Choices and success

I’ve encountered similar themes in various books that I’ve read: Think and Grow Rich (Napoleon Hill), Rich Dad Poor Dad (Robert Kiyosaki), The One Minute Millionaire (Robert Allen), and not money-oriented ones such as Getting Things Done (David Allen), The Secret (Rhonda Byrne) and A New Earth (Eckhart Tolle).  

Some concepts that show up repeatedly are:

  1. Choices and their power
  2. Defined purpose
  3. Positive attitude through gratitude
  4. Giving back


It is our choices… that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.

J.K. Rowling

My choices make me who I am: the person I am today is simply a representation of the choices I have made up until now. If I don’t like my current life, I have to reflect on the choices that I’ve made so far and how to course-correct.

When you are complaining, you become a living, breathing crap magnet.

T. Harv Eker

Defined Purpose

It doesn’t matter if you’re going at 100 miles per hour if you’re going in the wrong direction. Take the time to define your destination, and make sure you’ve set the direction right. 

It is by having a clear goal that you can then take the necessary steps towards achieving them. When you are clear on what you are truly after, things will become easier because you will know how to ask for the right opportunities, disregard what is not helping you get closer to your goals, and stay focused on the path. Things start to fall into place. 

Napoleon Hill said that the most crucial step to achieving your goals is definiteness of purpose.  You need to concretely state what your idea of success is, and what you are going to be giving in return for it.  

If you don’t do the work to define your goal crisply, you won’t see the opportunities on your path as you go through life. You will miss critical moments in which taking action would get you to your goal, just because you didn’t see the connection between the opportunity and your desired life.

Positive attitude

A positive attitude will bring better people into your life. It will help you bond better with people. And it will make you more likely to help others and be helped in return. Do the work so that you can, genuinely, have a good attitude. Find what you’re grateful for, focus on it, while you work on your goals. If you are grateful for what you already have, and enjoy the journey, you’re already successful. 


Give to others from what you have. Gift your smile. Gift your time. Listen and genuinely care for others. Donate and volunteer. At a minimum, just be friendly towards a stranger. Realize that you do have things to give, we all do, it’s just a matter of focusing on doing it rather than putting up excuses or limitations.

Last Updated on January 21, 2023 by Omar Eduardo


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