The Greatest Secret of Success

The greatest secret of success is: there is no secret!
Sorry to disappoint after that lead-in title but it’s the truth.

With that said, a positive mental attitude is the one simple trait that could be considered a secret that is shared among the world’s most successful people. After that, success is disguised as something called hard work.

“Anything in life worth having is worth working for!” – Andrew Carnegie

The problem with most people is that they are well on their way to success when an obstacle decides to block their path. Most people will attempt to jump this hurdle or blast through the challenging brick wall but when rejected, they decide to turn around, give up and walk away because the task is just too challenging. Most people don’t have the burning desire and persistence to realize their dreams because they feel it’s easier to just be average and carry on like 98-99% of the rest of the world.

“Before success comes in any man’s life, he’s sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to quit. That’s exactly what the majority of men do”. – Napoleon Hill

I recently posted the above quote to a friend on facebook and asked him: “So what will you do?” He was faced with some unfortunate failure in life and was feeling down but it appears that he’s getting up and will treat the failure as a temporary defeat. That’s admirable because everyone fails in life, a countless number of times, but it’s the people that continue to move forward with a definiteness of purpose that will achieve their dreams.

The following poem illustrates that no more effort is required to aim high in life than is required to accept misery and poverty. It takes less work to succeed than to fail so do what you are afraid to do:

My Wage by Jessie B. Rittenhouse:

I bargained with life for a penny
And life would pay no more
However I begged at evening
When I counted my scanty store

For life is just an employer,
He gives you what you ask,
But once you have set the wages,
Why, you must bear the task.

I worked for a menial’s hire,
Only to learn, dismayed,
That any wage I had asked of Life,
Life would have willingly paid.

A definite purpose backed by a burning desire is the first step towards achieving success. However, a definite PLAN, carried out in CONTINUOUS ACTION is required in order to get your dreams going. Thoughts and ideas are great but if they are NOT acted upon, they die inside your mind. Action is required to realize your dreams and NO one becomes successful without action (a lot of new age self-help guru’s and books focus on thoughts and desires but action is the key).

Close your mind to all negative and discouraging influences, especially negative family and friends. Lastly, your dreams will be accelerated by forming an alliance with one or more persons who will encourage you to follow through with your plan and purpose. Napoleon Hill called this The Master Mind which he defined as: “Coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose”.

I said that a positive mental attitude could be considered a possible secret to success, well, action would be the other because decisions without action are worthless!

I am architect, now working as a Owner’s Representative, writing a successful blog about the stock market, tweeting to thousands of followers, getting published in multiple books, have been interviewed on the radio and speaking at Expos in front of large audiences. Who would have ever thought? What’s next? Book writer, real estate developer, web entrepreneur, educator, motivational speaker…? Who knows but I can tell you one thing, if I think it, I’ll do it because I dream every day and I do what I am afraid to do and my life is consistently more successful.

“Some dream and never do. Others do and never dream. But then there are those very few who dream, and do what they dream”

I have only just begun…


  1. Great new look Chris.

    Have a good weekend.


  2. Thanks RC! Have a good one too.

  3. Hi Chris, Good stuff. My dad gave me “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill when I was a young teen. I still have my copy. It has been an inspiration to me not only in the persute of money, but life in general. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on success. Cheers

  4. Love the nice clean look. Love to read your posts!

  5. Ken,

    Love the book – Hill is even better in person if you can get your hands on the audio tapes of his lectures from the 50’s and 60’s.

  6. Craig,

    Thanks – good to hear from you! The site colors aren’t far from your site which looks great as well.

  7. Smiddywesson says

    All very true, but there are times when true advice will get you killed. We are in a corrupt society and a corrupt market, and all the good vibes in the world will not change that fact.

    There is a time to fish and a time to flee to safe harbors. If you are actively trading right now, throw away all the books, ignore the platitudes, and beware. Chris is completely right about believing in yourself and succeeding, but this is the maelstrom, beware treating it like it is just a simple recession

  8. Chris,

    Thanks for sharing. There’s a free book via Kindle (ok i just checked it right now, it’s not free anymore, i got it free via a pre-launch promo) by Steven Pressfield called ‘Do the Work’. It talks about the brick wall you mentioned in your post and goes into more detail about it. He calls is ‘resistance’ which traders could relate a lot to. You might want to check it out yourself.

    Here’s the amazon link to the book

  9. Thanks Paul – I’ll check this out, sounds very interesting. I once wrote a post, back in early 2007 about weight loss that may interest you (based on reading your blog):

    I re-read it tonight – I must have been fired up due to a messy gym when I wrote that. I did go ahead and buy P90x to compliment my home gym (bought it second hand in Manhattan for a huge discount).

  10. Smiddy – the post wasn’t centered around trading.

  11. good stuff, Chris, and redesign looks great…look forward to more sharing!

  12. Hi Chris,

    Thanks for writing your post. I’m at a place in my life where I know I’ll be better off going for my dreams but just haven’t fully committed to that. I will be taking the plunge in September.

    Anyways your post was very motivating.

  13. Thanks Derek – same goes for you and your great writing!

  14. Andrew,

    Well, when you take the plunge, just don’t quit – push through the tough times as you will face plenty of them.

  15. Great redesign chris! This looks like an interview is coming up with some guy from belgium. we will encourage our members to visit your site. All the best! Good luck and happy trading!

  16. Michel,

    Thanks. Just let me know and we’ll do it!

  17. Great Post Chris. Very motivational and inspiring. I normally keep it simple by referencing who moved my cheese in my daily life but sounds like I need to step up to “Hill” very shortly. Take care and best wishes.

  18. Jason,

    Hill’s books are great for motivation (at least for me they are). His lecture tapes are simply amazing, the ones where he was tapes some 50 years ago – talk about pumping you up! Good luck!

  19. I like that photo of you with your kid! Very nice…..
    You will succeed!!


  20. Just discovered your site and am liking what I’m seeing so far. Inspirational post! I often write about these types of topics on my own blog, and in fact have a running series titled “The 52-Week Prosperity Plan”, where I discuss a new “success” topic every week, and ask my readers to focus on that particular theme for the week.

    The fact that I’m still blogging now actually has to do with the action and perseverance themes you discuss in this article. This is my third separate attempt at blogging, and this time I’ve learned that no matter how discouraged I get, I just simply have to keep doing what I know I need to do to ensure success.

    If I keep blogging away, it doesn’t mean that one day I’ll be rich from it (like I want to be), but there’s a chance. If I quit blogging altogether however, then I 100% will not get rich from blogging.

  21. I like the way how you write. As per you say
    I dream a lot but don’t do what i dream. Before
    I was different , i even act to action with out dream
    Where I’m always succes In my life but it change
    Now. Now i realize my weakness by reading your
    Article. Thank you so much for sharing such valuable idea.

  22. Thanx for sharing this clue, Chris.

  23. if you worked hard you must great sucess. your dreams are positive think , i saw to read one book of sucess henry ford it is introduced the first low price car inthe world one day he ask some labours in our company and some other ask henry ford what is the secret of sucess he told three types of sucess 1.i never to eat over 2. i never to think too much3.what ever i can do ,i do my best,iknow whatever it may be happen, i can do my best.

  24. I have to say that your post is just what traders need. I constantly mention to other traders how your mindset is your biggest enemy in trading. As you know trading is extremely difficult to become successful at and I believe your post is something that could keep traders positive and motivated.

    Paul McKenna did program on Positive Mental Attitude. Wondering if you have listened to it?


  25. I have to say,there is’nt many people out there,who can motivate and inspire like you. Chris simply put, reading your post made me feel guilty. Fear is never an excuse to stop try,that part is true. Cant say I’ll never give up on anything again but wont. Thank you for sparking what fire is left is mean.

  26. Silence Dogood says

    Isn’t it a common misconception that the poor want to stay poor? You could argue that poor work harder than anyone else, because if they don’t, well, food may not be an option. Are they bound to fail because they are stuck earning minimum wage without the ability to take a risk, when that risk ends up costing the lives of the family that they support? It seems rather easy to say work hard and take risks and you can succeed when there are many more obstacles to account for on an individual basis. Where you brought up in poverty? Are you fighting discrimination on a daily basis? What measures success?


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