Posted by: Stewart Stevens | February 20, 2010

Einstein and Home Depot

A famous quote by Albert Einstein goes something like this:

‘You cannot solve a problem with the same level of consciousness that created it.’

This insight is extremely valuable because it calls upon us to raise our level of consciousness in order to solve our problems. It also points out that if you created a problem (or haven’t created a way out), you are probably not going to be able to solve it.

Unless of course, you get help.

Unless you expand your knowledge, gain a broader perspective, adjust your level of thinking, etc.

So what does that have to do with Home Depot?

As I discuss in my income and goal setting workshops, Americans are suffering from an inflammation of the “do it yourself” gland.

I call it “Home Depot-itis” because Home Depot’s slogan is to “do it yourself” and it is one of the biggest mistakes that most people make.

It is what keeps them playing small. It is what keeps them trapped.

And it is why 80% are not as successful or happy as they would like to be and less than 95% are wealthy by the time they are 65 years of age, even after working hard for 45 years of their lives.

Doing it yourself means that you aren’t going to benefit from people who know how to do it better than you. It means you are going to have to take time away from doing other things. And it means that you’ll always be stuck doing it yourself because you won’t be taking the time to increase your resources because you’re too busy doing it all yourself.

Several of my mentors talk about what a horrible philosophy this is and how millions of people are unknowingly sabotaging themselves because they think they have to do it all themselves.

But what if you WEREN’T ALLOWED to do it yourself?

What if you HAD to get it done, but you also had to find a way to get it done WITHOUT doing it yourself?

All of a sudden, a whole world of possibilities open up. You begin to brainstorm possibilities, discover resources, and make connections that enable you to get it done without doing it yourself.

No matter what the area in question is, it is highly likely that there are other people in the world who have more knowledge, skill and expertise on that subject than you do.

So why not use them? Why not learn from them? Why not expand your capabilities by enrolling them as a member of your support team to help you?

Wouldn’t that give you more freedom? Wouldn’t you have more time to be able to do what you love doing? What you’re really good at? Couldn’t you make a lot more money if you stopped doing it all yourself and focused on those things that had a higher payoff?

J. Paul Getty once said “I would rather have 1% of the efforts of 100 men, than to have 100% of my own efforts.”

He really understood this principle of leverage and of not doing it all yourself. No wonder he was so successful.  (He was the richest man in the world when he died.)

This is a great example of what “raising your level of consciousness” means.

And it is an important example of why you need a coach.

A coach can help you raise your level of thinking.

A coach can ask the tough questions that might be simple or obvious to an outsider, but that you are totally blind to because you are in the middle of it… especially if you are trying to do it all yourself.

All incredibly successful people use coaches. And the most successful have multiple coaches to help them in many different areas.

Everyone needs a coach or a mentor or a counselor or a mastermind group.  So make sure you get the support you need.  Make sure you build the resources around you that you need to challenge your thinking and to grow your level of consciousness.  Like they say “think out of the box.”


Take the advice of Albert Einstein:  Change the level of your thinking…

Stop trying to do it all by yourself.

Visit and let me help you reach your goals faster, smarter, and easier than you ever thought possible. Or if you aren’t clear about what you want, let me help you find your direction and pick the right goals for the right time for the right reasons.

And while you’re there, see if you qualify for a free coaching session.

Because life is too short to have to figure it out all by yourself.

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