#1416 How to Be a Psychological Success

Maslow Says ANYONE Can Do This

In our last +1, we spent some more time with Picasso and Maslow.

We reminded ourselves that there are NO perfect human beings.

And, I repeated the fact (yet again!) that you and I will NOT be the first perfect humans. 🤓

We also explored the fact that, although none of us will ever actually perfect ourselves, the best among us STRIVE to perfect ourselves (in service to something bigger than ourselves!) as we more and more fully develop our own, idiosyncratic style.

We can spend a long time talking about how to Conquer Perfectionism but I’ll leave you to explore that 101 class and Tal Ben-Shahar’s BRILLIANT (!) wisdom from The Pursuit of Perfect.

For now, know that, as Tal says: “The optimalism ideal is not a distant shore to be reached but a distant star that guides us and can never be reached. As Carl Rogers pointed out, ‘The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination.’”

My goodness that is good. 👏 👨‍🍳 😘


Today I want to talk about some more Maslow wisdom.

This gem is from a relatively unknown book called Future Visions that features some of Maslow’s unpublished work and, essentially, the private journal entries of a brilliant human being.

It’s one of my all-time favorite books. Check out the Notes.

In that great book, Maslow tells us: “Anybody, any person whatsoever, under any circumstance whatsoever, can be a psychological success—at least in the above sense, of doing the best that one can and doing fully what one can—to be himself or herself and to accept the reality of himself or herself.”

THAT is Today’s +1.

I don’t care who you are and what you do or what you have done.

You can be a psychological success.



Accept yourself.


Do the best you can and give us all you’ve got.

Not someday.



The very MOMENT you live with ARETÈ, you ARE HEROIC.

Close the gap.

Give us all you’ve got.

All day. Every day.




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