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I'd like to share with you a helpful and inspiring booklet I have read many years back. It was written by the late Herbert W. Armstrong, the founder of Ambassador College, where I was a student from 1992 to 1995.
I'd like to share with you his seven laws of success to help you live the very best life possible, both now and in the age to come:
FIX THE RIGHT GOAL — Most people don’t have goals — especially written goals. They simply allow circumstances to take them wherever it wishes. Only three percent of people in the world have written goals and they are the ones who become successful.
The right goal is like a magnet that “pulls” you to your destination. Without it, we don’t have a map or a compass. We don't know where we are going. Therefore, it is vital to have the right goal fixed in our minds.
EDUCATION OR PREPARATION — Even if you have set the right goal, you cannot achieve it if you do not prepare and educate yourself. Your goal will just be a dream and it will never become a reality. You need to gather all the resources that you need to prepare yourself in every possible way.
GOOD HEALTH — Even if we practice the first two laws of success, if we don’t have good health, we won’t make it. We will get sick if we don’t take care of our bodies, the only “vehicle” we have to take us to our destination.
DRIVE — You may be practicing all the first three laws, but if you just sit on the couch or stay in bed all day, you will never achieve your dreams. Drive is putting a prod on ourselves and it leads to massive action. There are times when we don’t feel like working. But we have to summon the self-discipline to blast through our fears or just laziness and just do it!
RESOURCEFULNESS — Along the road to success, we will invariably encounter a lot of hurdles or problems. But if we allow these obstacles to stop us, we won’t ever reach our destination. Thus, we need to be creative — to think “outside the box.”
Resourcefulness finds ways — creative solutions — around problems. You don't just accept "NO" as final. Problems are tests of determination.
PERSEVERANCE — This is also called “stick-to-itiveness” or resolve — never quitting, never surrendering. Life will always have problems. But perseverance will help us achieve success. And the proof of our perseverance is our consistency — even if we don’t see results immediately.
CONTACT WITH GOD — We need to have His help and guidance daily. Success without God is fleeting and temporary. It won't last. And without God, we will tend to set the wrong kind of goals. We will go for superficial goals and neglect the most important values in life — the things that money cannot buy.
Therefore, Law Number Seven connects back to Law Number One which is to fix the right goal. Not just any goal. The right goal transcends the material and the physical. It aligns us with principles and the purpose we were put here on this planet.
The following is the full transcript of this episode of The Best Life Club. Please note that this episode, like all episodes of TBLC, features Daniel speaking extemporaneously — he is unscripted and unedited, filmed in one take.
Good afternoon to all of you.
It's nice to be able to talk to you this afternoon and I'm happy to be able to share a little bit of an insight or a little bit of a talk about things that could help us to become the very best version of ourselves. And here at The Best Life Club, that's really what we want to do.
And I'd like to share with you a very important book or a booklet — it's really short — that I have read many years back and it's from the founder of the school that I was privileged and blessed to attend. The name of the school is Ambassador College, it's in Texas in the United States. And I was able to attend there from 1992 to 1997 [correction: 1995].
And so that booklet is about success and it's a very insightful and very inspiring booklet.
And I'd like to share with you the seven laws of success as written by the late Herbert W. Armstrong who was the author of that book, and it would be very helpful, I would say, to you as well so that it could help you in your life, to really achieve the best that you could possibly achieve as well.
And so let me begin with the first law of success and that is to fix the right goal.
Now many people go through life without any goal. So whatever happens, happens. You know you have that saying, "Que sera, sera, whatever will be, will be." So many people don't really have a goal. They just allow circumstances and situations to take them wherever it wants to take them. And so they never take control of their life. They never say this is what I want. This is where I'm going, and this is how I'm going to get there.
So people — most people I would say — don't have goals, and I would say that perhaps 97 percent of people don't have written goals. And that's the reason why only three percent of those who have written goals become successful in life. And so it's very important that you, as well, have your goals written down — ideally. But at the very least, have them in your mind.
But there's something about goals — about fixing the right goal. And so we're going to talk about what is the right goal later. But it's very important to have that right goal fixed firmly in your mind, because that's going to be the... it's like a magnet that will pull you — almost like — it's like a magic pull to your destination. And it's not like it will automatically do it, but it's like a guiding principle, it's like a GPS that would help you take the right turns — "here, left, right, left, right" — until you reach your destination.
Because without that particular set — without that setting — without that goal — basically we don't have a compass. We don't have a map. We don't know where we're going. And so it's very important that we have that right goal fixed in our mind.
And so that's the very first law of success. Anybody who has ever achieved greatness — who was ever achieved goals and success — they all had a goal. And that goal is normally what really determines — and that really helps them to achieve — the destination that they wanted long-term. And so that's the first thing.
The second is education and preparation.
So you have a goal. You want to achieve a particular thing. For example, I want to be an airline pilot. I want to be the best pilot that I could [be]. Now how can you achieve that goal if you do not educate yourself — if you don't prepare yourself — to learn how to fly a plane? So it will just end up to be a dream. It will just be, you know, something that would be just in your mind but it will never translate into action. It will never become a reality.
So it's very important that you study to educate yourself and to really put all the effort that you could into studying the subject, putting all the resources — getting all the resources — that are available to really prepare you in every possible way. Because once you have that goal you will look for the resources, you will talk to the right people, you will go to the right school, you'll take the right kind of course or training to help you achieve that goal.
So that's number two — very important— to educate yourself, to prepare yourself. And that's the second law of success.
The third law of success is another important principle which is to take good care of our health. It's good health.
Now without good health we can have the right goal, we can prepare, we can educate ourselves, but we will get sick — if we do not take care of our bodies; if we try to get by on very little sleep; if we eat junk food; if we don't exercise; if we just abuse our body — it will not last long.
Let's just think of your bodies like a vehicle or a car to lead to the destination. You cannot reach a particular destination if you do not change the oil, if you don't do regular maintenance, if you just allow it to, you know, to run out of gas, it will get stuck. You will get stuck on the side of the highway.
So it's very important to always take care of that vehicle and you only have one of [them]. You only have one, which is the body that we have — that we have been given by God. We only have one. So if we abuse this — and many people who, you know, they're like workaholics — they abuse their life, their health — they just keep going and going and going and going until they suffer from, like, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, cancer — and so we don't want that to happen to us.
So it's very important that we really take good care of our health because that's the only one — that's the only vehicle — that we have to take us to our destination. And so that's number three.
And number four is drive. You might have a goal, you might prepare yourself, you might educate yourself, you might be in the best of health, but if you just sit on the couch — if you just stay in bed — and if you don't take action and wake up and to work on your dreams, it will just remain a dream.
So it's very important that we take action. That's drive. And we need to put a prod on ourselves to make ourselves do it. And there are times when, you know, if you're like me, there are times that we don't feel like doing certain things and we're not in the mood to write or we're not in the mood to do whatever is necessary to achieve the goal. Like shooting videos like this. It's not the easiest thing to do, and sometimes it wouldn't be that — you wouldn't be comfortable doing it — especially for the first time. But there's always a first time and you just have to break through that fear and that barrier that you feel to stop you from taking action.
And so you have to drive yourself. There are times we just want to stay in bed. You just want to be or feel lazy. I'm not saying that you don't take a break. But if it's a habit that you just always procrastinate and procrastinate — you know, just put things off, day after day after day — then you need to break that habit.
You need to force yourself to take action to drive yourself. Nobody will make you do it. You have to make yourself do it. And that's part of being a mature adult — to make yourself do what's necessary rather than what's comfortable. And that's law number four — drive.
Number five is resourcefulness. You see when we are going along the road to success, we will encounter a lot of problems — a lot of hurdles, a lot of obstacles — a lot of problems. But if we allow those obstacles and those problems to stop us, we will not reach our destination. And so there are no easy answers often to the problem that we're facing. So we have to think creatively. We have to think outside of the box. And that's where resourcefulness comes in.
I remember one time that I had to really... a very important goal to me — and that is to study in the United States. Being a Filipino, we have to get a visa to attend university in the United States. And it's not that easy. Many people — many Filipinos — get denied, and I was one of them. I've got denied three times in 1992 when I applied for a student visa — an F-1 visa.
So I got accepted in that school, but then the consul here in the Philippines — in Cebu — would not give me a visa because they said, "OK, you're single, male, eighteen years old. Well, we have people like you who said they will return but they didn't." And when I assured them I was different, they said, "Yeah, I have a stack of papers this high in my office of people who said they will return but they didn't return. What makes you any different?"
And so it's really hard to convince someone like that. But what I did was I — ok so, I got denied three times. And normally, that's it — they wouldn't give you another chance. And it would be the next year when they would give you another chance to apply.
So what I did it was... I thought OK. I really wanted to go to Ambassador College. I really want to graduate. I want to be in the U.S. So what do I do? So after praying about it, after thinking about it, what I did was I decided to write a letter — a letter of appeal to the Consul General — the highest officer of the Embassy in Manila in the Philippines. And so I wrote a letter to him, appealing my case, and I looked for the fax number. (At that time, there was no e-mail. So I just looked for a fax number, and I found it, and I sent the fax straight to his desk. Waited a few days. Finally, I got a call. From the Embassy.
And he said, "Can I speak to Daniel Macaraeg?" And the voice said, "When can you come for a special interview with the Chief of the Non-Immigrant Visa Section?" And I was so happy. I was so elated, I was so excited because it worked!
Being resourceful really worked. And of course with God's help and with God's grace, I was able to get my visa and I was able to study in the United States — I was able to fulfill my dream.
And if you just give up — if you just say, "Well, probably it's not for me," then you won't achieve the goal that you really desperately wanted to achieve.
So number five is resourcefulness. You have to find ways. You have to find creative solutions around the problem. You just don't accept "NO" as final. You know, sometimes it's just a test of how determined you are to achieve your goal.
And so number six is Perseverance. The sixth law of success is perseverance or stick-to-it-iveness. It's about resolve. It's about never quitting. It's never... it's not surrendering — not giving up easily...
Because in life we're going to come across problems — problem upon problem upon problem — obstacle upon obstacle upon obstacle. (And only the people who are dead don't have problems.) But we will always have problems. We will always have difficulties. But we need to tell ourselves: "Look, you're not going to quit. You are going to stick to this. You're going to do this because this is the right thing." And so we need to always keep in mind that perseverance is what will help us ultimately to achieve success.
And if there's any key to success that's very important, it's consistency. You see, we try one time and if it doesn't work, we quit. Or we tried twice or three times and four times, five times, even 20 times. But if it doesn't work, we quit. And many people just quit too soon. And so we need to always remember: we need to stick to something. We need to be consistent, and the results won't happen immediately. But if the more consistent we are, the more determined, the more we stick to something, the more we persist, the more we persevere, then we will achieve the outcomes that we're looking for.
And most people who are successful — [those] who have achieved success — have followed all six principles — six laws of success — all the six laws. But there's still one more.
You see, if we just all follow the first six laws of success — having the right goal, education-preparation, good health, drive, resourcefulness, perseverance — if we all do that, but then, not do the seventh, our success will be fleeting. It will be temporary. It would be hollow, it would be just, you know — "Okay, I achieved fame, I achieved wealth," and then like many people who — or some people who achieved... you know... they were at the very top of their career and then they committed suicide. When disappointments and tragedies happen, they just couldn't cope. And they just take their life. And it's so sad. And I don't like that to happen to you. And it shouldn't happen. We should do our best not to let that happen to us.
So there's the seventh law of success which is very important. In fact, this is the most important of all seven. And it's put last not because it's the least important, but because we need to remember it. So that we will never forget that. And that is to have contact with God and to have His guidance and His help daily.
You see, success without God is just going to be fleeting. It will just be temporary. It won't last. And so none of us want to have that. We want to have a lasting kind of success. We want to have the true kind and the real kind. And so which will really make us leave a lasting legacy in life.
And so without that guidance, without that help from the Almighty God, we will always — most probably — set the wrong kind of goals. And most people today are setting goals — yes. But it's a very superficial kind of goal. Maybe to be rich. To be a millionaire. Nothing wrong with wealth, but if we achieve that at the expense of other things, especially the most important values in life — there are things that are more important than money or the things that money can buy. The things that money cannot buy, like love, character, relationships, and spirituality — those kinds of things can never be bought with any amount of money.
So it's very important that we focus on the true and right kind of goal. So law number seven is going to connect back to the first one which is to fix the right kind of goal. And the right kind of goal transcends the material. It transcends the physical. It transcends money and it thinks that money can buy. It goes beyond that. And so it's very important that we set the true kind of goal which will align with the purpose that we are here on this planet.
And so we are here so we could give, so that we can serve, and so that we can love other people. Above all, we need to develop that relationship with our Creator. And the reason that we are here is to be conformed to the character of Jesus Christ or Yahshua the Messiah.
We need to really build our life on that Foundation — the Rock. And no matter what happens in life, the shifting sands wouldn't destroy our house because it's built on the Rock. And so we need to have that kind of success founded properly on the right goal. Because if we build on any kind of foundation, it's going to be all shifting sand. And it won't last. And so I encourage you to follow these seven laws of success.
And let me repeat:
So may you be blessed. May you be encouraged. May you be inspired to take these seven laws of success and apply them in your day to day life.
And so, I hope to see you at the very end, a very successful person in every sense of the word — not just physically successful, materially successful, but above all, spiritually successful...
And in every possible way, you can really look back at your life and say, "Wow, I've achieved that. And I have done it with the help of God and with the help of these principles that we have learned today."