Why Success Stories are Mostly BS—Wit Without Wisdom, Ep. 04

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If you’re not successful, then you’re pretty much a loser. It has to be because there are literally thousands of books, articles, stories to model, and even systems you can buy that teach you . . . yes, you . . . how to be a success. So either you’re not trying hard enough or there is just something intrinsically wrong with you as a human.

Except . . . maybe not.

In this episode, we’re taking the topic of success to task. In the artful confusion of being human, nothing is more confusing than the things one needs to do to become a “success.” We take a hard swing at some the B.S. we’re fed, and as a result, we all get to walk away from the episode knowing the truth about every single one of our shortcomings, obstacles, and setbacks . . . the world is out to get us!

Okay, maybe not that, but we do cover:

  • The bias in every success story.
  • Is there power in positive thinking?
  • Why you need more than a garage and used books to make a billion dollars.
  • Lemon Juice – the elixir of the gods.
  • Why Shanny had to cut off Raymond.
  • And the reason your SMART goals need a second “A.”

So, if you’re tired of your small miserable existence, or you just want to laugh at the rats in the maze, join us for another award-winning episode (yes, Raymond and Shanny give themselves awards now).



What do you have to say about this “success thing”?
Agree, don’t agree, feel better about yourself? Worse 😬? 
Let’s discuss!

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  1. As I sit here at 4 a.m. drinking my lemon water, having dried off from my cold shower, I have some thoughts.

    I think the biggest thing is hard work. There is no substitute. Rarely (Stephanie Meyers cough cough) do people fall into success. Some have it handed to them, but that goes back to the who you know facet.

    The other is balance, advice tends to lack reality. We have to find balance between real life and what has worked for other people.

    My last thought on this is the term in itself. I think we need to define what we mean by success. I read someone’s description once and I have no clue who it was so I am paraphrasing here, but it always stuck with me as the way I would view it.

    Do something that you love and do it so well that someone is willing to pay you for it.

    Also if I can leave you guys with a quote it is one of my favorites from one of my favorite people, Bruce Lee.
    “Absorb what is useful. Reject what is useless. Add what is essentially your own.”

    Another great podcast guys.

  2. LoL yep, we’ve used that quote in TWP, isn’t it awesome? And yes to everything you said. I think one of the ongoing factors that we often forget is the fact that technology plays a huge part in why things “stop working” or why they don’t work for everyone. Why? Because it changes on such a fast pace and the audience you need to reach changes with them . . . but at such different levels that many times luck really does play a role lol

    That being said, you’re right, nothing will be earned without hard work. You have to make that luck by lining everything up just so you can cash in when opportunity comes knocking. 😊

  3. I absolutely love the way you two “logic it out” when dealing with the wisdomless wit available to us. I’ve always been bothered by the “how to be a super duper success” stories, not just because someone is successful and I’m not famous yet, but because they’re telling what they do NOW. Not what they did to get to the “now” they’re currently enjoying. And yes, they do tend to skip those pesky “I already started with an advantage over mere mortals” revelations. No, I’m not bitter, lol. But it’s interesting how people can make it look so easy from the other end of things.

    Personally, I define success more in the relationships I have, even though I probably wouldn’t say no to more money if the opportunity presented itself. But it’s not much different than the choices we made when our kids were young when overtime (complete with OT double pay) was available. Each instance was weighed with whether we needed the money more than the time together, or vice versa. Probably why we never got rich, lol.

    1. While those rose-colored glass success stories bother me, I also think we “kind of ask for it.” Humans don’t often want to hear the real road to any achievement- hard work, commitment, sacrifice” any more than we really want the revelation that where you end is often predicted by where you start-genetics, wealth, etc.. But I agree, having raised five kids there were just some success paths I wasn’t willing to take.

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