I started thinking about this subject about a week ago, after a conversation with my brother Aki.

We were talking on the phone, and he made a really good point, he said:

“I’m 100% convinced that most of what we’ve learned our lives about success is pure bull shit…”

We were talking about how the vast majority of material on ‘success’ is really produced with the intention of selling more books, CD’s, courses, seminars, etc – and that most of the time – people who are teaching about success don’t really have what they teach in their lives, anyways.

A good example of this is the all to familiar person on Facebook who pasts a link with a title that says something like ‘sponsor 20-30 reps into your business per month on autopilot’ but you KNOW when you look at the video that they have never enrolled a rep in their life.

That may be kind of amusing at best, out-right manipulative at worst – but it connects with a deeper problem in the human psyche that I believe prevents us from living our life to the fullest potential possible.

The REAL problem that arises out of disconnected behavior like this is that we think that our real personality, who WE ARE isn’t what we need to be successful, so we need to put up this image for everyone to see that has no bearing on our true nature.

As an example, I was taught all through my life by ‘experts’ that the image of success was being clean shaven, short hair, a suit and tie – being prompt, organized – and focused.

While there are certain elements to the ‘things’ that I was taught that certainly help bear fruit in business, the reality is that most of it is hog-wash, and personally, it holds back my success to try and ‘fit the image’ – it doesn’t increase it.

As an example – after I got involved in my current MLM company, I went bananas flying all over North America doing meetings.  I was in Alaska, Washington, Arizona, Hawaii, California – and Texas all in 6 weeks, doing Home Meetings, hotel meetings, coaching, and helping people reach success in their teams.

The first few meetings I did – I wore a suit, dressed up, and let me tell you – it made absolutely no difference at all how many people joined at the meetings dressing like a corporate crony than if I wore sandals, a dirty t-shirt, and didn’t shave that day.

Part of that is reflective of my ‘off the hook‘ personality – (i.e. a guy who liked wearing suits would have a less than desirable result trying to dress like me in a presentation) –  but here’s the real lesson that’s learned.

TODAY – people are not looking for a ‘guru’ to lead them to salvation.  People today are looking for connection, personality, friendship – and who you REALLY are.

If people can see YOU, and peer inside your heart, and they connect – that will take you further in business and in life than ‘faking it till you make it’ like the old adage goes.

PLUS – do you want to live life in a way that isn’t congruent with who you really are?

WHO ARE YOU? Why are you doing this?  Why do you persist in your vision even when the world seems to attack you from all sides?  What’s your real dream?

For me – I don’t want to quit corporate America to be a ‘professional’ at anything – I want freedom, lifestyle, connection, relationships, beauty, detachment, happiness, life – AWE, vision, thankfulness, spirit, trust, and LOVE.

THAT’S why I do what I do.  Not only that, but it connects better in the marketplace.

Why do you do what you do?  Watch this video, I think it will inspire you:

I hope that that video helps you to SEE a bit more of yourself, and that you’re inspired just a little bit to move your life UP just a notch.

Leave me your thoughts, and if you’re inspired, share the love.

To the top,
David Wood
Network Marketing Visionary.

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11 comments
TyronneRatcliff
TyronneRatcliff

You make some great points Dave, I've been told on numerous occasions to "suit up" and look the part, to tell you the truth it just ain't me. Faking it till you make is even worse, plus you can only be something your not for so long, eventually people will catch on to the real you.

Bob Koontz
Bob Koontz

thanks David , you rock as usual. awesome content, lead on!

Darlene K Moore
Darlene K Moore

Thank you so much David for sharing. I was always a giving person which gave people the ability to take advantage of me and then one day I figured out how I was going to be a giver on my terms. But first I had to improve me. Now I love to give.

Jun Mantupar
Jun Mantupar

We were taught that success was a suit and tie, being clean shaven and prompt because we were raised LDS. Unlike the church, we can't get tithing and have to create our own success. Time to break the molds.

Rebecca Ness
Rebecca Ness

I agree with you 100% David. You are always to insightful!

Pavel
Pavel

David, Thanks for inspiration! I think everyone has a great purpose and he or she must follow it! To the top, Pavel.

LISA MCKNIGHT
LISA MCKNIGHT

David, That was absolutely amazing and brilliant! I know for anyone like myself who listened all the way through... that message was liberating in ways that are valuable beyond belief. Thanks for being the TRUE you and inspiring others to be free to be! Lisa

Aki Wood
Aki Wood

I wonder how many people will read this and actually see what you are saying.

Karen Marrow
Karen Marrow

David, Great message. I believe that we should always be true to who we are and not pretend to be something we are not. Get the results you seek and then teach it to others. And don't pretend you have results you don't. Karen

Sean Richie
Sean Richie

Spot on, David. Particularly as it relates to attracting people into a business - the facade of old school attraction marketing has worn thin, indeed... Great post.

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