My Version Of Pirates Of The Caribbean (VIDEO)

Hi everyone.

Have you seen Pirates Of The Caribbean yet? If not you will see it below. Once upon a time there was a Big Pirate and a Little Pirate. A Little Pirate was a curious little fellow and was not afraid to ask great questions. Here we go:

Note: If  a video below is missing, the video server is down temporarily. Should be back shortly. If it’s there, good.

This is a ridiculously simple rule, that will lead you to success all the frickin’ time!

You can’t change this rule. It is timeless.
It has been used throughout the ages, and you can’t refute it. This rule is in front of everybody, 24/7/365, but people don’t see it.

Yes. If you meet the criteria you’re in, mate.

If you don’t meet the criteria you are out.

I want you to stop at this very moment and think for a second. Do you think, that where you are is a result of some fate? Some trick of nature? The devil brought you here? The angels shaped you into what you are and gave you what you have?


If you want to be somewhere else, or be somebody else, have more money, power, fun, creativity, better body. Just meet the criteria. Discover what the criteria is and meet them, one by one.

Now choose your battles wisely, because some needs and wants and the necessary criteria maybe unrealistic at your point of life. Let’s say you are 50, slightly obese and want to be a Victoria Secret model. You will not be able to meet the criteria.

But don’t worry. Life is soooo vast, and there are many things you can go for. Unlimited number actually.

So, decide what you want, and meet the criteria, one by one. Don’t cry, blame, bitch, feel sad, if don’t get what you want. You have not met the criteria. Or it’s impossible. If it’s impossible, move to something else. If you haven’t met the criteria, just work on meeting them.

And above all have fun on the way there.

Question to my readers. Do you choose your battles wisely? Sure, you can achieve big things, but it might take a lot of time, much more than you are willing to spend on this thing. Is it time for you to make wiser choices? To set goals, that you can realize in few months or few years rather than in 20 years? What are your thoughts?

Warning: Don’t play small either, for goodness sake:) To know absolutely everything about setting goals get my FREE e-book Start Late, Achieve Your Goals Anyway.

10 Comments on My Version Of Pirates Of The Caribbean (VIDEO)

  1. I’m pissed because I have to scratch Victoria Secret model off my list; I didn’t know criteria was going to come into play.

    You certainly have to be willing to put the time and effort to meet the criteria; whatever you deem that to be. Some are short term attainable type goals and some take much longer.

    Personally, I think I’m pretty much where I should be an in an occupation that suits my personality.

    I do try to choose my battles wisely and not get pulled into things that are out of my control and I can’t do anything about.

    Hope all is well D.
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  2. Hey Derek,

    Darn..and I have to cross out the Oscar winner now…

    I do believe one should be in a profession one is good at, but at many time we might we “good” at something, fitting the criteria perfectly but our interests lie someplace else. For example, I had a patient (came in for career counseling) who was good at arithmetic and scored beautifully and though everyone thought he would go for engineering, he went on to study language. Because that is where his interest lay. And he is pretty successful and is very happy with his way it all shaped up.

    So do meet the criteria, but do listen to your heart as well!
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    • Hi Annie,
      Bill always cracks me up:)
      I like that: chose your battles wisely, but still go big! I think that “chose your battles” cliche can be often interpreted in a disempowering way. Like it might encourage us to play small. We have to be careful how we interpret things.
      Thank you for your comment Annie.
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  3. Very, very interesting Derek.

    I see your point. I also think we can change the criteria. Break the rules. For example, if a glass is half full, you could take those contents and put it in another, smaller glass, and it would be full. Ta-da!

    As an entrepreneur I would almost rather ignore, or at the very least, tweak the criteria. What if I out-cooled Victoria’s Secret and changed the rules while doing so?

    And did you hear about the new artificial heart that completely skips the pumping action? It’s a fan that whirls and circulates… no more heart ‘beat’, no more pulse. And they did this by ignoring what we think of as the criteria for a heart. Am I missing something?

    Can you refute the criteria? I think possibly we can, and should.

    I love that you tried this little video thing out. It is so fun! Love the little pirate’s question, too. What is the secret to success?

    Great post Derek. I am looking forward to the comments on this one!

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    • Hi Theresa,

      Thank you for your comment.
      Yeah, my pirates rock the waves:)
      When I say criteria, I mean requirements. For example, the requirement for making a sell is 20 phone calls, but many will not do the 20 phone calls. They will argue and rationalize the 20 phone calls criteria.

      Or, you have to have an A in anatomy to enter a competitive college program. But all you have is just a C. Then you are turned down and you cry that the world is unfair. You just haven’t met the criteria, that’s all.
      Or you want to buy another apartment building (I know you do:), and of course you have to meet requirements for a loan.

      Yes, you can change the rules. That still falls into my rule of criteria. For example the criteria for success is to break the rules. You do it and you succeed. You’ve just met the criteria.

      OK, that’s enough…
      Thank you for your sharp comment. You are RIGHT, ha, ha:)
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  4. Hi Derek, in the past I have been called a “born fighter” because I rarely back down from the battles I believe in, saying that, I have definetly become more choosy about my battles as I’ve gotten older and hopefully wiser, but sometimes I fight where walking away would definetly have been the smarter option. As for meeting the criteria, sometimes I get the willies that I am too old to achieve the things I dream of, but I know that is just fears way of stopping me going out and shaking life like a big mango tree until all the best fruit fall off into my lap, or near abouts. Good to come back to your place and get involved

    • Hi Stacey,
      It’s fantastic to have you back with your awesome comment. I don’t thing age should be an obstacle to fulfillment. All we have to do is adjust our goals appropriately.
      And when I say adjust, I don’t mean downgrade. Often with age comes wisdom and our goals become more sophisticated.
      In either case, “shake life like a big mango tree, until all the best fruit falls” is a good advice to follow.
      Let’s shake it,
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