Page 2Shall we go down the list?: Mahatma Gandhi, Beethoven, Georgia O'Keefe,Marie Curie, Amelia Earhart, Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, Elvis, HelenKeller, Madonna, Mother Teresa, Babe Ruth, both Wright brothers, ThomasEdison, Pablo Piccaso, Ernest Hemingway, Walt Disney, Shakespeare,William James, Carl Jung, Fred Astaire, Chuck Yeager, Doris Day, YogiBerra, Clint Eastwood, Mohammad Ali, Mozart, Miles Davis, Louis Pasteur,Ben Franklin, and on and on.Maybe you respect a few people on this list. Well, guess what? They didn'thave high self-esteem. They thought all kinds of things about God, politics,economics, philosophy, religion, the world, the universe. What they believedwas IRRELEVANT to their creative process.If the belief industry were right, then these people should not have beenable to succeed. Yet this glaring fact seems to go unnoticed to those whofoster the idea that you can't be successful until you get your beliefs right.Every year, well-meaning people, wanting no more than to be moreeffective at building the lives they want, earnestly try to change what theybelieve.The theory goes if you think well of yourself, you will think you deservesuccess, and therefore, not sabotage yourself.
Another theory goes that if you have faithand hold a positive vision, the Universe willfavor you with success.
(The latest version of this is found in the book
which is old winein new bottles. The old wine is from such books as
Think and Grow Rich, or The Power of Positive Thinking
, or even
The Life and Teachings of theMasters of the Far East.
)There is a phenomenon in which unusual coincidences seem to help outwhen you are in the process of creating something— the right person calls just at the right time, we find the book we need, an opportunity falls intoour lap, etc. I have written about the "power of attraction" as somethingthat is common in the creative process. We don't know why this occurs. Weare glad when it does.People in the belief business will tell you that it happens BECAUSE of yourbeliefs. But, hold on a minute. Does it happen to people when they are not