(You know, success isn't everything.)
I feel fortunate and blessed to say that I have a wonderful life, and have had many successes in my life. I do not attribute ANY of the successes in my life to
my extremely brief fling with Scientology
I graduated summa cum laude from college (an accredited college, not like Scientology training centers) at the age of 20. I have been working steadily since I was 15 and have consistently gotten excellent performance reviews from my employers. I am now self-employed, and I run two successful businesses. (One of my successful businesses has not yet turned a profit, but I'm confident it will, and I know that the bottom line is not the only way to measure success.)
I have an excellent relationship with all of the members of my family. I have also been happily living with my partner for over 16 years. Here again, I consider myself most fortunate to have disentangled myself from Scientology ... given Scientology's disconnection policies, I probably wouldn't still have these wonderful relationships if I had gotten more involved in Scientology.
These days, I have a wonderful life. Being self-employed gives me the flexibility and the money to enjoy San Francisco's rich cultural life. I enjoy going to the movies and the theatre, and sometimes we even get around to going to the museums.
Although I believe my charmed life has a lot to do with being extremely fortunate, I suppose that, objectively, I may take a little credit for my current happiness. So what habits have led to my various successes? Perhaps these: an inquiring mind (and I was blessed with a good education), patience and persistence, compassion, tolerance, and idealism. I cannot claim to practice these virtues every day, but I certainly do aspire to them, and I believe that whenever I DO practice them, they enrich my own life and the lives of those around me.
Would I recommend Scientology to you?
Instead, I recommend thinking for yourself, and thinking through your own personal values and ideals. I also recommend taking the time and money you might have spent on Scientology and contributing it to your favorite
EFFECTIVE non-profit organization