In my first article "Authentic Success" Part One, I stated that the way to be truly successful is to be connected to the inner vibrations which say, "I MUST do this for my peace and happiness," and not I "should" do this or that because someone said it is the way to success. If your inner voice vibrates at a ten on a scale from one to ten, then it will be yours in time. Do it, with all the fears and monsters that will inevitably appear. If it is a seven or eight on a scale of one to ten, forget about it, even if your mother, your best friend, or that workshop facilitator told you in her seminar that you "ought to" do it.

I watched the film "Lord of the Rings" and said to myself, "That's life!" The moment the Hobbits knew what they had to do and started out on their journey, the monsters came out of the woodwork.

Why will there be fear and monsters as soon as you go after your goal which is vibrating at a ten? Why are they necessary? Can't you make the journey to authentic success a smooth one? The answer is a resounding "No!" You see, it's not the journey that is important. It is the way TO the goal that holds all significance. You are setting out on this path to learn to love more deeply, get wiser, serve mankind and laugh more.

Nothing works. Nothing is supposed to work. That's why we get married, have children and open businesses. None of those work. They were placed in our midst to help us become better people. How? Every time you meet a fear or a monster and slip and fall, instead of swearing at the cosmos, ask yourself: "How is what is presently happening to me help me to love more deeply, become wiser, serve mankind and laugh more?" The monsters will then back off until the next ones appear. They will always be there. The only way they stop coming is after you are buried in your grave. Anyone who tells you that he/she has a perfect relationship, ideal children and a thriving business without having met the monsters is heavily into denying.

That's why your innards have to vibrate at ten. If it's less than ten the monsters will eat you alive, or at best, you'll get discouraged and quit. If you are pulsating at ten, the fear maybe 99.99 but the desire is 10. You'll make it. If you fall, you'll get up, brush the dust off, pick up your sword and continue.

Authentic success is not determined by how much money you have or how many businesses you own, or how much real estate you have. You can be a billionaire and be failing at your relationships. You can never fail if you constantly allow the here and now to teach you what it has come to teach you. Do what you totally love to do and nothing less. Learn what you have to learn each day in order to grow into a better human being. Only then will you have all that God intended for you to have: Joy, wealth, fame, health, strength, energy, good looks and the best, significant and the most profound relationships.

Author's Bio: 

Lenny Ravich is the author of the best selling book "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Enlightenment" and can be reached at or