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Sunday, March 9, 2008

There's no secret to "The Secret"

Unless you live in a cave, you have no doubt heard of the book and video entitled The Secret, which teaches that you can have anything you want simply by wishing for it (or asking The Universe for it).

Mystical and religious beliefs aside, the basis of The Secret, The Law of Attraction, has been around for centuries. The Law of Attraction states basically that "you get what you think about" and "like attracts like". There have been several books written on the subject, all of which are scrutinized by the scientific community.

Based on my personal observations, there are some truths to the claim. In business, people who exude negativity will, in fact, attract negative people. The same could be said of positive people, criminals, entrepreneurs, etc. The best method I have found to locate projects (i.e. work, food on the table) is by referrals. I would not get good referrals if people thought poorly of me, which they would if I were an ass.

The reason that there’s no secret to “The Secret” is because others have written about it before. One of my favorite books, the classic Think and Grow Rich! by Napoleon Hill, tells the secret of wealth accumulation told by 500 self made multimillionaires. Commissioned by the legendary industrialist Andrew Carnegie and taking 20 years to write, this book illustrates the parallels of people who built wealth for themselves out of “nothing but the power of their minds”.

Being scientifically minded myself, yet open to possibilities, I feel there are connections between human thoughts (energy) and the fabric of the universe. According to renowned author and physicist Brian Greene, everything we perceive is made of tiny strings of vibrating energy; everything including our bodies and minds, our thoughts, and of course, money and material objects. These tiny strings vibrate in a universal symphony to form our reality. Check out The Elegant Universe if this interests you.

Whether you believe in the Law of Attraction or not, it is hard to argue with the fact that a positive mental attitude goes a long way. Couple this with mutual cooperation for the purpose of achieving a common goal, and your business endeavors will stand a far better chance at success.

JM Kelly, The IT Entrepreneur

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