In the search for insight and wisdom, we crave new and creative ideas. We want to hear earth-shaking, mind-blowing ideas that spark radical transformation. We’re bored by common sense and parental wisdom – that type of knowledge seems dull and archaic. We want new, original, and revolutionary insight.

What if I told you that you already have all the answers you want? Real wisdom is applied common sense. Real wisdom is what your parents already told you. Be a good person. Give to others. Accomplish meaningful goals.

The difficulty is not knowing the truth. The difficulty is living and breathing the truth. How does one become a good person? How does one give to others? How does one accomplish meaningful goals?

Being good is not so simple. We are naturally selfish, greedy, judgmental, and arrogant. Our evolution demands that we take from our environment to survive. Being good requires overcoming and channeling our natural tendencies to strive for spiritual ideals.

We’ve discovered and identified thousands of animal species, and we’ve unraveled the human genetic code. We’ve found thousands of new planets, stars, and galaxies, and we’ve observed a wide range of cosmic phenomena. We’ve explored the inside of the cell, atom, neuron, and electron. We’ve advanced much in our understanding of the world within and around us.

How much is there to know? How much do we know compared to all there is to know? Do we know 75% of what there is to know? 50%? 20%?

The observable universe we experience only represents 15% of the actual universe. Of the observable universe, we discover dozens of new species every year, and thousands of new behaviors among these species. We know next to nothing about how the human mind works and next to next to nothing about how the human body works.

The more we know, the more there is to know. How much do we know compared to all there is to know? How much are a trillion facts compared to an infinitude of knowledge?

How can you become successful? How can you grow? How can you accomplish your goals?

Why are you asking these questions? You already have the answer. This formula for success has crossed your mind thousands of times. Probably, your teachers and parents have drilled this wisdom into you over the years. You know it, but you flee from it. You accept its truth, but you reject its application.

The key to a meaningful, happy, and productive life is so simple that it can be boiled down to two words. This formula is self-evident, tested, and life changing. What is the answer? How can you become successful, grow, and accomplish your goals?

Time and effort.