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Success Reloaded: The Matrix

By Victor Gonzalez
Posted Saturday, February 5, 2005

So the other day I’m watching the movie The Matrix, again. For some reason I can’t get enough of the great special effects.

Remember the part where is Neo (Keanu Reeves) is mentally tortured because he wants to find out what the ‘matrix’ is and finally meets with Morpheus (Lawrence Fishburne) who has the answer he’s been seeking, “ What is the Matrix?”.

Morpheus makes Neo an interesting proposition. He offers Neo two pills: a red and blue one. He tells Neo that if he takes the blue pill he’ll remember nothing and wake up the next morning in his bed as if nothing had ever happened. But, if he takes the red pill, the secret of the Matrix will be revealed to him.

Neo decides to take the red pill (of course, it wouldn’t be much of a movie if he didn’t). After taking the pill Neo finds himself in this other reality, outside the Matrix, where he is free. He realizes that he was never really a successful businessman but in reality he had been asleep; a slave to the Matrix all his life. The Matrix is the hi-tech version of a man who wakes up after dreaming he’s a butterfly and wonders if in reality he’s a butterfly dreaming he’s a man. After taking the pill, Neo wakes up to his ‘real’ reality for the first time after being enslaved in the Matrix all his life.

When I go around the country speaking, I wish I could distribute such a red pill. As a motivational speaker my goal is always to awaken people from their sedated slumber, their numbness to reality. I strive to make my audience begin to think in terms of possibilities and not impossibilities. To dream beyond the social matrix of mediocrity.

Many of you hate your jobs, but everyday after work what do you do? You sit in front of the TV watching someone else’s reality. What do we do on the weekend? Go watch a movie on a bigger screen. We watch the news and view alternate realities, usually worse then ours. Why do we like the news, especially when it’s negative? Because it makes us feel better to know that things could be worse. Viewing someone else’s misfortunes on the news somehow quiets our desperation for success and makes us feel better.

There is a blue pill most take on a daily basis called ‘compromise’. Compromise comes about when you simply choose to accept your role in life no matter how menial it may be. Many of you feel that there is nothing you can do to change your life or current situation, so you give up. You settle. You settle in for the rest of your life never waking up to the reality of your potential, your possibilities.

In the end, Neo discovers when he wakes up to his real reality that he had been lied to all his life by the Matrix. All his experiences had been programmed and all his emotions had been fabricated. I want you to wake up from your zombie-like existence and believe that there is another reality, a Success Matrix where you can have it all and be happy doing what you love. You are more than what you think you are.

How do you plug into the Success Matrix? First, you begin by believing that there is another possible reality for you; a happy one at that. You then start feeding your mind books or audio on motivation, success, wealth, happiness, prosperity and so on. These items are the real ‘pills’ that can help you to find your way into the success matrix and begin to create an alternative reality. One where do what you love, and you love what you do. Take the pills quick!

People will say you can’t, you shouldn’t, don’t, it’s not possible. Stop listening to the programming. These naysayers are part of the bad programming filling your head and trying to keep from succeeding. Don’t let it happen.

Reload success by believing in a greater reality, filling your mind with positive information and disassociating yourself from negative people. Wake up to your new reality; a new possibility for your life. Wake up before it’s too late.

About the Author
Victor Gonzalez, top Hispanic motivational speaker and author of “The LOGIC of Success”. For more info go to: ( or by email


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