Brendon Burchard’s Life’s Golden Ticket took me on an unexpected journey. I found myself sitting and looking at the book after I finished reading it. Here’s my favourite bits and pieces from the book:
Though you cannot recall it ever happening, a spell has been cast upon you, and it has mesmerized you into believing that you are not good enough and that there is something wrong with you. This spell is Society’s Spell, and it has made you secretly feel inadequate, ugly, weak, slow, small, useless, and helpless for far too long.
Sometimes we forget that everyone has important moments in their life—happenings that forever affect them.
Too often we forget the most important and meaningful chapters in our life’s story.
Themes present in what you were taught in life, and themes present in how you have lived your life.
‘Well, if that’ a prescription for a tough life, I gotta tell you something—you swallowed it whole. You let the themes in your life become your beliefs, and you let those beliefs guide your behaviors. You swallowed what the world taught you, hook, line, and sinker, without ever questioning it.’
If you are unaware of the world within you—your internal thoughts and feelings—and you are unaware of the world around you—how people perceive you and your behaviour—then you don’t have the ability to answer the question ‘Who am I being right now?’ Because you judge who you are at any point in time by your thoughts and feelings as well as what other people are thinking and feeling about you.
You need to break free from the fear and suffering and anger that you have chained to the past. Because those emotions are holding you back from living freely. They’re holding you back from venturing into new territories. They’re holding you back from being who you were meant to be. It’s time to use your smarts and your strength.
“You’re not small and weak anymore. You can’t keep using me as an excuse to live shield up and sword out. Your life is what it is because of you, not me.”
We’re scared to death to be alone or unattended, so we follow the herd—either doing what we’re told or what everyone else is doing.
In life, the path of least resistance is always silence. If you don’t express your feelings and thoughts to others, you don’t have to deal with their reactions to it. You don’t have to feel vulnerable. You don’t risk rejection. But I’ll tell you what: the path of least resistance leads exactly where that ride leads to. Nowhere.
No goals, no growth. No clarity, no change.
Life’s like being in a lion cage, mate. Show fear, back down, or turn away from what’s in front of you, and you’re dead.
…but he presented an incongruous image—he looked like an ox sitting on a toothpick.
…performers, who, by showing us their talent and potential, always remind us of our own.
You can’t wonder where miracles go or where they come from—you just have to be thankful for them when they arrive, and thankful for them after they departed.
My final lesson to you, then, is about contribution, and it says simply this: if you want your life experience to be bright, choose to contribute.