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Ten Powerful Success Habits According to Dean Graziosi


by Mary Gow

It’s probably been ten years now that I’ve been watching videos of Dean Graziosi. I have one of his books, an audio book and downloaded PDF of another. He’s a prolific producer of helpful information.

I subscribe to his emails mostly because I like his energy. He continually works on himself and his business. He generously shares what he’s learned. He has a way of cheering people on that I admire.

Recently in his holiday present to subscribers, I watched a video of him going over the subject of his new book: Millionaire Success Habits. Graziosi shared ten habits from the book and I couldn’t help but take notes on. . . and here’s what I gathered:

1. Have clear goals. Know what you want to achieve and by when. Plans may or may not work but planning is necessary and helpful.

2. Work on your strengths, don’t waste your time trying to make your weaknesses into strengths. Figure out what you’re good at and get great at it.

3. Filter outside influences. Dean likes to digest new information via auditory books because get’s got A-D-D (Attention Deficit Disorder). He noticed he had a difficult time sitting and reading so auditory books work for him. Figure out which way you like to learn and digest your information that way. Get in the habit of avoiding watching or listening to the daily news about the same old same old. We don’t need a daily dose of the latest disaster, murder, fire, flood. Avoid negative influences like negative people. Designate specific times to check email rather than leave it open.

4. Be solution-focused. This makes sense. It’s so easy to get distracted along the path to achieving a something. Look for solutions.

5. Be an observer or your thoughts. I really like one. It reminds me of a technique I was shown of visualizing you outside of your body up at the corner of the room watching what you’re doing. . . basically being a witness of your self. Remember that our thoughts can create busy mind chatter. It’s healthy to not get too attached to our thoughts because they can drive us crazy.

6. Your Past is R & D. Frame your past as if it was all wisely set up to get you to the place you are now. No one goes through life without some pain and heartache. Look at it as research and development for the magnificence of yourself emerging.

7. Have an empowering story. I remember a workshop I attended this past summer. We were shown two ways we could tell our life story: as though we were victims or victors. Claim your power through sharing the victorious version of your life story. Here Dean said “Enthusiasm and passion outweigh intelligence.” He explained how the energy level of a person could attract more success than being smart.

8. Model those achieving at a higher level. In essence, Dean said “Don’t get stuck getting advice from someone not living at the level you want.” Makes sense.

9. Be passionate about what you do! Dean said even when he had a less than ideal job, he did it with passion, knowing he was on his path, with an attitude of gratitude for what the job DID provide him.

10. Have a burning WHY. For some, this could take time to figure out. He went over a 7 level technique to get to your why (I didn’t notate who he learned this from). Dean said that “No matter what you think you’re here for it’s 2-3 levels deeper.”

He went through an example:

Dean’s answers went like this (and below are his answers):

Ask “Why would you pay for me to ____ (whatever it is you want to do)?

Because I want to create a legacy.


(And keep asking WHY until you feel a shift from your head to your heart).

Because I don’t want to go backwards.


Because I want my kids to have choices.


I don’t want to raise two entitled brats.


I want to be in control. I’m not a control freak. I don’t want anyone to tell me where to live, how to live, what to wear.

Why (is THAT important to me)?

Dean says keep going with “why” until you feel that shift from head to heart.

For more on these tips see Dean Graziosi’s new book, Millionaire Success Habits.

I thank Dean for his informative video and for all I’ve garnered from watching and listening to him over the years.

Cheers to a Happy Productive New Year!

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Vary Playback Speed on YouTube

Do you enjoy watching YouTube videos?

By clicking on “settings” you can choose to slow down or speed up the playback.

You can watch 15 minute videos in 7.5 minutes!

Click on the YouTube "Settings" icon and pick your playback speed.
Click on the YouTube “Settings” icon and pick your playback speed.
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One of My Coaches

What are your action items?

What progress have you made to get those done?

What’s the big picture goal?

Those are just a few of the questions life coaches ask.

One of my current coaches is Darren Hardy, who’s a motivational speaker, author, and publisher of Success Magazine.

I’m getting daily coaching and mentoring by subscribing to Darren Daily. By signing up you’ll be reminded to strive for excellence, stay fit, don’t look for external validation.

His daily messages are delivered Mondays through Fridays via email, text or both.

The dailies are concise.

In a recent post I mentioned graphic facilitation. Some of his videos use this technique.

Hardy also has some excellent tips for goal setting in his book, The Compound Effect.

He shares these forms online for free. Here’s the link. The downloadable forms are available in several languages.

You can sign up for your own dose of Darren Daily at

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Creating a Smooshing Business Plan

"Real Artists Ship" Quote by Steve Jobs, Drawing by Mary Gow
“Real Artists Ship” Quote by Steve Jobs, Drawing by Mary Gow
Did you ever think drawing stick figures could help your career?

It wouldn’t hurt if you’re trying to draw out instead of write out what you want.

It was a profession I’ve been researching called “graphic facilitation,” also known as “sketch notes,” and “graphic recording.”

What I find fascinating about graphic facilitation is it’s like visual transcribing. And there’s some places you can learn this skill. Two that come to mind are The Grove Consultants International in San Francisco, and Alphachimp Studio online.

There’s a terrific book called The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures, by Dan Roam. You learn how to scribe meetings with a blend of drawings with words which can engage your audience more than PowerPoint would.

I could go on about graphic facilitation but it was in researching that obsession that I found a highly useful book called “Business Model You,” by Tim Clark.

In a previous post I mentioned Emilie Wapnick ( who coaches people on how to smoosh their many talents into a career path.

I like her idea and there’s one page business plan in Business Model You that can help you map out a way to utilize your talents.

Check out Business Model You’s business plan form. There’s three different versions of the one page plan you can download here.

Happy Smooshing.

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