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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.

"When you set aside time to examine your life, You get to choose your destination; You get to set the goals; You get to determine the path; You get to decide how long it will take; You get to decide whether you're on the right path or the wrong path. In other words, you begin to know your self and to take control of your life. You decide who you want to be and begin to become the person you want to be.."

-- Karl W. Palachuk





"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 - July / August 2008


Some of you noticed that there was no July version of this newsletter. This edition combines the July and August newsletters.


And, I am sorry to say, this will be the last regular edition of the Relax Focus Succeed® email newsletter.


The first newsletter was published in October of 2002. What a long time ago that was. Since then we've had a good following. As we close the doors on this newsletter, it has been almost exactly six years.


Some people might ask what happened. The truth is: nothing in particular. I've always been very passionate about the Relax Focus Succeed® philosophy. But requests for seminars and presentations have dwindled as I put my energies into other projects.


Therefore, I have decided to reorganize the Relax Focus Succeed® universe.


- The web site will remain, and new articles will be posted there from time to time.


- This newsletter will fade away from its current form. We will have occasional notes, memos, and motivational snippets.


- The RFS Blog will receive more attention. Most new material will be posted there as that readership grows.


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My businesses have evolved significantly over the last six years. Great Little Book Publishing has become a distributor of technical resources for technical professionals. KPEnterprises (my consulting company) has grown to be a regional company and I am no longer working with daily operations (I just do sales and marketing).


And I have just launched a new adventure that I believe will propel a lot of people to the next level in their businesses. It's called


Promotion Monkey


Promotion Monkey!Promotion Monkey is a monthly printed newsletter that focuses on helping entrepreneurs promote their businesses in the Internet Community.


Please sign up for the FREE Promotion Monkey ezine (electronic magazine). Also, poke around on that web site and determine whether you want to join one of the clubs.


Free ezine subscriptions are available now. Paid newsletter subscriptions are available September 1st.


Please visit


The bottom line for RFS is this: I can only do so many things, and I feel that I have not been able to give this newsletter the attention it deserves. While I'm passionate about the RFS philosophy, this newsletter takes a lot of work to produce. I need to put my limited energy into projects with maximum return.


Thank you for your support over the years, especially those who bought the book and told their friends about it.


Please check out the RFS Blog and watch for more frequent updates there.


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One quick article this month. Thanks for reading.


Take Care.


I welcome your feedback. Thank you, as always.

-- Karl P.

You Are Everything You've Ever Done

by Karl W. Palachuk

I was talking to my brother the other day about all the trials, tribulations, money problems, client problems, and other hassles we go through in the business world. He reminded me of something I knew that I knew:


All that "stuff" makes us who we are today.


Hiring and firing the wrong people teaches us lessons. Having a kid and raising her to adulthood teaches us lessons. Investing in the right things, and the wrong things, teaches us lessons.


Building a successful business allows us to move to the next level. Building another successful business allows us to believe that it was more than luck.


And so forth.


All the lessons and all the experiences become a piece of who we are. The good, the bad, and the ugly.


But all of that is meaningless if we don't STOP once in awhile and do some introspection. We need to look inside our lives, look inside our hearts, and get to know who we are.


It's funny. The absolutely most popular article on the Relax Focus Succeed® web site is The Unexamined Life is Not Worth Living. I wrote that article in the Fall of 2002 and posted it in January of 2003.


It was one of the first articles on the web site. And it is still extremely popular. So the message hasn't changed.




You are the person you have become as a result of a million decisions and experiences over the years.


How many of these decisions and experiences were intentional, and how many just happened?



Almost everything in your life will be different six years from now. Will it be the result of simply letting things happen in your life, or because you intentionally decided to do something or to become something?


I am changing focus a bit. I'm going to help other people find success through internet marketing and promotions.


And I'm proud to say I didn't get here by accident. No, I didn't foresee this six years ago. But it is the intentional result of my actions and decisions over the last six years.


I can go do this because of all the other things that have transpired.


Moving through life with intention is extremely powerful. Most people never try it. It's not that they try and fail, or don't stick with it.


Most people never try it.


I hope that you will stay tuned to the RFS Blog. And I hope you move to the next level in your life with purpose and values.


I wish you tremendous luck. Just remember that luck normally results from hard work.  :-)


If you like pithy quotes, check out the Pith Page at

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Thank You!

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I welcome your feedback.

-- 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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