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    Lyman Reed, long-time blogger and equally long-time student of the subject of personal development, kicks off a discussion on a personal development classic.

Personal Development in the Real World

    Start: June 28, 2012: Back in 2010, my friend and self-professed reformed personal development junkie Lyman Reed kicked off a dialogue between us on his blog, titled at the time Personal Development in the Real World. Lyman has gone through phases with his blogging (I think I’ve gone through, oh, maybe a dozen or so) and this version of his blog (along with the kick-off article) can only be found after a bit of searching through With Lyman’s permission, I’ve reposted the article here, backdating it to October 5, 2010, his original publication date.
    Take it away, Lyman.

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Wallace WattlesThe other day, my friend Daniel Brenton emailed me the following question on The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles (yes, I got his permission before posting the question):

Lyman –

I’m starting to read The Science of Getting Rich. You’ve gone through a lot of changes lately — what do you think of this material now? Is this “real world?”

– Daniel

After being flooded with memories of the past few years of thinking that Wallace’s word was as close to scripture as one could get without actually being in an official holy book, I responded (unedited, except for formatting):
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Start: Lyman Reed’s Creating a Better Life is currently featuring a guest post from me, called “Your Legacy: You CAN Take it With You – But You Shouldn’t” — a recognition that we have something of value beyond our worldly possessions that we could leave behind, but all too often don’t.

An excerpt —

Around 15 years ago I went home — home being Indiana — to a small town in the lush rolling hills south of Fort Wayne. After living in the Phoenix area, in the middle of the barren Sonoran Desert for the better part of twenty years, the view during the landing run to Indianapolis airport was a stunning contrast … It was Life. Everywhere. As far as the eye could see.

What brought me there, unfortunately, was just the opposite of Life. My grandmother, my father’s mother and my only surviving grandparent, had finally passed away at the respectable age of 90, and I had come to be some support to my father as he faced this grim milestone.

Lyman, thank you.

Update, Sunday, February 19, 2012:
Lyman closed Creating a Better Life some time ago, but gave me permission to repost the article, which you can now find here.

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