ifindkarma. elegance is refusal.

March 11, 2011

Life is like business. It’s 20 percent what happens to you, and 80 percent how you respond.

That secret to life I tweeted from Daymond John on Shark Tank.

It reminded me that 80 percent of success is showing up.

And that happiness is correlated with success. Additionally…

 True happiness involves the pursuit of worthy goals,” Csikszentmihalyi said. “Without dreams, without risks, only a trivial semblance of living can be achieved.”


But how does a being discover worthy goals to pursue?

I have a vision

Worthy goals come from enlightenment.

Enlightenment comes from living.

Life itself is a process of continual improvement.

In 21 easy pieces. We begin each cycle by waking up.

1. Wake up.

2. Breathe.

3. Let go.

4. Get up.

5. Show up.

6. Position.

7. Include.

8. Be here now.

9. Be excellent.

10. Dance!

11. Give.

12. LOVE.

13. Reflect.

14. Empathize.

15. Encourage.

16. Be kind.

17. Connect.

18. Learn.

19. Simplify.

20. Nap.

21. Iterate.


At any point, be open to enlightenment


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(photo sourceKeira Susan Dazi!)



  1. Adam, I have missed your wisdom. This is beautiful and profound. Can you please share yourself and your teachings more often? We need to hear it over and over and over again!!!! : )

    Comment by Anonymous — March 28, 2011 @ 11:13 pm

  2. Thank you Shelley!I also like this:http://www.quora.com/Life/What-really-matters-in-lifehttp://www.ted.com/talks/tags/id/209What really matters in life?Having Purpose. Following Passion. Doing what you love.Being in flow. Eudemonia.Connecting with people. Family, friends, loved ones.Sense of Mastery. Achievement.Moving your body. Walking around. Getting exercise. Dancing.Life of Meaning. Making a Difference. Contributing.Being aware. Taking in your observations and appreciating them.

    Comment by Anonymous — March 29, 2011 @ 2:06 am

  3. The most difficult skill is mastering your own psychology:http://techcrunch.com/2011/03/31/what%E2%80%99s-the-most-difficult-ceo-skill-managing-your-own-psychology/

    Comment by Anonymous — March 31, 2011 @ 10:11 pm

  4. The Road Not TakenTWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
    And sorry I could not travel both
    And be one traveler, long I stood
    And looked down one as far as I could
    To where it bent in the undergrowth;
    Then took the other, as just as fair,
    And having perhaps the better claim,
    Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
    Though as for that the passing there
    Had worn them really about the same,
    And both that morning equally lay
    In leaves no step had trodden black.
    Oh, I kept the first for another day!
    Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
    I doubted if I should ever come back.
    I shall be telling this with a sigh
    Somewhere ages and ages hence:
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I???
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.

    Comment by Anonymous — April 3, 2011 @ 11:31 pm

  5. ONLY A PERSON WHO RISKS IS FREEby Author UnknownTo laugh is to risk appearing the fool.To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.To reach for another is to risk involvement.To expose your ideas, your dreams,before a crowd is to risk their loss.To love is to risk not being loved in return.To live is to risk dying.To believe is to risk despair.To try is to risk failure.But risks must be taken, because thegreatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.The people who risk nothing, do nothing,have nothing, are nothing.They may avoid suffering and sorrow,but they cannot learn, feel, change,grow, love, live.Chained by their attitudes they are slaves;they have forfeited their freedom.Only a person who risks is free.~ from page 147 of the book "Addiction by Prescription", by Joan Gadsby ~

    Comment by Anonymous — April 4, 2011 @ 10:19 pm

  6. What do you want meaning for? Life is desire, not meaning!~ Charlie Chaplin

    Comment by Anonymous — April 4, 2011 @ 10:20 pm

  7. Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.~ Sir Winston Churchill

    Comment by Anonymous — April 5, 2011 @ 12:12 am

  8. Attitude is so important.http://www.career-success-for-newbies.com/attitude-quotes.html

    Comment by Anonymous — April 12, 2011 @ 8:45 pm

  9. Does everything happen for a reason?http://www.quora.com/The-Big-Questions/Does-everything-happen-for-a-reason

    Comment by Anonymous — April 12, 2011 @ 8:48 pm

  10. Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water.~ Zen Proverb, http://thinkexist.com/quotation/before_enlightenment-chop_wood-carry_water-after/12746.htmlEnlightenment: http://ifindkarma.posterous.com/enlightenment

    Comment by Anonymous — June 18, 2011 @ 3:45 pm

  11. I should invest in a luck factory. I’d make a fortune.http://ifindkarma.posterous.com/i-should-invest-in-a-luck-factory-id-make-a-f

    Comment by Anonymous — August 7, 2011 @ 8:58 am

  12. Be who you are, as hard as you can.http://ifindkarma.posterous.com/be-who-you-are-as-hard-as-you-can

    Comment by Anonymous — September 19, 2011 @ 3:10 pm

  13. Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!~ Bob Marley(via Lezlie Alcaraz)http://www.facebook.com/adam.rifkin/posts/10150305993030415

    Comment by Anonymous — September 26, 2011 @ 6:34 pm

  14. I find scars attractive.http://ifindkarma.tumblr.com/post/12095644681/scars

    Comment by Anonymous — November 24, 2011 @ 3:38 am

  15. If you write every day, you’ll get better at writing every day.http://pinterest.com/pin/217298750740262703/

    Comment by Anonymous — November 24, 2011 @ 4:03 am

  16. ???Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.??? ~ Charles Swindoll (via @tinybuddha)http://ifindkarma.posterous.com/be-lucky

    Comment by Anonymous — January 28, 2012 @ 2:20 am

  17. The 12 Laws of Karma:http://pandawhale.com/convo/539/the-12-laws-of-karma

    Comment by Anonymous — March 10, 2012 @ 5:19 am

  18. Are you more creative when a deadline is approaching?http://pandawhale.com/convo/1388/are-you-more-creative-when-theres-a-deadline-approaching-barking-up-the-wrong-tree

    Comment by Anonymous — May 6, 2012 @ 2:16 am

  19. How can you live a life without regret?http://pandawhale.com/convo/1386/how-can-you-live-life-without-regret

    Comment by Anonymous — May 6, 2012 @ 2:24 am

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