Alex Shalman in SUCCESS Magazine 12/2010

I’m not going to lie, I’m thrilled and humbled about my inclusion in SUCCESS magazine‘s December issue. It is a pleasant surprise because of the way that it came to fruition. I shouldn’t even say fruition, because it’s not like I had a strategy to this happening.

Right after the first semester of dental school, in December of 2009, Marina and I were at the airport on our way to a cruise in the Caribbean. A little getaway after what was undisputedly the hardest I’ve ever worked in my life. At the airport I was perusing one of the bookstores/magazine shops, and to both my shock and amazement I discovered SUCCESS magazine sitting there on the shelf.

As an avid enthusiast and promotor of personal development I heard of most the big name authors and speakers in the field, so I was shocked at myself for not learning about this magazine earlier… newbie mistake. However, I was still amazed at the style and content of the magazine, a gem in a world of negative news and sensationalism.

I read the thing over on the plane as if I was going to be given an oral exam on it when we landed. Seriously, I really wore the thing out. I remember turning to Marina and saying “This is great! I want to be in SUCCESS magazine one day!” Being my number one advocate, she said “you will be.”

The actual story about how it happened is simple. I started following the magazine on Facebook. They often post up their articles, and inspirational messages. I started taking the time to read them, and because I really enjoyed them and found them thought provoking, I left comments that I put some time into. I guess enough people hit the ‘like’ button on the comments that an editor who was writing a related piece decided to interview me about what I said for an article she way writing.

Could this all be coincidence, law of attraction in action, or benefit of leaving detailed thoughts as feedback? I don’t now, but I like it. Makes you think, what can happen to you in just one year if you put some positive energy into it.

Now mind you, I thought I’d be on the cover with Oprah and the Queen, but I guess I’ll just have to wait until I do something a bit more world shaking with my life, lol!

Anyway, don’t try to find the magazine in local stores, chances are I’ve been there, bought up all the copies so that I can display it in my dental office, for the next 45 years. Just kidding, go out there a get a copy!?

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  • Yuri G.

    Congrats Alex!

    I actually think this accomplishment is the result of something more than your recent participation in the Success Magazine facebook discussions. Being featured in Success is a testament to all the work you have have done in the past several years, all the hurdles you managed to overcome through determination and discipline, all the dreams you have already achieved, and all the future Successes that are yet to come.

    “Coincidence” had nothing to do with it. πŸ™‚

    Very proud of you!


    P.S. Nice Travie McCoy reference πŸ™‚

    • Alex Shalman

      Thanks Yuri, that means a lot, you’re a great friend πŸ™‚

  • Life Exceptional

    Wow! Just goes to show how important making contributions is to get noticed!

    • Alex Shalman

      I agree. I think we have to strike a balance between consumption and contribution. Who you are is definitely based on both.

  • Katie Brandt

    Nice job Alex!! That is very impressive!! With the way you ended 2010, the sky is the limit for you in 2011 – it is going to be you best year ever! Katie

    • Alex Shalman

      Thank you Katie. I think the sky is the limit for you in 2011 as well! πŸ™‚