Here’s What You Need

Last night, a 5th grader’s iPad carrying case stoked my fire…Social media is the key….

When a person is sufficiently motivated, discipline will take care of itself. – Sir Alexander Paterson

Many readers wish I told them what and how to do things – you know, the secret formula.

From my experience, you will find your secret formula when you are sufficiently motivated. Not before.

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. “… you will find your secret formula when you are sufficiently motivated. Not before.” Excellent insight — I love it, and I realized when I read this, that this concept is what I’ve been telling my girls for years. I can’t do “it” for them. They have to do it for themselves.

    Have a great day.

  2. Thank you for sharing your personal experience Patty.
    Have been thinking about ‘how’ I blog and there’s an inherent struggle between what people think they want (just tell me mentality) and what actually works (you have to figure it out for yourself).

    Not entirely sure how to engage or convince people that life’s secrets are common sense principles, and you have to create your own recipe for your success.

  3. I see what you’re saying and agree that one needs to figure it out for oneself.

    But, I’ll also point out that information gathering is part of the process. Granted, attempting to adopt a process that is gleaned from that gathering may happen. But 90% of the time, it’s not going to be a fit for the adopter.
    However, aspects will be taken from that process.
    Trial & Error.
    Piecing Together.
    Tapping into the wisdom and experience of others only helps to accelerate along the learning curve.

  4. Craig, agree with everything you said.
    And….., I believe most people are like I used to be – loving the trial part, but seriously afraid of the error part.
    So the trials are relegated to smaller, less risky ventures. No boldness. No impossible dreams.
    Sad thing, for me anyway, it became a habit for the longest time.

  5. So, as parents, are we supposed to teach our children what success is or do we teach them how to achieve it? I know, rhetorical question. At least it is for me. The “world” defines success in ways that I don’t want my children to emulate.

    Why are we so afraid of failure? Look at Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress. It’s full of failures. And by failures, I mean progress. Failure is a bad thing only if you quit.

    You can quote me on that. 😉

  6. David, IMHO, we teach them by our own success.
    And we, as adults, have to define what success means and is.
    Adults will have many different definitions – to each his own.
    There is no one right answer, but I would argue that it revolves around some semblance of life balance – mental, physical, spiritual, financial (career), and administrative (HQ).
    And it would also center on making common sense, common.
    And I would argue that success revolves around having Peace in your Soul, Joy in your Spirit and Love in your Heart.

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