National Achievers Congress – REAL reviews

tonyR_2012Some of you may have read my review, “National Achievers Congress: A Scam?”

Since then, many people have commented on the same seminar taking place in their regions around the world. For an obscure, unmarketed blog like this, it’s remarkable how many have shared similar experiences and harsh critiques. Most of us seem to agree that it’s frustrating to be drawn into a so-called-but-not-really “business” conference, only to watch emotional and psychological manipulation be used to make scads of money off people’s hopes, dreams and fears.

These individuals’ comments are insightful, well-thought-out and well-written; if you are considering this conference and looking for honest reviews, I suggest you read the comment section at the bottom of the article here.

Several other bloggers have also written about their personal experiences at the National Achievers Congress, but those can be difficult to find among the din and clutter of the conferences’ multiple “review”/advertising sites. Here are a few more REAL reviews:

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40 Bags in 40 Days – a perfect Getting Unstuck challenge

garbagebag“Out of clutter, find simplicity.” — Albert Einstein

A great opportunity popped up on my Facebook feed today, suggesting the perfect next challenge for Getting Unstuck.

The challenge is to spend the Lent season clearing out clutter — 40 bags in 40 days. The idea is circulating the web, and I learned more about it here. This challenge can be done with support, or on your own. I will be asking a family member to do it with me and joining an online community to add incentive for me to stick with it.

I love this challenge for many reasons, the most important of which is how much I, personally, need to face the clutter of “stuff” around me and its impact on my life.  I’m guessing I’m not alone.

The power clutter can have over one’s life and emotions is pretty incredible when you think about it. If we don’t have what we need, we feel scarcity. If we have too much around us, it can make us disheveled, frustrated and even trapped.  Our emotional relationship with “stuff” can often be traced back to Depression-era grandparents or how our parents raised us. Our relationships with objects relate to what we believe about life, how we feel about ourselves and how we feel about change.

Indeed, the psychology of “stuff” runs deep — as do the piles in my junk drawers and the stacks of old paperwork. Forty bags, here we come!

“Give me the discipline to get rid of the stuff that’s not important, the freedom to savor the stuff that gives me joy, and the patience not to worry about the stuff that’s messy but not hurting anybody.”

― Vinita Hampton Wright, Simple Acts of Moving Forward: A Little Book About Getting Unstuck

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Thank you, Mr. Mandela, for all you gave the world.


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Risk taking for the sake of taking risks: Weekly Challenge No. 18

1210-1240955139Pi96“Go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.” — Jimmy Carter 

Roman philosopher Seneca said, “It’s not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It’s because we dare not venture that they are difficult.” Heeding those words, this week I’m daring myself — and you — to do something that will probably fail.

Why do it if I think it will fail? Quite simply, it feels empowering. I know… it’s a little paradoxical — that failing could be empowering — but hear me out.

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Finding your passion at work

“What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.” — Bob Dylan


Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” —Theodore Roosevelt

Lots to be inspired by in the 20 quotes on LinkedIn this week about finding passion at work and in life:

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The Three Words Top Innovators Use

How often do we find ourselves looking at limitations instead of possibilities? Sometimes all it takes is a shift in the way we talk to ourselves. Words can create worlds.

Check out this Harvard Business Review article on three words that can change your thinking and stir your creativity: How… Might… We…?

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Is it really easier to find a job when you already have one?

Do employers care if you quit your last job before you found your next?

Everyone always says, “Don’t quit a job without another one – it’s easier to find a job when you already have one.” Is that true?

Nah. From my perspectives as a former hiring manager and a current job seeker, I believe that statement is more myth than reality. While having a job can give you the ability to be patient and the psychological boost of knowing your bills are getting paid, I’m not sure in this day and age that most employers care if you quit first and search later, as long as you have good reasons for it.

Caveat: Quitting in a way that was disrespectful to your former employer or left the company in the lurch could damage your reputation as an employee and cause the new employer to wonder whether you’d do the same to them. Continue reading

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National Achievers Congress – A Scam?

The thinking person’s guide to the NAC business conference

I’m sure those who have read my blog can tell I’m a fan of motivational self-help books and programs. I know they aren’t for everyone, but I’m the sort who loves learning about human behavior so much that I can be known to glean life lessons from an Austin Powers movie.

Today, I’m going to review my latest self-help journey – that of a trek to the National Achievers Congress in San Jose, California on August 10-12, 2012. The conference had 17 speakers, including headliners Tony Robbins, Robert Kiwosaki and Donald Trump. It promised to offer guidance from “the world’s leading business mentors” during tough economic times.

Because I’m on a sabbatical, making a long-distance road trip for a three-day conference via a reduced-price-limited-time-offer-VIP-pass sounded great. I had the time, the speakers seemed well-credentialed, and I was hoping to visit friends and relatives in the San Francisco area, anyway.

If I hadn’t had other reasons to visit the region and a free place to stay, I’d probably be walking away from the conference feeling a bit duped.

As it is, I have mixed emotions about my strange trip into the land of large-audience seminars. My review will, therefore, include the good, the bad, the ugly, and the do-it-yourself. Hopefully this article will help others make an informed decision about whether this and related programs by the Success Resources/Peak Potentials seminar machines are for you. Continue reading

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Our deepest fear…

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.’ We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

— Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”, Harper Collins, 1992.

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Never too late; Weekly Challenge No. 17

Late bloomers rule the world.

This week’s challenge is based on the prior post about changing gears and blooming late — an argument for finding your path and following your passion at any age. Your challenge is to search the web for people who have succeeded at your age at something you would like to do.

If you have always wanted to be an actor (that’s you, D.A.H.), search for people who didn’t start their successful acting careers until at least 50 (they’re out there!). For those who aspire to paint, sculpt or publish a novel, there are plenty of examples out there for you, too. There are also myriad successful business people, scientists, parents, athletes and social change-makers who didn’t make their marks until later in life.

Examples are easier to find than you think. Here are some starting points:

Isn’t inspiration fun?

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