Sunday Snippet: T. Harv Eker

“The secret to success is not to try to avoid or get rid of or shrink from your problems; the secret is to grow yourself so that you are bigger than any problem.”

We all have a comfort zone. It’s a place where we can feel safe from harm, a place where we can retreat from the frustrations and fears of the real world. It’s a place where we can forget, if only temporarily, about the problems that plague us. But it is not a place where we should stay. We need to get out there. We need to act like a pitbull.

I wouldn’t necessarily agree with motivational speaker T. Harv Eker in that there is a definite “secret to success.” There is no real secret, because there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution. We all have to figure out our own way. I will agree with him, though, in that we should not avoid our problems.

We need to face them. We need to address them. We need to solve them.

As you make your way through life, the hope is that you will continue to gain and develop new skills. You will continue to add new tools to your war chest, so you will be better prepared to tackle new problems as they arise. You won’t “win” every time, nor should you. Failures and losses serve as tremendous learning opportunities; they equip you with the experience you need to grow as a person.

A life mantra of “out of sight, out of mind” isn’t sustainable. A problem that is ignored doesn’t just go away on its own. If anything, it grows and festers, eventually infecting other aspects of your life. It eventually gets even more difficult to address, as it morphs into the Lernaean Hydra. Each time you cut off one head, it grows two more. Instead, you must approach your problems with a sound mind and a carefully thought-out strategy. And you need to take action.

T. Harv Eker is best known as the author of Secrets of the Millionaire Mind. He was born in Toronto and currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.