Somehow, this book found me — I didn’t find it. Perhaps I am more in touch with my Inner Voice then I give myself credit for. My eyes caught a link (which was embedded as part of a six part interview Russ Whitney did with Larry Benet over here). Did not read the description or watch the interview (yet) but a strong feeling in my gut said, “Click and buy. You’ll understand later”.
The book opens with Russ Whitney’s amazing story of going from working in a slaughterhouse to attaining massive wealth and how he always had the nagging feeling that it wasn’t enough. Like most rags to riches stories, there comes a point where the momentum ceases and you either slip back, crash hard, or find a higher purpose in life that serves others, with wealth being a side benefit. That’s what keeps the momentum going (and also lets you do it peacefully while uplifting others instead of crushing them in the process). Russ includes his struggles and how he later found out they were signs from the universe to change course.
What’s nice is that once you read, do, and practice, smaller, not so drastic measures will be dished out by the universe to nudge you (they have been present all along, you just didn’t know it because you weren’t in communication with your Inner Voice). Learning how to communicate with your Inner Voice will help you spot them and change course.
Russ identifies four phases we go through — Athlete (primary focus: appearance), Warrior (primary focus: money, defensive) Statesperson (focused on having a positive impact), Sprit (Mother Teresa, Ghandi, etc..).
Unknowingly, I coasted through three, and was clearly in the Stateperson phase by age 31. I had a glimpse of Spirit not long after. By 35 I was back to Warrior and ever since then I’ve yearned for Statesperson again (I am now 43). Of course I had no idea what the terminology was for what I was going through at the time (and now), how I slipped back and forth, or more importantly, how to consciously get to where I wanted to be and stay there.
I cruised through the first half of this book in a few hours, thinking, “Yea — I know that, I just couldn’t put my finger on it”. Vivid pictures were created in my head of my own life with parallels to Russ Whitney’s, except the extremes are not as drastic on both ends.
The fast-paced reading came to a screeching halt at Chapter 6.
While it’s nice that many authors and TV personalities can identify former partners, childhood friends, abusive parents, business dealings in the past, and other factors as the root cause of problems in adulthood, Russ Whitney goes beyond that. Not only are they cause for major problems, but cause for ingrained subconscious patterns that cause you to think and act the way you do know — Actions which prevent you from reaching your full potential and may prevent you from being guided by your Inner Voice.
Chapter 6 is where you must put the book down and go to work. You get a step-by-step simple process to do it (referred to as a Discovery Chart) and after two hours of data mining and analyzing, you’ll have the basis for the next steps, which is where the magic starts to happen.
This is not only a must read book, but a must “do” book. Included are charts to do the work and checklists to evaluate your progress. In less than a week I’ve seen some positive changes, but this is a lifelong course of improvement (like The Success Principles and most other work in this genre).
Now I clearly understand why I was at certain positions in my life and how to use a power greater than myself to rekindle the fire I once had and bust through former plateaus. More importantly, this time around it will be done not for myself but for a greater cause(s).
Where it’s helping me in my MLM business:
For those of you that know my story, 1995-2003 was a period of great success in my life. That’s when I gave up building my own MLM businesses and co-founded ProSTEP with Kevin Lehmann. We were focused on the greater good for the Network Marketing community by providing the industry’s only Lead Generation, Training, and Support company at the time.
Times have changed since 2003 in the industry, ProSTEP left the scene in 2005, and ever since 2006 I’ve been successful again as a Network Marketing distributor. But, something is missing and it’s not the money. The yearning to be back where I was, supporting the industry as a whole.
Inner Voice is (and will help) keep me on track by playing my role in helping the community with what it needs in these new times. Perhaps I will be directed toward a different path, maybe even outside of Network Marketing, who knows.
Where are you today?
Do you have a burning passion for what you do (even if it’s not MLM)?
Are you being guided by a power higher than yourself that knows more than you do who directs not for self-gain but for the greater of all good?
Grab yourself a copy of Inner Voice, read, do, and get on track. You will absolutely love this book.