Tacking charge, of your ship.

I remember reading listening to Brain Tracey’s audio book, “Maximum Achievement” years and years ago, and must have read it, a minimum, of 50 times, if not 100 times. haha


The bit i remember most, and caused me some distress, was the first chapter, where he talks about taking responsibility. On numerous levels I could not get my head around it.

I wanted to take responsibility, but i had no idea how, or what that actually was. I understood the idea, but what did it look like in real life.

We have all heard the statement, that responsibility is your response ability and that is great, but that is too reactive for me.


Today the full impact of this hit home. I don’t want to react to life, I want to create.

I see life, like a captain of a ship, who is facing down a storm. He is responsible for the ship and how he responds to the current challenge is his choice. But what really happens when this situation comes about, is that the captain takes charge of the ship, in relation to his destination. He has options, to move forward through the storm, or around it.


Yes, he is responding to the situation, and yes he is responsible, but I’ve found that taking charge is a much more effective way of looking at the situation. You take in more of the information available to you. You take in the whole picture. When you are responsible you are reacting, when you are taking charge you are being proactive.


Now let’s apply it to our lives. Where are you responsible in your life, but don’t take action? does being responsible motivate you, to take action? How about where can you take charge in your life? does this feel more motivating to you? I know it does for me.

I am the captain of my ship, and I am responsible for that, but what I actually do, is take charge of my life.a-pretty-ship-and-a-pretty-captain-captain-jack-sparrow-34727553-500-412

A final thought. I feel now, That the overriding purpose of parents, is not to raise responsible children, but to raise them to take charge, of their own life.

Have an epic day.


Profit follows purpose.

I’ve had to learn this over and over.


I had a car crash last week, only a small one, and it cost me a bit of money. It just happened, to happen, at a time when I had a lot of bills. Most importantly though, it made me think, and that is always a good thing. I was saying to myself that “I had no cash” and was feeling down about it, as we all do from time to time. But as soon as the crash happened and I had to sort it out ASAP, I got the cash together.


What happened there, is that my perceptions where up my ass. I was caught up in a poverty mentality. Thanks to the universe for kicking me out of it. As soon as I had the crash, I got my priorities straight, and had a purpose to get the money together, then it just happened.

Profit follows purpose. I got that money together because I had a reason for it. If someone asked you for 100 euro, your first question would be “for what?” if they had no purpose for it, you would simply say, no to them. If they had a good enough reason, you would happily give it to them.

So the purpose makes the money happen, not the other way around.


What about your energy? If you don’t want to do something, do you have more, or less energy? Actually, you would resist it like mad, and it causes frustration. What about if you wanted to do something fun? Would you have more, or less energy? would you find a way?


Energy, like money, follows purpose.

If you have a reason to make money, you will, if you love what you do, you feel more energized.


Marcelo de Faria Bastos

‘Anthony was very effective by choosing the term “epic life” as a name of his meeting group. He has brought us up to this heroic journey to understand ourselves and build an enjoyable life during this process.
Week by week, I have been learning how to organise my thoughts and listen to my feelings. How to put aside incongruent points of view and ‘intellectual stuff’ as to clean the path to absolute creation of what I want, unleashing my own power.  
His individual appointments are very helpful to focus and bring clarity over thinking patterns and to understand feelings as to connect us to our life purpose and aspirations.  
In the endeavour of self-development, it is all about ourselves to meet and drive understanding of what we really are. Anthony adds up by being a catalyser and sharing the experience of someone who has been and still is on the learning path.
It has been a pleasure to be part of the group and meet Anthony’.  
Kind regards,
Marcelo de Faria Bastos
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