Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Secret Solution To Success

driving in darkness

As a philosophy I reject what The Secret stands for. The esoteric that this book advances as a theory is based on false notion that dreams manifest mainly because we ask for it with our hearts; while actually the opposite is often true. Dreams are fulfilled because of hard work and perseverance. And sometimes even that is not sufficient. No one can put his / her finger on one thing or a set of things and declare that this gives you what you want. Here's where the philosophy of The Secret steps in - the gap is apparently fulfilled by: ask and the universe will bestow upon you unimaginable gifts; with lots of pseudo-science thrown in.

However, diamonds are found in deep, dark mines. Here's one such diamond that The Secret hold with in its folds. It is a statement that is so very true that it stands apart from the rest of the book, but you wouldn't even know. This quote is by Jack Canfield, the co-author of Chicken Soup For The Soul:

Think of a car driving through the night. The headlights only go a hundred to two hundred feet forward, and you can make it all the way from California to New York driving through the dark, because all you have to see is the next two hundred feet. And that's how life tends to unfold before us. If we just trust that the next two hundred feet feet will unfold after that, and the next two hundred feet will unfold after that, your life will keep unfolding. And it will eventually get you to the destination of whatever it is you truly want, because you want it.

A most practical solution. Won't you agree?

On a complete different issue, I think this is how the world economy will recover: 200 ft by 200 ft, give or take an Obama or a Manmohan Singh.

Picture Courtesy: Kristian Rasmussen

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jocelyn said...

I haven't read The Secret, but I very much agree with the 200-ft philosophy. It's how almost everything is done, and people hear crazy stories about so and so who won the lottery/was discovered in a shopping mall/whatever, and think that's how it always happens, that's how dreams are always achieved, and it isn't.

Heidi said...

I am so glad you posted this. I have friends who swear by this book, but it hasn't been until now that I have heard a rational, logical argument AGAINST it. Deep down I feel The Secret is way off base, but you did a wonderful job of putting words to my feelings. I'm not sure why I couldn't pinpoint the problem I had with it -- I just know that you did it.
So glad there are some thinkers out there who can dissect and are not afraid to do so.
Heidi Rafferty
Harrodsburg, KY USA

Amitabh said...

You are a constant source of encouragement. Thank you for being there.
In case you are interested a bit more of my views on The Secret, have a look here =>

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