Success can be defined as "the attainment of your definite chief aim in life without violating the rights of other people.” Said another way, success is the ability to do what you want in life without interfering with the rights of others in the process. The main reason people don't succeed is they never take the time to define their "definite chief aim" or "what they want in life.” Here are a few thoughts on this important step:
1) Use your imagination when defining success. Success is a matter of individual effort only to the extent that each person must decide, in his or her own mind, what they want. This involves the use of “imagination.” Every great railroad, every great cathedral, every mammoth business enterprise, and every great invention began in someone’s imagination. Where you are, whoever you are, whatever you may be following as an occupation, define your success by developing and using your imagination.
Walt Disney's imagination was so grand that he used to deem an idea worth pursuing only if everyone told him he was crazy and it would never work.
2) As you are using your imagination to define your success, remember that the accumulation of wealth can be used as a tool to help you attain what you want, but it doesn't have to be. Mother Teresa was a great example of someone who pursued their definite chief aim in life without acquiring wealth. Similarly, my grandparents spent their life pursuing their definite chief aim of helping kids in southwest Georgia advance their lives through education. It doesn't matter "what" your chief aim is, but it is extremely important that you have one.
3) Success is always a matter of individual effort, but you will only be deceiving yourself if you believe that you can succeed without the co-operation of other people. Once you have defined your definite chief aim, achieving success is a matter of skillfully and tactfully inducing others to cooperate. Your ability to work with others in a harmonious fashion will determine how far you can go.
Thousands of people walked over the great Calumet Copper Mine without discovering it. Just one lone man used his imagination, dug down into the earth a few feet and discovered the richest copper deposit on earth. You and every person will have the opportunity to walk across your own "Calumet Mine.” If you want to find success, use your imagination, define your definite chief aim and then work harmoniously with others to pursue it.