|07-30-2007, 03:20 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2006
Success story : 1 and a half year of PD
My goal for this post is to share the results I had in my life since a year and a half with personal development (I am not sure where to post this, feel free to move it to another topic if necessary). This is also intended as a "thank you" to Steve and all of you who write in this forum because it helped me. These are little successes in themselves, but great successes for me.
I would love it if others would share their success stories too in this thread.
-My situation one year and a half ago :
I had no direction in my life, just the feeling that I wanted to "do something". I was just coming back from a year abroad (I am French and I as in the UK), where I was an exchange student. I had great times in the UK, I spent my time partying, drinking and entertaining myself. Back in France, I as tired of that and wanted to contribute. My studies (economic history) didn't fulfill me anymore.
At this time I discovered Steve's site. I became quite a self help junkie really soon but it still helped me after a while.
I decided to consciously quit my studies and to apply for a Masters degree in International Relations, a field I was passionate about. I applyed to all the French Universities and got accepted in a great one.
-My Mum gets ill :
My Mum got mentally ill at that time and she had to go to a psychiatric hospital. We did not know how long it would last and if there was a cure.
At the same time, Steve wrote the articles about SR and I had one of the first spiritual breakthrough by experiencing SR. I understood the power of positive thinking and of the LoA. This made me incredibly positive and I can really say I was a pillar that helped the family go through this tough time.
My Mum got back home after a month and half, cured. Now the family situation is better than ever.
-My new university :
I loved it and enjoyed studying internationl relations. I now have a Masters degree in this field and I have finished my student life !
-New diet :
I tryied a vegan diet for a month and liked it. I planned to start being vegan, or at least vegetarian as soon as I would relocate for the university. i am now vegetarian since about a year.
-My LoA successes :
My new home :
I had to relocate for this university. I intended to find the best house to help me grow, in a very easy manner. A week before uni started, i went to that new city and within 2 hours, I had found the house.
Now, 6 people live in this house, none of them new each other before moving in. Guess what? 3 of them are vegetarians, plus one really interested in PD (we exchanged books and ideas regularly). In France, the average percentage of vegetarians is 3% of the population. In this house 50%. Seriously, what are the odds?
My traineeship :
i had to find a traineeship for the last 3 month of the Masters. I intended to find the best possible to help me learn the skills necessary for my professional goals, and without me to worry about the details (sending CVs etc..).
I was the first one of the uni to find a traineeship, and by a curious coincidence, I did not even had to search for it : someone called me and asked if I was available for a traineeship! (I am the only one for who this happened in my class).
-My social success :
I devoted the year 2007 to social and relationships, finding friends and especially girlfriends (I am a boy). I hadn't had a girlfriend since 2 years.
I intended to find girlfriends that I could help grow and that could help me grow.
I asked for some advices on this forum and that helped me. I was ashamed to show and ask for affection and now this is not a problem any more.
I also met the seduction community. It is certainly not perfect, but it helped me a lot. I am now able to go out without drinking, speak to girls, and get 3 or 4 phone numbers. It no seems much more easier to find dates.
I met a girl I like and she's my girlfriend since about 3 months and a half. She is totally into personal development and we have a lot to share. She doesn't eat meat, like me.
I am still working on my social skills though, I have a lot to learn and I find this fascinating.
My projects :
-Now the next step is to go work abroad (in Ireland) in order to speak and write the English language perfectly. I have recently been accepted at a job in Ireland and I should be in this country next week!
I am really excited, although I see that I will have to separate from my girlfriend, which is much more difficult than what I expected.
-Later I would like to have my own business and to contribute a lot, but I still don't know how I'll do that.
-I also still have to find the main goal of my life. So far I just have contribution at the top of my list of values (just before adventure ), but nothing more precise. I do have some direction, and I find it very exciting.
So thanks to all of you!
So far this threads only speaks about me, but it would be great if others would share their own success stories with personal development and life. Let's share it guys!
|07-30-2007, 04:34 PM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jan 2007
Wow, congrats man. It's great that you've taken stock of your investment in PD, and have concrete results to show for it. I like to regularly make tectonic shifts in my life. In the past year, I have:
1. Quit a long-term contract I was unhappy with. It paid well, but there's no amount of money that can compensate for having your life force drained out of you. I also wanted to change the technologies I working with.
2. Took massive action socially. I too started off looking at the seduction community, though I'd like to think I've moved past that now, into a more heart-centered approach to authenticity and social engagement. I never identified with the term "pickup artist" and always felt that most of that scene talks about surface improvements, rather than actually fixing the underlying issues, which are largely rooted in the ego.
In fact, I'm currently making a habit of meeting one new person a day. This is awesome fun, and I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to break out of their shell.
3. Became a Ruby on Rails consultant. I'd wanted to switch to this platform for a while, so I did. Now I mainly rely on consulting as a tool for transitioning to true self-employment (see next point!)
4. Started a company. I've been wanting to create my own ideal job forever, so a few months ago, I got started. I launched 30 sleeps on July 1.
I feel most alive in my discomfort zone. I wrote about this yesterday on my blog:
The Joy of Living Dangerously
Last edited by bradb; 07-30-2007 at 04:37 PM.
|07-30-2007, 04:57 PM||#4 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2006
For the past five or so years, I have overcome many obstacles to be successful. For a back story, I was diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of sixteen that permanently impaired my eye movements and doctors thought I would never be able to lead a normal life. I suffer from Parinaud's Syndrome, which you can look up on Google for a good description. A little before I got sick, I knew my dream was to become a stand-up comedian and due to my frequent headaches and vertigo after being cured through radiation, I never knew if the dream would live.
Just recently, maybe six weeks ago, I attended an open mic competition where I placed and made it to the finals, where if I were to win, I would win a week emceeing for the club and also a bunch of gift certificates and a newfound respect from my peers. To make a long story short, I won doing all clean material when the others seemed to resort to things you can't say on television. My family was there to support me and that helped a lot, but now I feel like I am on my way to a fulfilling career in comedy as well as public speaking. I have a reference experience that has changed me for the better and right now, I wouldn't have my life any other way. No fear. Every second I am alive is a bonus. So I live the way I want to live and am no longer attached to anything whatsoever. It's a great way to live. I encourage you to try it out sometime. Well, that's my story. Feel free to comment on it. I welcome anything you have to say.
|07-31-2007, 02:17 PM||#6 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2006
Congratulation Andrew, that's very inspiring. It makes me happy for you to read your post.
Bradb : I too met one person a day for a certain period of time ! This really helped me a lot, I enjoyed doing that. I think I'll do it again when I am in Ireland.
By the way I have quite the same view as you about the seduction community. As you say, it seems great to rather look for a "heart-centered approach to authenticity and social engagement".
I like your website, it is a great idea. I wish you all the best for this business.
|08-01-2007, 05:17 PM||#10 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Moscow, Russia
This is great success that you are reporting. It should be inspiring for others to know how much can change in 18 months when it seems it will take years.
Good luck to you.
|12-06-2007, 10:45 PM||#11 (permalink)|
Join Date: Dec 2007
I will definitely have to do the 30 days exercise. Sometimes when I goto eat during lunch and I see a girl I like, I start hesitating and talking myself out of it. This is the trouble I have with restaurants. I think it's the fear of making a scene. Malls, streets, stores, it's not a big deal.
|01-18-2008, 02:08 AM||#14 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Toronto, Canuckland
I was really inspired by this thread, and I thought it could use a bump. So...bump.
Its really good to see people making meaningful changes in their lives.
I got into PD around two years ago. It has been a powerful tool for me, as it gave me the courage to take a year off school and figure out what I want to do, go back to school and get decent to good grades with minimal effort (school isn't a priority for me). I started with no job, and now I make a part-time income which many students would kill for (its decent and it keeps getting better), working not that many hours with people I really like working with. I'm also exploring other streams of income which I wouldn't have had the courage to do before. I've been waking up consistantly just before 8 for almost the whole two years (except the two-three weeks cause of the following reason). About a month ago, I started going to to the gym regularly and I really enjoy it. I also started eating healthier and find I have lots of energy. I also medidate fairly regularly. I'm really happy almost all the time. And things will keep getting better. If I take the long view, and think of the next 60-80 years (we could easily live to be a 100), that's a lot more growth in store and I feel really excited about the future.
Most of all, PD has helped me to dream of a perfect life.
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