I remember est founder Werner Erhard saying many years ago, “Understanding is the booby prize.”  That statement sort of made sense at the time, but in recent years I’ve come to fully appreciate how profound it really is.

There are literally thousands of books, courses, workshops, webinars, DVDs, etc. that will tell you exactly what to do to be happy and have your life be the way you want it to be.  And yet most of the people who read those books and take those courses are still not happy and fulfilled.


Why understanding isn’t sufficient

Because merely knowing what to do and how to do it will rarely produce much change in your life.  You need to take action; you need to DO what the books and courses recommend, not merely UNDERSTAND what to do.

My weekly blog posts explain why we do what we do, why it usually is so hard to change our behavior and feelings, the source of compulsive behavior, why we suffer and experience stress, how to eliminate the beliefs that cause most problems, etc.  And if all you do is understand what I’ve written, nothing will change.  You will just understand a lot of things you hadn’t understood before.

What’s crucial is using what you’ve learned—making use of the information that explains how to change, not merely knowing how to change.

In my case, my blog posts and videos tell you why you need to eliminate beliefs, decondition conditionings, and dissolve meaning if you want to have the life you have always wanted.  But then you have to do it.

Some people, like Jack Canfield, tell you the principles for personal success, but nothing will happen if you don’t follow the principles.  John Gray, author of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, offers invaluable advice on how to improve relationships.  Tens of millions of people have read his books and quote him regularly.  But being able to quote him is not the same as following his advice every day in your relationships.

Find people whose advice makes sense and then do what they tell you to do.

My upcoming ebook

In my new ebook that will be published early next year, there are two authors: me and the reader.  Each of the 29 chapters contains an assignment for using what you’ve learned to make some useful change in your life.  The ebook, Live An Unlimited Life: Creating Freedom With The Lefkoe Method, emphasizes the need to take action, not merely passively gather “useful information.”  Information can only be “useful” if you use it.  The purpose of my ebook and this blog is to induce action, not merely to inform.

If you truly want to improve your life, I urge you to act on the information you are getting—from me or any other personal development expert.


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  1. Femi Oshin April 10, 2022 at 7:50 am - Reply

    Revelation is the full understanding of a subject matter, which CAUSES you to ACT. If you didn’t act, nothing has been understood or revealed yet. What you have is called “psuedo-understanding. Real understanding causes you to be OUTSTANDING. You can’t be OUTSTANDING without acting on knowledge.
    Nothing has been taught except that which has been learnt. What is learnt is seen only in what is done.

  2. John Lobell April 24, 2016 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    You miss the point. It is NOT that you must understand and DO.

    You need not understand at all — what you want is to EXPERIENCE.

    • Edouard October 26, 2022 at 7:40 am - Reply

      Best comment here. Thanks john!

      • William February 11, 2023 at 4:31 am - Reply

        think Paul on road to damascus it was the experience that changed everything most people get off the elevator at understand

  3. robert August 26, 2014 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    Dear Morty,
    if “occurring” is the meaning we give to reality,
    please what is the “context” ?
    What are the differences between “meaning/occurring” and “context” ?

    Thank you.

  4. robert December 13, 2013 at 12:51 am - Reply

    morty lefkoe vs werner erhard.

    please what is more powerful “dissolving meaning” as you say
    create a powerful context/occurring as werner says ?
    thank you.

  5. Scott December 11, 2013 at 1:56 pm - Reply


    Really looking forward to the book! Hope you’re having a nice holiday season!


  6. Almog December 11, 2013 at 10:15 am - Reply

    Hey Morty

    Although I’ve applied a lot of the Lefkoe Method so far, I would really want to read your new ebook. I’m sure it would provide new insights and opportunities to apply your life-changing material. How and when can I order it and how much would it cost? Thanks :-)

    • Morty Lefkoe December 11, 2013 at 10:55 am - Reply

      Hi Almog,

      Thanks for your interest in my book. It should be available early next year and I’ll certainly let you know when you can get it.

      Happy Holidays, love, Morty

  7. Harold December 11, 2013 at 6:30 am - Reply

    Thank you Morty for your hard work and dedication to the Lefkoe Method. Following your advice is truly life changing. You helped me personally thru a crisis two years ago and I’m currently doing Natural confidence. Anyone who may be undecided about using your program should move forward and begin eliminating their limiting beliefs. One thing I’ve realized is if I had been sitting face to face with someone trying to help me thru this process I probably wouldn’t have cooperated as well as I have with the computer program. But boy am I glad I did. My life has changed dramatically.

  8. jen December 11, 2013 at 2:25 am - Reply

    Hi Morty,

    When will you let the readers pre order the e book?


    • Morty Lefkoe December 11, 2013 at 10:55 am - Reply

      Hi Jen,

      Thanks for your interest in my book. It should be available early next year and I’ll certainly let you know when you can get it.

      Happy Holidays, love, Morty

  9. Becky December 10, 2013 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    So looking forward to reading your book! And applying what I learn, of course! :)

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