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Most people choose not to succeed because it's difficult.


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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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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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The Fred Flintstone-Ralph Cramden School Of Success


Success is an odd thing.  Almost everyone knows how to be successful but almost no one chooses to work at it.  How can you be successful?  You get up every day, work hard, practice your trade, improve yourself, set goals, and work toward them. 

Some people think they will stumble onto wealth.  This is the Fred Flintstone-Ralph Cramden School of Success.  There's always a scheme.  They take money from their retirement fund and stick it into a pet rock franchise.  Or they invest in a real business but don't show up to work.  In the Fred Flintstone-Ralph Cramden School of Success there is no hard work.  There's only one fruitless scheme after another.

Success Ahead:  Next 20 Years No LimitsBut that's not why most people don't succeed.  It is related, however.  Most people choose not to succeed because it's difficult.  Success is much more than money.  It means good personal relationships, happiness, financial security, and a well-rounded life filled with people and things that make you happy.  Fred and Ralph never get any money, but supposedly learn that friends and family are what really matter.  Of course they forget this in time for the next episode.

We all fail.  We fail to exercise, even though we know we should.  We fail to put away money for retirement.  We fail to relax.  We fail to continue improving our skills.  We fail to dream.

The great thing about success is that you can start over any time, any day.  You can begin exercising today, and setting goals, and making time to relax, and getting to know yourself and your friends at a more meaningful level.

When you look back on the list of things you need to do for success, you'll see that most people do most of these things:  they work hard, practice their trade, improve themselves.  The one they don't do is to set goals.  And that's the killer.  If you don't set goals then all the hard work is useless.

Oddly enough, people are willing to work 40-50 hour weeks, take night classes, stick away some money for retirement, and yet have no idea why they're doing any of it!


Perhaps the single thing that separates successful people from everyone else is the willingness to think about their lives, get to know themselves, set goals for themselves, and work toward the goals.  Rather than being mice on a treadmill, they step off the treadmill and consider where they've been, where they want to go, and how to get there. 

So, why don't people do this?  I have to admit I don't know.  I think many people are caught up in the belief that they don't have the time.  The work keeps piling up, the store has to be opened, the paperwork keeps flowing, and they don't have time to stop.  The result is, they climb on the treadmill every day and run faster to go nowhere.  They don't see that they're running faster and faster and faster with nowhere to go.

I've been in the position of needing to train someone but not having the time to do it.  The result, of course, is that I keep doing the work until I take the time to train someone.  Then, of course, I have more time because someone else is doing part of the work.  I know what needs to be done, but I put it off because I perceived that I didn't have the time.

Success is the same way.  Once you take the time to relax, think about your goals, and decide where you want to go, then all of your work is more meaningful.  Your life is more meaningful!  But you have to take the time to do it.

Resolve today.  Step off the treadmill.

### RFS ###

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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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