How to Change the World

Since there was so much interest in the “Enough Already!” article, I wanted to extend the discussion by sharing something incredibly profound with you…

This article could change the life you experience forever. No joke.

I want to show you how to completely change the world…  in an instant.

This might be a bit controversial for many, and even more won’t have the stomach to do what I am suggesting…

You can rid the world of all wars, crimes, scandals, gossip, corruption and international conflict.

You have that much power…  in the palm of your hand.

Are you ready to change the world (if you dare)?

Hit the ‘OFF’ button.

Turn OFF your TV
Turn OFF your radio
Turn OFF your newspaper subscription

I’ve explained before (video: Media Madness) how watching media that aggregates the most brutal, shocking, heinous and scandalous events of the day can give you a perverted view of the world. Meanwhile millions of beautiful, miraculous,positive and wonderful things happen during the same day that don’t get any attention. It’s incredibly destructive to your spirit and creative potential.

Here is the controversial part…

Early on, I learned the difference between THE world and MY world. I only pay attention to MY world. After all it’s the only thing I can do anything about. Paying too much attention to the rest of it only makes me feel fearful, frustrated and cynical.

All I have in life is my attention. I have to make a choice of where I give it. That choice affects my experience of life and determines my potential for positive creativity. I can focus it on the worst of the world or the best. I can focus it on things I can’t do anything about or I can focus it on those things that I can and that have a direct on my life and my family.

So, until the war comes marching up my street, I’m not paying much attention to it. Until Al Qaeda knocks on my door and threatens my family, I’m not tracking their development. Until the earthquake is under my foundation or the tsunami rolls up my driveway, I’m not giving it my time. Murders, rapes, scandals, break-ins…  I’m not interested.

I can hear you saying, “Ya, but…!” Let me address a few of them.

1. “Ya, but doesn’t that make you uninformed?”

Personally, I’d rather be informed about areas of life that matter more to my personal goals and ambitions. I can’t quantify how spending two hours on Chile’s earthquake disaster is going to help me grow my business, make me healthier or improve my relationships.

What about compassion for humanity you say? Yes, but there are plenty of other references even more immediate in my world that offers me plenty of that.

Oh, and yes, I’m a voting citizen. When it comes time to pay attention to the issues before the ballots are printed, I’ll do my homework. It will take me a couple of hours versus the months of constant scandal, mudslinging, corruption and distraction others will allow.

Let me show you an alternative option. A couple of years ago, a top executive hired me to mentor him on improving his productivity. He complained he didn’t have enough time for personal improvement study or for his family. When I dissected his day he spent 45 minutes in the morning reading the newspaper, another 35 minutes listening to news, both back and forth to work. During his workday, he’d check Yahoo! News several times, spending at least 20 minutes in total. When he got home, he’d catch the last 15 minutes of the local news while greeting his family. Then he’d catch up on 30 minutes of sports news and 30 minutes of the 10 o’clock news before going to bed. In total he was spending 3.5 hours with the news each day! I suggested he keep his TV and radio off, cancel his newspaper subscription, and set up an RSS feed so he could select and receive only the news he deemed important for his business and personal interests.

Doing so immediately cleared out 95 percent of the mind-cluttering and time-sucking noise and distraction. He could now review all that mattered to him in less than 20 minutes a day. This left the 45 minutes in the morning (his commute time), and that hour in the evening for productive activities: exercise, listening to instructional and inspirational material, reading, planning, preparing, and spending quality time with his family. He told me he never felt less stressed (constant negative news has a tendency to make you anxious), and more inspired and focused than he does now.

2. “Ya, but someone has to care about these issues.”

Yes, you are right, and I am glad others do. I call it picking our battles. Some pick the political battle, some the human rights battle, some the hunger battle, some the homeless battle, some the whales battle, etc. Pick what really matters to you, get involved with your whole heart and soul and stay focused on it. You take care of that issue for me and I’ll take care of this issue for you. That way we can actually get some things done. But instead, most people just corrupt their head with all of it and do nothing about any of it. How could you? It’s overwhelming and overly time consuming. Stick to what you care about, not what CNN does…  every day.

3. “Ya, but my son is over fighting in Afghanistan.”

Bless him and bless you. As I mentioned above, pay attention to what is affecting your immediate family. If your immediate family is involved in some aspect of national news, then, of course, it’s worthy of your attention. It still doesn’t mean you need to bombard yourself with every aspect of the international war on terror. Instead pay attention to what is directly affecting your son and stay focused on him and his immediate world.

It all comes down to this—what you give your attention to becomes the reality of your world. Give your attention to scandals, murders, war, fear and brutality and that will program your creative computer and your world around you. Instead, focus your attention on what’s good, wonderful, abundant, wholesome and possible in the world. Focus your attention on ideas, information and knowledge that can help you grow, prosper, create and contribute to making a positive difference based on your unique talent, skills and effort. Turn OFF the rest… it will change your world and your life!

By the way, that is the type of information we work hard to collect for you in each issue of SUCCESS magazine (and in the enclosed CD in each issue), and what I labor to present to you here on this blog. I hope you benefit and enjoy!

Ready to change (your) world? Tell us about it and/or your view in the comments below.

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  8. Darren
    I was going through your website and saw this article, THANK YOU SO MUCH! It is something that we all need to do. I was at a speakers bootcamp and one thing that was mentioned was to think where we were spending our hours in the (E)(V)(E) equation.

    Education VS Entertainment

    We need to do more of the first and less of the second. We need to focus on the things that will allow us to achieve our goal and live our purpose. I’m reminded of what Howard Thurman said, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, And go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive”.

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  9. Darren
    I was going through your website and saw this article, THANK YOU SO MUCH! It is something that we all need to do. I was at a speakers bootcamp and one thing that was mentioned was to think where we were spending our hours in the (E)(V)(E) equation.

    Education VS Entertainment

    We need to do more of the first and less of the second. We need to focus on the things that will allow us to achieve our goal and live our purpose. I’m reminded of what Howard Thurman said, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, And go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive”.

    I bought my website domain ricardogarcia.com and now I’m working on getting the website done.
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  12. Steve says:

    I was raised to believe that reading the Wall Street Journal and New York Time made you a better reader, thinker, and writer. I still believe that, but given that I’ve also believed what you write in your blog post for quite some time, haven’t subscribed to these two newspapers for many years.

    But in terms of reading ‘old school’ print newspapers, here is an approach. Quickly scan the headlines. If you come upon either a headline with a neutral or positive tone, mark it “N’ or “P” and then OPTIONALLY go back and read it. Discard the rest. I mean, how much does a news cycle evolve over time? Examples of news cycles equals “the war in Afghanistan,” “the war on drugs,” “gays in the military,” “the Fall elections,” etc., etc.

    In terms of listening to old school radio news, even “high brow” radio news like NPR broadcasts, why bother? You’re being subjected to tons of blather, most of it irrelevant, that you have to sit and listen through. It’s analog and sequential, yet we live in an increasingly digital world.

    So…get on the Web. Find those positive NPR stories. Listen to them only. Download positive or inspiring high brow NPR podcasts.

    In other words, here’ s what I’m suggesting. A) I pretty much agree with you. Turn off the noise, particularly the noise from mainstream commercial broadcasters or Web content providers whose sole aim is to attract eyeballs in order to generate more advertising revenue. B) But if you simply “CANNOT” do that, then become your OWN news editor. Don’t outsource that responsibility to somebody who doesn’t give a rat’s behind about YOUR personal development. Darren, you mentioned subscribing to RSS news feeds…poetry! You can set up MyYahoo! to have separate tabs organized by different subjects and pull in RSS feeds focused on those subjects (i.e., “news,” blogs, etc.).

    It’s an awesome world we live in today. WE get so much more choice, and we have NEVER had more high quality content a click away. Let’s take advantage of that and control our own newsfeeds instead of being passive zombies.

    Steve Reply:

    Oops…quick clarification….on the MyYahoo! front, you can pull in RSS feeds FROM news sources and blogs, etc., and organize them by subject areas such as: a) the industry you work in; b) personal finance; c) leadership; d) mountain climbing; e) spirituality, f) internet marketing, etc., etc., etc.

    Darren Hardy Reply:

    Great tip, Steve, thanks! I do something similar with Google Desktop.

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  14. Jim Devine says:

    I haven’t watched TV in almost a year.On ocassion I am at someones house and the TV is on… I am continually reminded that I am missing nothing.In that time I find my greatest challenge is getting to all the great books and CD’s that feed my mind (and soul). We become what we think about…. I don’t want to be a “family guy” . Thanks for the reminder(s)

    Darren Hardy Reply:

    You definitely are not missing a thing, Jim! Thanks for sharing! ;)

  15. Kathryn says:

    Hmmm…you say: “So, until the war comes marching up my street, I’m not paying much attention to it. Until Al Qaeda knocks on my door and threatens my family, I’m not tracking their development.”

    Sounds like not in my backyard to me. What about….”Until the holocaust wipes out my people; until the bully tortures my kid…”

    Until then you don’t feel it’s really any of your business?

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  18. Jeff Strauch says:

    Letting go of the news is a tough deal. I know I would experience instant withdrawal. Fortunately, this is one “drug” where the craving will diminish over time, especially when I give myself a chance to focus on things in life that empower. Besides, I can always replace the daily newspaper with an exciting issue of SUCCESS Magazine. Thanks so much for this great challenge. I accept!!!

    Darren Hardy Reply:

    Like everything else, this will just take PRACTICE, Jeff! Thanks for accepting the challenge! :)

  19. Armel says:

    Dear friend,I give you thank for this info.Yes, what is being said in this info is truly right.We gotta focus onto what is beautiful.All these negative things about the world is useless to be focused on.

  20. Darren,
    If only more people would do this, you are right, the world would be a much better place. I have not watched TV except a movie once a week with my husband and the only radio that i listen to is uplift music with a great meaning and story. At one point in my life, my life with filled with hate and anger and everything that i did not want sems to happen due to my focus on the bad. I meet a great guy in Las Vegas who teaching effortless prosperity. There was a class that he gave called clearing to create and I must pay that was the turning point to a great life for me. I opened my own business and no longer spent 12 hours a day working for someone else. By creating my own business I know have the time to do what I love and spend time with my family. My kids are learning this at a young age, I provide them with story and affirnations that impact their life in a postive way. I hope your article reaches a lot of people and I pray that they will take to heart what you are saying. The more people that are looking at the great things this world offers, then and only then will we able to see world pease.

    Melissa Backus

    Darren Hardy Reply:

    Kudos to you for waking up and taking control of your own life in such a positive way, Melissa! Thanks for sharing this with us (and your kids!)

  21. Steve Wagner says:

    Darren,

    I know this post is a few weeks old but I feel that I should comment on it because it is dead on. I used to be a news junkie and although I was completely up to date with current events, I tended to have a very skeptical of the world and it wasn’t really helping me make progress with my life. After reading your article, I turned it off….and it has been incredibly uplifting and I feel that I have been able to focus on the things that encourage progress and help to get me where I want to be.

    Thank you Darren, great work as always.

    Darren Hardy Reply:

    Glad to hear you have made the change with us for the better, Steve! Thanks for reporting back on your progress. :)

  22. Stokke Tyke says:

    A little off topic maybe, but a request for you to think about the ethics of buying strollers (pushchairs). Do try and consider, for example, the materials the product is made from, the conditions of the factories where they’re manufactured and the ethics of the retailer. Oh, and try to share to friends with children rather than throwing away. Thanks!!!!

  23. Elaine says:

    Darren,
    Your sharing of your attitude and practice have made a difference to me – thank you. I’ve been dabbling in the “no news” practice, and like you, when it comes time to vote, I do some homework. But daily bad news is out. When our TV is on, it’s because we wish to be entertained. I do not miss the newspaper and have a couple of RSS feeds to keep me informed.

    [DARREN HARDY] Sounds like I was preaching to the choir with you, Elaine! Glad to have you with us! :)

  24. Ted Janusz says:

    You are welcome, Darren.

    For the remaining part of the news broadcast, the obvious alternative place to go to find out about the accomplishments of successful men and women is SUCCESS Magazine. Thank you for bringing their enlightening stories to us.

    I play the monthly SUCCESS CD over and over throughout the month. In fact, today I pulled a CD out of the archives to re-listen to on my way to and from work

    You are definitely a role model to many, including me.

  25. Ted Janusz says:

    Imagine if you tuned in your local sports broadcast this evening and the commentator announced,

    “Ladies and gentlemen, to be consistent in our editorial policies on this program, we will no longer be covering the best in athletics, the men and women who have given their lives to become truly exceptional in their athletic endeavors.

    No, because we know you have a morbid curiosity in the deviants of society (and we need to get better ratings than our competitors), instead we will focus on the worst sports has to offer.

    For instance, tonight instead of covering the top professional and college teams and athletes, we will be focusing on a small, minor league baseball team that has just lost a record 33 games in a row.

    We will show you the coach, a philanderer who allegedly had an encounter with a group of transvestite prostitutes – you won’t want to miss the juicy video on that! Tomorrow night, we will show you the pitcher, a cocaine user, as he attempts to conduct a back-alley deal. And the next night, we’ll focus on the first baseman. Channel 9 will exclusively show the shocking video as he abuses his wife and children.

    If you are looking for coverage on the activities of the truly outstanding men and women of sports, I’m sorry, but you will now need to go elsewhere.”

    [DARREN HARDY] LOL! Exactly my point, Ted! THANKS for driving the message home!!! :)

  26. Jeroen Eeman says:

    Conclusion: corrupting your head corrupts your life.
    Thank you for the insight, Darren.

  27. Elle says:

    Hi Darren, brilliantly put. I don’t read the newspapers, watch the news or listen to the radio – but can be guilty of net surfing when I have five minutes. I shall now spend those 5 minutes instead with the many e-books and audio books I have on my computer instead…..and I thought I was “good” – but your post has reminded me – we can all do better.
    Cheers
    Elle
    http://www.motivateme.info

  28. Troy says:

    I always thought I was the weird one because I didn’t watch the news, I don’t read the newspaper, the only magazine I have a subscription to is Success. I get a guilty feeling of being lazy every time I watch TV. We recently turned the TV off. My profession is an educator and I still am able to keep up with all the latest news and happenings without all the external noise. I am 100% with you here and I want to thank you for a feeling of validation! I teach a leadership class and this information as well as the information in success magazine and cd’s is the consumes me.

  29. Joanne Branson says:

    Darren,
    Great post! I have two additional “off” buttons to suggest… the computer and the game-console! How much time is being wasted on the internet by people who substitute online friendships for real friendships and relationships! Or by people who spend hours and hours playing the myriad of games online (like those on Facebook) or on their Playstation/Xbox, etc. I work very hard to limit the amount of time and the content I view online. If it doesn’t inform me or improve me, I don’t go there! Yes, technology is a wonderful tool, but so is fire! All tools must be used carefully and cautiously and only to improve oneself, not as time-wasters.

  30. Sue Dizon says:

    Watching the evening news just before bedtime is the worst. For me, the last input into my brain is what festers with me all night. I don’t need to dream about the infant left to boil in the back seat in July’s sweltering heat, or the coyote searching trashcans for food, shot by animal control agents.
    Back in the 1970′s, I made it a point to go to bed “on a happy note.” I would watch Johnny Carson’s monologue and be chuckling out loud (my college roommate still remembers hearing me laughing). If TV is good for anything, it’s 15 minutes of yucks before bed. Today it’s Letterman for me.

  31. Tim Hein says:

    I agree 100%! Instead of listening to constant news and even my beloved sports, I’ve switched to listening to learning through Success CDs and Success Book Summaries any time I’m in my car. Through that and other life changing events, I’ve decided to devote the rest of my life to learning and helping others live better lives. Filling my head with the good things of life gives me the ability to help people in a greater capacity. So easy. So incredibly valuable. Thanks for all you do Darren. I hope to meet you and even work with you some day. Keep going! Some of us are paying attention and taking it to heart!

    [DARREN HARDY] Sounds like you are definitely on the right track, Tim! Best of luck to you!!! :)

  32. Keisha Cutler says:

    You are so right Darren! I turned off these things…including email during a 21 day fast and was amazed how much time and focus I had to concentrate on the things I needed to do. Unfortunately, I turned all these things back on later and have found myself distracted, frustrated and sometimes just plain overwhelmed with all of the information that is coming from every direction.

    Thanks for this post! It’s just served as a catalyst for me to re-focus my attention on what’s important and to filter EVERYTHING, because a lot of what is considered news now is like “junk food”. A little bit every once in a while is not harmful to you, but eating junk food everyday will lead to health problems in the long run.

  33. Lucinda says:

    A friend who worked in the media once told me “It is in TV news’ best interest to convince you that the safest, most important place to be is parked right in front of your television” I have never forgotten that quote. So I look after MY best interests instead, which means being incredibly selective in my media intake.

    Also, human beings are wired to notice what is out of the ordinary and potentially dangerous, so of course, horrible and frightening events will be highlighted in the media– it’s a good way to catch people’s attention.

    Great post, Darren!

    [DARREN HARDY] Thanks for the great quote, Lucinda! VERY true, that is EXACTLY where they want you parked day in and day out! How else would they pay their salaries?

  34. Ted Janusz says:

    I make my living off the evening news
    People love it when you lose, they love dirty laundry

    Well, I could’ve been an actor, but I wound up here
    I just have to look good, I don’t have to be clear
    Come and whisper in my ear, give us dirty laundry

    We got the bubbleheaded bleach-blonde, comes on at 5
    She can tell you about the plane crash with a gleam in her eye
    It’s interesting when people die, give us dirty laundry

    You know the boys in the newsroom got a running bet
    Get the widow on the set, we need dirty laundry

    Dirty little secrets, dirty little lies
    We got our dirty little fingers in everybody’s pie
    Love to cut you down to size, we love dirty laundry

    We can do the innuendo, we can dance and sing
    When it’s said and done, we haven’t told you a thing
    We all know that crap is king, give us dirty laundry

    From Don Henley’s song “Dirty Laundry”

  35. Janet Parkhurst says:

    Dear Darren,
    While I usually applaud your blogs as inspiring, this one gets a thumbs down from me. Your admonishment for people to simply “disconnect” from the world and all its goings-ons strikes me as ignorant, irresponsible and completely self-serving. This attitude reminds me of a friend I love dearly but could benefit from a hard dope slap every time she dismisses the war since she, herself, “doesn’t have a son or daughter over there.” Your point also echoes the sentiment of the lazy non-voter who whines, “My one little vote is not going to make a difference.” EVERY person can make a difference AND change the world by getting involved, however minimally. That’s how the truly meaningful stuff gets done these days (and historically). When people get involved. We already live in a society that is becoming more isolated, more soul-less, and more self-fanatical, thanks to “social media,” which is anything BUT. Come to think of it, I’m just as guilty right now as my neighbor who sits around watching too much TV. I’m doing what the bulk of us does all day—burning up precious hours posting responses to blogs on this site, Twitter, FaceBook, and all those others that are just Brag Sheets for those with nothing better to do. To me, these are the true sinkholes for wasted time. And, finally, advising people that an issue doesn’t need to be considered as such until it’s on their doorstep??? That’s like discovering there’s a small fire in the basement but not calling the fire department until the house is engulfed in flames. Shame on you, Darren!
    Janet

    [DARREN HARDY] Hi Janet, I read a great quote recently, “Most people know a little about many things. Geniuses know a lot about a few things.” I am simply advocating for people to spend their precious time becoming a genius in their own life… dreams, problems, hopes, challenges and aspirations, rather than on that which they have no consequential control over. And we all get to chose what how we want to allocate our precious time and to what causes we will commit to create impact.

  36. Kirk says:

    Darren, have you ever looked at running a Success TV channel? I believe you could run 24/7 with stories about the good, beautiful, charitable, motivating and energizing things going on in our world. I would pay for that channel and in this day and age I bet you could get a lot of content sent in to you that would be worthwhile.
    Thanks for nailing a great point…again.

    [DARREN HARDY] But if all of you are getting rid of your TVs, who will watch?! Thanks for the idea and purpose behind your suggestion, Kirk! Keep ‘em coming! ;)

  37. Chad says:

    I got rid of my TV two weeks ago and I already feel better. I no longer feel blasted with the often biased news and propaganda that always just made me feel ill after. I acknowledged the toxicity of TV many times in the past years but I have to say it was a tough addiction to get rid of for a while. I was raised on TV and like a lot of people, had an attachment to be distracted from the real things that mattered.

    I started asking for more truth in my life because I felt something was missing. I reached a point where TV, radio, newspapers had to go. Seek the truth and you will find answers. There is so much truth we have not been getting, and it’s time for humanity to wake up to that.

    [DARREN HARDY] AMEN Chad!!! Spread the word and we can and WILL make a difference in as many lives as possible…starting NOW!

  38. Teresa Hofmann CPFT says:

    Thank you so much for posting this! I try to explain this concept and people think I am being cold and self centered.

    I don’t feel that at all, its just my goals won’t save the world and I know that. I have picked 2 charities and that is all I can do, and I give as much as I can.

    As far as TV I don’t watch and or news, I cover the front of yahoo scan the page and move on. Now and then someone will ask me about such in such and I reply I don’t watch TV and they look at me like What??? I just say, I have more things to do with my time then waste it.

    So again, thank you Darren for always inspiring and helping me grow.

  39. Suzanne says:

    Thanks Ted (who gave us Comment #138 above) for passing along the Zig Ziglar quote. I am still laughing at the nickname for TV – “the income reducer”! So funny, and so true. Now, everytime I pass my TV, I will be thinking about that. I think this alone will cut my TV time down to almost nothing. (I still think TV can sometimes be educational if used with extreme care & turned off at the right time, it’s just highly addictive. The Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, The National Geographic Channel, Biography, & PBS do sometimes feature programs that are actually a good investment of my time.)

  40. Monica Markesteyn says:

    God Bless You !!!! This has been my philosophy since I was a teen. I am 49 now. I have been accused of being irresponsible, uncaring and immature because of this “theory of life” mindset. Thank you, thank you for this article!! My sister is quite the realist and keeps well informed of the problems of the world. She is angry, depressed, has ulcers and high blood pressure—none of which has contributed in a positive way to remedy crime or natural disasters !! Thanks again.

    [DARREN HARDY] Have you shared this with your sister? At the very least she would know you are not alone in your view and maybe, just maybe she too would finally see the light! :)

  41. Deborah says:

    I stopped watching TV years ago and still often say to my two daughters that passive watching of some other person’s creativity leads to nothing achieved. The person who created the show was just that….”creative and active” not passively receiving. Think what we could achieve if everyone got up off the couch and got creative about something!!!!

    There have been medical research studies done that have shown that watching TV increases levels of depression in anyone.

    Great post Mr. Hardy, great magazine, vastly inspiring CDs to learn from (WOW Jim Rohn!!!!and all the others!!) Keep up the great work. Thank you.

  42. clemmie says:

    Hey, Mr. Hardy keep up the good work of first, making sure your world is complete and full so that you can help others. And for encouraging others to do that same. You are my hero!

  43. Ted Janusz says:

    According to A.C. Nielson Company, the average American watches
    four hours of television a day. That’s two months out of every
    year. And if you live to be 72 years of age, that’s a dozen
    years of your life you’ll spend watching OTHER people become
    millionaires.

    Zig Ziglar calls television “the income reducer and the morality
    buster.”

    Dr. James Twitchell, author of Carnival Culture, says that in
    our culture, by the time a person is six years old, the average
    boy or girl will spend more time in front of the electronic
    babysitter than they will in conversation with their fathers
    - for the rest of their lives.

    Gene Roddenberry, speaking at Indiana University, said,
    “Television exists for one reason only.”

    Do you know what it is?

    Not entertainment, education, or escape.

    It’s to SELL you something.

    The rest of it is just a reason to get you to watch the
    advertising.

    I just recently found this out about television:
    During situation comedy shows, the producers kick off a laugh
    track every ten to fifteen seconds.

    Do you know that people don’t really laugh like that anymore?

    Do you know where they recorded that laughter, by and large?
    From people watching the Red Skelton Show live back in the
    1950s. (There was no dialogue to interrupt their laughter.)

    So, in other words, those people you hear laughing during those
    sitcoms of today… they’re dead!

    [DARREN HARDY] Wow, thanks for the insights, Ted! Great ammo here for those on the fence or those who know someone who is. THANKS!

  44. Julianne Frost says:

    Thank you for spreading the word about “no news is good news”. My husband & I made a conscious decision in November 2008 to not watch the news on television. The decision was made because I felt our 4 & half year old son did not need to be exposed to any of the negativities & violence shown on television and even though he was not watching the news, I knew he was hearing the words subconsciously and I did not want to find out what effect that may have on him. I have chosen not to listen to the radio in my car, instead I listen to CD’s for personal development i.e. success CD’s, this also creates a more blissful, less stressful drive to work where I arrive feeling happy. I thank you for enlightening people to the awareness of listening to, too much “bad news”.

  45. ken says:

    I am 33 years and have been in the know in all these time. There is nothing new about the news!!. It is same old events being recylcled. That is why I have not had a television over the past 4 years. There is nothing new under the sun.

  46. Mirek says:

    Hi Darren,

    I’m a SUCCESS Magazine subscriber in Poland. I love your post – since it’s super universal, no matter what geographical location you live in, the media crap that attacks our minds is countless.

    4 years ago I got sick of the news and decided to turn off the radio in my car, TV news and newspapers. And the change in me was unbelievable – within just a week I felt so much better, happier and more energized. I’m never going back!

    Smiles. Mirek

    [DARREN HARDY] Definitely is a universal problem, Mirek. Glad to hear you have been living media-free for the past 4 years and loving it. Thanks so much for sharing and hopefully giving others to courage to finally join you! Kudos!

  47. Deep says:

    Darren–
    Ever since your advice during the goal setting course, I have restricted the daily news reading time to 20 minutes. From your past and current writings I have realised that the dailies and the channels monetise our attention with commercials benefiting them but dish out mostly schadenfreude as news. I am yet to get any benefits as you claim but I will persist at least for a year. I wish I knew how to operate a RSS feed. Thanks for sharing the knowledge.

  48. Gregory H Castello says:

    Can you imagine if half of the USA did exactly what you propose, while adopting the new mindset that goes with controling the TV switch, what our way of being could look like and how truely civilized our manner of being would be. Lets have a TV OUT day! Smokers have it. I am going to persue this TV OUT DAY further.

    Thank You, for doing what you do Darren, Right on!

    [DARREN HARDY] Awesome idea, Gregory! Go for it!

  49. Anita Crawford Clark says:

    My television has been off for over 18 years. I only listen to inspirational and educational Cd’s and Music in my car, No newspaper subscriptions and I even force myself to ignore the magazines at the check-out line in the supermarket.

    I share how important this is in my goals ebook and you have just educated me even more, and for that I thank you. I hope people listen and take it to heart and watch how their heart changes, how their outlook changes, how their world changes!

  50. shawn says:

    Wow. My wife and I just were talking about how we were going to stop listening to talk radio. We love it and agree with most of stuff we listen to, but it ruins our day sometimes. Our outlook can easily be changed by just turning the dial. Now maybe it’s time for the boob tube too. How timely this article is, great job Darren!

    hey 129- Jackie- hang in there. you have a lot of life to live and things will get better.

    “If you want things you have never had, you have to do things you have never done.”

    — Dave Ramsey

    [DARREN HARDY] Thanks, Shawn! Yes, there is no time like the present to click off the old boob tube as well. You can do it!!! And great Dave Ramsey quote as well, thanks! :)

  51. Clarence A. Gaul II says:

    Thank you for the insightful way of looking at things and strategy to focus on your goals.

  52. Pablo López says:

    To 129 : do exercise, find a job, find spiritual help in your chourch, help your sister, every horse rides a different race, ¿which is your race?.

    Read or hear also Jihm Rohn , he can be also good for you , for example:
    http://www.jimrohn.com/index.php?main_page=page&id=1232

    An example: Today I help a chinese guy , in his first day at a spanish High School. His Spanish and English was “zero”.
    I could have stayed reading newspapers in the WWW . But I choose not to do it.
    I choosed 3boys an a girl, of his class who visited with him the Higschool.

    (Sorry for my English). Ready For Change the World !

  53. Jackie Darnell says:

    I’ve never posted before and I feel like I need to reach out to you, Darren…

    Last Sunday morning, my Mom was on her laptop and I was in an adjacent room. She must’ve been watching a video because suddenly I heard screaming. I asked what she was watching, and she said it was a woman being tazed by the police. The screaming lasted for about 5 minutes, so I ask why she was watching it, and she said so she can be exposed to some of the horrible things happening around us. I have a hard time being compassionate toward my mother, so I responded with “Well just because you expose yourself to something doesn’t mean its good, I could expose myself to porn and that wouldn’t make it right.” She told me to shut up and I made a comment about how she’s addicted to bad things. Then I asked her to go to Church with me. She said No, which just made me even more angry. She had a completely free Sunday and chose not to do anything GOOD, but instead ENGULFS herself in horrible things. My Uncle, who watches my 13 year old sister nearly every day, is a paralyzed day-trader so he spends the day watching CNN or researches the Bible and prophets about how the end is near.

    I know I’m not one to talk. I watch TV more than I should, but I’ve never been interested in the NEWS. I know it’s nothing but negative and I’m not interested in it. Obviously if it’s out of my control, I shouldn’t worry about it. I waste time watching HGTV or shows that are strictly for entertainment. I know, it’s not much better. The thing is, I’m 23 years old, broke (I know it’s my fault), with no way out. Maybe it’s a vicious cycle…I want to get out, but because of my everyday environment, I feel like there’s no way out.

    I saw you, Darren, at the ACN event in Anaheim. I’ve been in ACN a year now and haven’t missed an event. I know that I only lose if I quit, but I have a really hard time finding the belief and courage to follow through — to face the challenges of ACN and life. I even dropped out of college in January to make something happen and so far, I’ve only let myself and others down. The hardest part is self-discipline. I think maybe the reason I have a hard time getting out of bed is because I feel like nothing’s waiting for me on the other side of the covers. I really hope you respond.

    [DARREN HARDY] Hi Jackie! As my mentor Jim Rohn taught me, “Let others lead small lives, but not you.” It doesn’t matter what people around you chose to do, just focus on what you are choosing (or not choosing) to do – the progress, discipline and behavior of positive input and progress. The best way to help the people around you is to be an example to them. Make sure you first are the change you want to see in them… then don’t be invested in whether they chose to change as you have. But start with you, your life, your change, your progress. You can do it, I know it. The fact you are reading this blog and a part of a company like ACN is because you have something inside you that recognizes you were made for something more than you have now… more than you are now. Just keep growing forward.

  54. Oscar Del Rio says:

    Thanks Darren;
    This will be the culmination of a revolution you have inspired in my families routine, I am in Real Estate and used to listen to the news to and from work (I thought I needed to keep up and be updated always) and as soon as I got to the desk turn on yahoo news, emails etc. and all of that is changing, I cancelled my Newspaper subscription, I cancelled on emails, no more jokes, and RSS’ that don’t contribute (unless like you say they have to do with MY WORLD) and for the betterment of it, I changed the 24/7 news on the radio and slipped on The AWSOME CD’s from Success Magazine and started changing my points of view, the funny thing is, as I tried to explain to my Wife and Son to do the same, they took me for a loon and when they heard to a CD (by mistake I should say, I left one in the car) they were transformed for lack of better word…
    Now my wife, my son and I challenge each other to higher, better and more productive goals; and these challenges of cutting the TV and picking your wars are ones that deserves to be met and will be. its overdue!
    thanks again Darren, and keep up the great work!

  55. Cathy Wendte says:

    Darren, I’m so glad you are brave enough to speak up. I could not agree more with your comments. (Your comments suit me, personally) and…sometimes I feel selfish that the world issues do not seem to grip my time, attention or soul like they do so many others.

    I have not watched a news broadcast since giving birth to my son 13 years ago. There was some horrible story of child abuse and I had just had a baby and said I can’t hear that anymore so I quit, period. Then years later I heard Jerry Clarks idea of a ‘fast’ from it all and that was easy because I had already fasted from it ALL for years ;) I never did read the newspaper or do radio so that was easy to not do.

    My kids have never, in 13 years, seen a news broadcast.

    Some suggest I need to be more ‘in the know’ and some suggest that my boys need to be as well. The way I see it, is if it’s that important, my Mom will call and let me know as is what happened on 9-11.

    I agree totally with you but more importantly, it’s SO nice to know that someone of your caliber shares the same philosophies that have, from time to time, made me feel selfish. I do give to those who suffer, I also pray for them daily, but I do not spend my time emersed in their situation and you’ve made me feel better about that. Thanx :)
    Cathy

    [DARREN HARDY] It is not selfish to want the best for yourself and family, Cathy! Glad you now have my thoughts here to share with others in opposition. Stay strong!

  56. Cliff says:

    Darren,

    Thank you for the article. I do not watch the news or read the papers because of the facts you mentioned. I will occassionally turn the TV on to try to find something light hearted or clean entertainment but I never seem to find anything and end up turning off the TV. The same goes for the radio, newspapers, and most of the social media sites. Our society seems to be competing to see who can connect with the most people to have the largest number of virtual friends rather than true relationships. We are losing the reality of real live relationships for virtual ones where people do not have to get face to face. I do believe that there is limited value to them but I think our nation has taken it to the extreme and think you should have also added social media to that list of cut time limitations. If people spent the same amount of time building healthy families and friendships just think how much more productive our lives would be.

  57. Timea says:

    My husband and I, along with our 4 young daughters have not watched tv, listened to radio or read any newspaper for over 6 years now. Our friends laugh, because we have a lavish home theater and a great life and they always find it weird how we do not subscribe to cable or satellite. We always tell them, there are better things to do in life than sit in front of “the boob tube” and suck your brain dry with all the negative news.

    We prefer to spend quality time with our kids (indoor and outdoor), reading, listening to inspirational cd’s. We figure when our kids will be older, they will be bombarded with negative things through the media, school, etc… why would we want to introduce them to such things at such a young age (oldest is 5, 3 1/2 and 22 month old twins). They are much happier little individuals because we are instilling positive values. I can take them to a store and they will not beg me for things other children might beg their parents after seeing products on commercials, etc…it’s just so much better and healthier. My kids have never been couch potatoes and never will be. I feel sorry for all the kids who sit in front of tv’s computers all day long and have become poster children for obesity and youth diabetes.

    Things must change in order to improve our health and positive outlook, and the above suggestions by Darren are definitely a fantastic way to do it. You have to start with yourself and think of all the people your actions will impact in a positive way. I will be sending this article to all my condescending, cynical friends and family to read. Who will be laughing now????

    [DARREN HARDY] Agreed, Timea! Kudos to you for keeping your family (and values) on track!

  58. Selven says:

    You are right Darren. We should stay focus and that’s a big challenge. At start it might seem difficult. But then it becomes a habit.. Thanks for reminding us.

  59. Sabrina says:

    I am 24 years old and am obsessed with TV and for what reason I don’t know! To watch the Kardashians go grocery shopping and have family dinners like the rest of us is of what value? I am disgusted with my behavior and know that I need to stop. I used to enjoy reading and watching an occasional movie. I am striving from today to stop watching TV so much. I will be honest and say that I may finish LOST since there are only 6 episodes left, and I’ve been watching it since the beginning. I know I can do this and know it will be hard to go cold turkey and stop following characters I’ve been following for so long, but I will be taking your advice and am looking forward to enjoying outdoor adventures, learning more about myself, and becoming the person I know I should be. Thank you Darren and to everyone else for your inspiration.

    [DARREN HARDY] You can do it, Sabrina! Just stay busy with more important things and you won’t even miss the Kardashians, I guarantee it!!! :)

  60. Rick Lent says:

    Darren you’re awesome! I wish that everyone could live by these simple ideas. I’ve been practicing this for a few years now. No TV except an occasional sports game, NO NEWS (the murder report), I get my news online and I choose what I want & when I want to read it. Too much negativity getting put out in the main stream, it’s like nothing positive ever happens. Imagine the possibilities if more people adapted to this. Thank you for everything and keep it coming. Your magazine is one the greatest things out there.

  61. Sheryl says:

    I have spent more on reading self-development books and helping with the charities that interest me. I keep up on the issues that involve me and my family. Other than that – I leave the rest of the world to those who are better equipped to deal with it – those people I voted into office. If I’m not happy with the way they are doing their job – I will vote against them in the next election. That has kept me sane and focused.

    [DARREN HARDY] Glad to hear how it is working wonders in your life, Sheryl! Thanks for sharing! :)

  62. Marvin says:

    I was able to start a business and develop a Candle Prayer iPhone app because I spent “Primetime” as “My Time” as Denis Waitley says. Not only did this time help me grow but it has the possibility of helping others. Check it out.

    http://www.lightmeacandle.com

  63. Tina Collazo says:

    Hi Darren.

    This article is very timely. I’m headed to Haiti next month to walk into my destiny and purpose in life, and do missionary work with my church. I’ve experienced a personal earthquake in my life by going through a divorce and I lost everything. I’ve learned how to survive and rebuild my life on a solid foundation through God’s grace, and now I have the opportunity to encourage the men and women in Haiti on how they can do the same thing. I encourage everyone to take ACTION and make the world a better place. So many people are waiting for you to make a difference in their lives.

    God bless, Tina

  64. Jacqueline says:

    Darren,

    Thank you for bringing to light how many people actually feel this way about the news! About 13 years ago, when the Monica Lewinsky scandal was in full force and every other news moment was dedicated to the violence of Sinn Fein, I *literally* unplugged my television and walked it downstairs to the sidewalk and left if there. (It was New York City, so I knew it would be gone in minutes.) I have not owned a T.V. since — and I had worked in the White House and as a journalist!

    I am grateful for your reminder to pick ONE cause and go after it with all your heart. This resonates. I’ve been feeling of late, with all the changes taking place in the world, that I want to connect better to all of it, without drowning myself in the noise!

    [DARREN HARDY] LOVE your story, Jacqueline! Can picture you dumping that TV off and wiping your hands clean of the negativity that it brings into life. Kudos to you for making such a great change in your life (AND sticking to it) 13 years ago!

  65. Karynn says:

    Thanks Darren for the reminder. I totally support turning off the media but lately had been feeling like a couch potato catching up on my DVR recordings for 4 hours a night so I made a change…I decided to go back to school. I work full time so am attending classes at night and I couldn’t be happier! I am definitely feeding my soul and walking towards a dream that I have had for 20 years…to become a licensed massage therapist. Thanks for the encouragement and especially the 8 weeks of Designing The Next Best 10 Years Of Your Life. I really took this to heart and am going for it! here’s tothe future! Woo Hoo!

    [DARREN HARDY] MUCH better use of your time, Karynn! KUDOS! :)

  66. TJ says:

    I must follow this advice. My husband is frustrated with my obsession with the healthcare issue. I am a news junkie and it is making me miserable and keeping me awake at night.

  67. Ryan Philbeck says:

    I mostly switched off about a year ago. Amazingly, that is about the time that things really started going my way financially. I had to laugh out loud when I read this post Darren because Earl Nightengale suggested this method all those years ago in “Lead the Field”. Priceless advise. Thanks for everything Darren. You and Success Magazine are THE best thing that happend to me, my family, and my carreer. I owe you more than you know…

    [DARREN HARDY] Thanks, Ryan! It is truly amazing what will happen in your life when you stop letting TV and the media taking up valuable time and resources, isn’t it?

  68. Robert Beatty says:

    Darren,

    I’ve been doing this since the change to the digital tv signal. It makes a big difference. I do use my radio to listen to music though.

    The tv only goes on when I want to engage a particular event/broadcast. No longer is it on as a matter of course.

    I appreciate your comment about learning important details prior to voting on something rather than follow the daily rant and rave brought to us by the media.

    This may not be everyone’s cup of tea but it makes my day better and my evenings more relaxing. I also feel it makes it that much more possible to dream and believe in a positive future for yourself.

    I know the world is full of many ills and injustices, I also know that I’m better able to function when that doesn’t dominate my thinking.

    Paul would certainly aggree as Phillipians 4:8 states.

  69. Phyllis Brown says:

    Outstanding Blog!!
    I don’t miss the evenings when I don’t watch TV or turn on my computer. Everything seems to run together–too many “reality” shows, too much of the same regurgitated news; sensory overload. When I find myself being frazzled, I can many times always point to the external stressors that can be overwhelming. Learning to be selfish when it comes to the well being of myself,family and friends is a good thing.

  70. Dr. Cristina Sesler says:

    Since 1996 I have completely eliminated all news. I watch TV sporadically, but only if I know someone that I want to hear will be speaking on TV. I apply this to my kids. They only watch cartoons, that are age appropriate, a few times per week and for limited time.

    My family thinks that I am crazy because I choose not to be “informed” about all the awful things that are going on in the world. However, they are not part of the solution, so I agree with you that if you are not part of the solution, why bother being “informed”?

    I train individuals on how to manage their thinking and emotions for wellbeing. One of the things that I focus on is that our 5 senses feed our brain information. The important point is that we have the power to intentionally select what information we ALLOW into our brains. So, even if we are exposed to to negative information, we can train ourselves to intentionally analyze “Is this information will edify me or hurt/bother me?”. Then we can choose to not allow it into our brains and it will not become part of our conscious or even subconscious. Most people are not aware we have this mental capability. This is proven by brain research. This is based on research by brain and learning specialist, Dr. Caroline Leaf (www.drleaf.net). We cannot help when people say negative things directly to us, but we can help whether we allow that information to become part of the information we store in our brains. We can also help ourselves by intentionally NOT exposing ourselves to negative information. Life is too short and in order to make the most of our limited time we must learn to pick our battles FOCUS our time and energy instead of being swayed in the direction of the latest disaster news. Light when spread around serves to illuminate. However, focused light as with a magnifying glass, can burn paper. An light even more focus, can become a laser beam and has the ability to even cut through steel. By focusing on the positive and resolving to focus on a few select topics that we want to dedicate our lives to, we can become laser beams and change the world.

    [DARREN HARDY] You are completely correct, it is a CHOICE and an important CHOICE we can all make to better our lives. Thank you so much for your background info and research! Maybe those on the fence will read this and finally join us! :)

    Garth Hassel Reply:

    We did much like Cristina – unplugged in ’95 and didn’t miss it. When added children, we read to them. Their TV was very limited and just tapes/dvds (no commercials!!!). They know the computer is a tool, not a life. Consequently, their imagination, along with their reading ability, is exceptional. Yes, we home school, and yes their social skills are just fine. These kids are growing up with intent to contribute rather than contend, to lead rather than be led as lemmings off the media cliff!

    Rarely applied, most people have heard these cliches that, I think, summarize what Cristina, Darren, and we are saying:
    Garbage in, garbage out
    We become like that upon which we focus
    For those who don’t know what they focus on, our checkbook reveals our priorities.

    Darren Hardy Reply:

    Nicely said, Garth! Thanks! Love those sayings, too. ;)

  71. Donna Beyer says:

    Darren
    I stopped watching T.V.2 years ago and decided to focus on my life mission which is the treatment of obesity.Two months later I found a treatment that had been successful around the world for 50 years that the U.S. knew little about it. I traveled to Argentina to study and then tested the treatment with 500 people in my local community. The new company birthed was launched into the DFW area in July of last year. It has taken much focus and abundant creativity.I am thankful that I was able to tap into those inner resources.This month ,our eighth month of business ,will be our first million dollar month. That is what happened in my life when I shut the media down and focused on my own world and my own work.

    [DARREN HARDY] Amazing application, Donna! Right on point! Thanks SO much for sharing your experience!

  72. Suzanne says:

    In response to Dawn (comment #21) above – I hear you on this. I think we can make a distinction between not wallowing in suffering we can’t affect, and failing to do something or care. The reason it can be so hard to listen to tragic stories is not because we don’t care, but because we do feel for other people. Their suffering affects our mood because we are sympathetic and concerned. If we didn’t care so much, the news would have no effect on our moods.

    It is possible to care about other people’s problems, and try to help, without hearing about everything that happens in the world. For example, there are plenty of charities that will help people in their time of need, we can contribute without knowing the specifics on every single case. If you want to feel a more direct personal connection with the people you are helping, might I suggest kiva.org or, during the holidays, Toys for Tots. Or, even better than money, you can possibly help save a life & donate your bone marrow to a registry such as Be The Match Registry, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program.

  73. Barry says:

    Many decades ago, a wise mentor offered me this advice: With the explosition of information, each and evey one of us is becoming increasingly more ignorant all the time relative to what is out there to know. Being intelligent is no longer about information accumulation and memory recall. Instead, it is about learning how to prosper creatively–individually and collectively–within the flow.

    Your advice regarding selectively picking what draws one’s attention resonates well with this advice.

    [DARREN HARDY] That is does, Barry! THANKS!

  74. David Weaver says:

    I understand the power of focus, the fact that we can’t tackle every issue in the world and that we all have our own ’causes’ that are near and dear to us. I recognize the negativity of what is expressed in the news and the effect that has on our own attitudes.

    Politicians need to hear from their constituents, however, unless you simply want them to do what they feel is right without input. I doubt you would hire a manager and never want to meet or talk with them about expectations and goals.

    Even closer to home, the day that bulldozers show up next to your property and start clearing land for a new commercial project that you were unaware of and did nothing to voice an opinion about at public meetings may be the day that you decide that at least keeping a 40,000 foot view of what’s going on around you may be beneficial. Perhaps you have people keeping an eye out for things that might be of interest or concern who can notify you. Most do not…

  75. Miriam Iwrey says:

    Unplugged 4 years ago from tv and when people hear that they always say but…my answer is always what have I missed? I always get the blank look–that’s right folks there is nothing of real value on tv–it is a mindless nothing of goo that turns brain into mush and people fretting about things completely out of their control!!!

    If everybody would unplug…what a place this country would be in…awesome to think about–families actually connecting with each other, happiness oozing out of us, people not being so negative, peace, people actually living in the moment, focusing on what is truly important…think about it!!!

  76. Kamal says:

    So very well put.
    I agree with all of what you have written and that is what I have done since past 10 yrs and life is wonderful.
    Am glad that there are others who think like I do.
    CHerio and God Bless

    [DARREN HARDY] There are LOTS of us, Kamal! Let’s keep spreading the word and get even more! What a greater world we would live in! :)

  77. Michele says:

    I don’t even miss the old shows I quit watching 2 years ago.

  78. Sandra Blodgett says:

    You can always subscribe to the OUR CANADA Magazine or the Paisley Advocate if you want good news! I do not have a radio, TV or a newspaper subscription in my home. After reading your blog, I was reminded of a question people ask me all the time. They ask, how do you get so much done? I never thought of it before, but maybe my mind is just a lot less cluttered than the regular mind. Hmm.

  79. Patrick says:

    I going to give this a shot. We have a vacation coming up and I seem to be more focused on leaving the house unattended than enjoying the family vacation. A few years ago while vacationing in Florida our house was broken into. So, I am thinking of this. The house is insured and alarmed, so I guess I need to let go and not worry about what could happen. I also watch and listen to too much news. I will change that habit. Thanks Darren.

  80. Ellen says:

    Excellent. Now can you teach me how to control how much time I spend on email, because I know it’s way too much. LOL. I can’t imagine how productive I might become.

    [DARREN HARDY] LOL! Stay tuned, Ellen. You never know what I will tackle next! ;)

  81. David says:

    when was the last time you turned on the tv and watched ‘good news” I never watch the news….its just a downer

  82. Kertonya says:

    Thanks Darren!
    Great Blog! I have always believed that the media outlets were adding more confusion to MY World so I decide to be media free starting this year and I am the wiser for it.
    No cable (which is a saving in itself). No radio at all (only listen to movitational). It has made a huge difference in my home. We read as a family as well as talk more it has help bring us closer.

  83. Sigrid says:

    So true! Thanks for the reminder. I remember struggling with depression a few years back and this was the first piece of advice my psychiatrist gave me… turn off the news. And… she reminded me that if something truly huge is happening, enough people will be telling you about for you to find out! LOL

    Thanks!

  84. Kevin Camilleri says:

    Hi Darren,
    Being a teacher, I thought “letting go” of the constant news I was flooding my mind with
    would keep me misinformed towards my students. Low and behold…it actually made me a better teacher.
    All of my teaching now is focusses on the positive aspects of thr world.
    And anyways, I always find out if there is a world issue I need to discuss, and only then do I follow through if I need to.

    Thanks for all that you do.

    Kevin

    [DARREN HARDY] Great to hear, Kevin! I’m sure many others have the same fear so thank you so much for sharing your experience!

  85. Raucci Goddard says:

    amen.

  86. Karen says:

    I cancelled cable over 11 years ago once my daughter was born. We would sit in front of the TV every night after work and I’d nurse her. After that it was walks in a stroller, time to do other things and develop better things. I’m also a true believer that what you envision is exactly what you will get. You decide your life, no one else. My sentiments exactly. Thanks.

  87. Bruce says:

    Darren, my family and I haved lived outside of the US for the last 10 years and we have been “TV free” for the last five years. Every time we visit the US, we are amazed how many hours our relatives and friends spend staring at the TV, and reading newspapers or magazines with negative headlines. I am so grateful to see that not all Americans live each moment habitually connected to and mindlessly controlled by various forms of the poplar media. Your post gives me hope that, when we eventually move back to the US, I can have meaningful conversations with people rather than having to respond, “Sorry, I did not see that episode / news special / movie / exclusive report . . . .” Thanks.

  88. Claudia Christian says:

    We’ve been TV free for the last 8 years. FABULOUS.

    It’s not just the news!

    We’ve missed the advertisements for food chains, the advertisements that create copy cat trends, the advertisements for drugs we don’t need and phones we don’t need and…

    Sometimes I don’t know what people are talking about. But I don’t care.

    It’s my mind and my life.

    [DARREN HARDY] Great point, Claudia!

  89. Olivia says:

    Hi Darren, thanks so much for your gift you have shared with us all today, you are an inspiration to people like myself who are indeed in need of that constant positive mindset. Keep up the great work as i’m sure you do..

  90. Kevin says:

    This was great advice.

  91. Iwan says:

    Thank you Darren. I hit the off-button on my TV two years ago. I hit the off-button on my Newspapersubscription at the same time. Before that I was a TV-holic, sports-holic, news-holic and now I´m free! I´m reading good books like “Think & Grow Rich”, “The 7 Habit´s of highly effective people” and listening to CDs by Jim Rohn or likewise. I´m nourishing my relations. I´m enjoying nature, the silence. Have you ever listened to the silence? Do it and you will recognize something wonderful. I took of my watch about fifteen years ago and I´m never late. I´m going to share this with everyone I can think of. Have a perfect day! I am.

  92. Jo says:

    Thanks for this Darren. I’m sending it onto all my family and friends. It’s a belief I follow, that what I think, happens. Thanks for the reminder. I need them every now and again.

    [DARREN HARDY] Thanks for spreading the word, Jo!!!

  93. Russ says:

    Darren,

    Great post. I have found in my own life that it is so easy to get sucked into watching more and more of the news taking up the limited time you have available. How do you not get sucked back into this destructive habit?

    [DARREN HARDY] One easy way is to stay busy with other much more important tasks. Read a book, get outside, communicate (positively) with friends and family. There are plenty of other things to do, Russ. Just do them!

  94. MOMIN says:

    Darren

    What an excellent and down to the earth practical advice to clear the clutter around one’s life. The BREAKING NEWS / JUST HAPPENED/LATTEST and such type of stories keep repeating daily and many time a day . The moment ypou put on your TV you arre confornted with such happenings which rarly and seldom effetc but do have negative impreessions gloom depressn and more stress.
    PUT OFF the T.V and share / spend time with your spouse,kids, family, neighbours, poors, sicks give them ypour time attention and money if you can spare . Yes do go out in the open , long walk, exercise swimm, jog, run. Read study books which add value and meaning to life . Plan your goals , review achiements and set new goals.

    And by the way I have reduced TV Sets in my home by give one to the local Charity

  95. Michelle Selman says:

    Darren,
    I am so glad to see an article like this……FANTASTIC. this is what I am talking about.
    TV, Radio, Newspaper, the constant negativity is really weighing down on the earth, some of us don’t really seem to notice these things…..POSITIVITY is the way of life.
    It is really important to keep your mind stimulated with positivity, so that you can give it back in return and produce joy, peace and happiness.

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE Success Magazine! never stop publishing.

    Michelle Selman Toronto, CA

    [DARREN HARDY] Thanks, Michelle! Definitely doing all we can to keep bringing you SUCCESS! ;)

  96. Dr. Kris Sargent says:

    Darren,
    Awesome article. I have been basically news-free since last May. It’s still amazes me how much I know…My patients will tell me, friends email me, my mom and husband tell way more than I want to know. I have had to cut them off and tell them I have enough details – “thank you”. I choose happiness and joy as much as humanly possible. Happiness is a decision!

  97. Nabil says:

    wow. i love this entry. i’ve been doing this for years. people told me that i’m ignorant. now this article will back me up.

    i know i’m doing the right thing!

    thanks darren!:D

  98. Kevin H. says:

    Thanks for the message. Usually I listen to the talk-back and “news” radio station on my 15 minute walk home from the railway station. But when I think about it, I gain nothing from that though….Tonight will instead listen to my iPod – Success messages or Bible. ( It’s going to be hard to break the habit though………)

    [DARREN HARDY] I bet you will look back in a few week and wonder why you didn’t do it sooner, Kevin! :)

  99. Abigail & Meinrad from London UK says:

    We agree with you Daren we got rid of our TV, Newspaper and gosping friends 5 years ago and now we are making 6 figure income i was able to leave the nursing job which i was doing two years afer we got rid of this TAKE -ME- NO -WHERE news and INCOME REDUCER SYSYTEM (TV)

  100. Gary Smith says:

    Hello Darren,

    Your post was very timely. I remember Jim Rohn talking about the power of working together and, specifically, how a second testimonial can be the one that makes the difference. I did something called the ’30 day mind fast’ several months ago which was basically about not listening to radio, watching TV or reading a newspaper for 30 days. At the time I felt it was a worthwhile exercise but over the past couple of months I’ve found myself gravitating back to the news sites and sometimes the TV. Your ‘second testimonial’ just gave me a whole lot of very important reasons to turn the TV and radio off for good. I thank you for that.

    [DARREN HARDY] You can do it, Gary! Just keep reminding yourself WHY you are doing it and hold yourself accountable…if you don’t, I will! :)

  101. Howard Sosa says:

    A Wise Teacher once said in a farewell,

    “… whatever things are true, noble, or just,
    whatever is pure, lovely, or of good report,
    if anything is excellent or worthy of praise,
    think on these things.”

    When we change our thinking,
    we change our life – the world!

  102. Vani Gurappa says:

    Hi Darren,

    Awesome article, it is true that our attention is what creates our world. We have a choice to make, choice of words, choice of thoughts, choice of what words to make use to convey our thoughts. Its nice to perceive how our worlds are created with what we focus on.. :-)

  103. Nezel says:

    Thanks for the article Darren. It’s now time for us ordinary people to take back our lives and shift our focus on ourselves.

  104. Yvonne in San Diego says:

    Darren,
    Your article and challenge along with many of the posts remind me of the following saying:

    Be mindful of your thoughts; they become your intentions
    Be mindful of your intentions; they become your words
    Be mindful of your words; they are become your actions
    Be mindful of your actions; they are behind your habits
    Be mindful of your habits; they will become your destiny

    Profound to think how switching off the “media” could indeed change the world one thought, intention, word, action and habit at a time…imagine the possibilities=-)

  105. Phil says:

    Darren, Your statement “This might be a bit controversial for many, and even more won’t have the stomach to do what I am suggesting…” is paramount to achieving success. I would estimate that most of those who read this blog, experienced a “yeah – this makes sense” moment. Yet, I would guess that 75-85% will wake up tomorrow… and dial in the T.V. / Radio / Newspaper.
    – So come on fellow Success Seekers – Stop the Madness! In order for us to break into the top 10-15%, we need to do the things that the top 10-15% do. When I decided to shut-out the media 15 years ago, I found inspiration in this logic… I was confident that at the peak of personal contribution, Thomas Edison was concerned with anything else but trying to get that con-founded lamp to burn. That at the peak of her peak of personal contribution, Marie Curie was concerned with much else other than unlocking the mysteries of science. That at the peak of his personal contribution, Gandhi was concerned with little else than trying to raise the spiritual consciousness and social esteem of 2million countrymen. So how did they do it? Average people, making above average contributions! It is simple… they cleared there minds of the things they didn’t want, and rejuvenate their minds with the things that they did want! The Abundance is available to all of us. Continued Success to each of you.

    [DARREN HARDY] Great examples, Phil! THANKS!

  106. Dianne says:

    I thought this was article was interesting.

    Love,
    Tom

  107. Darcy says:

    While I was reading this on my computer, the TV was blasting away and the stereo was on in my daughter’s room and a half dozen work related magazines were staring at me, begging me to read them. All of a sudden you inspired me to jump off this multi media treadmill. I need visual and mental clarity. So what now? I’ll take your wise words and insert them into my crazy life in the form of action…. but not until after my favorite show is over. Ha…..just kidding I’ll do it now! Thank you for telling it like it is. Who knows, I could be a much calmer and more thoughtful person in a week.

    [DARREN HARDY] You can do it, Darcy!!!!

  108. Ray Campbell says:

    Darren,
    My Sunshine (Kathy my bride of 30 years this July) has been singing your song for that long, in fact she gave up “ALL” TV watching for lent and therefore so have I.
    Do you know how much listening can be done, dreaming, planning and enjoying each other with the TV off. WOW
    And to top it off just finished a meeting of IBO’s and we all agreed turn off all the news and go do battle against the socialism on parade with our best weapon.
    “FREE ENTERPRISE and PRAYER” will trump all this other stuff going on.
    To a Prosperously, Blessed and Profitable day to all…. Now to my forward button and send to all GREAT TIMING Darren and Incredible WISDOM….

  109. Anthony A Correia says:

    Totally in complete agreement!! Just wanted to share a small story; when I was younger & had moved away from home, I made a pact with my mother that I would always call her on Sunday. Then what I found was every Sunday she would share all this negative news about everything going wrong in the town I was from. So I told her that if she did not stop with all the negative news that we would not have our Sunday call. It was amazing how that little thing turned around a lot of things in her life. Now its nothing but positive! Continue the great work that you do!!! Oh & a Big THANK YOU!!! For the training you did in Anehiem, CA for our Company! :)

    [DARREN HARDY] Sometimes it takes just that one right person to tell another how their negativity is impacting them to affect great change. Kudos to you for being that person for your mom! And you guys ROCKED in Anaheim! LOVED the energy, THANKS!!!

  110. faith says:

    I totally agree with what you have written and I myself have are in the habit of TV and radio. Lately, I have readjusted my focus to the things I am wanting to allow in my spirit

  111. Sheridan says:

    THANKS! I do this already, but it is great to hear it spread to everyone. Why waste time hearing about horrible things I can’t do anything about? I much prefer spending my energy making my home a positive place.

  112. Deliana Deltcheva says:

    I have been TV FREE for 4 years by now Darren and I tell you I love the world much more. I am more relaxed, focused and happy person sinse I cut it off. Over the last year and a half I start spending and investing my time in reading on self development. Love Success Magazine, I count the days for the next month issue.
    Thank you sharing your insights with all of us.
    God bless.

    Deliana Deltcheva

    [DARREN HARDY] Awesome to hear, Deliana! And LOVE hearing that you enjoy SUCCESS magazine SO much! THANKS!

  113. Susan Barkshire says:

    I’ve been disconnected from TV for years now. I may check in on internet every couple days for a few minutes to see any headlines but I find my time is so filled with great and inspiring education from people like you and others I’ve met through your online Success Magazine. Thank you!!

  114. Kelly Hanson says:

    Ive been following this advice for years and have a hard time understanding the need to immerse yourself in the woes of the world. It reminds me of the worry mantra: “Take care of the things you can take care of and don’t worry about everything else. Worry is a waste of grey matter”
    Thanks for all you do, Darren. Love your stuff.

  115. Robert Coss says:

    Them’s fighten words Darren (referring to How to Change the world … turn the tv off). Our government’s depends on you being frightened and dependent upon them to solve your problems. I learned this through movies like The Power of Nightmares and Orwell Rolls in His Grave. Mass media knows how to dish it out so you have to come back to see the rest. It’s big bucks for them, but no way to sustain a nation or raise a nation of people capable of transforming the world.

    And Facebook, thank God for the Hide feature. I love people, but I don’t have the time to listen to everyone. Even Jesus left some people unhealed, yet He still was able to change the world. We got to start discerning the difference between what is urgent and what is important. You’re Designing the Best 10 Years of Your Life solves that problem.

    Thanks for leading the way!

    [DARREN HARDY] My pleasure, Robert!

  116. Lorna says:

    Excellent adivise – my world is news free (except when I need to drive into town, I’ll turn on the traffice report to chart my course) and I love it! I’m well informed and involved in projects near and dear to my heart. I’d like to suggest taking it one step further and urge everyone to also turn off all of the “reality” shows that hilight qualities such as manipulation, lying, backstabbing and the dog eat dog philosophies as something to aspire to. Might as well go to a political convention!

  117. julie says:

    Awesome Information!
    Thanks a bunch!

  118. Juanita says:

    Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. (Philippians 4:8, The Message).

    It’s always great to get back to the basics, and I’m glad the Wisdom of the Ages still holds true!

  119. Bob says:

    You’ve made a terrific point. Some people might call it selfish – it’s really about being self-full. Thanks for the reminder!

  120. Joy Cook says:

    Darren,

    We are socialized to be codependent on the media from a very young age! Do you have any suggestions to assist us in weening our children/teenagers off of this “corruption”? Once we are adults it is a different process. Thank you!

    [DARREN HARDY] Just do it, Joy! Children learn best through example and if all else fails just remember, YOU are the parent! :)

  121. Ekqo says:

    YES. FINALLY someone agrees with me! I get called both uninformed AND apathetic because I don’t pay attention to all that negative information. I absolutely hate the morning news when I’m sitting there before I go to class with my mother in the morning. Why start your day listening to that?! It stains your day before you even leave the house!

    [DARREN HARDY] Isn’t that the truth?! Kudos to you for standing up for your beliefs and not listening to those who judge you for choosing to rid your life of unnecessary negativity!

  122. Jeffrey Hardwick says:

    Darren,

    I like how you are willing to address some controversial issues. We all know we are allowing way too much junk in our lives, but we do have the power to change all that starting today. Jesus said, “Out of the abundance of our heart, the mouth speaks”. You can definitely tell what’s in someone’s heart after listening to them for awhile, can’t you?

  123. Darlene says:

    Very refreshing and inspiring to hear good news. It is important to learn how to prioritise not only your work but also your life.

  124. Gwen says:

    Great post and I agree 100% –if only I could get my husband to buy into it. Sports, sports and more sports!

  125. Jack says:

    I agree! Family time goes by too fast, try a favorite family moment, listen to a book on audio with your kids, or your husband. It’s a great way to enjoy an evening without TV, radio or the computer. If you have a child who struggles with reading, get the book, read a chapter then listen to it. Talk about it! We still enjoy this tradition, and my boys are adults. We love audio books, for business and pleasure. Let your Imagination take you away! It’s a great way to stay connect. My Father, my mentor and I still read books, talk about them and listen to stories. He is in his 70′s and it keeps his mind active and strong.

    As the late great Jim Rohm said you GOT to be a Good READER!
    (And if you are not a good reader, get it on audio!)

    Kuddos Darren on another great article!

    [DARREN HARDY] Thanks Jack! Awesome Jim quote. He also said, “Miss a meal if you have to, but don’t miss a book.” What great advice!

  126. Kurt Swann says:

    Darren, Thanks, always enjoy reading your posts! Excellent point. I’ve noticed sometimes when sensational crimes occur, as recently happened in San Diego, some people not only pay attention to “The World” aspect of it but also develop an emotional connection to the crime victim and family even though they’ve never met and don’t live in the same community. Don’t know if I completely understand this phenomena but maybe people are looking to fill some need in their own lives by connecting with the plight of strangers. Would obviously be better if everyone tried to develop and strengthen emotional connections within “My World” instead of strangers on the news. Thanks again for the article.

  127. Yonas says:

    I do love this article too. I have stopped watching TV years ago and it really gets me not updated with what happens around the world, but when I’m talking to someone I take the chance promoting why I no longer watch TV especially news.

  128. Tammy Dailey says:

    I totally agree with you and must tell you that my 26 year old son has been telling me this
    for years.
    I am going to start cutting back starting today.
    Thanks I really enjoy your posts.

    [DARREN HARDY] You raised one smart son there, Tammy! KUDOS! :)

  129. Greg Olivia says:

    Most of the “news” I listen to are my Success CD’s and Success book summaries. Thank you Darren!

  130. Phil Andrews says:

    Life is a “package”, and it’s all in there, the good, the bad, etc. When someone “chooses” to focus there attention on the bad, which typically leads to “whining” about things… here is my response: “I hear what you are saying, that is unfortunate, but WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?”. Our attention needs to be re-directed away from the chaos and toward applying our efforts on making improvements. Take a moment to appreciate how fortunate we are (because things could always be worse), then focus on all the favourable outcomes we want to enjoy, and take action to earn and deserve those rewards! Stay immersed in the world you are creating for youself and those you care about.

  131. Nicholas says:

    Darren, Kudos to you, it requirers courage to take this stand publicly. Bravo..! Definitely going against the mainstream, but as we know swimming up-stream makes you stronger. We have raised our five children (now in their teens) without any TV, newspapers or other doomsday influences. We are however fully informed about the issues that face society as we select news content. But as you so wisely suggested focusing on the world we CAN change (ourselves, our relationships, our work) life becomes manageable, with reachable goals & real successes. Fear is the great de-motivator. Empowerment the great motivator.

  132. Don Riddell says:

    Great advice, Darren. I figure if something really important happens, someone will surely tell me about it.

    [DARREN HARDY] Exactly Don!!!

  133. Jacklyn says:

    I completely agree with you Darren, my husband use to listen to talk radio news all the time and it had such a negative effect on him. I bought him an IPOD loaded it with books, so he can use his time productively without and enjoy a good book to take you away from the grind of daily life. The news was grating at his core. I believe the news is slanted, for the shock factor. That is why I like SUCCESS magazine, you are reporting positive events that can have a positive influence on people.
    Even with the war there are positive events you don’t seem to see on the news. God Bless our nations and all the men and women who are fighting for our country.
    Provo for another great article!

  134. Mariah Ball says:

    Darren,

    Great article, thank you for putting it so well. This is something I try to communicate to people all the time. If you can and will do something effective about a given situation, great! Get the info you need and act! That way it isn’t an overwhelming thing at all. You are at cause, at least in some part, and that is health mental and emotional state to be in. If, on the other hand, you are just being a member of the “isn’t it so bad club” you are not doing you or anyone else any favors. And you are in fact being part of the problem rather than the solution.

  135. Coach Bay says:

    It is all about focus and getting rid of the noise. Your points are convincing and your advice is very practical. Thank you Darren! I have already shared the post with friends on Facebook.

  136. Tyler Slade says:

    I cant tell you enough how much I agree with this mental approach. I find that too many people waste so much of their time distracting themselves with things they cant control. Thank you for all of your positive and informative material each month.

  137. Marina Leal says:

    When other people’s goals involve other type of problems, you might as well keep out of their way by staying focused on your own goals and problems.

  138. Damian Simpson says:

    Darren, thanks for this truely inspirational peice of writing. I was actually watching the morning news while reading this on my computer after seeing it posted on Facebook. I immediately turned off the TV and am now listing to soothing music.

    This article has touched me and I am going to share it with all my friends.

    [DARREN HARDY] Spread the love, Damian! THANKS!

  139. Ann T says:

    I had to turn off the news when my daughter was 3 or 4 because she was having nightmares of terrible things happening to us and that was just with the TV on in the background! She is now 17 and we watch the weather report and not much else.

  140. Janet Rudd says:

    Thanks for a fantastic article.

  141. Neil Daniels says:

    Darren, Hi. What Id really love to know is how you make the time to respond to so many comments on this page alone. Amazing

    [DARREN HARDY] By practicing what I preach, Neil! ;)

  142. Jan Karn says:

    I’ve practiced this since 2006, it totally changed my life. There are some who think I am living in a bubble, yes and a happy one indeed. Thanks for the support!

    [DARREN HARDY] Kudos to YOU and your happy bubble, Jan! :)

  143. Topanga Bird says:

    Wow! So true, so true. As a person juggling two rewarding careers, I can attest to the wisdom of this sentiment. About a year ago I stopped reading the L.A. Times entirely, my home TV hasn’t been on for several years other than to play the random DVD and I check CNN.com only randomly. And I found I now have the time to do the work I need to do, the research required for my profession and never feel the need to fixate on the “issue” of the day. What a breakthough!

  144. Lou says:

    Darren,
    For the past 10 years or so I have felt the same way and for the most part, lived your suggestion. I’ve recently started watching the news again and have noticed a change in my mood. I think this is a brilliant way to live and I thank you for mentioning it to your followers. Bravo Darren!

  145. Ian Slade says:

    Hi Darren,

    We met at the Jim Rohn Memorial in Anaheim. I was moved by your committment to continue the legacy of Jim Rohn.
    And yes, this article is living proof!

    I believe we can change the world, one paradigm at a time!

    Thanks,
    Ian

  146. Ken Bright says:

    AS a follow up. (I love this idea.) I want to teach a high school english class where the only requirement is for the students to swear off TV for the term and keep a journal of their thoughts. Don’t get me started.

    [DARREN HARDY] Hi Ken! You can start by getting them to read SUCCESS for Teens – provided free to qualified organizations like schools. Check it out: http://www.SUCCESSFoundation.org

  147. Diana says:

    Thank you, Darren! It was so refreshing to see you post this and so necessary for today. My husband and I are ministers and we are constantly telling people who complain that they have not time to pray, read their Bible, motivational books or Success magazine–that if they would simply turn off the TV, they’d find hours in the day–just like you indicated so amazingly–WOW! The “news” is actually, the “bad news”. We have yet to meet a person that feels upbeat and excited after watching the news. Then, the next day, the “news watchers” are just talking about the depressing stuff the “news” brought forth, consequently…they look depressed, and their own situations in life are no better.

    I absolutely loved all your points. They are all true!! The Bible says, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” (Prov. 23:7) What we see we plant in our heart, then we speak it with our mouths…”for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” (Matthew 12:34) Then those words manifest themselves into this thing called life. We love love love Success Magazine, because from cover to cover it demonstrates biblical principles in the most practical settings. May God continue to bless your work. I’m waiting on my subscription to arrive and the condensed books. So excited! P.S. We’ve given away many Success Magazine copies, and are happy to say that many have gotten subscriptions, and their lives are turning around; while some, are still watching TV and dust has formed on their magazine :( … God bless you BIG today!

    [DARREN HARDY] Thanks for spreading success AND SUCCESS magazine around, Diana! Great to hear the impact it is making on so many lives. And you and your husband are right, there is PLENTY of time in the day for so many things without TV! Thanks again!!!

  148. Jenn says:

    hi Darren,
    this article is so true. My husband and I did your design the best 10 yrs program and we both decided to rid our lives of tv right at the beginning. I dont even think you had suggested it, we just realized we could do so much more with that time. So many of our friends think we are crazy! I have not missed it a bit, well except during the olympics. I would have liked to watch more of that but that is because I am a proud canadian, the olympics are happy news and I find the athletes and their stories quite inspirational. Other than the olympics though, I truly have not missed tv. In fact, I dont think I would make time for it now even if I was subscribed to the satellite again! I am so happy to not have that clutter in my life and instead have the time and ability to focus on ME and MY family, MY world!

  149. Ken Bright says:

    Who Ray! I have been convinced for years that building my day around a TV schedule is madness. I have been advocating this everywhere, even in my seminars on Computers for Beginners. Unplug everying. One day a week. Talk to your kids. Write a letter. Read a book, out loud! KuDos!

  150. Jenny says:

    Excellently spoken~ I have called this “Jenny’s World” for many years. Glad to see I am not alone in my thoughts.

    Thanks Darren

  151. Imelda McGrattan says:

    Your are what you eat is very true for one’s body. The mind is no different. What you feed into your mind determines your thoughts, moods and actions. We absorb information nowadays by so many forms most we are not even aware of, the ones we can control we should. The information that is relevant for you will make its way to you by some means. Feed your mind with what will inspire your desire to achieve your dreams, not the worlds, not what others want for you, but what you want.

    Too many people feel under pressure to be something they aren’t. The media that infiltrates our worlds without us acutally realising the impact on our minds can be huge unless we create our own internal awareness.
    One can only do ones best at any given time in all the roles that one has to perform in life. Our choices today are based on the choices of yesterday which at one time were just dreams. None of us will make it out of this world alive so make sure you live while you are here :-)

  152. Jesse says:

    With so much negativity on the media, that is one of the BEST advice anyone could heed. I love James Arthur Ray said about it when someone said to him, “Shouldn’t we be informed.” James replied “Its ok to be informed, but never inundated!”

    Thanks again Darren.

  153. Debbie says:

    BRAVO!!! So glad to see a major magazine trumpeting exactly what I have been living and teaching for years now!!! I rarely see a TV on, have been to only 1 movie in the last 3 years, only read a Sunday newspaper occasionally and I don’t ever buy into the latest bunk being touted by the media (& general public) of any kind.

    This uncluttering of negative information has made my life much easier…good God, my personal life can be complicated enough without adding all the negative that comes from other sources.

    One of my favorite sayings is, “What ever you are focusing your energy on is exactly what you are creating in your life. Stop focusing on what you DON’T want and focus on what you DO want. It’s your choice; what do you desire to have more of in your life? Then thats where you place your focus.”

    Keep the positive energy flowing! It’s fantastic!
    Namaste,
    Debbie

    [DARREN HARDY] Thanks, Debbie! And great quote, truly great words to live by for us all!

  154. Julie Lichty says:

    Excellent advice. Over the past few years I have incorporated these positive solutions into my life and it has made an amazing difference. As Darren suggests, so much more QUALITY time is available to spend on things that impact me, my family, and my clients. Thanks as always for boldly speaking the truth and saying what needs to be said.

  155. Chiara Morrow says:

    I just got my cable turned back on after 4 months of having it off and I can truly say…I need to disconnect it again…Somethings I miss but the fact that it is an option keeps me distracted on so many levels…I refused to become a tv journalist because I did not want to become desensitized…

    Dawn, I think he just meant for us not to become so absorbed in all the terror and evil behind what caused people to have misfortune and so forth…Not sure if (Darren) meant for us to become non-caring in the process of watching what we focus on…(no disrespect to your comment, just an observation) Blessings to you…

    Thanks for this post Darren! Everyday gets better and better when I can read articles like this! Blessings to you as well!

  156. LARRY LOUIS says:

    Thanks, Darren for this timely article. Great comments above (dittos!) but I have especially benefited from eliminating such distractions during times of great challenge. The intensity of focus I was able to accomplish changed my life! You have encouraged me to not compromise on this!

  157. MARY says:

    first time reading this blog and what a great one…..i haven’t had cable for years and years….keep cutting back on all tv shows and news….not even entertaining anymore…..tried to cut out the sunday paper but where i live they give it to you free if you take the weekly community blurb….which is also almost free…so i am stuck with this paper……i have always felt there was too much focus on sports and sports figures…who cares what these people do…..i have freed up so much time and energy (i am a senior so energy is more important to me than money) to practice my cello..research music issues on internet and read…..there is a reason that people are not successful in getting what they want and that is focussing on things that don’t matter in their life…thank you

    [DARREN HARDY] Welcome, Mary! :)

  158. Bob Deer says:

    Well said Darren! I couldn’t agree with you more. I think the challenge I have is trying to sort through all the daily noise and stay focused in an orderly way on the duties that will grow my business and still spend the time with family and friends that I want. Even if I turn off all the things I don’t want in my life and in my head, I still have a hard time staying focused. Frustrating.
    I really have to tell you how much I enjoy the articles in Success Magazine but especially the cd’s!! I have a long commute to my office and make good use of the time by listening to them. Keep ‘em coming!

    [DARREN HARDY] The longer you have everything switched “OFF” the easier it will become, Bob! You can do it!!!

  159. Nick Milodragovich says:

    Darren

    Succinctly put. I’m saving this one, and clicking the ‘forward’ button.

    Nick

    [DARREN HARDY] Awesome, Nick! Thanks for forwarding! Just think about all the people you will be helping. Kudos for caring and keep it up! :)

  160. Neil Daniels says:

    Amen! and thank you for posting. Excellent material for overcoming the ‘debbie downers’ out there who wonder why im always so happy. “your still young, just wait” Ive actually been told this before by people, but because of all the personal development books/success magazines =) ive read, i feel bad for these folks who are missing out so much more. Darren, I also choose to focus on things that i have the ability to control and that add value to my life. I wouldnt have it any other way!! Thanks a bunch, keep it coming!! ~NEiL

  161. Kellen says:

    Absolutely incredible article. It’s what I’ve personally felt for years, but I couldn’t state it as eloquently as Darren.

  162. Dawn says:

    It seems to be a thought, but part of me says it is a self-absorbed thought and that you only care about you and your business. Wouldn’t you want someone to care for you if an earthquake attacked your foundation. Wouldn’t you want intercessory prayer or contributions to your cause if you all of a sudden lost everything you have to wicked people, a sudden life crippling or impairing disease, or even a car accident. I agree that we can watch less TV, but this seems noncaring.

    [DARREN HARDY] Hi Dawn… I warned there would be some without the stomach/interest/preference to do as I described. I care about my family, friends, peers and those I can uplift, encourage and support through my business. If I let the boob tube beat me down with all sorts of fear mongering so they can sell advertising to my dazed eyes, that is probably the most uncaring thing I can do to those who rely on me.

  163. Gary says:

    Thanks Darren. 3 weeks ago I had my left hip replaced. I decided not to put a TV in the guest room where I am staying while I am recovering. I just told my wife this afternoon that a blessing of this surgery is that I have not watched the news once. And I have maybe watched 1 hour TV in 3 weeks. It feels great. No negative and “what if” scenarios. Thanks Darren. I enjoy success magazine and in fact right now I am listening to a Jim Rohn CD. The Art of Exceptional Living. I bought my first set of CD’s to listen to while I recover from surgery.
    Best to you-Thank you.

    [DARREN HARDY] So glad to hear that you are making a positive change in your life in light of hip surgery. Kudos to you, Gary! Definitely no excuses for the rest of us!!!

  164. Rich Proctor says:

    Great post Darren, I could not agree more. And good timing because I have been wondering lately how much human potential has been thrown away simply because people spend so much time sitting idly in front of their televisions.

    I am a former cable news junky, but I pulled the plug on my TV subscription last year and I have been reaping the rewards ever since. Definitely one of the best decisions I have ever made. First, it saved me some money, but more importantly, it provided me with an increased amount of an even higher value commodity, time. More time to read and study, more time to exercise, more time to pursue my passions in life, more time to invest in the people I love and care about. Not to mention, my stress level has decreased measurably.

    I am loving life TV free.

  165. Allen says:

    Thanks Darren, this is awesome information! I’ve just turn off my TV to my regular watch program which does not benefit me at all except few laugh…but I know there’s other way to release my stress other than watch TV

    [DARREN HARDY] There definitely are better ways to release stress, Allen! Get out there, explore a more positive world and let us know how your life is changed for the better. Kudos to you for turning OFF that TV, too!!!

  166. Orneryswife says:

    Happily married for 31 years this May, my husband and I have never had TV broadcast into our home. Our children were raised with books and the occasional movie–something we were continually criticized for. Early on we learned the devastating effect negative propaganda had on our relationship, sleep and overall health and well being. Today, we still focus on upbeat, happy thoughts and try to avoid dwelling on the negative things of the day, although sometimes it seems to seep in like tainted smoke through pinholes. Your article is exactly what we have tried to tell our friends and family through the years–and in fact reminds me of what was written so long ago in Philippians 4:8 “For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, worthy of reverence, honorable and seemly, just, pure, lovely and lovable, kind, winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things (fix your minds on them). What excellent advice!
    tm

  167. Leeanne says:

    It’s such good advice Darren, I encourage more people to follow it.

    I stopped watching news & reading newpapers about 2 years ago and it’s funny when people say “Hey, what about ‘blah’ in the news?” and you respond “I have no idea what you’re talking about, I don’t watch/listen/read the news”. The looks you get, it’s hilarious. Then they proceed to tell you (thanks, get the hint I’m not bothered) and you can see them getting all stressed over it, it sucks their energy, it’s crazy behaviour. It makes me wonder why people do it to themselves.

    It’s the same with TV soaps. Here in England the daily soaps absolutley take over people’s lives. They are living in these soaps and feeling all the negative emotions that they portray…it’s madness. It’s pure addiction of negativity. Try spending that time with your partner or reading something uplifting or life-changing….please…it will make you feel so much better and may even allow you to see beyond the life you have into a better future….just maybe….it’s worth a go, surely?

    [DARREN HARDY] Sounds like you have A LOT of people around you who need you to share this with them, Leeanne! Spread the word and help others make this same positive change in their lives! :)

  168. Suzanne says:

    Elections are the biggest time wasters – especially the presidential ones. For 2 years there were constant reports about the horse race aspects of the 2008 race, but absolutely no information on where any candidate stood on any issue. It was only about how they were perceived. I would have paid attention if there was anything to base my vote on, but I saved a lot of time ignoring it all. I ultimately did vote, but I felt cheated b/c I had to use the little info I could gather at the end.

    Next time I should try to get more info from an internet search, but I must confess I get sidetracked easily by all the information available there. But, Darren, your advice about using a stop watch to keep track of time spent on priority tasks is helping me improve tremendously!

    [DARREN HARDY] So glad you are still utilizing my Stop Watch Challenge Suzanne! What a great correlation, too. Thanks for the reminder!

    MARK PEREZ Reply:

    EXCELENT APPLIED INFO, will u also comment on how successful or unsuccessful is all day texting, possibly we can text less than 10 times a day, on the TV, I WATCH TBN, DAYSTAR, AND” GOOD TO KNOW” AND PLANET GREEN ITS MY LITTLE HEAVEN ON EARTH AND THAT WAY I AND MY GROWING FAMILY IS ABLE TO BLESS OTHERS IN MY FAMILY, MY CHURCH, AND IN MY COMMUNITY, Being originally from NEW ORLEANS, I am still a registered FIRST RESPONDER so that keeps me busy in my spare time, and I listen to MOTIVATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL CD’S AND DVD’S ALOT, in fact we actually produce a set of them for KIDS BROADCASTING NETWORK(KBN), & how kids can build a boat,locally & GLOBALLY,(SEAQUESTKIDS) MAY GOD BLESS YOU AS YOU CONTINUE TO DARE2 BEADANIEL, BREAK THE GLASS CEILING, AND CREATE THE BOX WHICH IS NEVER SQUARE,
    PINMAN OUT

  169. Marty Wolff says:

    I had an opportunity to spend time at my favorite lake over the winter. No TV and no newspapers. I learned more, achieved more goals, set new breakthrough goals and never felt better. Life is clearer now. Get rid of the clutter, you will feel and do better.

  170. Jeffrey Neubauer says:

    Fantastic Blog Darren!

    Words can’t describe how much your challenge earlier this year meant to me! And now it’s onto Robin Sherma’s leadership challenge! Thanks for the introduction!

    Kudos for another wisdom filled CD and printed issue of SUCCESS which I’ve just finished!

    To our greater SUCCESS!
    Jeffrey Neubauer
    President
    splalech
    http://www.splalech.com

    ♥Service Peace Love Accountability Laughter Equality Compassion Hope♥

    [DARREN HARDY] Thanks as always, Jeffrey! Hope you enjoy Robin Sharma’s challenge!: http://budurl.com/hvwj

  171. Anna Stowers says:

    As a trainer-coach-consultant I have enthusiastically recommended this course of actions to my clients over the last 10 years.

  172. Mim Bizic says:

    Yes, I don’t know why I pay my Comcast bill at times since I rarely turn the TV on. It’s certainly been a blessing for me. Who needs the repeat, repeat, repeat of bad news, destructive news and then 4 or 5 advertisements in a row? Stupid ones at that! Good post!

    [DARREN HARDY] Thanks, Mim! Sounds like now might be a great time to get rid of that bill and free up some cash for a better use! :)

  173. Mike says:

    So true, and so timely! As it happens, my wife and I got into an, er, discussion last night about how much I have been obsessing over the political environment ‘lo these many months. It was eating me up inside and affecting my relationships with others. She said, “Just look at your Facebook profile!” I did. It was chock full of snarky quotes and pictures, and links to snarky, vehement blog posts etc. It was not me – it was some nut job who must have taken over my account.

    A light bulb went off (truth be told, your Enough Already! post was probably still bouncing around the transom of my mind) and I quit. I quit it all. I came into the office this morning and unsubscribed to all my useless, time sucking, agita-inducing RSS feeds; I canceled a few newspaper and magazine subscriptions; and I posted a small apology on my facebook profile for the boorishness I’ve displayed.

    Eight hours later, I feel like a new man.

    [DARREN HARDY] BRAVOOOOOOO Mike!!! And no, your wife didn’t set me up to write this article. ;-)

  174. FT Newing says:

    ROFL @ “corrupt their head.”

    Great article. I agree 100%.

    I’ve cut my TV time down by 95% & I actually find myself being more “up-beat” and focused. I’m also reading more books and listening to audio programs and enjoying that much more.

    [DARREN HARDY] Good for you FT… glad I could make you chuckle too. :-)

  175. Melanie says:

    I simply love this article…It is so true and I have experienced it myself…A couple of months back I used to Waist so much time watching TV,News, TV Shows things that would relate to negative things,sad stories, ect..These things would keep me awake at night…as I try to sleep, I was constently thinking about those stuff..and wondering how could the world be so cruel…But it has been a few months now and I followed Les Brown Idea..watching only funny movies or things that makes me laugh..because we all know laughing brings JOY..
    Have a good day

  176. lif says:

    TV-free for 16 years and healthier for it.

    [DARREN HARDY] Just what I like to hear! Thanks for sharing!

  177. Jonathan says:

    Good stuff! Thanks for the reminder. This healthcare thing is sucking my time.

  178. Gerry Gildart says:

    Makes absolute sense to me Darren. Especialy aftern listening to Bob Proctor’s last 3 free videos on why we keep doing what we’re doing and nothing changes. We keep reprograming our sub concious mind with all this negative stuff and expect to have nice things happen to us. It’s impossible for us to concentrate on wars all the time and expect peace. We get exactly what we think about. The most dominant thought wins every time.

  179. Julie Chatten says:

    Thank you for sharing this Darren! It is so true! We need to listen to the media a lot less as I believe the media misleads us a lot of the time, and they focus too much on the negative. We live in a society where we are bombarded with terrible news and gossip (disguised as news) 24/7 the instant it happens.

    Thank you for posting this for us to read. I’m going to share it with my friends and help pass the message along!

    [DARREN HARDY] Thanks for helping spread the word Julie! We need more ambassadors for success and what’s positive in the world.

  180. Joe Remington says:

    So very true Darren,

    I completely got rid of my TV over 3 years ago, and I try to make it a point to listen to only a small amount of news. By doing this I have found myself a lot more productive and able to keep a positive and clear mindset.

    Thanks for sharing my friend,
    Joe Remington

    [DARREN HARDY] Kudos to you and your 3 years of TV-free life, Joe! Keep it up! :)

  181. Jean Sarauer says:

    “corrupt their head” — I love this!

  182. David Bailey says:

    Very timely advice considering the political death match going on.

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