These days you can find any number of people trying to sell you the "secret of success." I've always thought that it was funny to offer the secret of success because success to one person isn't necessarily success for another. What I find most important is to find out how you define success for yourself, and then pursue that.
     Just for fun, I did a Google search for the phrase: "The secret of success is..." It returned about 100,000 results but here are the top 50 that I found:

1.     “The secret of success is sincerity.” – Jean Giraudoux
2.     "The secret of success is constancy to purpose." - Benjamin Disraeli
3.     “The secret of success is to know something nobody else knows.” - Aristotle Onassis.
4.     “The secret of success is to be like a duck – smooth and unruffled on top, but paddling furiously underneath.” – Author Unknown
5.     “The secret of success is to be ready when your opportunity comes.” - Benjamin Disraeli
6.     “The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you.” – Tony Robbins
7.     “The secret of success is never believing you are successful.” – Jeffrey Archer
8.     “The secret of success is doing what you love.” – Tony Hawk
9.     “The secret of success is close contact with a customer.” – Lubro Moly
10. “The secret of success is focus.” – Enoch Tan
11. “The secret of success is that there's success in everyone.” – Roberto Bonomi
12. “The secret of success is that there is no secret of success.” – Elbert Hubbard
13. "The secret of success is secrecy." – Ann Devlin
14. “The Secret of Success is a scientifically developed Workshop based on practical techniques taught by the greatest teachers, masters & motivators.”
15. “The Secret of Success is Just Being There.”
16. “The secret of success is failure?”
17. “The secret of success is to create rather than to compete.” – U. Andersen
18. “The secret of success is luck.” – Tony Bober
19. “The secret of success is having the courage to begin in the first place.” – Author Unknown
20. “The secret of success is to do the common things uncommonly well.” - J.D. Rockefeller.
21. “Success is sweet but the secret of success is sweat!”
22. “The secret of success is to make your vocation your vacation.” - Mark Twain
23. “The Secret of Success is Enthusiasm”
24. "The secret of success is to be in harmony with existence, to be always calm to let each wave of life wash us a little farther up the shore." – Cyril Connoly
25. “The secret of success is the need for constant intention, dedication, effort, patience and practice.”
26. “The secret of success is trying longer and harder than your competition.”
27. "The secret of success is simply showing up," – Woody Allen
28. “The secret of success is confidence.”
29. “The secret of success is focus of purpose.” – Thomas Edison
30. “The secret of success is consciousness of success.”
31. “The secret of success is to realize that the crisis on our planet is much larger than just deciding what to do with your own life.”
32. “The secret of success lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from his angle as well as your own.”
33. “The secret of success is constant practice.”
34. “The secret of success is flexibility to accept and experiment with new ideas to succeed.”
35. "The secret of success is not in doing your own work but in recognizing the right man to do it." – Andrew Carnegie
36. “The secret of success is to put your heart, mind, intellect and soul into even your smallest acts.” - Sivananda Sarasvati
37. “The secret of success is indeed a mystery.”
38. “The secret of success is variety.”
39. “The Secret of Success is Not Keeping Success a Secret”. Sandy Elsberg
40. “The secret of success is to try always to improve yourself no matter where you are or what your position.”
41. “The Secret of Success is licensed as shareware.”
42. “The secret of success is doing well the job close at hand.”
43. "The secret of success is learning from mistakes."--Kevin Everett FitzMaurice
44. “The secret of success is pretty simple. The more you listen, the smarter you get.” - Miles Nadal.
45. “The secret of success is learning to transform unsuccessful experiences from stumbling blocks to stepping stones.” – Michael Josephson
46. “The secret of success is to do all you can do without the thought of success.”
47. “The secret of success is the union of divine power with human effort.”
48. "The secret of success is to get up early, work late and strike oil." – J.D. Rockefeller
49. “The secret of success is preparedness.”
50. “The secret of success is the capacity to survive failure.” – Noel Coward

As you can see, there is no universal secret of success that applies to everyone. There are definitely tools and tips that can help you achieve your personal success, but each person has to discover what success means to them and the go after it with all of their efforts.

Kris

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    Kris Heap is a dentist from Mesa, AZ. His passion is helping people reach their potential. His lectures teach participants how to take control of their life and achieve greater results than they ever thought possible. He has counseled many individuals and couples looking for more fulfilling lives and stronger relationships. Kris also spends time as a photographer, a bluegrass musician and, most importantly, a husband and father.

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