Inspiring Thoughts from EAC

Soldier or Leader?

“All the breaks you need in life wait within your imagination; imagination is the workshop of your mind, capable of turning mind energy into accomplishment and wealth.” – Napoleon Hill.

Napoleon Hill is the author of a book Think and Grow Rich. Hill was one of the earliest producers of the modern genre of personal-success literature. You can find out more about him on Wikipedia or at  On the website, Napoleon Hill asks us to consider whose life we are living anyway. If it is yours, then you should determine your path’s destination. If you have abdicated the role of master of your life, then anyone’s plan will do. Think about it. Are you required to justify your existence by marching to another’s tune? Or, if your marching orders are still in your head and not in synchronization with your life’s plan, who do you really have to blame, but yourself? Being a good soldier is not the same as being a good leader. Leaders lead and soldiers obey. If it is your decision to be a soldier, then orders from your superiors cannot be over over-analyzed or subjected to daily constructive criticism. But, if you want to be the Captain of YOUR life, then you must ask and answer the questions that position you best on your success path.

It may be easier to just follow orders.  You don’t have to plan and take action, you just have to do as you are told.  But at the end of the day, is that really what you want?  What do you want to follow? Someone else’s orders or your dreams?

It would be great if we had a magic wand to wave and make all our dreams come true.  The only magic we have is to learn the secrets of success that others have used and written down for us to follow.   I’m sure if you study the success literature you will find similar themes.  Each author puts their own twist on it, but I think it comes down to these four steps:  1) Decide what you want  2) Take action to reach your goal 3) Record what you are doing 4) Evaluate – are your actions moving you in the direction of your dream?  If so, keep going; if not, adjust your course.

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