“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” Henry David Thoreau

In this episode Martin revisits this quote by the famous essayist — a quote that sent him on a journey of personal discovery and analysis about the enigma that is “success”.

In this famous quote Henry David Thoreau points out with great assurance that, “he WILL meet with a success in common hours”. Notice that HDT doesn’t say he “might” or that he “could” but that he “WILL”!

After years of analysis and reaffirming this statement, Martin has settled on much the same truth. That success is not a destination but a realization along the journey and is experienced as one pursues their ideal future confidently.

It seems that it is only when one advances confidently toward their dreams and works hard realize the life that they have imaged that the improbable happens — that they are met with the feeling of success in “common” hours.

HDT’s formula is crystal clear:

1) have an ideal vision, a dream to pursue

2) work hard to achieve it

3) move confidently every day toward it

When you can check off those three boxes each and every day you will meet with a success in common hours.

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