Here's a question man has been asking himself for thousands of years now and he'll continue to ask it for thousands of years to come: "what is the secret to success?". The answer to this question may startle you, it may anger you and it may even leave you feeling a bit empty. The answer is not something jealously guarded by an elderly success guru who sits quietly meditating atop a hill in some distant land.

Ready? Here's the answer: the secret to success is that there are no secrets. Successful, abundant living is not reserved for a select few and withheld from the many. It is not something you need to climb a mountain to discover. A life of wealth and success is not dependent on a Harvard education nor is it a mystery cloaked in secrecy.

All success starts from within. Success is a mindset, it's an attitude, it's a vision, a goal. Success is always a result and it's never an accident. Most importantly, success is yours as long as you're willing to do whatever it takes to achieve it.

Your success filled life will never be willingly handed over to you, it must be earned. And it is yours to protect. Success can disappear in an instant if you ever get lazy about its stewardship.

To help you get started, here are four truths of abundant living. The following is meant to provide you with a starting point only. Once started, your job is to keep the momentum going.

The Truth About Success #1
No Excuses - You are the one who can launch yourself into living the life you dream of or the one to hold yourself back to live in mediocrity. And which path you take will be determined by whether or not you go out and make things happen or you make excuses. The person who really wants to do something finds a way; the other person finds an excuse. Which person are you?

The Truth About Success #2
Cherish Your Personal Freedom – Many insist that time is the most precious asset a person has. Although time is immeasurably valuable, it is not more precious than your freedom. Without the freedom required to use your time as you see fit then time itself becomes worthless. Those who are truly successful would never do anything with the potential to compromise their freedom. What good is any amount of wealth or success without the freedom to enjoy it?

The Truth About Success #3
Eliminate Unproductive Mind Chatter – It never ceases to amaze me how much our childhood impacts our adulthood. We are born as lumps of clay to be molded as we grow. We are molded by authority figures such as our parents, teachers and adults in general. The things these authority figures say stick to us like glue and we take those things with us into our adult years. If you find yourself hung up on things you may've heard in your past which do not serve you well today, your job is to eliminate them immediately.

The Truth About Success #4
Do Not Subjugate Yourself To Failure – Let's face it; failure hurts. It can hurt financially, physically and emotionally. And it is the prospect of enduring pain from failure which keeps most people from doing more with their lives. Success will always require some degree of risk to attain it. And whenever you take a risk, you're inviting failure. If you want more out of life then you've got to take the risks necessary to get it, it's just that simple. And if you have an inability to take on risk because you're afraid of the potential of failure then don't expect to get too much out of life.

At this point, commit yourself to learning more about how to achieve a successful life. There's no doubt, in the long run, you'll be very happy that you did.

Author's Bio: 

GET THE BOOK FREE: This article was taken from success principles as discussed in the book "A Plum In The Syrup". You can get the entire book free for a limited time by going to The book's author, Daniel Herzner, is a home business owner and consultant and serial entrepreneur.