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Anytime that you decide to focus and spend a year of your life becoming successful, you will be successful.


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"It takes relaxation--and focus--to create and understand the balance in our lives."

-- Karl W. Palachuk



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What Readers Say . . .



Relax, Focus, Succeed was written for me… well… for anyone “like” me who’s ever had more to do or fires to put out than hands to pull out your own hair with. And since we’ve all been there at some point; this book will speak to you. Karl’s book reveals an escape from the ‘powering thorough’ that we do every day to get through a multitude of life without ever really ‘living’.


Relax, Focus, Succeed takes the reader down to the core of what makes us who we are and walks us through figuring out what we really want in life, how to maintain our center and create a well-balanced, happy, successful life. Karl is motivational and inspiring.

Hannah Welch
Marysville, CA
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I had the pleasure of attending a presentation by Karl Palachuk and found myself taking notes. His philosophy is that we need to slow down, take care of ourselves, and reprioritize our lives. I am guilty of being a workaholic and never feel like I'm accomplishing as much in a day as I should. But this is the first time I have ever given myself permission to take care of myself first--not to mention to enjoy my family and friends more.


And Karl was right, the work isn't going anywhere and the world won't stop spinning if I let it sit for awhile. This book is a true inspiration! I now schedule workouts into my schedule every day--something I never considered before. But I realized that I will be more productive in the long run if I'm taking care of myself. This is GREAT STUFF!

Stephanie Chandler
Sacramento, CA
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Karl has outdone himself in this book. I started reading this at a stop light and had to pull over and finish two chapters before halting my day and going home to finish the book. There are many practical and meaningful applications that are just helpful. I was pushing the limits of bad health and very bad overwork habits. This book has helped me tremendously. This book ranks with the quality of the E-myth.


You will pick this book up and have a hard time putting it down!

B. Vincent "Ben"
Auburn Hills, MI
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Take Advice!

by Karl W. Palachuk

Take my advice: Take other people's advice.


The bookshelves at the library are filled with books on success.  Whether you want to find seven secrets of success, think and grow rich, stop sweating the little things, or learn to put first things first:  There's a world of great advice out there.


In addition, you know lots of successful people.  Think about it and look around.  In your work, through your neighbors, and at the local stores you visit, the world is full of people who are working hard and doing well.


As you talk to these people—and read these books—you'll find an abundance of great advice.


Take it.


As humans, we seem always to be seeking advice.  But for some reason we resist taking the advice we seek!  The first time I read The Greatest Secret in the World, I was struck with Og Mandino's attitude.  He starts out by saying that most people who start the book won't finish it and most people won't take the advice and do the exercises.  Almost no one will take his advice.


And he's right.  He's also correct that those who do take his advice will be more successful than those who don't.  So why not take his advice?


What's up with us as humans that we can't take advice we know we should take?


I can't summarize all the good advice in the world, but I can give some examples.


If you read ten pages a day of some book on success, that's 3650 pages a year.  That's a lot of books.  I hope this is the absolute minimum you are willing to commit to your own success and happiness.  It's equivalent to at least ten books a year.


[Stop:  You've just been given advice.  Why won't you do it???]


And in these ten books you are very likely to come across each of the following pieces of advice in at least six of the books:


Exercise at least three or four times a week.


Take time regularly to focus on your goals.


Write down your goals.


Read books on anything and apply it to your success.


Do something to reduce stress regularly (quiet time, meditation, relaxation exercise, etc.)


Write down your values and your "mission statement."


Develop a process for planning your day, your week, your month, your year.


Do something every day to focus on success—even for a few minutes.


You will read all kinds of variations on these themes.  You will see them again and again and again.


You will be told many times that daily relaxation exercises and focusing on success are the keys to happiness, balance, and wealth.  There should be no doubt in your mind that the road to your success is a variation on these themes.








Most people accept intellectually that they need to do these things.  But for some reason only a few people ever take this advice.


I don't know why.  Perhaps we've all worked so hard to get where we are that we don't have the energy to "start over" with a program that requires work and attention and focus.


At a minimum, please keep up the reading.  If you read the advice enough times, perhaps you'll try one thing.  And then another.


The great news is that its never too late.  Anytime that you decide to focus and spend a year of your life becoming successful, you will be successful.


So please do at least one thing for yourself:  get in the habit of reading books on success.  Someday when you have time to actually become successful you can take the rest of the advice.

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This is one of the best books I have ever read, I have many on business motivation as well as many for your personal life and these seem to contradict each other. Karl shows you how to create the necessary balance in your life. I did not realize how much unnecessary stress I was causing myself until Karl pointed it out, this made an immediate impact in my life in all three areas Personal, Family and Business. I highly recommend this book especially for anyone trying to run their own business.

Bret Meche

Opelousas, LA
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The most important thing Karl's book did for me was to remind me of how important it is to relax in order to be successful. Too often we get so busy that we forget to take time to relax in order to focus our minds and thereby succeed. Karl's exercises throughout the book are very practical.

Sue Lynn Canfield
Roseville, CA
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I love the way Karl's book makes powerful and grounded statements. He is motivational, informative and hits the nail on the head. I recommend his book highly and I recommend it to my clients who are working toward more balance and relaxation in their lives.

Jenifer Novak Landers

Folsom, CA
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I will be rereading this book constantly until I get every habit fully ingrained in my head. I am off to buy a notebook for my "quite time".

Thank you Karl!

Brielle Beard
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I have read, and re-read this book from cover to cover. Its a fantastic book.
This book shows you how to do as the title says Relax, Focus and Succeed.


Brilliant book . . . highly recommended.

Chris Timm
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