Our Friends, Gurus and Heroes

Nathaniel Branden, the best psychologist of the 20th century. Author of excellent books (see, for example, The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem).

Before Tad started teaching success seminars in Poland in 1992 he asked Nathaniel Branden to share one important idea about life with people in Poland. He replied:

"Your life matters - your life is important - you matter - fight for your highest potential - fight for your happiness - don't resign yourself to passivity and pain."

In a recent interview Nathaniel Branden gave two wonderful messages to the world:

(1) "Let yourself know and fully experience how important love is and honor that importance in your actions. Don't ever be careless with love. Be aware of the preciousness of each moment of your existence. Be aware that none of us is immortal --- the clock is always ticking and none of us knows how long any of us has got. The time to let that other person experience how loved and valued he or she is by us, is right now. It's one thing to love --- and quite another to have the wisdom and courage to live that love fully, unreservedly, and to the hilt. Fully to surrender to love can be terrifying, but it's the price life asks of us in exchange for the possibility of ecstasy."

(2) "Don't deny or disown what you see or experience merely because you can't explain it, justify it, or fit it into some familiar frame-of-reference. Allow a large space in your psyche to accommodate ambiguity and uncertainty. Don't invent explanations prematurely just so you can tell yourself you have the universe all tied up in one neat package. Keep your eyes open, keep observing, and be confident that sooner or later the truth will appear to you, providing, of course, you live long enough. And if you don't, well, hasn't it been an interesting adventure anyway?"

Richard Dawkins is the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University. The author of: The Selfish Gene, The Extended Phenotype, The Blind Watchmaker, River Out of Eden, and, recently, Climbing Mount Improbable. Very interesting home page made by John Catalano.

Bob Green is a founder of Robelle Consulting. He is a Do It Now person and a great motivator (he is very tall too...). Here is what Tad said about him in the JA book: "Bob Green remembers conversations at a coffee machine, when he still worked at Hewlett Packard. Everybody would complain about the editor, which in fact was far from perfect and was a source of frustrations for users. Instead of exercising his "right to be angry" (from chapter 6), he started working on a better editor. Before long he founded his own company, Robelle Consulting, which was an instant success. His QEDIT is now known all over the world. Bob Green likes to listen to what other people plan to do and tells them: "just do it".

Brian Tracy is best known as one of America's leading authorities on the development of human potential and personal effectiveness. His Phenix Seminar we attended in Fort McMurray in 1986 has greatly influenced our future in Canada. He is an excellent speaker and motivator (see his Achievement Tape Library). Here is a quote from one of his numerous pages: "You are fully responsible for everything you are, everything you have and everything you become."

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