“Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.” -Earl Nightingale

This video (and the other works of Earl Nightingale) has been the inspiration for more geniuses and millionaires than I can count.

For now, just watch the first two minutes.  What we’ll cover today is at a minute and 48 seconds into the recording.


This video is full of gems… but today we’ll just focus on one.

The formula looks something like this:

Success = Progressive Realization of a Worthy Ideal.

Let’s break that down a little further:

A Worthy Ideal = What you truly, sincerely want to do that will benefit you and everyone concerned.

The best tests for ‘worthiness’ that I’ve found are how it feels to you and how much it will benefit everyone involved (including you and at least one other person)

Progressive Realization = Continuously returning your focus (both mental and physical) to your Worthy Ideal and allowing it to evolve as you learn and grow.

This is where you develop and demonstrate the willingness to keep coming back, even when there are challenges and distractions… and allow your vision… your worthy ideal… to change as you change in its pursuit.

Oh, and by the way… thanks for reading… it’s been over 6 months since I last posted… it feels good to be back, and it’s great to have you back.

Incidentally, it took some real focus and willingness to get back in here, update everything, and get back to writing again.

See… I do follow my own advice… at least occasionally.  ;-)

Continuing to return your focus is the heart of meditation.  The willingness to return your focus again and again no matter how often or how long it drifts is challenging… and highly rewarding.  Doing this in the formal practice of meditation can be difficult… do it out in ‘the real world’ can be even harder.  This makes it the most powerful focus meditation… at least the most powerful that I have found.

All you need to practice is a goal that’s worth it.

So what’s your worthy ideal?

What’s your vision?

Feel free to share in the comments below.

keep smiling,


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“It is because a mirror has no commitment to any image that it can clearly and accurately reflect any image before it. The mind of a warrior is like a mirror in that it has no commitment to any outcome and is free to let form and purpose result on the spot, according to the situation.”  -Yagyu Munenori

What is Pure Clarity?

Having a mind like a mirror.

When you let go of the subtle pleasure in negative emotions… when you let go of attachment to outcome… when you let go of your fixed notions of self and the ‘external’ world…  you let go of all that obscures or distorts your True Vision.  Pure Clarity shines forth naturally after all that stands in the way has been removed.

What is a Warrior?

Many warriors come from martial traditions… but great skill at combat does not make one a warrior.  Or as Yoda would say:  “Wars not make one great.”

All people, whether they will admit it or not… experience fear.

A warrior experiences fear and faces it.

Facing fear without denial.

Facing fear without running away.

Before you can decide to face your fear, you have to accept your fear.  You have to be willing to admit it exists.  Our society rarely encourages honesty about fear.

Without honesty, courage isn’t possible!

And though we frequently misunderstand courage… warriors exist because of it.  Courage isn’t the absence of fear… but the willingness to face fear.

I don’t always act as a warrior… but I always strive to.

To face your own fears… to admit and release your own attachment to outcome… to be %100 sincere with yourself… is no light undertaking.

This path will challenge you.

It will be a warrior’s journey.

Are you a Warrior?

Do you strive to be one?

keep smiling,

Benjamin Langley


Here’s a better version of that picture:

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