Written by David Stoddard

Cheshire-Puss,"... said Alice, "would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?" "That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," saidrepparttar Cat. "I don't much care where---" Said Alice. "Then it doesn't matter which way you go," saidrepparttar 102025 Cat. "---so long as I get somewhere," Alice added as an explanation. "Oh, you're sure to do that," saidrepparttar 102026 Cat, "if you only walk long enough."

-- Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"--


There are so many people like Alice. They wander around knowing they want something different, but they just move from one thing torepparttar 102027 next without much thought. These Wanderers may come across their own Cheshire cats who are more than willing to share "their own" advice.

Person "A" says, "Well, if I were you, I would…."

The wanderer, trusting this person, takes person A's advice with little thought on their own. Eventually finds this does not fit whatrepparttar 102028 wanderer prefers. So on to person B. Then books C through E. Magazine article F. Persons G, H, I and J. And on and on and…. Well, you getrepparttar 102029 picture.

Related torepparttar 102030 wanderers are those who will just sit and wait and wait until eitherrepparttar 102031 mood strikes them or until someone "tells" them what to do. "Couch potatoes" are not really lazy. They will work their tails off on things they like or what people have asked of them. They just want everything ready to go before they "have" to do anything.

Then there are those who had an idea of what they wanted. They got started in a direction and began to make decent progress. Then they started "searching" for that one thing that would make allrepparttar 102032 difference in their lives. Maybe it's a different job, or an additional project or a new accessory they must have.

They thought "this" will make them happier or at least berepparttar 102033 push they need to get moving into what they truly want. Sometimes it worked, but mostly it only became more of a distraction and only led to more and more searching.


Written by Craig Lock

"If a man has talent and cannot use it, he has failed. If he has a talent and uses only half of it, he has partly failed. If he has a talent and learns somehow to userepparttar whole of it, he has gloriously succeeded and has a satisfaction and a triumph few men ever know." -- Thomas Wolfe

I thinkrepparttar 102024 key words inrepparttar 102025 path to success are: DESIRE, DETERMINATION, DEDICATION and SELF DISCIPLINE. Because everything starts out withrepparttar 102026 "seed of desire" -repparttar 102027 reason why I started out writing - wanting to make a difference through my words. Others are FOCUS and a SINGLE-MINDEDNESS (in pursuit of one's goals). PERSERVERANCE TOO (in large "heaps".The words 'determination' and (by association) 'ruthlessness', suggesta person who wants success and power for it's own sake. This is another sort of obsession. However, a desire for power, riches and fame may have virtually nothing to do with it. Byrepparttar 102028 way, I feel that not all successful people and business executives are ruthless - they are not all "money grabbing corporate raiders". Most of them are "normal and good family men", who have perfectly natural reactions in that they hate firing employees. "Soft gentle souls!"

Determination is often at its greatest, when a person is enslaved by an idea and wants to seerepparttar 102029 idea work. Me! There is a further sort of determination:repparttar 102030 determination to see things through, to finishrepparttar 102031 job. For example, a compulsion to qualify forrepparttar 102032 PGA golf tour in America, to finish a building, or in my case to finish writing this manuscript...and then get it published... which isrepparttar 102033 hardest part of all. Especially with repparttar 102034 way I write!

I suppose all these characteristics are somewhat abnormal; because so-called "normal" people are more passive and less focussed than us "obsessive types". They are regarded as being less "mad" byrepparttar 102035 majority ofrepparttar 102036 public, who engage in more ordinary activities and have more "normal" occupations.

This thought leads me on to another question: Isrepparttar 102037 top-most level of successrepparttar 102038 only one worth having, or is it sufficient to merely enjoy sport for it's own sake (evenrepparttar 102039 professionals)? Does every player entering Wimbledon really think he or she is going to winrepparttar 102040 Championship? Or is it success itself just to play inrepparttar 102041 Wimbledon tournament? How realistic isrepparttar 102042 vision of success to YOU? It all depends on how you define success for yourself...which isrepparttar 102043 thought with which I introduced this chapter.

I believe that a strong SENSE OF DIRECTION or PURPOSE IN LIFE is a very important ingredient for success. So too is a persistent personality.

To be successful in whatever endeavour one chooses, first of all requires a great of talent. It might be latent, waiting to be uncovered. Perhaps, you are not even aware of it. I wonder how many budding Ayrton Senna's and Michael Schumachers there are around, who just have never hadrepparttar 102044 opportunity (mainly inrepparttar 102045 form of money) to race cars? Motor racing is certainlyrepparttar 102046 "ultimate rich boy's sport".

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