Hopefully, by now you've figured out that the economy ... is what it is.
Your employer (if you still have one) doesn't owe you anything. And the government isn't going to solve your problems.
No one else is going to give you an income or provide for your retirement. For that matter, no one else can keep you healthy, ensure your marriage thrives or see to it that you are happy and fulfilled. Only you can make your life better.
And because you're reading this magazine, I'm betting that you've also figured out that wanting, wishing, hoping, praying or simply envisioning your life better doesn't make it so. Contrary to movie lore, you cannot just sit on your couch imagining checks coming into your mailbox. No, you have to get off that couch, walk out your front door and take action.
As one of my predecessors, a previous publisher of SUCCESS, W. Clement Stone, put it, "I think there is something more important than believing: action! The world is full of dreamers; there aren't enough who will move ahead and begin to take concrete steps to actualize their vision." If you want to improve your life, you have to take action. Doing must follow wanting, believing, hoping, praying and planning.
What do you want to do? What do you want to achieve? What is success to you? When I interviewed Maria Shriver--a woman who is extremely successful by any standard--she explained that she found herself chasing the wrong definition of success until she stopped to ask herself this important question: "What is the definition of success to me?" The answer changed her life. It changed the focus of her time and energy, and it changed how she saw herself and her purpose in life. It was part of how she found her "voice," as she calls it (hear more from our interview on the CD in this issue).
What is your definition of success? Have you...