Recommended Books

Goals: Setting and Achieving them on Schedule
by Zig Ziglar -- also on CD

The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing
by Al Ries

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From Values to Actions

Assigning Priorities

Building The Future

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.

"Long term planning is simply focusing on your your eventual success."

-- Karl W. Palachuk

"You must have long-range goals to keep you from being frustrated by short-term failures."

-- Charles C. Noble

"You can't build up a reputation on what you are going to do."

-- Henry Ford





"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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RFS™ Notes - January 2008


I love January!

February's fine. It's even closer to Spring. But there's something about January that just sits right with me.


When I lived in Michigan, January was the month when I'd keep my eyes peeled for crocuses. If you don't live in the snow, crocuses are small, bright yellow flowers that brave the cold and sneak out even when there's snow on the ground.


And on a day when the sun is shining bright against the snow, there's nothing more optimistic in the world than a flood of sunshine on a crocus.


California's very different. But January is still a sunshine month for me. Here cold means 50 degrees. But fifty degrees with bright sunshine is still a great attitude-booster.


I hope you stay focused on the sunshine you find throughout your day.




We're now in our sixth full year of producing this newsletter. That got me thinking about the long road to success.


This month we


I welcome your feedback. Thank you, as always.

-- Karl P.

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

by Karl W. Palachuk

One of my favorite fables is The Tortoise and the Hare. I know you know it. Old Aesop tells us about a race between the speedy hare and the "slow and steady" tortoise.


Tortoise HareThe speedy hare got off to a good start, but got tired. He decided that the tortoise was so far behind him that he had time for a nap. So rather than even walking to the finish line, he took a nap, only to be woken by the cheering crowds when the tortoise crossed the finish line.


When I start a big new venture, I try to have a long term strategy. I look at what needs to be done, and I plan for long-term success. I've written many articles about why short-term success strategies don't work. See, for example, The Fred Flintstone-Ralph Cramden School Of Success.


When I started this newsletter, there was just one lonely newsletter. It had two or three articles. It had a few book recommendations. A meager "body of work" by any standard.


Now, six years later, I have a history of producing something every month for six years. I have added dozens of articles to the web site. And there's a book!


The lesson is clear: If you're considering a new venture, don't plan to have instant success. Instead, plan to have a lot of work! And then make plans for long-term success.



Here's a Plan for Success:

Get up every day.

Go to work.

Work hard.

Have a plan and work the plan. 

One day you'll look back and see that you're successful.



A Note On Internet Marketing


I am often asked bout how to go about starting a newsletter (by email, or in print), or how to start a blog.


My first three pieces of advice are always these:


Which WayFirst, have three postings (issues) ready to go before you start. Producing something on a regular basis is not easy. With luck, you'll develop habits over time that make production easier. But you don't know how difficult it will be until you get started. So have three "in the can" before you start.


Second, be prepared for a slow start. New blogs never have visitors. New newsletters never have readers. Remember, no matter how brilliant your ideas are, you're competing with a billion other forms of communication in the world. Which leads to . . .


Third, plan for long-term success. Very few people launch a new newsletter and have a thousand subscribers the next day. Have a "publication schedule," stick to it, and you will eventually become a regular source of information. No one reads a blog with old content.

Keep putting your ideas out there.




Slow and Steady Wins the Race!


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-- Karl W. Palachuk


Of Interest



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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