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Five INVISIBLE Secrets to Success

I’m sorry.  That  headline was a bit sleazy, I guess.  There really aren’t five invisible secrets to success. (Sorry.)  The truth is, there aren’t ANY invisible secrets to success, because the “secrets” that lead to success are always visible — hidden in plain sight —  if you know what to look for.

Of course, there will be some who PREFER to believe otherwise.  Dan Kennedy says,

“Virtually all secrets are visible.  But people prefer belief in invisible secrets to the harsh reality of personal responsibility, to the visible explanation for success and for failure.”

Essentially, we tend to warmly welcome all of the “it’s not your fault” condolences when we lose big time… in business, in life, in marriage.  They feel good for the moment… when the sting of failure is still raw.   But, they don’t serve us.

Because we WILL get back into the ring again, ready to fight, ready for a new challenge, ready to win.  And if we believe the secrets to winning — in ANY area of life — are hidden from us, then it’s not our fault when we lose… and of course, there’s nothing we can learn from losing.

Let me be frank.  This is B.S. YOU are creating your life, your business, your marriage.  Every day, with the choices you make.   As for invisible secrets… let’s dig in and see what’s REALLY invisible.

Maybe it’s MINDSET you say…. After all, you can’t see someone’s mindset, Right?  And mindset is CRITICAL to your success.

Many people mistake me for an optimist.  (EVEN those who know me really well…. but it’s a false assumption.)  I am not an optimist.  I work very hard to be a REALIST.  I want a mindset that is committed to both DREAMING BIG and ACCURATE THINKING.  I want this mindset because I KNOW that the highest achieving entrepreneurs in the world have it… and I want to be one of them.

Is this a secret?  NO.  Is it visible?  Yep.   It’s visible because no one is born with it… therefore the mindset of a REALIST is something that must be deliberately created and maintained.  This “secret” becomes very visible when you consider the books littering the office and coffee table of multi-millionaires.  It becomes visible when you observe what they are reading, listening to, and watching… and it is even MORE visible when you consider what they’re NOT reading, listening to, and watching.  Mindset is visible because it must be built and the tools and habits used to build it are very, very visible.

What about FAITH? You’re a woman of faith, right?  Yes, I am.  And no, maybe you can’t see my “faith,” but my God says that Faith without WORKS is dead.  Useless.  So, my faith (should) show up in my words, my actions, my habits, my worship.  If it is of any use to me at all, it will be visible.  (Same is true for people of ANY faith or belief system.)

Here are some more “invisible” secrets hidden in plain sight, but often ignored:

Personal Responsibility.  When I win, I am proud of me.  When I lose, I know who to blame:  me.  When I am the problem, I can be the solution.  But as long as I make YOU the problem, there’s nothing I can do to change things.  The MOST successful among us are intolerant of such impotence.  A successful person adopts THIS mantra:  There’s always something that can be done.  By me.  Today.  (Period.) Is it visible?  YOU BET.  It’s visible in the lack of blaming.  It’s visible in the hustle of your day… as if it all depends on you.  (It does.)

Rational Decision Making.  Success is built QUICKEST when you do not allow your emotions to run things.  Emotions are AWFUL at decision making!  I remember laughing (he has a really dry, but hilarious sense of humor!) when I heard Steve Chandler talking about this fact. He said, and I’m paraphrasing,

“You can’t afford to go around taking your emotional temperature all day, wondering:  Do I FEEL like doing this or not?”

Emotional temperature.  I think that’s funny… because — like ALL great comedy — it is SO SO true.  You see it everyday.  People who do what they FEEL like doing instead of what they NEED to do.  This leads to a life and business of mediocrity.

Trump isn’t calling in “depressed” when he has a deal to close.  He goes anyway.  Oprah’s not wondering if she “feels” like taping another show today… she just shows up.  Tyra Banks — who actually RUNS her own company (actively) and is a super super savvy entrepreneur WORTH your study — doesn’t ONLY do what she feels like doing. She does what has to be done to get a very specific result.  Is this visible?  Yep.  It’s visible in the LACK of excuses, the LACK of missed appointments and missed deadlines.

Commitment.  Unwavering “whatever it takes” commitment.  THIS is obvious and visible.  Because setbacks for the uber-successful aren’t deal breakers… or even time wasters… they are only worthy of a  SLIGHT change in direction. It’s visible in the fact that these achievers do not give up.

Bottom line:  the SECRETS to being rich, thin and happy aren’t reserved for a lucky few… and hidden from the rest of us.  They are visible for those pursuing them.

The only question left is this:  WHICH do you PREFER?  The easy-on-the-ego excuse of invisible secrets or the harsh reality that it is — when all is said and done — up to you?


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6 Responses to Five INVISIBLE Secrets to Success

  • Oh my goodness, Michelle — personal responsibility is such a good point to bring out. I’ve had a string of encounters lately with some who take NO responsibility, and it’s amazing. I love that you’re calling BS on the idea of invisible secrets and opening eyes to the fact that we create our own realities.

  • We really do have to make a choice in life that we are going to create the things we want and not just wait for them to happen to us. Fear can be such a barrier and it’s great at creating excuses; but you’re right, you have to be a person of action and if you are, the results will come.

  • Yes maam…you are one of my favorite truth-tellers always and forever. And it’s so true about doing what needs to be done whether we “feel” like it or not.. so easy to fall into that trap when working from home, when really we have no business (pun intended) using that as a measure for anything in our working life if we want to be profitable or successful. So much of what we need to do to succeed in anything is inherently uncomfortable, at least initially.. so we will rarely “feel” like it.. Thanks for reminding me.

    Love you..
    Lisa
    http://www.Intuitivebody.com
    Simple Sacred Solutions For Living Beautifully In Your Body

  • “There’s always something that can be done. By me. Today.” Interesting that while taking responsibility for both the good and bad results we produce, we can also free ourselves from outside factors that we cannot control. In my blog post, I said, “DO what you can.” It certainly applies here.

  • I like that you pointed out what successful people are NOT reading. Such an important point, to eliminate the things that are not serving us. You article was interesting to read and very bold, I found myself flinching and will have to do the work to find out if that is b/c I found those statements true for myself or untrue. Regardless, being uniquely bold in your voice is something I admire greatly, thank you for being that.

  • “rational decision making” hit home for me…. I always seem to talk myself out of things because of fear… I am sure. Great post!

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Michelle lights up the room with her energy, but she does something even more important: she directs your focus to results, performance and taking full, joyful responsibility for their success in business.

- Steve Chandler, author of 9 Lies Holding Your Business Back

2014-05-01T00:25:30+00:00

- Steve Chandler, author of 9 Lies Holding Your Business Back

Michelle lights up the room with her energy, but she does something even more important: she directs your focus to results, performance and taking full, joyful responsibility for their success in business.

Lea & Rolfe Carawan

Michelle has given us the much needed boost our team needed. She brought a fresh perspective that invigorated us and propelled us to profitable action. Not only is she exceptional at what she does, her practical insights are immediately applicable and her absolute commitment to our success is invaluable. Using her always unconventional – yet View Full →

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- Lea & Rolfe Carawan    , www.carawanglobal.com

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Michelle has given us the much needed boost our team needed. She brought a fresh perspective that invigorated us and propelled us to profitable action. Not only is she exceptional at what she does, her practical insights are immediately applicable and her absolute commitment to our success is invaluable. Using her always unconventional – yet View Full →

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-Melanie McGhee, LCSW  www.peacefruit.com

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“One of the many benefits I’ve received from working with you is aligning and re-aligning with authenticity in marketing. No hype, no BS? Neither work for me. Yet, that was all I could find as I struggled with learning about this end of business in this tech age. Suffice to say, I’m thrilled to be View Full →

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- Tara Brengel, CONTOURS EXPRESS, multiple locations in NC; USA

Michelle Pippin was a breath of fresh air for my business. Her emphasis on RESULTS rather than EXCUSES turned my thinking, and that of my employees, around dramatically. If you are looking to create UNREASONABLE results, bring Michelle on board.

Tory Johnson

“Michelle Pippin is my favorite business coach. She’s great at two very specific things: Michelle can help anyone develop the ATTITUDE that’s necessary for success…and then she swoops in to target the ACTION steps that are essential for achieving whatever you dream for yourself.”

– Tory Johnson, Workplace Correspondent for Good Morning America, Founder of Women For Hire, and Best Selling Author of Will Work From Home: Earn the Cash – Without the Commute.

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– Tory Johnson, Workplace Correspondent for Good Morning America, Founder of Women For Hire, and Best Selling Author of Will Work From Home: Earn the Cash – Without the Commute.

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“Michelle Pippin is my favorite business coach. She’s great at two very specific things: Michelle can help anyone develop the ATTITUDE that’s necessary for success…and then she swoops in to target the ACTION steps that are essential for achieving whatever you dream for yourself.”

Alyssa

Michelle’s WOW! Factor Retreat (held in the OBX) was the best investment I’ve ever made for my business. I would have gladly spent 5 times what it cost – it was that valuable to me! Michelle’s enthusiasm and bold thinking helped me to embrace an even bigger vision than I ever thought possible, and we View Full →

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Michelle’s WOW! Factor Retreat (held in the OBX) was the best investment I’ve ever made for my business. I would have gladly spent 5 times what it cost – it was that valuable to me! Michelle’s enthusiasm and bold thinking helped me to embrace an even bigger vision than I ever thought possible, and we View Full →

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Michelle Pippin is shear genius. Her brain is crazy good and she can find money for your business where you didn’t even think to look:)) With just one suggestion she made, I’ve been able to triple my income.

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Dina Beimler, Human Resource Leader, NOVA Chemicals, Inc.

Motivating, engaging, and clear. Michelle exceeded our expectations and I would recommend her to any organization needing a truly inspirational, results-driven speaker.

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Thanks to Michelle’s business strategies, my business has double the revenue from last year so far. Michelle is the kind of person that takes the time to know who you are and what your business is all about. I consider this is one of the reasons why she is such an effective business coach. She View Full →

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After working with with my share of the high-profile online marketing coaches with disappointing results,I wanted and needed something really different.Quick story- I had a very bad month last Fall. The bottom dropped out very suddenly. I emailed Michelle who was available immediately to help me look at options that would create income faster than View Full →

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- Lisa Claudia Briggs, MSW, LICSW Mentor and Psychotherapist, Founder IntuitiveBody.com and WorkingInBeauty.com

After working with with my share of the high-profile online marketing coaches with disappointing results,I wanted and needed something really different.Quick story- I had a very bad month last Fall. The bottom dropped out very suddenly. I emailed Michelle who was available immediately to help me look at options that would create income faster than View Full →

Gretchen Gunn

Michelle is an exceptional business coach and mentor for entrepreneurs leading organizations both big and small. Working with Michelle has been an enriching and above all else, an enjoyable experience. Michelle doesn’t waste my time dancing around areas that need improvement in my business, specifically when it comes to writing business proposals, Requests for Information, View Full →

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- Gretchen Gunn

Michelle is an exceptional business coach and mentor for entrepreneurs leading organizations both big and small. Working with Michelle has been an enriching and above all else, an enjoyable experience. Michelle doesn’t waste my time dancing around areas that need improvement in my business, specifically when it comes to writing business proposals, Requests for Information, View Full →

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Michelle Pippin has truly changed my bottom line in record time. She’s doesn’t beat around the bush to tell you what you want to hear. Instead she tells you exactly what you need to do to take your business to the next level and produces results. Combine all that with her southern charm and witty View Full →

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Michelle Pippin has truly changed my bottom line in record time. She’s doesn’t beat around the bush to tell you what you want to hear. Instead she tells you exactly what you need to do to take your business to the next level and produces results. Combine all that with her southern charm and witty View Full →

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In a world where there are so many people who are all about hype, all about “making the sale” and all about themselves, it’s extremely refreshing to work with someone who is exactly the opposite… and then some. Michelle worked with me at a very critical time in my business and masterfully led me down View Full →

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In a world where there are so many people who are all about hype, all about “making the sale” and all about themselves, it’s extremely refreshing to work with someone who is exactly the opposite… and then some. Michelle worked with me at a very critical time in my business and masterfully led me down View Full →

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Before I met Michelle I was struggling with two major things that would make or break my business – believing in my value and how to powerfully speak to the needs of my target market. I cannot say enough about how Michelle transformed my mindset and my business. She over-delivered exceeding my expectations and I View Full →

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Before I met Michelle I was struggling with two major things that would make or break my business – believing in my value and how to powerfully speak to the needs of my target market. I cannot say enough about how Michelle transformed my mindset and my business. She over-delivered exceeding my expectations and I View Full →

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Michelle, the retreat was absolutely perfect. Well done! I so appreciated: Your direct style. Your intense desire to support and help. Your keen eye. Your very creative mind. Your ability to name issues / challenges, be to the point, and offer simple solutions. I look forward to a long and profitable relationship with you.

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- Fondly – Lorin Beller Blake www.bigfishnation.com

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Michelle, the retreat was absolutely perfect. Well done! I so appreciated: Your direct style. Your intense desire to support and help. Your keen eye. Your very creative mind. Your ability to name issues / challenges, be to the point, and offer simple solutions. I look forward to a long and profitable relationship with you.

Lisa Smith, MHt, CC

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Lisa Smith, MHt, CC LIfe by Design, LLC Coaching and Hypnotherapy www.hypnocoachlisa.com

Hi Michelle. I wanted to take a moment out of my extremely busy schedule to thank you for your help in building my business success. As part of your first group coaching and MasterMind retreat and 6 months of ongoing coaching, I have received great support and ideas–not only from you, but from the other View Full →

Laurie Baggett

Since coaching with Michelle, my entire professional career and life has been completely transformed, Michelle’s out-of-the-box-thinking and provocative questions made me really evaluate who I was as a woman, wife, mother, friend and professional. I have become re- aquatinted with my-self, and my dreams, and unlocked the “present” of living today. My income has tripled, View Full →

- Laurie Baggett, Professional Consultant for Businesses, Chesapeake, VA., USA  lrbaggett@mac.com

2014-05-01T00:23:07+00:00

- Laurie Baggett, Professional Consultant for Businesses, Chesapeake, VA., USA  lrbaggett@mac.com

Since coaching with Michelle, my entire professional career and life has been completely transformed, Michelle’s out-of-the-box-thinking and provocative questions made me really evaluate who I was as a woman, wife, mother, friend and professional. I have become re- aquatinted with my-self, and my dreams, and unlocked the “present” of living today. My income has tripled, View Full →

Beth Barnes

In 2008, my husband and I DOUBLED our income following Michelle’s super -simple guidance and out of the box suggestions. I joined the WOW! Factor Mastermind to at least DOUBLE again in 2009. This was my first time joining a “mastermind group” of any kind. I was both excited and nervous. But, the experience of View Full →

- Beth Barnes,   www.jbsrattles.com

2014-05-01T00:24:11+00:00

- Beth Barnes,   www.jbsrattles.com

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In 2008, my husband and I DOUBLED our income following Michelle’s super -simple guidance and out of the box suggestions. I joined the WOW! Factor Mastermind to at least DOUBLE again in 2009. This was my first time joining a “mastermind group” of any kind. I was both excited and nervous. But, the experience of View Full →

Jessica Riehl

Life is good. I am endebted to you forever and I am so excited about all of these developments in my business I can hardly stand it! Thank you so much… where would I be without your support and guidance?

- Jessica Riehl,  “Riehl Stories” Photographer, featured on Good Morning America, www.jessicariehl.com

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- Jessica Riehl,  “Riehl Stories” Photographer, featured on Good Morning America, www.jessicariehl.com

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Life is good. I am endebted to you forever and I am so excited about all of these developments in my business I can hardly stand it! Thank you so much… where would I be without your support and guidance?

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