To find The Answer, I had to ask the right question. After peaking early as an airline captain at twenty-nine years old, I started businesses, traded financial markets, and invested in real estate.
I then passed on my experiences to others through the self-improvement industry, and that’s where I’ve fought on the front lines for the past twenty years. So, it’s been most of my life’s work to attempt to define happiness, because teaching something effectively forces one to bottle it into a formula anyone can access.
It’s one thing to teach the principles of happiness, but it’s another to instill the practice. The student often unconsciously rejects an ideological implant because inception of the idea is not organically of the student’s nature.
A great deal of self-improvement material of every subgenre, be it success/happiness/diet/relationships/etc., requires the student to change their nature, effectively asking a leopard to change its spots. No wonder, then, why New Year’s resolutions fade, gym memberships are forsaken, and self-improvement books are enjoyed but forgotten. It’s an attempt to build skyscrapers on sand. This was a frustrating reality for me, someone who made it his goal in life to help people get what they want.
I grew weary of taking horses to water, nay (pardon the pun), of grabbing the
horse’s mane and thrusting its snout into the water but not having it drink. Clearly, the horse preferred a different beverage.
After this revelation, after I looked in the mirror, I found the answer, and it’s changed my life forever, on all levels, including how I teach the subject of happiness.
Different beverages for different “horses” are the key. It’s not about what society wants for you or what has been nurtured into you, it’s about what your specific nature already has mapped out for you, the life map you were clutching at the second of your conception.
No matter what your parents and teachers said you were and what you would or should become, your optimal path through life was premade by an indomitable force that, once recognized and energized, automatically and totally overrides nurturing.
But that’s not the only message I can bring to the table as one of your motivational speakers in Orlando FL.