The Secret

You become what you think about most of the time.

It was Aristotle who wrote, "Try not to be so much a man of wealth, but a man of character."

It never fails to amaze me how good and honorable most people are.

You read continually about crime and dishonesty, lying and stealing, but I think about 95% of people are genuinely good at heart. It is the bad apples who get all the press and notoriety.

Someone wrote me an email last week about the movie "The Secret" and said that viewing it had changed his life.

Wow! In my 1990 book "Maximum Achievement," Chapter One, I explained the seven basic mental laws, including the "Law of Attraction," in some detail. "The Secret" says that this law has been hidden for centuries and only a small number of people know about it.

What I wrote back was that, of course, "The Law of Attraction," or "The Strangest Secret" that Earl Nightingale recorded in 1955, are true. You do become what you think about most of the time.

But this is not enough. What is even more important is that you accept 100% responsibility for your life, everything you are, and everything you will ever be.

Only then do you set goals, make plans, learn what you need to know to succeed, and work – hard, hard, hard – for a long time to get the things you want.

This is the height of personal honesty – to accept complete responsibility for being a person of character – and then being willing to pay the full price of success, in advance.

Yes, you must think positive thoughts, and visualize your goals as a reality, and then – get to work.

I trust you are making continuous progress on your own personal road to success.

About Brian Tracy — Brian is recognized as the top sales training and personal success authority in the world today. He has authored more than 60 books and has produced more than 500 audio and video learning programs on sales, management, business success and personal development, including worldwide bestseller The Psychology of Achievement. Brian's goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined. You can follow him on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Linkedin and Youtube.

  • mehdi golipur

    hello, my dear professor,
    mehdi golipour from iran
    i owe to God (AllAH) to introduce you to me. thank you, due to your struggle for making people life better. please mediate and pray for us.

  • ali


  • Wow it’s so transparent what the above two comments are trying to do. At least comment on the substance!!!! To the author–you should delete their spam.

    It’s interesting what you say about how you talked about the “Law of Attraction” even before you saw the movie. Too bad Burne hit you up to be one of the “secret teachers!” 🙂

    The message in her movie is really powerful, and I see it working in my life constantly. It is a sobering and humbling experience to suddenly face the fact that every thought, every deed you have made in your life has brought you to this point in your life. That you are 100% responsible for not only your thoughts and actions, but for the people and events that you’ve drawn into your life.

    I like the one secret teacher who said a common protest would be “But I didn’t ask for that car crash to happen!” to which he would reply, “I’m here to hit you between the eyes and tell you, ‘yes you did.'”

    Thanks for promoting that message! It is not a mainstream way of thinking in this society, but if we keep it up, perhaps we can make it that way!

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