The Secret of Otherworldly Success: A Solo Podcast with Kapil Gupta

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Key Takeaways

  • The secret to otherworldly success – a purity in your pursuit
  • “When one does something for the purity of it, because the thing itself is what drives him, and it isn’t done for the fringe benefits, or the door prize, then one gains all the faculties that one needs. All of his talents become available to him.”
  • “In almost all cases, the pursuit of success is spurred by a fear of failure”
  • “Perhaps the greatest misunderstanding in the world of performance, among sports psychologists, business coaches, and motivational speakers… the whole lot, is this idea that performance is a goal, and that is fundamentally not true”
    • But rather – performance is a side effect
  • Skill acquisition is by no means the biggest problem for elite individuals – their problem is skill ACCESS

Intro

Purity 

  • “The SECRET TO OTHERWORLDY SUCCESS IS PURITY”
  • “When someone fantasizes or dreams of becoming a success, the crux and the essence of that dream centers around the periphery of the success”
    • This includes – what that success will bring you, how wealthy you’ll become, how it will feel to have “made it”
    • “The dreams of success are almost never about the ‘thing.’ They’re almost always about the pleasurable aspects of what the success will gain someone.”
      • This…is impure

Why does purity matter?

  • “The effect of doing things impurely is that one never has his full faculties at his command. He is always subservient to the pleasure of the outcome.”
  • “The cause of chasing pleasure, the cause of chasing the fringe benefits of success, naturally and necessarily leads to the effect of being handcuffed, as one pursues that success”
    • So the real world consequence of impurity, is ineffectiveness
    • When you do something from a pure standpoint however, then one is chasing the thing (what really matters) itself, rather than the fringe benefits of success

But Let’s Examine…

  • If your pursuit for wealth is pure, that’s fine…that is not a “fringe benefit”
    • One might pursue wealth purely to be freed from a life of poverty
    • “This is where society will really fall apart. This is a bridge that it cannot cross because it so handcuffed and straight-jacketed by rules that it cannot see beyond the blinders of its own false moral senses”
  • “When one does something for the purity of it, because the thing itself is what drives him, and it isn’t done for the fringe benefits, or the door prize, then one gains all the faculties that one needs. All of his talents become available to him.”

Your Drive For Success Probably Just Comes From Fear

  • “Behind every great success is often a great insecurity”
    • Such as the insecurity/fear of not being able to make it
      • This fear leads to “a flailing of the arms, a running in all directions, frantic hard work, a beating of oneself to the bone, and the bloodying one’s hand – all of the romantic ideas that are a natural offshoot of something driven by fear, something that is driven by anxiety”
  • When the anxiety, and the fear of not making it is no longer there, then the quality of one’s effort and pursuit changes drastically
    • “When it is no longer part of the equation, that one may not make it, one’s entire life….the entire complexion of one’s journey changes”
  • “In almost all cases, the pursuit of success is spurred by a fear of failure”
  • “If one recognized that making it was a certainty, then the things he would or would not do, would be drastically different than the things he would or would not do if he were spurred by the anxiety and the fear of possibly not making it”

It All Comes Back to Purity

  • “Where there is purity, where there is a sense of doing something in a very focused way, for a very focused outcome, to arrive at the truth for whatever one’s domain is, whatever one’s craft or art may be, one begins to feel in his heart that the thing is accessible, because of the purity from which he is pursuing it”

A Great Misunderstanding

  • “Perhaps the greatest misunderstanding in the world of performance, among sports psychologists, business coaches, and motivational speakers… the whole lot, is this idea that performance is a goal, and that is fundamentally not true.”
    • But rather – performance is a side effect
    • If it’s viewed as a goal – it fails
  • “The world is enamored by the idea of skill acquisition”
    • People think acquiring skill is the most important thing
    • “But in all of my experiences, and in all of my experimentation and examinations, and in my dissections of this topic over many years, I have discovered that skill acquisition is not by any means the biggest problem of elite individuals. Their problem is skill ACCESS.”
    • Kapil has a great analogy:
      • “If one has a million dollars in the bank, but he can only access $400,000, the solution is not to deposit more money in the bank. And yet this is exactly what all performance coaches do.”
      • The real solution – find out WHY one has a million dollars in the bank, yet can only access $400,000
  • “The world seems to have everything on its head. It seems to look at everything backwards. It’s no wonder that everyone goes astray, because they are subject to false ideas…ideas that are based upon opinion and tradition, and are not based upon truth.”

Wrapping Up

  • “If one views things from a sense of purity, if one views things from a sense of discovering what it is that really moves that person, and arrives at the point in which the idea and the poison of possibly not making it is removed, then that person gains access to all of his skills”
    • The purer that person becomes, the less he will care about failures along the way, and the more likely he is to just see those failures as experimentation – and that happens NATURALLY
  • “All other worldly things are side effects. If they are pursued as goals, they fail.”
  • “If one views things from the standpoint of purity, and that purity is refined and refined, until nothing but the vision remains, otherworldly success will chase a man to the ends of the earth.”

These notes were edited by RoRoPa Editing Services

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