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Assigning Priorities

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Balance is the key to personal and professional success.


Knowing your goals and the path to achieve them is essential.


Being successful takes practice and dedication.



Pith. n. The essential part; gist. Pithy. adj. Terse and full of meaning.

"Over time, our enjoyable behavior can become an impediment to our success."

-- Karl W. Palachuk

"Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time."

-- Victor Hugo

"The greater part of progress is the desire to progress."

-- Seneca





"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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RFS™ Notes - August 2007


It's not the

It's the


School's back in session. Of course I'm tuned into that because my daughter's back in school. But I've also run into a large number of adults who are going


And that reminds me of my old friend Paul. Paul was KPEnterprises employee #2. "Back in the day." Paul came to me after having a mid-life change of dreams. He went to tech school and became a Microsoft Certified Systems


Then he got hired by my company. And from there he catapulted to being network administrator of a major cell phone company. And on from there.


The point is: Paul is my hero. As a grown adult, with a family, he started over in a new career. He decided what he wanted to do and he did it. I literally dream about the day  when everyone has the courage to STOP doing


So this back-to-school season has seemed particularly positive for me because I




This month we look at another kind of change -- cleaning out some of the "stuff" in your life.


I welcome your feedback. Thank you, as always.

-- Karl P.

Weeding Your Garden

by Karl W. Palachuk

People collect things. Bottle caps, salt and pepper shakers, teapots, old tools, books, unicorns, stuffed pigs, and just about anything else you can imagine. They say the Smithsonian is America's Attic because it's the largest collection of "stuff" that represents who we are. And so, naturally, it's on display.

But the Smithsonian is more like an attic than most people know. They have so much stuff that they cannot possibly put it all on display at once. So they have vast storage areas -- like attics -- that house the items that are not on display.

One of the best ways to clear out your stuff is to move to a new house or apartment. If you have stuff that's been in a box since you moved into your house, and you've never opened it, then it's a good candidate for Goodwill! So we have yard sales and garage sales and unceremonious trips to the Salvation Army.

And this happens naturally because we all change. We become new people as we move through life. We acquire new experiences, new surroundings, and new "stuff." So, perhaps, the person who bought the teapots, old tools, books, and unicorns has moved on to new interests. Once treasured items are now just more stuff.

Some of these old items you'll keep forever. Other items are truly just in the way.

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Do you know what a weed is?

A weed is a plant you don't want.

One of my neighbors plants morning glories. In my yard, morning glories are weeds.

The previous owners planted mint. In my yard, mint is a weed.

Here's an interesting article on weeds in New Zealand. The best line in the article is: "Most weeds are simply exotic plants brought into New Zealand to pretty up the garden."

That's the way it goes. We bring things into our lives. We collect flowers and teapots and stuff. But yesterday's treasure is today's junk. And yesterday's flowers are today's weeds.

The same is true in your personal life. We collect habits and people. But over time our enjoyable behavior has become an impediment to our success. People who were fun five years ago are now keeping us from doing what we should be doing.

No one minds the advice to change your habits. That's where all the real progress in life takes place. But it sounds callous to advise people to change their friends and associates. It's not really as bad as it sounds.

As a parent, I want my daughter to choose the "right" friends. I don't want her to acquire the habits of certain people. All people have a bit of chameleon in them. So I want her to hang out with good role models. Plus, some people just distract from the things you should be doing.

So why is this advice good for my daughter and not good for me?

From time to time we need to evaluate how we spend our time and who we spend it with. One of the greatest compliments I ever received was when someone said to me "Of all the people asking for some of my time, you're the one I should be spending more time with."

So I guess there's two sides to this. First, are you spending time with people who help move you in the right direction? And, second, are you the kind of person who helps other people move in the right direction?


Not to put too fine a point on it, but would you keep you around if you were weeding your personal garden?






"One principal reason why men are so often useless is, that they divide and shift their attention among a multiplicity of objects and pursuits."

-- Nathaniel Emmons

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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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