“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.” Winston Churchill.
Case in point:
You can teach a man to fish but he has to want to fish. In our abundant society, we expect more and more things to be done for us without thought or effort.
We have to want to be successful and to do something about it for ourselves which reminds me of a book on quitting smoking where the author points out that you may wish to help someone else quit by lending them your book. But they to want to quit smoking enough that they purchase the book themselves, or they won't bother to read the book you've lent them for free.
If you search "The law of success" in Google you'll come up with a list of results all pointing to Napoleon Hill's 16 lessons on the subject from 1928. As I write, it's 2013. What's more, there are numerous offerings of Napoleon Hill's extensive work available free as ebooks and audio. Here's a free example if you're not familiar with this publication.
Are YOU Paying Attention?
My point is why are we not paying attention to the answers we have right in front of us? In Napoleon Hill's case, for 85 years or so, and the Bible which has been offering successful ways of living for centuries.
Success in and of itself has been described and defined in a great many ways by a great many authors over the centuries and it will continue to be so. Having the valuable benefit of libraries and the Internet to provide access to this wonderful information (often free as I mention) why do so few of us take the time or have the inclination to actually search out and apply the information to cure (yes, cure) many of our troubles, insecurities, financial worries and countless other issues?
Perhaps it's down to the fact that because we in the western world have so many home comforts (yes, even you and I), we place very little value on something for free, even if we think we don't. Most of our essential needs in the western world have been met, so if anything above this basic need requires extra effort, why bother?
Perhaps this view is a little too simplistic.
What do you want? Yes, really
Access to the meaning and definition of success is free but each and every one of us has to decide what success means to us individually, and what we have to do in order to attain it. It's a question some of us will return to many times during our lifetimes. Just don't wait too long!
To learn more on the subject read Dr Robert Anthony's book "Beyond Positive Thinking" which offers a no-nonsense formula for getting what you want.
Because so few of us actually pursue success, perhaps that's why we regard it as some sort of secret (I may even have used this term myself) because it kind of adds a certain mystery and inaccessibility to such a wondrous gift each of us has within us free and clear. And maybe that's how it should be.
It's there if we want it, but we have to decide we want it; to engage with it and put it to use in our own lives and for the benefit of humanity.
Just be aware of one thing
Whichever way you look at it, success is a journey which by definition will take time, planning and commitment. Add to that the development of character with obstacles and challenges to be overcome. And at the end of each individual journey, the traveller thus gains valuable experience and insights to be passed on to those who are preparing their own journey, just as the late, great, Napoleon Hill intended.