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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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Managing A Business Like a Person

by Karl W. Palachuk

In 1651, Thomas Hobbes wrote a great book on civil government entitled The Leviathan.

The book's premise seems very simple 350 years later: People come together to create a government. The government consists of the people within it. Even the king represents the collective will of the people.

If you look carefully at the frontispiece of Hobbes' book you'll see that the monarch is really made up of all the people. For a better graphic, see (This link is subject to the frailties of the internet.).

What Hobbes said of governments is also true of all other social organizations. We come together in hopes of doing things are a group that we cannot accomplish on our own. And, in fact, the Industrial Revolution has forced us to extend the analogy of the body even further. In Hobbes' day there were only a few activities that required a large number of people to accomplish.

Today, most people work in jobs that require several people to be successful. No one person can build an airliner, or a skyscraper. Nor can one person run the billing department for a large corporation. Nor manage an insurance company. And so forth.

We are each individuals, but we work together to make things happen. My business relies on editors and printers, layout people and staff supervisors. I am not my business. No one person is my little business. My business consists of many people working together to accomplish individual goals, and together we accomplish great things. Many of these people don't even work directly for my company!


Businesses have the same needs as the people who work there:


They need to stay focused on success.


They need to value relaxation and personal growth.


They need regular evaluations.


They need instruction and direction.


-- Karl Palachuk


Think of your business like a person. What are the important things you do to evaluate, manage, and encourage the greatest performance from your employees? Well those are the same things you should be doing to maintain your business.

To help employees be successful, you need to:


Set specific, measurable goals


Evaluate performance regularly


Refine the goals and start again

All the while, you need to create an atmosphere of respect, appreciation, and fun.

These are the same things you need to do to maintain your business. As you can see, we've got quite a list of analogies between managing an employee and managing a business. You should look for more.

The bottom line is that you need to nurture your business and give it the attention it deserves. Too often, as our businesses grow and become successful, they also become filled with stress. Some of this stress comes from the boss. After all, the boss feels the stress first.

As the business hires people, the boss turns over some vital functions to new people. The boss feels freedom! But he also needs to check in regularly, or the employee will feel abandoned. The employee needs some attention and help. And that needs to continue if the employee is to be productive.

When the boss just hands things off and doesn't check back, the employee begins to wander off from what the boss intended. Soon that position develops in ways the boss didn't intend.  The more the boss ignores it, the more it becomes something other than what he intended.

Businesses are the same way. As they become more successful, they need the same ongoing attention as the employees within them.

We all know that companies have "cultures" and norms. Some companies are stressful, some are laid back. Some are friendly and some are not. Each of these cultures develops over time. It may develop as the direct result of plans and actions, or it may evolve on its own as the result of no plan or action.

You should work to make your business what you intend it to be. Here are two examples from my own business.

First, I have always tried to do business with nice people. When I first started, I used to tell prospects "If you're the kind of person who yells and screams at your employees, we don't need you as a client." As a result of my intention, I accepted nice people as clients and rejected jerks.

From time to time we pare down our clients and re-focus our business. This criterion plays an important role in that process.

One of the first things people notice when they come to work for my company is that our clients are really nice people.

Second, I work hard to make my business as low-stress as possible. All businesses have stress, deadlines, and problems. But we work to make sure that employees know that their job is not on the line, that we're going to be fine, etc. We put procedures in place to keep people from feeling like the weight of a problem is on them.

The result is that people agree that we have a very pleasant place to work. Employees feel supported, too, as they know they can share problems (and stress) with others.

Your employees are each single organisms that need attention and nurturing. But don't forget that your company as a whole is a larger, more complex organism that also needs attention and nurturing. The analogy is quite strong. The techniques for setting goals, evaluating performance, and refining goals are also very analogous.

Give this new perspective a try. 


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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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