A few days ago I got a great email from Chris Brogan (it was not a personal email, I’m just on his list!) In that email, Chris explained that the biggest secret that he knows is, “… the “system,” such as it is, wants you to be pacified. It wants you to yearn for those things that you can grasp, but that do not upset any the system’s larger games is of the utmost importance. I mean this with all sincerity, and without any hint of the feeling that “The Matrix” is all around us or other conspiracies. But I know, with all that I know, that all systems of power seek to prevail within their goings on and that neither you nor I are invited to participate.”
With that said, he followed with, “Here’s the secret: once you work hard to understand the systems, you can choose one of three actions: grind yourself against it and lose, or ignore it and seek a smaller system of your own, or disrupt it all and aspire to a much larger success and with it, a system of its own shall take rise, and then you will seek to protect and preserve this new system.”
The problem is that most people make the wrong choice. Banging your head against a system that your not invited to participate in makes no sense. Thinking that you can create a level of success that allows you to create the next great system only happens rarely. So, as Chris went on to say, creating a smaller system of your own is THE secret to success.
I have been “haunted” by this email since I read it (thanks Chris)! But I also realize how true he is and have dedicated myself to understand THE secret for myself and teach it to my clients. What do you think? Does Chris have it right? What would you add to his “haunting” thoughts?