With Buddha to success - the 10 Universal Success Principles

Everything in life, whether it is about happy relationships, inner peace, or material wealth, is based on natural laws. The same applies to success. Throughout more than 20 years of supporting very successful people to achieve inner freedom, to lead happy relationships, to become even more successful and to simultaneously remain healthy and vital, I have researched their secrets of success, the laws of success and the Buddhist teachings of success. The 10 universal principles of success that I have worked out can enable you to combine social responsibility with economic success, to lead a happy relationship, remain healthy and vital and to become a person of integrity. They show you how you don't have to sell yourself for money and success, how you don't have to ruin your social environment and your health, but rather how to use all of this for the common good. For what is the use of success and wealth if you have an unhappy relationship, no time for your family and can find no peace in constantly changing partnerships, entertaining bitter, exhausting legal disputes with your business partners and demanding too much of yourself and others?

If you have devoted yourself exclusively to inner values for a long time now, but would like to be more successful, you will find out how to manifest your desires in the universal principles of success. If you are already very successful, they can help you reduce stress and to gain not only material wealth, but also inner freedom, to be healthy and have happy relationships. They teach you the kind of success that is rooted in balance, abundance, peace and wisdom, and above all in service.

Buddha spoke to the banker Anathapindika about four forms of happy circumstances:

- to have no debts
- to live a pure life and to do good in thoughts, words and deeds
- to enjoy economic security or to possess sufficient property acquired in a righteous manner.
- To be able to spend money generously on yourself, your family, your friends and on good deeds.

In this way, Buddha considered, social and economic life for example, as one. He did not see economic well-being as unimportant, but attached great importance to spiritual development, to a person who serves society and others. He also considered how one earns one's living to be of great importance, whether it serves the well-being of man and nature or contributes to his destruction, exploitation or illness. Buddha said that any work that directly or indirectly contributes to harming other living beings should not be done.

Help others, and if that is not possible for you,
at least try not to hurt them.
Dalai Lama

Since we are all connected to each other, everything we do comes back to us in some form. As a rule, we do not notice this because we do not recognize the direct connection between negative actions (bad deeds) and the problems we face afterwards. We usually see both in isolation. Everything we do, good or bad, has an effect on us. 
Buddha himself was born a prince in a wealthy family. He knew the world of material abundance, but left it because he knew that material abundance is not the end of the journey and the inner freedom to find enlightenment is much more precious. This does not however mean that in order to evolve spiritually, to live ascetically, or to be materially rich and successful, we can make our money at the expense of others and our own integrity. It does not mean that we have to choose between inner happiness and a life of abundance.

The ingenious thing about the universal principles of success is
that they connect inner awareness with material freedom,
inner happiness and success
and that they are direct, effective and sustainable.

They are based on balance, on respect for all life and especially on love - on your love for work, for life, for nature, for others and for yourself. In short: Do everything you do with love. Be in love with yourself, with people and with life. I am not a Buddhist, and neither is my husband Guido, who studied economics and spent half his life working on sustainable economies. We have simply researched the universal and Buddhist principles of success. We are not interested in religious theory. We only teach the practice of what works, how you fulfil your life's task and serve people, how you are happy, free and successful and how you achieve visible results. In the end, everything must maintain life.

One of the most important of these 10 principles is the law of cause and effect, that you reap what you sow. This principle can be found in both Christianity and Buddhism. Ultimately, it is not a religious principle, but a natural law. Concretely, in order to receive something, you must first serve, sow something. If you want to reap good things, you must sow good things. If you want to build a good reputation professionally, you must speak well about others. If you would like to have valuable contacts, it is important to helpfully network other people with one other. The best way to understand how the seed principle works is to look at nature.

You sow something and after a while you reap what you have sown. The harvest is usually delayed. This is why it is important to be patient. Often your seeds don't open immediately. So don't give up too quickly if something doesn't show immediate success. If old, bad seeds slow you down, don't despair: Stop, weaken them by grabbing them at the roots, balance them out and counter them with good seeds. At any rate, you must take action, do something. It is always a matter of putting deeds into action. It is best to start by sowing seeds of abundance, of love and of happiness, by serving life and people.

May you be happy and live in abundance.

LOVE Barbara