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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.



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"If you're afraid to fail, then you're afraid to do what it takes to win."

-- Karl W. Palachuk

"When I was young, I observed that nine out of every ten things I did were failures, so I did ten times more work."

-- George Bernard Shaw

"Failure seldom stops you; what stops you is the fear of failure."

-- Jack Lemmon





"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 - June 2008


As I write this, the wildfires in Northern California are still


The winds in Northern California have a distinct pattern. They come into the San Francisco Bay and go up the Delta to Sacramento. From here, they


The result is that we get all the smoke from all these fires! When you walk outside, it smells like a campfire. Oh, well. It can't last forever.



This month's article is on success -- and failure.


We often confuse having success or having a failing with being a success or being a failure. Success and failure are both temporary events.


What we call "successful people" are those who continue to work to create successes every day. Similarly, people we call "failures" are not simply those who fail. A failure is someone who stops working for


I welcome your feedback. Thank you, as always.

-- Karl P.

Do What Works; Avoid What Fails

by Karl W. Palachuk

Never be afraid to fail. If you're afraid to fail, then you're afraid to do what it takes to win.


Successful people fail a lot, but they never focus on the failures. Failures are just temporary events. They're necessary to get to the next stage -- whatever that is.


I recommend that you keep track of "wins and losses." Keep a tally sheet.


What do you do that succeeds? Do more of that.


What do you do that makes you happy? Do more of that.


What do you do that makes money? Do more of that.


What do you do to get more clients? Do more of that.


What do you do that provides profit? Do more of that.


What do you do that makes more friends? Do more of that.


And so forth. You get the idea.


What fails? Stop doing it.


What wastes your time? Stop it.


What do you do that loses clients? Stop it.


What do you do loses jobs? Stop it.


What do you do employees? Stop it.


What do you do that loses friends? Stop it.


Be brutally honest about success, profit, and your habits.


Then be brutal about changing what you do.


Stop selling products that don't make money.


Stop doing things that make you unhappy.


Stop offering services that don't make money.


Stop doing things that make you unsuccessful.


RelaxAs you may have guessed, it takes a great deal of thought, contemplation, and quiet time to go through this process. Sit down every day and work on your lists. What works and what doesn't?


Once you've taken inventory, it's time for action.


The faster you stop unsuccessful behavior, the sooner you'll have time to devote to more successful behavior. The faster you get started on the "more" successful behavior, the more successful you'll be.


Side Benefit: The process of identifying successful behaviors will help you recognize behaviors that are successful to you. This, in turn, will help you see how these behaviors are related to one another.


You may not need to abandon "unsuccessful" activities that you enjoy if you can determine a way to apply one of your successful behaviors.


Wait. Stop.


What we saying? Are you saying that you only do successful things? No. Certainly not. I do lots and lots of unsuccessful things. I make it a habit to always try lots of new things. Some are successful and some are not.


But I try to make this determination as quickly as possible. When I find something unsuccessful, I stop as quickly as I can.


When I find something successful, I retool to put more energy there and to maximize success as quickly as possible.


Over time I work to build a "catalog" of successful ventures that grow over time. And, of course, that should give me the resources I need to try more new things.



Pregnant failures are not unknown in history.


History recognizes what I may call "delayed achievement":


The apparent failures of today may turn out to have made a vital contribution to the achievement of tomorrow.

-- Edward Hallett Carr


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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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