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Posted By: Randy GageJuly 10, 2011

So it happened again.  Two weeks after I sent out a message about a timeline for an event I’m running for an association, I got a reply from someone wanting to change it.  After we were all set and implemented.  (Sigh.)

It’s a massive project and requires making decisions and moving forward at a fast pace.  But the person who sent this message seems to check her email about once every ten days.  So everyone checks in, we make a decision and move forward, and then a couple weeks later we hear from her with stuff she wants to change.

Making things worse, I'm doing the work on this project, as a volunteer, after I do the 60 or 70 hours a week I spend to run my businesses.   It all kind of reminds me of the Deepak Chopra book I’m reading now.  I actually love Deepak’s work because it opens new vistas of thinking for me.  But I chafe when he says things like wealth is created spontaneously and effortlessly, when you go to the space between thoughts, meditate in the cosmic soup of quantum consciousness, and apply the law of pure potentiality.

Huh?

Now do I believe prosperity is your natural state?  Absolutely.  Do I agree that when you’re in the flow of divine order, things fall into place?  Yep.  Do I believe when you set an intention, you bend the universe to your will?  Check.

But while it’s not fashionable to say it, success requires work and effort.  Sorry.

I think the problem with my aforementioned colleague is she probably read The 4-Hour Work Week. Great book, which I enjoyed tremendously.  It provides some good productivity and life-balance tips.  Just as Dr. Chopra’s work provides some fascinating insights into the mind-body connections.

But you have to read everything (including this blog) with discernment.

The four-hour work week is one of those things that sounds good, looks good, and looks good on paper.  But no one actually does that!  Including and especially the guy who wrote that book.

If people worried a little less about quantum consciousness and a little more about quantum work, they’d be a lot more successful.  I’m just saying…

-RG

 

38 comments on “Quantum Work”

  1. "But the person who sent this message seems to check her email about once every ten days."

    *mutter*mutter*stomp*mutter*stomp*mutter*

    Just had someone passive-aggressively call me out today because after six weeks I'd stopped trying to get a hold of her and went ahead with the plan for a program. Now she's come back with her own plans and has zero concept that she doesn't exist in a vacuum. We're done - we're ready to go and we've slotted in a space for her should she want it.

    Don't particularly feel like taking responsibility for her general wretchedness when she caused it herself. "Oh well, I guess if you went ahead without me." Darn right we did, short of flying to your home with a picnic basket full of jams and jellies.

    Hey, it's okay if people want to take the slow meandering path up the mountain to look at the shiny rocks. I'm good with that. But let everybody know that and don't be surprised that folks might go on up ahead without you, especially the planning team.

    OR, radical idea: pick up your ever-lovin' email. NYAH!

    *off soapbox*

      1. Here is a saying that sits well with both these situations and commentary. "Your lack of planning, should not become my emergency." It seems to fit! Used to have it on my office wall once.

  2. Really great post Randy. I've yet to find any validity in the gospel of "effortless success." I love working out in the gym, but it still requires effort. And since we live in a universe we have influence over , but still don't control, mental, spiritual and physical effort is required to co-create the results we want. The universe gives us gifts all the time, but I'm sure you haven't had everything given to you without effort on your part.

    I find that even (or especially) my spiritual growth requires effort on my part to learn new ways of thinking and to gain higher levels of consciousness. It's not always a walk in the park for me by any means. Does it get easier? Yes, but not effortless

  3. I think I know what Deepak means when he says "wealth is created spontaneously an effortlessly" (somene wins the lottery or Publishers Clearing House) and they go to a place between
    thoughts and meditate in the cosmic soup of quantum consciousness (they're going to Disney Land) to apply the law of pure potentiality.

  4. Thanks Randy...I needed this one! 🙂 I've definitely found myself at times leaning more towards the quantum consciousness than the quantum work!.Great (and timely) reminder. Thanks!!
    -Sean

  5. I needed to read this piece today - thank you so much - this happens in my work life all the time - I get the hurry I need this now and don't hear much for weeks until the next fire drill.... I enjoyed your piece this evening. Have a GREAT night

  6. "If people worried a little less about quantum consciousness and a little more about quantum work, they’d be a lot more successful. I’m just sayin"

    ... and we all say ~ Amen!

    Sorry! I'm still snickering over this. 😉

    Now ... gotta get back to work!

    K

  7. Hi, Randy,

    Excellent post.

    Brings to mind a book I recently read: "The Millionaire Fastlane" by M.J. DeMarco. In it, he discusses the people who are on the Fastlane, creating the books about “effortless success” and “quantum soup of cosmic consciousness” which they sell to the people (suckers) on the Slowlane. The latter expect to get rich ruminating on abstract concepts.

    Somewhat like people you often reference who watch “The Secret” numerous times, and then wonder why they are not multi-millionaires or their True Love has not shown up on their doorstep.

    BTW, I too love Deepak’s stuff, and have been a fan of his for years now. Still, to me an operative principle of Life is yin/yang. Yin=mind-expanding concepts and ideas. Yang= laser-like focus combined with ACTIVE EFFORT AND APPLICATION.

    Both are necessary for success in this physical world.

    Keep the Spirit,

    pg

  8. There are three ways of "working"

    1. Working Hard
    2. Working effortlessly, joyfully
    3. Not working.

    Chopra is talking about the practice of #2, not #3.

    When I am inspired, I flow with productive activity, without consciousness of time, joyfully and effortlessly. Gosh that's fun!

    Sometimes it takes a little effort to get into that inspired space. I have to "prime the pump" so to speak with a little meditation, or a little reading about limitless potentials, etc. Deepak Chopra is a great source of inspiration.

    Quantum productivity (or "work" as Randy calls it) arises from, is sourced within, quantum consciousness.

    (ps: don't blame the messenger when people misunderstand the message)

  9. Great stuff everyone!!! I quit working for this real estate guy when he didn't followup a lead I dropped into his lap... told him to email and followup... don't tell me what to do!!! okay... but it is true when you do what you love it doesn't even feel like work... can't wait to do my food/wine blog.. could do it for hours and not even call it work..

  10. Well spoken. 🙂
    The Bible speaks a lot about hard work, persistence and patience. No stories about Ants drifting into quantum soup, just lots of gathering and hard work before the winter comes.
    xox

  11. I've tried to figure out this concept of building wealth effortlessly. It all comes back to one thing for me.... work harder than anyone around you. Having my best year ever and it's really the result of massive work over the last 2 and 1/2 years. If anyone has great advise on how to be successful and build wealth otherwise I'm all ears.

  12. Hi Randy,

    what an awesome post and for some reason, I needed to hear that this morning. Especially thanks for the hint that everything has to be read with discernment. Of course we want to believe the 4 hour work week and the stuff with meditating between the spaces, but are we really able to believe it ? Working for something definitely contributes to feeling worthy about the money we make - or is it just my conditioning ?

    Thanks for sharing your insights.

    Take care

    Oliver

  13. Awesome article Randy! I've always been a believer in the whole, "It's not the amount of hours you put into the work, it's the amount of work you put into the hours"

    Work to be productive, not busy.

    Thanks for your brilliance Randy!

    Take care,

    David Haines

  14. Hi RG,

    We are instant manifestors, plus blockages.

    The blockage part takes some time and many inspired acts, for most to get through. This is why working in the physical realm is necessary for most, to manifest cool things.

    Deepak is right. Of course, unless you're prepared to meditate for tens of thousands of hours to develop Christ consciousness, you won't be manifesting stuff instantly, like JC.

    We each carry way too much "stuff" to do this, to manifest in the moment, to find our fortune in the spaces between thoughts. Like how the email situation agitated you, that stuff. Or how I sometimes feel when Tuk Tuk dirvers stalk me here in Phnom Penh, how that cheeses me off, and how I carry some of this negative energy from moment to moment....yeah, the stuff we carry blocks our instant manifesting ability.

    I used to want to manifest wealth out of the ethers, instantly. Then I realized it's more fun to interact with others, touch as many people's lives as possible, and do the quantum mental stuff, too.

    I still meditate quite a bit, and use some of Deepak's techniques for manifestation, but I enjoy doing the quantum work too. I'd like my insightful comments to show up without my body interfering, but until I adopt a Christ consciousness, gotta type them out with my fingers 😉

    Thanks for sharing with us Randy.

    Ryan

  15. Lol that's a good one. I love Deepak too but also find his stuff tricky to apply sometimes. I think it's a fine line between thinking you must work 'hard' and doing what you love so you work with intensity but it isn't hard. You saying you work 70 hours a week probably has some people thinking 'wow that's why he's successful. He trades his life for money.' Whereas the truth is you work so many hours because you love what you do not because you have to, right?

  16. LOL. Absolute annoyingness!!! (I know that's not a real word....)

    I like your point on discernment - I can't stand it when people are too lazy to process information before owning it for themselves. And I mean it like that b/c I believe that every single person has the equal capacity to use their
    brains so it's not a matter of aptitude but of attitude.

    xoxo

  17. I believe in balance, work is necessary and good, what is not good is when you to become a slave to it.

    Ximena

  18. Love this post. Discernment is so vital to every decision we make, or belief we adopt. Nothing happens without action. Ask, and it will be given, seek and you shall find, knock and it will be opened.

  19. Didn´t all of you start with a signed contract or a list for the project which displays all topics and involved things to do and set-up, which everyone has to follow? Such a piece of paper could also show "occuring extras" (payment) when change comes along... just a thought (!), I know time can´t be bought now to fit in line.

      1. I didn´t meant to get to the "charging" edge but I figured that when you put things onto a paper and all involved people sign it or just follow it, while roles are taken, people DO THINK MORE about what they set-up and be more concentrated about it. It might be worth thinking about something like this.

  20. Jim Rohn said it so well: "work harder on yourself than you do on your job." To me, this is where the real work is. Too many people, me included at times, are working hard on the wrong things. And much action/effort is to make up for improper thinking.

  21. I once had a slow summer where I lounged around the house and only worked 2-3 hours a day.
    It really sucked! I was always tired and it felt like everything was a high effort. But as I got more work my energy level returned and things became "easier."
    May take away: work and effort create a high quality of life when applied in the right direction. When I hear about people who retire and sit on the beach all day I just imagine how tough they life must be at times.

  22. Thanks for this post my man. Deepock is great but damn he is so yin. If he is not working hard believe he as somebody working hard for him. I saw the new bood today on leadership look through it and said here he goes again. LOL. Now 4 hour work week author new book "Crush it" is nice.

  23. So agree with your advice on discernment. I too love Deepak and also read the 4 Hour Workweek, reviewed it even, and took from them both what worked best for me, as I do with anything I read...including your works, Randy. 🙂

    Yet, what I read in the 4 hour workweek was to cut down to checking email twice daily and that does work for me, most of the time.

    There are times tho, that when something big is coming up, that I either use a secondary email to check more often...or, oh, yea, there is always the phone! Lol...

    Love your thought provoking posts always...you make us really think!

    DJ

  24. Randy - Nicely put! The work may be "inspired" but you still need to show up and do it...even when you may not be that particularly "inspired". If I am in "Silence" all the time awaiting for the next inspiration, what I've already declared and committed myself to wouldn't get done.

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  • 38 comments on “Quantum Work”

    1. "But the person who sent this message seems to check her email about once every ten days."

      *mutter*mutter*stomp*mutter*stomp*mutter*

      Just had someone passive-aggressively call me out today because after six weeks I'd stopped trying to get a hold of her and went ahead with the plan for a program. Now she's come back with her own plans and has zero concept that she doesn't exist in a vacuum. We're done - we're ready to go and we've slotted in a space for her should she want it.

      Don't particularly feel like taking responsibility for her general wretchedness when she caused it herself. "Oh well, I guess if you went ahead without me." Darn right we did, short of flying to your home with a picnic basket full of jams and jellies.

      Hey, it's okay if people want to take the slow meandering path up the mountain to look at the shiny rocks. I'm good with that. But let everybody know that and don't be surprised that folks might go on up ahead without you, especially the planning team.

      OR, radical idea: pick up your ever-lovin' email. NYAH!

      *off soapbox*

        1. Here is a saying that sits well with both these situations and commentary. "Your lack of planning, should not become my emergency." It seems to fit! Used to have it on my office wall once.

    2. Really great post Randy. I've yet to find any validity in the gospel of "effortless success." I love working out in the gym, but it still requires effort. And since we live in a universe we have influence over , but still don't control, mental, spiritual and physical effort is required to co-create the results we want. The universe gives us gifts all the time, but I'm sure you haven't had everything given to you without effort on your part.

      I find that even (or especially) my spiritual growth requires effort on my part to learn new ways of thinking and to gain higher levels of consciousness. It's not always a walk in the park for me by any means. Does it get easier? Yes, but not effortless

    3. I think I know what Deepak means when he says "wealth is created spontaneously an effortlessly" (somene wins the lottery or Publishers Clearing House) and they go to a place between
      thoughts and meditate in the cosmic soup of quantum consciousness (they're going to Disney Land) to apply the law of pure potentiality.

    4. Thanks Randy...I needed this one! 🙂 I've definitely found myself at times leaning more towards the quantum consciousness than the quantum work!.Great (and timely) reminder. Thanks!!
      -Sean

    5. I needed to read this piece today - thank you so much - this happens in my work life all the time - I get the hurry I need this now and don't hear much for weeks until the next fire drill.... I enjoyed your piece this evening. Have a GREAT night

    6. "If people worried a little less about quantum consciousness and a little more about quantum work, they’d be a lot more successful. I’m just sayin"

      ... and we all say ~ Amen!

      Sorry! I'm still snickering over this. 😉

      Now ... gotta get back to work!

      K

    7. Hi, Randy,

      Excellent post.

      Brings to mind a book I recently read: "The Millionaire Fastlane" by M.J. DeMarco. In it, he discusses the people who are on the Fastlane, creating the books about “effortless success” and “quantum soup of cosmic consciousness” which they sell to the people (suckers) on the Slowlane. The latter expect to get rich ruminating on abstract concepts.

      Somewhat like people you often reference who watch “The Secret” numerous times, and then wonder why they are not multi-millionaires or their True Love has not shown up on their doorstep.

      BTW, I too love Deepak’s stuff, and have been a fan of his for years now. Still, to me an operative principle of Life is yin/yang. Yin=mind-expanding concepts and ideas. Yang= laser-like focus combined with ACTIVE EFFORT AND APPLICATION.

      Both are necessary for success in this physical world.

      Keep the Spirit,

      pg

    8. There are three ways of "working"

      1. Working Hard
      2. Working effortlessly, joyfully
      3. Not working.

      Chopra is talking about the practice of #2, not #3.

      When I am inspired, I flow with productive activity, without consciousness of time, joyfully and effortlessly. Gosh that's fun!

      Sometimes it takes a little effort to get into that inspired space. I have to "prime the pump" so to speak with a little meditation, or a little reading about limitless potentials, etc. Deepak Chopra is a great source of inspiration.

      Quantum productivity (or "work" as Randy calls it) arises from, is sourced within, quantum consciousness.

      (ps: don't blame the messenger when people misunderstand the message)

    9. Great stuff everyone!!! I quit working for this real estate guy when he didn't followup a lead I dropped into his lap... told him to email and followup... don't tell me what to do!!! okay... but it is true when you do what you love it doesn't even feel like work... can't wait to do my food/wine blog.. could do it for hours and not even call it work..

    10. Well spoken. 🙂
      The Bible speaks a lot about hard work, persistence and patience. No stories about Ants drifting into quantum soup, just lots of gathering and hard work before the winter comes.
      xox

    11. I've tried to figure out this concept of building wealth effortlessly. It all comes back to one thing for me.... work harder than anyone around you. Having my best year ever and it's really the result of massive work over the last 2 and 1/2 years. If anyone has great advise on how to be successful and build wealth otherwise I'm all ears.

    12. Hi Randy,

      what an awesome post and for some reason, I needed to hear that this morning. Especially thanks for the hint that everything has to be read with discernment. Of course we want to believe the 4 hour work week and the stuff with meditating between the spaces, but are we really able to believe it ? Working for something definitely contributes to feeling worthy about the money we make - or is it just my conditioning ?

      Thanks for sharing your insights.

      Take care

      Oliver

    13. Awesome article Randy! I've always been a believer in the whole, "It's not the amount of hours you put into the work, it's the amount of work you put into the hours"

      Work to be productive, not busy.

      Thanks for your brilliance Randy!

      Take care,

      David Haines

    14. Hi RG,

      We are instant manifestors, plus blockages.

      The blockage part takes some time and many inspired acts, for most to get through. This is why working in the physical realm is necessary for most, to manifest cool things.

      Deepak is right. Of course, unless you're prepared to meditate for tens of thousands of hours to develop Christ consciousness, you won't be manifesting stuff instantly, like JC.

      We each carry way too much "stuff" to do this, to manifest in the moment, to find our fortune in the spaces between thoughts. Like how the email situation agitated you, that stuff. Or how I sometimes feel when Tuk Tuk dirvers stalk me here in Phnom Penh, how that cheeses me off, and how I carry some of this negative energy from moment to moment....yeah, the stuff we carry blocks our instant manifesting ability.

      I used to want to manifest wealth out of the ethers, instantly. Then I realized it's more fun to interact with others, touch as many people's lives as possible, and do the quantum mental stuff, too.

      I still meditate quite a bit, and use some of Deepak's techniques for manifestation, but I enjoy doing the quantum work too. I'd like my insightful comments to show up without my body interfering, but until I adopt a Christ consciousness, gotta type them out with my fingers 😉

      Thanks for sharing with us Randy.

      Ryan

    15. Lol that's a good one. I love Deepak too but also find his stuff tricky to apply sometimes. I think it's a fine line between thinking you must work 'hard' and doing what you love so you work with intensity but it isn't hard. You saying you work 70 hours a week probably has some people thinking 'wow that's why he's successful. He trades his life for money.' Whereas the truth is you work so many hours because you love what you do not because you have to, right?

    16. LOL. Absolute annoyingness!!! (I know that's not a real word....)

      I like your point on discernment - I can't stand it when people are too lazy to process information before owning it for themselves. And I mean it like that b/c I believe that every single person has the equal capacity to use their
      brains so it's not a matter of aptitude but of attitude.

      xoxo

    17. I believe in balance, work is necessary and good, what is not good is when you to become a slave to it.

      Ximena

    18. Love this post. Discernment is so vital to every decision we make, or belief we adopt. Nothing happens without action. Ask, and it will be given, seek and you shall find, knock and it will be opened.

    19. Didn´t all of you start with a signed contract or a list for the project which displays all topics and involved things to do and set-up, which everyone has to follow? Such a piece of paper could also show "occuring extras" (payment) when change comes along... just a thought (!), I know time can´t be bought now to fit in line.

        1. I didn´t meant to get to the "charging" edge but I figured that when you put things onto a paper and all involved people sign it or just follow it, while roles are taken, people DO THINK MORE about what they set-up and be more concentrated about it. It might be worth thinking about something like this.

    20. Jim Rohn said it so well: "work harder on yourself than you do on your job." To me, this is where the real work is. Too many people, me included at times, are working hard on the wrong things. And much action/effort is to make up for improper thinking.

    21. I once had a slow summer where I lounged around the house and only worked 2-3 hours a day.
      It really sucked! I was always tired and it felt like everything was a high effort. But as I got more work my energy level returned and things became "easier."
      May take away: work and effort create a high quality of life when applied in the right direction. When I hear about people who retire and sit on the beach all day I just imagine how tough they life must be at times.

    22. Thanks for this post my man. Deepock is great but damn he is so yin. If he is not working hard believe he as somebody working hard for him. I saw the new bood today on leadership look through it and said here he goes again. LOL. Now 4 hour work week author new book "Crush it" is nice.

    23. So agree with your advice on discernment. I too love Deepak and also read the 4 Hour Workweek, reviewed it even, and took from them both what worked best for me, as I do with anything I read...including your works, Randy. 🙂

      Yet, what I read in the 4 hour workweek was to cut down to checking email twice daily and that does work for me, most of the time.

      There are times tho, that when something big is coming up, that I either use a secondary email to check more often...or, oh, yea, there is always the phone! Lol...

      Love your thought provoking posts always...you make us really think!

      DJ

    24. Randy - Nicely put! The work may be "inspired" but you still need to show up and do it...even when you may not be that particularly "inspired". If I am in "Silence" all the time awaiting for the next inspiration, what I've already declared and committed myself to wouldn't get done.

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