The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch July 21, 2008
On July 21, 2008 I was a guest on “The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch on CNBC. The segment title was called, Inside the minds of those who have achieved the American Dream. Other guests included Erin Brockovich, famous for the Academy Award winning movie “Erin Brockovich”. Famous Dave Anderson, entrepreneur and multi-millionaire and Paul Stanley former lead singer of the rock group “KISS”.
In part the show was about how to become successful, even if you were labeled “Least likely to succeed in high school”. The entire experience was a blast and very informative.
One of the producers of CNBC asked me to write a BLOG about my insights on negative labels and this is what I wrote:
Our labels, whether positive or negative, derive from the beliefs we have about ourselves and our surrounding world. They start to formulate when we are children and for the most part they are bestowed upon us by our parents, teachers, religious groups, authority figures, peers, etc. All of the beliefs we have about our surrounding world as adults were formulated and programmed from what we learned from our past experiences.
Our success and happiness depends on the intensity of our thoughts. In time, our thoughts create beliefs and labels that reside in our unconscious mind. These labels mold our lives and govern how we react to life’s situations. They attract to us the exact results that they represent. We literally create our own reality based on our individual labels.
You might have a label that signifies that you are talented, lucky and good things will always come your way. Or you might have a negative label that signifies that dreams are for more fortunate people and your not one of them. Here’s the hard-core reality. Either one of these labels will represent who you think you are. They are the determining factors for the choices you make and the actions you take.