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Celebrating Success, Inspiring Personal Letters on the Meaning of Success
(compiled by Gerard Smith)

From the book Preface:
"In 1995, I decided to pursue my objective to know how well-known successful people from every corner of the world defined success, and to share their views with others. After much thought and research, I began to compile a list of individuals to contact. I wanted it to be as diverse as possible and so I chose people from different parts of the world and all walks of life—from royalty to businesspeople and everything in between. I contacted individuals through in-person interviews, by phone and via letter… It is my desire to give people the hope and inspiration they need to pursue their own path to success—to give them back the dreams they had as children to be and do whatever they want."

… and here’s one example, from the book! --

(by Barbara Smallwood & Steve Kilborn, 1981, Art 101 Limited)

Whatever your mind can conceive and believe, it will achieve. Dream great dreams and make them come true. Do it now. You are unique. In all the history of the world there was never anyone else exactly like you, and in all the infinity to come there will never be another you. Never affirm self-limitations. What you believe yourself to be you are. To accomplish great things, you must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe. If you have build castles in the air, your work need not be lost; put foundations under them. Yes you can. Believing in magic. You can always better your best. You don’t know what you can do until you try. Nothing will come of nothing. If you don’t go out on a limb, you’re never going to get the fruit. There is no failure except in no longer trying. Hazy goals produce hazy results. Clearly define your goals. Write them down, make a plan for achieving them, set a deadline, visualize the results and go after them. Just don’t look back unless you want to go that way. Defeat may test you; it need not stop you. If at first you don’t succeed, try another way. For every obstacle there is a solution. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. The greatest mistake is giving up. Wishing will not bring success, but planning, persistence, and a burning desire will. There is a gold mine within you from which you can extract all the necessary ingredients. Success is an attitude. Get your right. It is astonishing how short a time it takes for very wonderful things to happen. Now; show us the colors of your rainbow.

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