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Playing the wrong game

The only way to take control of your life, raise your standard of living and move beyond merely surviving is to create your own unique product or service that you offer to increasing numbers of people in exchange for the things of value that you desire. This simple formula applies to countries as well as people. A self-sufficient economy has its own products or services of value to export to the world. Similarly, a self-sufficient individual has something of value to exchange in the global marketplace. That thing of value is based on your natural talent, skill, or interest—in other words, your passion!

It’s time to stop the madness
Yes, they’ve got the game all wrong
The playing field was perfect
’til the players came along

They’ve changed the game’s objective
And they rearranged the goal
When all eyes were mis-focused
then the stealers gained control

The trickery’s amazing
Now, they’ve made it all a maze
They practice sleight of mind and hand
to misdirect your gaze

The rulebook’s been corrupted
And deception rules the day
And none question the question
does it have to be this way?

But we who see things clearly
to share truth are honor bound
To educate the players
of the truth that we’ve now found

So, move toward the sidelines
Where a different view exists
You’ll start to see the truth of it
then please consider this:

Who’s setting up the rules, my friend?
Who benefits the most?
Whose interests are served best
as mad we run pillar to post?

The game is the deception
And the ball’s not theirs to steal
You’ve bought into a game
that in the end’s not even real

So wrest back all your power
And don’t play the world’s wrong game
You’ll see beyond the folly
and your freedom you’ll reclaim!

How do they trick thee? Let me count the ways: Medical practices that maim. Little colored pills with funny names that cause more illness than they supposedly cure. Religious systems that misdirect awareness of one’s true divinity. News reports that omit truth. Justice systems that support anything but. Even silly little polls, pollsters, politicians and pundits who ask time-wasting, inane questions. All perpetuate an overriding concept of reality that has you believing you have no power and thus keeps you bound in an endless and futile game of chase.

You’ve abdicated your throne. So now you seek permission to own from those who steal. You look for guidance from those who misdirect. You seek validation from those with the least sense of personal worth. You accept cures and concepts of health from the sickest among us. You take as objective news information from those with the most subjective of intentions. And you answer meaningless questions posed by those with no meaningful answers. You’ve bought into a game in which the underlying belief is that the power (the ball) is in someone else’s hands and therefore needs to be chased by you. But the truth is, it’s not even a game! No one took your ball. No one can take your ball. It’s always been yours and is yours even now. The game doesn’t even exist. Step back far enough and you’ll see it for the folly it is.

Don’t ask for permission. The power to own, the power to lead, the power to cure yourself, and the ability to know truth are all already within you and always have been. The REAL game is simply remembering this.

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One of the best ways to reclaim your power and play a different game is to seek your information, inspiration and ideas from alternative sources.

Looking for unique passion-centered business ideas? Looking for new perspectives? Then support KRNM-FM, Saipan’s only commercial-free public radio station. Many ideas for my books, articles and the coaching advice I’ve given over the years have come from hearing the unique programs and perspectives on radio stations like KRNM.

If you’re not familiar with what public/community, listener-supported radio is all about, listen to 88.1 or 89.1 for a few hours this week to hear news, music, intelligent and fun programs that you will not hear anywhere else! Because stations like these are not advertiser-supported, they rely on donations from the public to survive. To make a tax-deductible donation to KRNM, call 670 234-5766. Without your support, we could lose a very valuable source of creativity for our students and residents as well as a source of passion-centered local programming like Saipan Radio Theatre, Blue Monday Micronesia as well as other popular syndicated programs.

Visit www.krnm.org to learn more about all the unique shows, and PLEASE consider donating. If not for you, then for the children, and others on island who listen.

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Until next week, remember, success is a journey, not a destination!

(Walt F.J. Goodridge is author of 12 books including Turn Your Passion Into Profit. Walt offers coaching and workshops to help people pursue and profit from their passions. Originally from the island of Jamaica, Walt has grown several successful businesses in the US, and now makes his home here in Saipan. To learn more about the Saipanpreneur Project and Walt’s philosophy and formula visit www.saipanpreneur.com and www.passionprofit.com. Send article suggestions, entrepreneur nominations and feedback about this article to walt@passionprofit.com.)

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