“Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.”  Earl Nightingale

“The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it is conformity.” Rollo May

I really enjoyed listening to Earl Nightingale’s “The Strangest Secret”.  It was like a condensed version of the Master Key System.  I am starting my 30-day experiment with myself!  I loved when he said that everything that is of true value is free and irreplaceable, while everything that money can bring is replaceable.

I also loved how he made the point that success is people doing what they want to do, so a housewife, a dock worker, or any other person is to be considered a success if they are doing the thing that they really want to do, the thing that fulfills them.

The importance of goal setting and changing or determining the way we think is of vital importance.  I feel like this should be taught in school.  We, in our public schools, no longer really teach our kids how to think, the power of thought, how to succeed, instead we teach them to take tests, remember questionable facts, and how to conform.

Our society does not seem to value free and independent thinkers, people who blaze their own trails and create their reality regardless of societal norms.  And yet, while stifling these qualities in the educational process, we celebrate them in people at the pinnacle of success.  Then it seems a mystery or luck how they got there.

We need to teach our kids how to really succeed at accomplish their highest aspirations and loftiest goals.  I wish I had been taught this as a child!  And now to get going!