You can read everything you can get your hands on about acquiring wealth, you can work 'round the clock to achieve your dreams, and you can try every known method to get ahead, but the 'bottom line' is that there really are only three keys to success. 1. TIMING. "Most successful men have not achieved their distinction by having some new talent or opportunity presented to them. They have developed the opportunity that was at hand." - Bruce Marton It has often been said that opportunity will present itself to you IF you are in the right place at the right time. That is probably true for many of us. However, opportunity also presents itself, sometimes, in other forms - in the form of a challenge or an obstacle, for example. Indeed, most of the world's greatest innovations came about as the result of someone trying to find a solution to a problem! So timing is important, and being in the right place at the right time may be equally important. But it may also be that you simply have to see a problem that needs a solution - or open your eyes to a disguised 'opportunity' that may be right in front of you. 2. HAVING VISION It follows that if you can see an opportunity right in front of you, you must also be able to see the POTENTIAL in what is being presented. In other words, you need to be able to ENVISION success. In order to set your goals to achieve success, you'll need to know what it will look like when you get there - THAT is vision! 3. TAKING ACTION There is a biblical quote that goes something like this.. "If a man asks you to walk with him one mile, walk with him two..." and the rest of the story has it that you will personally reap the benefits of 'going another mile.' If you are a person who DOES instead of SAYS, and especially if you are willing to go another mile, you are well on your way to success. Here is where the majority of the people in the world fail. They think, they plan, they sit around and talk, but they do not TAKE ACTION. Are you going to be like the rest, or are you going to go a step forward? Say no more -- DO! Finally, I would add to these three keys to success one more, without which the other three are difficult, if not impossible: ATTITUDE. Most people do not believe in themselves enough to make things happen. They think that success is only reserved for the 'successful.' Quite simply, that's not true. By knowing that you CAN and you WILL be successful - in business and in life -- nothing can stand in your way.