I Know The Secret of Success

Jake introduced me The Secret movie (that comes with English subtitles, but not Finnish – at least for now). The product is all about the secret that all the famous and successful people in the world have used to reach their success – either consciously or unconsciously.

I had read about The Secret, and after reading book reviews and comments in the net (and after seeing some marketing material) I saw some very rough statements. Some people were praising it while some others were disgusted. I became very skeptic and thought that it would be pure “new age” stuff. I was very close to drop the item totally from my list (although I was still thinking whether to get it or not), when suddenly Jake approached me and suggested a deal that he would give me the DVD free, and in exchange I would write about the DVD if I liked it. I told Jake that I suppose that’s fine, although I replied that I would give my honest opinion about the product – whether it was bad or good. And no, I’m not getting any pennies from sales or from writing this post after getting the DVD.

I watched the movie, and turned out that I enjoyed watching it. There were some “new agey” stuff and some “facts” were perhaps bit misleading, but the whole idea of The Secret is something I’ve heard in many other places and something that successful people have used. I believe I’ve unconsciously used The Secret to grow my website and business. Napoleon Hill (in his book Think and Grow Rich) talks about exactly the same things, although he is not taking so “spiritual” approach, like they perhaps do in the movie. While some of the stories and ideas presented might seem too “spiritual” or “religious”, I’ve always believed that the outcome is what matters. It’s like driving your car: who cares if it’s spiritual forces or the fuel that gets the car going, as long as you reach your destination. Any help that can make you reach your destination is appreciated.

I think that for many realistic people, The Secret might look like “trashy new agey crap they sell to poor individuals who believe in wishy-washy things”.

Might be. But I also think that realistic people might keep doing the same thing they’ve done forever. Realistic people didn’t get us to the moon – it was those guys who went there even when everybody else was saying “it’s impossible”. Realistic people will be first to tell you that you cannot make a living as an indie. There’s lots of things “realistic” people “know” that “cannot be done”. And I suppose that’s true for them, the rest of us will go to another direction. For those others who want inspiration, motivation and help to become more successful (in the gaming business or other areas of life), I recommend buying the DVD and watching it with an open mind.

For those who are skeptical, I recommend buying the DVD anyway – because Jake is a nice guy and if you buy the DVD from him, you are also supporting an indie game developer. Besides: The Secret is one of the best selling products in the world, and by simply looking what they’ve done you can learn a lot about marketing. They are cross-selling, they are promoting, they are using curiosity to drive sales, they are using affiliates, they are using testimonials, true stories and much more. The Secret in itself is a great lesson from marketing, if you want to look it from that perspective.

If you got interested: Buy The Secret from here.

I watched it and I liked it.

7 thoughts on “I Know The Secret of Success

  1. I enjoyed the movie too. Found it to be inspirational.

    Lawrence

  2. FYI – If you want to find out more before buying, the first 20 minutes of the movie have been made available on YouTube here.

  3. Basically it was JFK (or one of his aides) who put into action getting man onto the moon in 1961 and it was done 8 years later. http://history.nasa.gov/moondec.html

    That was a “vision” and many people thought that it wasn’t “realistic”. Was it the scientists or the visionaries who got man on the moon? I would argue that it was both – vision backed up with action. Without the vision we may have had some lovely technologies (ancient now of course) but noone on the moon. Without the technologies it would all be just a dream…

  4. “This is a really offensive statement. I don’t think the scientists who got us to the moon used any sort of wishful thinking to get us there, but their own brainpower and sweatpower to figure out how to do it, firmly based in the realities of the universe.”

    Sorry if it sounded offensive, but basically: I completely agree on what you said. I don’t think it was a group of scientists who thought “it’s impossible to go to moon”. I bet it was a group of people who thought “our goal is to get to the moon, no matter what!”.

    I simply meant that there are lots of “realistic” people telling how something cannot be done. Lots of people tell you how it’s impossible to be a successful indie. Lots of realistic people think they “know” how things go. They know what’s “realistically possible” – and I think that’s limiting. That sets up a limit. I personally think setting high goals, and if you fail… you try again.

    “To say that people who don’t believe in this and other fantasy based thinking, have no inspirtation or motivation, is sort of like a preacher telling someone he is going to hell if that person doesn’t live based on his particular supernatural beliefs.”

    Perhaps I made things sound too black and white… but I never intended it that way. I believe that realistic people do have lots of inspiration and motivation, I’m simply saying that if they set goals they “know they can handle”, most likely that’s where they end up being. On the other hand… if they’d had courage to set up goals that would be “impossible”, they just might reach them!

    “In sort, there is nothing wrong with keeping your beliefs realistic, while also dreaming of all the other things we can possibly do or figure out, all the other things that are amazingly real.”

    Well… you are then actually taking the next step: by dreaming and concentrating on things you possibly could do is very important. I might call those people optimistic :)

  5. “Realistic people didn’t get us to the moon”

    This is a really offensive statement. I don’t think the scientists who got us to the moon used any sort of wishful thinking to get us there, but their own brainpower and sweatpower to figure out how to do it, firmly based in the realities of the universe.

    To say that people who don’t believe in this and other fantasy based thinking, have no inspirtation or motivation, is sort of like a preacher telling someone he is going to hell if that person doesn’t live based on his particular supernatural beliefs.

    In sort, there is nothing wrong with keeping your beliefs realistic, while also dreaming of all the other things we can possibly do or figure out, all the other things that are amazingly real.

  6. But then it wouldn’t be secret anymore, right? ;)

    Okay, The Secret is much about the “Law of Attraction” – and ideas surrounding it. Simply put: “like attracts like”, and “you get what you focus on”. Maybe it’s also what Donald Trump says when he is asked about success: “Do what you love, and never quit”. It’s also about being “open to opportunities” and “visualising success” and that kind of stuff.

    I think the movie gives an encouraging perspective on this.

  7. I suppose you can’t just tell us in a few lines what is the secret? ;)