There are numerous success manuals out there that preach about the supposed steps we need to take in order to gain prominence, financial stability, and a sense of our life’s achievement. There are formulas that have to be followed, steps that need to be executed to the letter, and a whole lot of ideologies that should be internalized. But Horatio Alger Jr., in his book “Ragged Dick”, breaks down the secrets of success to the basics--character and perspective. For showing that success does not always stem from a complicated equation I’d like to send this thank you letter to Horatio Alger Jr.
A lot of success gurus today focus on specific approaches to attaining wealth and prestige. I’ve read numerous books that have suggested to me that getting rich or having a higher position at work is merely four or seven or even ten steps away. But as most of us are aware, I’m sure, there never really is a clear-cut formula that guarantees our rise to the top.
This is why after reading your book, I felt moved to write you this thank you letter for presenting the basics that can truly make a person successful in his own right. According to you the secret does not lie in any formula but instead is the fruit of a never-give-up attitude, continued pursuit of knowledge, and a positive outlook towards life and other people.
I’d like to express my thanks for bringing my, and other readers’ attention, to the things that really matter in life. We cannot possibly think to progress without improving ourselves first. After all, our character speaks volumes in terms of where we are headed and what we are willing to do to get there. I realized that there are many times that opportunities are wasted because of the attitude that we have. Like you said, in whatever we do, no matter how big or trivial of a matter it is, we will be more successful if we do it with sincerity, fairness, a positive attitude, and to the best of our ability.
I think a lot of us today have forgotten that success can be simple as long as we have the basic elements of personal character and aspiration. It’s not always about complex formulas or complicated ideologies. As it is said, sometimes the simplest approach remains the best. Accept this thank you letter of mine as a sign of my gratitude for bringing that out into the light in your wonderfully simplistic yet greatly inspiring book.