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Relax Focus Succeed

by Karl W. Palachuk


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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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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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Speaking Information


Karl W. Palachuk - A Different Kind of Motivational Speaker


A Different Kind of Motivational Speaker! See Karl's Other Speaking Page for more details.

Karl W. Palachuk wrote the book Relax Focus Succeed based on his experience fighting a chronic disease (rheumatoid arthritis)while building a business and fighting additional personal challenges.

He has also written hundreds of articles, many of which are posted on the web site. Karl also has an RFS Blog and an email list.

The Relax Focus Succeed seminars are engaging, enlightening, and challenging. Karl has presented this material from Amsterdam to New York to California -- and many places in between.



Relax Focus Succeed®

Practical Goal Setting

Vision Quest: Building Your Personal Mission

Leadership with Balance

Improving Teams and Customer Relationships with Personality Profiles


Relax Focus Succeed

Relax Focus Succeed®An introduction to the philosophy of Relax Focus Succeed.

Are you literally killing yourself trying to "do it all?" Karl's approach is new and different. He'll show you how to re-focus your life on the most important things for your personal and professional success.

If you're overwhelmed with work and home and money, then Karl's approach to bringing balance to your life could literally save your life.

Based on Karl's personal experiences, as described in the book Relax Focus Succeed, this seminar will give you some key habits of success that will literally change your life in the next 30 days.

This seminar has been presented in Europe, the U.K., and all across the United States. Join thousands of people whose lives have been improved with a little bit of the Relax Focus Succeed philosophy.

60-90 Minutes. Consider combining with a Goal-Setting or Mission-Building Seminar.

Consider selling Karl's books at this event and making money for your group. Or, include a book for each participate and receive a 30% discount!


Practical Goal Setting

Goal Setting the RFS WayThere's an old saying: Before you start climbing the ladder of success, make sure it's leaning against the right wall.

Most people know they should set goals, but they don't. In part, that's because they're doing someone else's activity. In other words, it wasn't their idea and they don't see it as central to true success.

But goal setting IS central to your success. In this seminar, Karl shows you how you can "cheat" by setting goals that guarantee your success.

Stop living someone else's goals, setting someone else's goals, and chasing someone else's dream. Learn to set and attain spectacular goals -- because they start with YOU.

Presentation: 60-90 minutes.

Seminar Workshop includes Presentation plus 2-3 hours of hands-on goal setting.

Consider selling Karl's books at this event and making money for your group. Or, include a book for each participate and receive a 30% discount!


Vision Quest: Building Your Personal Mission

Vision QuestGo way beyond goals: Create a Personal Mission mission to guide your life.

Personal. Professional. Family Community.

These words describe the circles in which we all travel. Karl guides you in this quest to create a personal mission to bring these worlds together -- resulting in a happier, healthier, less stressful YOU.

This is a special workshop for people who are committed to improving their lives. Great for executive meetings and smaller audiences. This is a powerful and personal process, so there some special requirements for the meeting place and space. Contact Karl for details.

4-6 hours, depending on how much time will be spend working on details on the day of the event.

Consider selling Karl's books at this event and making money for your group. Or, include a book for each participate and receive a 30% discount!


Leadership with Balance

Leadership With BalanceYou don't have to be "Type A" to be successful. You also don't have to put on one personality at home and another one in the office.

YOU (just who you are) can be successful. Karl will show you an approach to success that doesn't require overwork, underpay, or heartburn!

In many ways, our work life is not much different from what it was 75 or 100 years ago. Sure, we have electricity and cell phones and laptops. So now, instead of having a mean old boss keeping us at the job 12 hours a day, we do it by choice!

You don't have to work that way, and neither do your employees. Most of us could be 150% more productive today if we just practice a few simple habits. Not "easy" habits, just simple to understand.

Take the plunge. Join the 21st Century. Join Karl for a fun seminar that will open your eyes to a new way of looking at the world of leadership and management.

60-90 Minutes. Consider combining with a Goal-Setting or Mission-Building Seminar.

Consider selling Karl's books at this event and making money for your group. Or, include a book for each participate and receive a 30% discount!


Improving Teams and Customer Relationships with Personality Profiles

Personality ProfilesOne of the greatest advancements of the 20th Century is the use of personality profiles in hiring and team development.

This seminar gives an introduction to personality profiles. As Karl says, "Technicians are from Mars and receptionists are from Venus." How do we get these two to communicate effectively?

In the business world, communication is critically important. You need to build a team that works well together, with each person properly fitted to their job.

Personality profiles can't guarantee success, but they're great for getting a conversation started. Learn about the basic personality types and how they best relate to each other.

This seminar includes personality profiles for all attendees. Allow 3-4 hours, depending on attendees and goals. Contact Karl about details.

Consider selling Karl's books at this event and making money for your group. Or, include a book for each participate and receive a 30% discount!

About the Author

Karl W. Palachuk - A Different Motivational SpeakerKarl W. Palachuk is the author of several books for technical consultants, including The Network Documentation Workbook, The SAN Primer for SMB, and Service Agreements for SMB Consultants.

A Bifurcated Guy: Karl leads two lives, in a sense. One is the business owner for a few companies in Sacramento, California. The other is a trainer in the philosophy of Relax Focus Succeed®. Doing this successfully takes balance, which seems appropriate.

Trainer: Karl has been teaching in some form or other since 1983 when he became a teaching assistant at the University of Michigan. He taught college for ten years. These days he puts on seminars for Relax Focus Succeed ® as well as business consulting and technical trainings.

In all, Karl averages twenty seminars a year.

Blogger: Karl's "Small Biz Thoughts" blog is found at It provides advice for the Small Business owner and manager. This blog has been published since February 2006.

Newsletter Writer: Karl publishes a variety of newsletters, including
Relax Focus Succeed®, Promotion Moneky, and his weekly technology newsletter.

Web Sites: Karl manages four primary web sites, plus many others for special projects.

For the SMB (small and medium business) IT consulting community, Karl publishes a blog and many other resources at This includes and index to his popular SOP Friday series of articles. is just what it sounds like: a place to read newsletters and lots of articles on the philosophy of Relax Focus Succeed®. is the site for the Great Little Book Publishing Co., Inc. The "GLB" site features the books and CDs produced by Karl and his staff. is the site for books, audio programs, and other materials for the SMB It Community generally. Includes books and programs by Karl and many others.


Email List: The Great Little Book email list is found at This list covers upcoming events, seminars, news, and "what's happening now." Free, of course.

Speaker: If you are interested in having Karl present to your group, or do a training at your office, please contact him:

Karl W. Palachuk
Relax Focus Succeed®



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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