Winston Churchill once said – “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened.”
The chances are that many of the things you’ve learned about success and meaning are wrong? Unfortunately, there are many myths and traditions that cripple our thinking and distort our connection with divine purpose. Any idea or philosophy that runs contrary to universal laws is a myth.
One example of a myth-based success principle comes from a very popular book I was given years ago titled “The Common Denominator of Success.” The book’s premise is that the secret of success lies in the fact that successful people form the habit of doing things that failures don’t like to do. (Albert E.N. Gray, Common Denominator of Success). This myth perpetuates the belief that if we just force ourselves to do things that unsuccessful people don’t like doing, we will be very successful. Unfortunately, these types of myth-based philosophies keep people doing things that do not resonate with their divine purpose.
I speak from personal experience when I say that I have spent much of my adult life killing myself (literally), and not experiencing the rewards and fulfillment I had hoped for. The fanatical effort I put into following these philosophies felt like running into a wall, only to get back up and do it again and again. A severe anxiety disorder and a heart attack at the age of 49, were the price I paid for following these philosophies. I felt less and less purposeful and more and more emotionally and spiritually bankrupt. Until I learned about dissonance I remained blocked from a life of meaning and abundance.
So what is dissonance? It is the opposite of resonance. It is when energy frequencies do not match up, or harmonize. Unfortunately, many people live their lives in a state of dissonance. The efforts and energies they put out are not in harmony with their divine purpose. Their divine purpose passes them by without resonating, because its vibration is dissonant to the signal they are putting out.
Henry David Thoreau is credited with saying: “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” Their songs never harmonized with their divine purpose.
Another common myth is that: “the only way you can be successful is by working hard in school and getting good grades so you can get a job with a good company.” This myth has been proven wrong by some of the most successful people in the world.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not against education, my college days where some of the best days of my life, but you don’t have to be an Ivy League graduate to align your life with amazing success, joy and fulfillment. “Top academic institutions are wonderful, but there are unrecognized benefits to not coming out of one. Grads from top schools are funneled into high-income 80-hour-per-week jobs, and 15-30 years of soul-crushing work has been accepted as the default path.” For many people this path leads to a dissonant life of being grossly over-worked and severely underpaid, and hating every minute of it.
The secret of success has nothing to do with forming the habit of doing what failures don’t like to do, or forcing yourself to follow a path that is dissonant from your divine purpose. Principle-based success works in alignment with universal laws and principles, like the principle of resonance. Principle-based success is recognized when you find that which resonates deep in your soul. It is found in connecting with your divine purpose.