October 1


Master Key Week 1 Is It True?


It’s a funny thing.   We all want guarantees and all guarantess really, at their very core have one question that needs to be answered.

Is it true?

The acutal definition of a guarantee is to “provide a formal assurance or promiseespecially that certain conditions shall be fulfilled relating to a product, service, or transaction”

I get so frustrated FOR [as opposed to frustrated at] new members who are looking for the

Debate: You’ve created every conditon in your life

catch or who identify a sentence they don’t agree with as they embark on the greatest adventure on the planet, bar none.   I know what lies, really, on the other side of six months of dedication.    Specifically for each person?  No, of course not.

My frustration gets stopped in it’s tracks because I’ve always been blessed with the ability to “remember when” …and I remember when I first picked up the Master Key System back in the mid-90s and the real battle going on between my ears.

I had already decided to read the document as it was laid out…study the lesson for a week daily before moving on…and repeating that for 24 weeks.  The first lesson brought up the “need” for a guarantee.

I wanted to know that if I dedicated myself for 24 weeks for an hour to an hour and a half a day that there would be a pay-off…that it would work for me…that things would change and I’d have control over what changed.  At least that is what I “thought” I wanted, a guarantee.


I’d be remiss if I did not share with you how unhappy, scared and discontent I was when I embarked on this solo adventure.   Like most people I had filled my life with little dramas like money and relationship challenges so I didn’t have to think or even feel the discontent.  And, with a couple close friends, I’d vent or whine or wish things to be different.

So I’m reading this document, week 1, and suddenly I’m siezed with wanting assurances.  How ironic!   In essence …this life I am discontent with …is something I am not willing to give up …not even give up 90 minutes a day …of the very thing I’m venting, whining or wishing was different!   I’ve come to love irony…it’s been the gateway to humor for me…thank goodness.

Turns out I made a promise to myself to finish…so I keep reading daily and wanting to know what everyone mired in the momentum of mediocrity wants to know….

Will it work for me?   Is what I am reading true?   Will there be a pay-off?

Around day four I realize I am full of crap.   Totally.   I’m questioning Haanel and a few statements in Lesson One…but somehow they seem, my questions, bogus.   One passage keeps popping into my mind….

Master Key System: 1-35 A majority of mankind lives in the world without; few have found the world within, and yet it is the world within that makes the world without; it is therefore creative and everything which you find in your world without has been created by you in the world within

Defend or change?

And there it was, in my face.   A simple decision needed to be made.   It would take two years for me to fully understand the wisdom in that one passage but it gave me enough at the time to grow up.   At least begin to grow up.

The decision?

Was I responsible for all the condtions in my life?   Had they all be created in my mind?

BANG!   It hit me.

I’m not looking for guarantees….I’m not asking “is this true” about the simple 4000 year old concepts here….what was I doing?   Hiding from personal responsibility.

That hurt and yet, really, there was an immense freedom felt simultaneously.

From Socrates to Emerson to Plato to Allen to Hill to Buddha to Master Teacher was this same thought … It was not guarantees I wanted….it was not assurances….it was not wanting to know if this document was true….nope..

It was me not wanting to take responsibility for the conditions in my life.

And when I did…yeah, it hurt but it carried with it the potential for immense power and that liberated me…amped up my commitment.

See, even on the embryonic state I was in I could see that if I had created the conditions, captured the hostages in my life…then it meant I was creative.

I remember, clearly, weeping like a 5 year old that day.


Free of the bondage of self…free at last from defending a life that I wanted to change.

Laid ego down

Free of all the BS out there that wanted me to believe that something extrenal would make it all better.

Free to begin to think for myself.

Scared?  Sometimes I was.

Lonely?   Sure…once we see the truth of being and the “cement” and mini-dramas we set up not longer hold our interest there were moments of lonliness …breaking from the sheep, the “copies of copies” is not a choice once we accept the simple truth that we are our decisions and our decisions are based on what we think.

My advice about what to think?   Never.

My advice about thinking?   Do it

The passport to the life we want is a creative adventure.

Taking personal responsibilty for all the condtions in our lives, where we like them or not should be celebrated, not denied or berated.   By fully  embracing the idea that we created all of them that confirms we are creative…and means by changing our thinking, we can create a different outcome, different life….we can penertrate new worlds, meet interesting people and open ourselves up to discovery.

It was never a question of whether or not the world within creates the world without…and wanting to know “if it was true” … it was simply a question of laying down my ego and defensiveness, laughing at myself for hanging on to what I did not want, taking a deep breathe and stepping into the unknown…


mark januszewski

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About the author

Mark is considered a Trainer’s Trainer. Students from 50 states and workshops conducted as far away as Thailand and Germany fostered 54 consecutive sell-outs worldwide in less the 2 years.

Mark’s passion is helping people understand the wealth they seek already lies within them. More importantly all the directions to access and harness this power are freely available.

  • Don Grantham says:

    WOW to the 100th power!

  • Perfect words at the Perfect time for me. Very excited to lay down my ego, take massive responsibilities and change something that has beeny friend and enemy for close to 40 years. Thank you!

  • Larry Carr says:

    Awesome. So true. The battle between the ears, the resistance of ego, the challenge to make a decision and own it. Bravo to all who hang in and hang on long enough to have a similar experience (I’m one of them!)

  • Can’t let Go of what I Don’t Want…. amazing creature I am or complete Ignorance but I do get it now.
    My legacy will be to spread this word and especially to our youths.
    This will change the world as it IS changing my Life.
    To True Peace and Harmony.

  • In my first week of MKMMA, and for some reason I know that I need to change my mind. Thanks for the support and help you rock!

  • Ron Arthurs says:

    Thank you for sharing this MarkJ. I didn’t have the same question but I did (do?) wonder if some points were true. However, I am willing to accept them and enjoy the ride and trust that eventually I will gain the understanding in the same manner as you did.

  • Funny I should read this today. As I was spending some time being quiet, I was actually thinking about personal responsibility. Mine. It’s been my greatest fear. I even recognized it years ago. When I was taking sales training, people talked about fear of failure. I knew I wasn’t afraid of failure. I was good at that. I was more afraid of success because I expected to have to be more responsible if I became successful. I just never knew how to break out of that fear. I am getting it. I know it’s dawning on me now. Thanks Mark J.

  • Art Burleigh says:

    Brilliant, again, Mark. Your authenticity is powerfully compelling, and the impact of your message is increased a lot, as you well know, when you openly expose your own (mostly prior, I believe) flaws, shortcomings and vulnerabilities. I share many of your frustrations and shortcomings — and I look forward to, hopefully, a speedy journey AWAY from those frustrations, so I can live a much more fulfilled life myself AND help a LOT of others to do the same! 🙂

  • Michelle Mangrum says:

    BRAVO Mark! Here we go – again! Dig in and never give up! Blessings & Hugs!

  • Rip Yegerman says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this!
    It is an honor and a blessing to be privy to your role as facilitator to my dream.
    I Believe.

  • A relentless passion for greatness. you are an example of what we all are, creative. -Thank you for all you do.

  • Jim Liles says:

    Mark your words are eloquently put. I ask how many hours have you worked to be that which you have become? I read your words and was discouraged and inspired by your story. I have felt the doubt. I have been disgusted with my self. I have now got a better understanding about what is going on inside my brain and the feelings I keep having. Your words are ones of great wisdom and I thank you for sharing them.

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