The Secret – so whats missing?

I read this book just after Christmas last year and I keep going back to it in search of wisdom and insight for the entrepreneurs I deal with. The book teaches us how clarity of purpose and setting clear intentions opens us up to the world of new opportunities and how the law of attraction delivers us what we want. In many respects The Secret can be summed up in Goethe’s famous quote:

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now”

In my opinion The Secret can give false hope to those who don’t appreciate or embrace one extremely simple principle – life rewards people who take action. Whilst I believe the book is a source of great inspiration, my research clearly shows that successful people have an extremely strong work ethic, whilst believing they can can achieve what they set their minds to, practice, practice, practice is essential and must follow the dreaming. If we combine the teachings of The Secret with that of Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers theory – of the”10,000-Hour Rule” then I think a formula for accelerated performance can be derived. The rule claims that the key to success in any field is, to a large extent, a matter of practicing a specific task for a total of around 10,000 hours. Fusing this thinking with the need for deeply rooted personal intentions delivers a potent mix for getting what you want.

One Response to The Secret – so whats missing?

  1. Peter Gaunt says:

    Thoroughly agree with the 10,000 hour rule, John.

    I use this in workshops. If you ask those people with children who play a musical instrument how many hours a week they practice. Most will say 1 to 2 hours a week. Let’s be generous and go for 2 hours a week – or 100 hours a year. That means that it will take 100 years for their child to be a master of their instrument.

    Now let’s translate that into a business environment. People who say they have a sales responsibility, but only sell in front of the customers for 8 hours a week. Even if they’ve been doing this for 10 years they’ve only done 4,000 hours – that’s 40% of the level they need to master the subject of selling.

    How much credibility do you give someone who is only 40% proficient at their job?

    Who wants to be operated on by the heart surgeon who is only 40% as good as they should be?

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