3 Big Things That Hold You Back

*** This message is for anyone who’s ever wanted something more than they’ve been given. ***
Hey comrade,

  • Do you ever wonder what the point of life is?
  • Has it ever occurred to you that something is missing?
  • Don’t you feel like you should have more to show for everything you’ve been through?

Questions like these are perfectly natural, in fact they can be quite helpful to your growth. But they can also depress you — if you let them.

The same is true about the Three Big Delusions that I am about to share with you in this article. My goal is not to depress you. My goal is to help you achieve clarity on the (rather surprising) reasons why you aren’t where you want to be in life.

I, too, have fallen victim to these delusions.

For most of my life, I bought into these dreamland fantasies that run rampant in our society. These delusions held me back for years, and even destroyed my life from time to time. And they’re destroying hundreds of millions of others’ lives too.

As of today, comrades, I’m totally fed up with allowing my subscribers to live a lie.

And I’ll bet you, sitting in your seat reading this, are tired of being lied to. So today, I’m going to tell you the cold hard truth.

Should you choose to embrace this truth, you will finally be able to embark on your path to success, instead of waiting eternally for the bus that will never take you there.

Most people will not embrace what I have to say. For these people, “…the story ends; they wake up in their beds and believe whatever they want to believe.”

It’s unfortunate, but I get it: just like the infamous ‘red pill’, sometimes the truth can be hard to swallow.

So as you read this article, ask yourself which person you are:

1) The one who chooses to swallow the hard truth?

2) Or the one who shrinks back into their delusions?

It just depends, comrade, how much you desire true freedom.

By the time you’ve finished reading this article, you will know the answer to this question:

Can you even handle the truth?

We’ll soon find out.


Delusion #1: You’re special.

From the moment we’re born into this world, we are spoon fed the big fat lie that we’re somehow special.

Guess what? You’re not.

Sure, God thinks you’re special. And that’s nice and all…

…but if you want to make it in THIS world, you’ll have to realize that the only two people who really give 2 cents about you are mommy and daddy…and often times not even them either.

It’s sad, I know…but it’s darn true.

The truth is, most people think that the spit in their own mouths is more valuable than you.

If I’ve crushed your spirits so far, then you may not want to keep reading. You probably can’t handle the truth.


Delusion #2: Success starts with a good education.

About the time we grow out of babyhood, we begin to realize that no one really thinks we’re cute anymore. All the smiles, giggles, and eye-batting from strangers has almost completely vanished.

And then we go to…*shudders*…school.

In school, they tell us that we can be anything we want, as if all we need to do is sign on the dotted line and we become a doctor, a lawyer, or even a princess.

They tell us that all we need to do is “get a good education” and we’ll rise to success. This is a delusion.

School does not educate you. School steals from you. It robs you of original thought and it prevents you from honing in on your true skills, passions, and identity.

If you don’t believe me, then go ask any bartender or ditch digger out there what they majored in. They’ll have an answer for you, even if it’s something along the lines of “well, uh, I went and got my gen. ed. courses out of the way and I’m still trying to transfer to ‘Blah, blah’ university so I can study to become a …”

The reality is that school saps you of your time and energy while force-feeding you some other person’s perspectives and passions. School is nothing but a big, gray prison that keeps you trapped from your true desires in life.

School trains us to be complacent. It does not teach us how to explode into individuality and personal freedom and success. School teaches us how to be a worker bee, so that we can put money in the pockets of the few people out there who didn’t buy the lie.

Of course, people do this in the hopes that “one day” they will be free. That day for most people is called retirement. But then they realize that they’re too old and their health is too poor to truly live the life they had dreamed of.

But then the best thing happens to these people: they die. God give rest to their souls.

There’s really nothing “wrong” with this strategy. It’s easy to live gray.

Believe me when I say that breaking free definitely has its own set of challenges. Being an entrepreneur is extremely difficult. But I believe that it’s an up-front investment in earning true freedom — the kind of freedom you can actually enjoy before you leave this planet.

The reaper is upon you, comrade, patiently waiting to collect his dues.

When I’m on my deathbed, I will look back at my past and smile, knowing I at least gave it hell.

It’s not hard to live a life of seething, gray misery. But it takes a real badass to declare that they want something better…and then actually stick to it.


Delusion #3: The Law of Attraction.

So now you’re out of college and you’ve been in the corporate rat race for some time now. You start to see the truth that surrounds you, namely that you’ve been tricked by the first two delusions.

Now what?

Well, lucky for millions of people, they’ve found a new framework to coddle them. They call this philosophy The Law of Attraction.

Having been lied to by their parents, abandoned by society, left high-and-dry by school, and beaten down by corporate agony, The Law of Attraction starts to look pretty darn appealing. After all, it’s a law, right?

When people start to realize that no one really gives two spits about their success, they turn to mysticism.

“No one else will take care of me…but the Universe will!” For some people, they substitute their religious faith here.

Guys, I really hate to do this to you. Because I, D/C Russ, believe in God. I have faith in Jesus’ message. And I truly think there’s a lot of merit to The Law of Attraction.

D/C Russ is totally down with the Universe.

But I just can’t beat around the bush anymore: God/Jesus/the Universe/etc. will not make you rich. These entities will not just GIVE you success.

You have to earn it. And certainly one way to help with this is to walk closely with these entities. Maybe these two beautiful Bible verses will help to clear things up:

Proverbs 3:6 – In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Proverbs 16:9 – A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

God will not walk the path for you. The Universe is not going to spend hours and hours refining YOUR craft. And the only way you’re going to break into success is through hours and hours of dedicated practice.

Some people live by the delusion that life is about enjoyment, not hard work.

Well what if you can actually enjoy life more as a result of your hard work?

And, I’m here to tell you, comrades, that hard work starts to feel really good, really fast. Discipline is a great feeling.

It’s all a matter of retraining your mind to be able to see the benefits of a disciplined, hard-working lifestyle.

I recognize that there are still a whole mess of folks who aren’t ready to hear this. But it’s the truth…and the sooner you accept it, the sooner you can start getting on with life and moving toward your success.

I also realize that it might come as a surprise to people that I mentioned Delusion #3. After all, I was a Law of Attraction author on Kindle…

I even wrote an Amazon #1 Bestseller called Manifestation Resistance: The #1 Reason Why You Are Unsuccessful with The Law of Attraction.

So why am I abandoning The Law of Attraction as a useful discourse?

Because I was trying to use it to change people…and I’ve realized that it’s wrong to change/help people who don’t want to change/help themselves.

What I tried to do was use a familiar concept, The Law of Attraction, to rope people in. Once they actually got inside my books, I would tell them that the key to success is action. But the sad truth is that most people selectively extracted their own truths. They essentially ignored the parts about taking action, and desperately latched on to the parts about emotion, faith, visualization, and affirmations.

It quite literally started to make me ill.

I soon realized that I actually can’t stand The Law of Attraction community. Said politely, the crowd’s mentality is quite baffling to me.

I would log on to Facebook groups, trying to share my knowledge and all I would see is baloney like this:

Say this mantra just 3x a day and you, too, will have wealth and abundance.


And this:


Love unlocks the abundance in life.
Love unlocks the abundance in life.


And this:


“Thank you, great Universe. I have already received this. Thank you for the abundance.”


To which I say, respectively:

1) You don’t have wealth and abundance: you’re broke and you hate your boss.

2) Love is great, but it doesn’t endorse checks.

3) …this is just too delusional for me to comment.


Now it might sound like I’m picking on folks. But I just can’t sit by and watch people believe their delusions any longer. If you’ve made it to this point in the article, you now have two choices:

  1. Snap out of your delusions.
  2. Unsubscribe.

I am not a Law of Attraction writer anymore. The discourse has proven itself useless as a teaching tool for lasting, developmental change.

And it’s a shame because there’s a lot of truth to it. But I have no choice but to abandon the LOA discourse altogether. It’s a poisonous framework that leaves people high and dry.

I will even go so far as to say that the Law of Attraction is of Satan himself, luring people into a bottomless, never-ending pit of lies and stealing their souls.

“B…bu…but I manifested a feather one time! I have PROOF it works!!!” they say.

You know what it reminds me of? The guy who won $100 bucks at the casino after spending $200. Then, you know what he does? He goes back to play for more. Let me ask you, how many rich, successful people out there bear the title of “professional gambler”? Exactly zero.

Even people who win millions of dollars through the lottery end up right back where they were (and sometimes even worse off) before they even won the money.

Think of all the celebrity millionaires and professional athletes who end up broke not too long after their careers end.

Comrades: I’ve learned one, extremely important thing from the time I spent as a Law of Attraction author:

People often latch onto one, tiny win, completely oblivious to the overarching trends in their lives.

Seeing this in others allowed me to see it in myself…

It wasn’t easy to admit that I had been guilty of the very thing that sickened me about others.

And so I stand here, in complete humility, to tell you, comrade, that if something isn’t working — then STOP IT.

I don’t mean to lecture you, because I’ve been guilty of all three of these delusions.

But please do realize that whether it’s today, tomorrow, or next year…sooner or later you have to SNAP OUT OF IT. Or, you know, just die without ever having realized your true potential. It’s up to you.

Don’t be trapped by the lies that surround you. Do not be led astray by grand hopes like The Law of Attraction.

People in The Law of Attraction community absolutely swear by it. They manifest one thing, usually by sheer coincidence or dumb luck, and then they think that they know how the whole Universe works. You can’t look at one, tiny puzzle piece without examining the big picture.

Because, hey, I “manifested” a feather too. But I look back at all the other times I’ve tried to apply the Law of Attraction and I see only failure. Complete failure.

Just realize that, right here…right now…you have the power to change. You can begin your path of success. You just have to get real and be willing to abandon your delusions. Trust me, I know first-hand that it isn’t easy. It sucks to admit you’re delusional. But what do you want more, lies or success?

It’s up to you. And you can have either. Five years from now, you can have the success you want.

But you have to really want it. You have to truly desire change…

…because no one’s going to do it for you.

“I’ve discovered that you can’t change people. They can change themselves.”
-Jim Rohn

Mr. Rohn was a smart man. He has a true rags-to-riches story that goes way beyond advice like “just believe it!” His book, Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle boasts these five principles to success and happiness:

  • Philosophy – the thought framework you approach life with
  • Attitude – how you feel and perceive events in life
  • Action – what you do (the missing ingredient in LOA)
  • Results – measuring to see if you’re making progress (includes not lying to yourself)
  • Lifestyle – the life you live based on the other four principles

It is for these reasons why I prominently feature a quote by him on the sales page for my highly effective, 7-day course, WEEK OF POWER. If you want to start living a life based on principles that actually work, then it’s a great place to begin.

Hard work, persistence, passion, and focus. These are the ingredients that make a champion. Anything else is just a gimmick…just clever marketing.

I’m sorry you grew up thinking that life would be easy and that you could be anything you want. I apologize to all the people who thought the path to happiness was already paved for them. This is the curse of the Millennial Generation.

But it is our job to make sure the next generation does not suffer from the same delusions that we were cursed with. Our generation has been handed a pretty tough plate. The Baby Boomers and Generation X used up mother nature’s resource reserve like it was their own personal piggy bank.

As a result, the environment is polluted, the economy is crumbling, jobs are scarce, and all those shiny college degrees they told us to pursue are now flooding the market. Seriously, they’re giving those things away like candy these days.

And, to think, I was one of the “lucky” ones. I graduated from a great university and landed an excellent job in a global investment firm at age 21. But if you’ve read my book, When Wisdom Whispers: The Art of Following Your Heart to a Life You Love, you already know how horribly that turned out. My soul died…every single day. And on the weekends, I drowned myself in alcohol so I didn’t notice.

My point is that it’s really easy to find yourself in a dark place in life. And when you’re in these dark places, it’s only natural to want to mentally escape from reality. We do this in a lot of ways, including distractions, addictions, and delusions.

But there is a way out. No matter where you’re at. Lots of wildly successful people today have been in circumstances way worse than yours. In order to get out, you have to be willing to take the hits…to experience the pain.

This article might be painful for you. But if you really allow yourself to embrace that pain, then the true journey of growth can begin.

Don’t EVER give up on your dreams. NEVER give up on your search for truth. And don’t let your present circumstances dictate what’s possible.

Persist, comrade. Persist.

It is the only ingredient you need. Persistence.

Don’t let yourself die in a den of delusion.

Everything else will fall in line if you: Just. Keep. Going.

“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”
-Steve Jobs

You must dig deep to find your true catalyst for change. Do not suppress your woes. Do not allow your delusions to persist.

Be willing to confront your demons, and you will finally see what you need to see in order to truly be free.

Please share this article freely. Thank you.


  1. John S said:

    Thanks again, D/C ! Great help and encouragement !

    September 22, 2014
  2. Zendevil said:


    I like it all, the message and the VIBE of the text. It is so fucking rare to see people writing content which matches their vibe.

    Ps. you got very interesting concept for the site

    September 24, 2014
    • D/C Russ said:

      Thanks a lot, brother. I have some really good things coming. Keep shining man!

      October 3, 2014
  3. Alexander said:

    Russ, this is really some of the best stuff I’ve ever read on the web. True all along and really well written. There’s really not much to add.
    Sadly, the society of degree-flaunting kids will persist in the near future, but more and more people awaken to the illusion.
    Great job.

    October 5, 2014
    • D/C Russ said:

      Wurd. You said it, brother.

      I’m not saying these things to be a jerk…I want to help people make the best of themselves.

      You’re right: it’s sad that people submit to these illusions for their whole lives. Some people wake up eventually, but others die delusional.

      That’s just how it goes and you can’t change it. But for the people ready to change, you and I are commissioned to preach the truth.

      Thanks for the comment. Cheers.

      October 5, 2014
      • Alexander said:

        I know you’re not saying it to be a jerk, but I understand why it might be perceived in a wrong way by disillusioned kids.
        College is great if it actually prepares you for life, but there’s an army of kids today that come out of it without any real experience.
        Waking up is painful but necessary.

        October 5, 2014
        • D/C Russ said:

          You bet, Alexander. Nothing wrong with college inherently…just the way it’s communicated and perceived. Same with the Law of Attraction.

          But as we both know, it matters little what the ‘truth’ is…it matters immensely what people perceive the truth to be.

          October 5, 2014
  4. Kiki said:

    I love re-reading your posts from time to time. I always seem to find the motivation I need when I read your stuff. ROCK ON!

    June 15, 2015

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