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The bottom line is obvious: Read. Everything.


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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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What to Read for Inspiration (Everything)

by Karl W. Palachuk

Here's a million dollars worth of advice:  Read.  Read anything and everything.  Read morning, noon, and night.  Reading and one other element—focus—will bring you success.  If you've got some goals and some direction, then

Many people wonder, "What should I read to help me be successful?"  My answer is "everything."

In a great little pamphlet on censorship entitled Aeropogitica, John Milton says that "A wise man will make better use of an idle pamphlet than a fool will do of sacred Scripture."  In other words, if you (the reader) put your skill and reasoning into your reading, then you will find value in anything you read.

One of the interesting things about success and motivation is that, once you put your mind to something, you begin to see that thing more clearly.  Once you are determined to find opportunities in a certain area, you begin to see those opportunities all the time.  It's like when you buy a new car and suddenly begin to notice that kind of car all over the place.  I never realized how many Accords there were until I started driving one.  I never realized how many sales opportunities there were until I started looking for them.

This is known as focusing on opportunity.  Once you begin to focus on opportunity, you will find it everywhere.  The same is true for focusing on knowledge.  Once you go through the process of setting goals and focusing your life on the personal and professional things that matter, you will find useful tips and tricks in everything you read! 


A wise man will make better use of an idle pamphlet

than a fool will do of sacred Scripture.

-- John Milton


When I get ready to do something, I'll pick up a book and educate myself.  Very often I find a book that motivates me in other areas of my life.  For example, I've read books on managing rental property and buying commercial real estate that are very motivating generally.  Believe it or not, even a technical exam preparation book can be motivating.  When the author provides information and a can-do attitude, the reader finds himself saying "Yeah, I can do this.  It's only a test."

Because of my areas of interest, I will see different information in a magazine than you will.  Once you have areas of focus, you will find gems of information everywhere you look.  For example:

            Fiction (historical or not) usually has a lot of good background information on whatever topic or setting makes the story go.

            Biographies are usually quite inspiring because the process of researching them usually causes the author to fall in love with the subject.  And most biographies are about someone who contributed something to the world.

            Magazines are full of every kind of useful information.  And sometimes they're not on the topic you suspect.  Magazines need to keep pumping out information every month, so there's always some new perspective.

            Trade Books (that is, the technical side of your business) have useful information about your specific business.  But most also have a theoretical or philosophical approach, or a section on "best practices."

            Hobby Books are great for the relaxation side of the equation.  But they also have lessons on the basics of success:  You can do this.  Focus.  Take your time.  Practice.  You'll get better with experience.  Etc.

            Self-Help books are obviously useful.  Be sure to be open to books that don't seem appealing at first.  Remember, the important part of growth is to grow in the areas where you feel the least comfortable.

            How-To Guides are a category that aren't really trade books and aren't really hobby books.  You want to come up to speed on plumbing, creating a corporation, or designing a deck?  There's a book for it!  Because these books are written by people who love what they do, they are filled with a positive attitude and a sense that you're going to enjoy doing your new skill.

The bottom line is obvious:  Read.  Everything.

 Start today.  There's no reason not to.

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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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