As you may remember when I was bored visiting my grandparents, I found  Napoleon Hill’s book Think and Grow Rich on my grandfather’s bookshelf, dusted it off and read it.

It gave me a roadmap on how I could become successful. More importantly, the book helped me understand that becoming successful in my life would mean nothing if I was not also fulfilled.

Although it was published about 75 years ago during the depression, the points in the book still apply today.

Hill also wrote “Keys to Success.” The opening sentence in the book is:

Your progress toward success begins with a fundamental question: Where are you going?

Hill believed that the lack of a clear answer to that question is the stumbling block of 98 out of every 100 people since they never really define their goals and start toward them.

I know many lawyers who are feeling burned out. None I know have clearly defined what they want in their life and developed a plan to achieve it.

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Definiteness of purpose requires that you make choices. What is most important in your life? What is most important in your career? How can you make those important things compatible?

Once you have that figured out, I urge you to set a very ambitious goal. I like a quote attributed to Arnold Toynbee:

It is a paradoxical but profoundly true and important principle of life that the most likely way to reach a goal is to be aiming not at the goal itself but at some more ambitious goal beyond it.

To find success and fulfillment answer these questions:
• Where are you going?
• Why is it important for you to get there?
• What do you want to do to get there?
• What is your first step?