Success Porn

Definition of porn: Publications or broadcasts that demonstrate an unhealthy or voyeuristic interest in a particular subject.

There are a lot of fun variations on that theme: Food porn, house porn, car porn. Pimp My Ride or House Hunters International or Paula Deen can make us swoon about all the possibilities of the good things in life.  That’s okay.

Ever met anyone who was involved in success porn?  Bet you have.

These are the people who attend every webinar possible. They refuse to listen to music in the car because they want to hear the latest update of “you’re smart, you’re successful and people really really like you”.  A fiction book or non-business magazine hasn’t been on their reading list for years.

Here’s the thing.  When you are obsessed with finding the next big thing or the magic carpet that will transport you to the bliss factory or the single thing that will make mountains of cash you cannot make it happen.  Reading, watching and listening are important in the success of any person or business but not when that’s all you do.

If you write, write.  If you sell widgets, sell.  If you fix toilets, fix.

Just like the danger of regular porn don’t just watch and pretend it’s real.  You must participate.

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