The Law of Magnetism: Who you are is who you attract. Who you attract is not determined by what you want. It’s determined by who you are. If you think your people are negative, then you’d better check your attitude. The better leader you are, the better leaders you will attract.
While I agree with the fundamental, undeniable premise here, I disagree entirely with the notion that success here has nothing to do with personal desire. I coined a phrase years ago, my personal mantra, which is, “I will bludgeon my way to victory.” This expression I believe articulates my personal belief in the power of determination and persistence. We all possess the power to change. Change might come in the form of education, or attitude modification, or in the company we keep, or even in what we define as “Point B” in life and then establish our personal marching orders in accomplishing it.
Another aspect that I disagree with is that our human quality attracts the same quality in others who we may lead or who might lead us. Those people who choose to be around us have their own motivations. While I agree that in essence, positive attributes attracts similarly, there are universal attracting and opposing forces at work that we all must face to one degree or another. Instantaneously the relationship between Martin Luther King Junior and James Earl Ray come to mind, or John Lennon and Mark David Chapman also. These are countless examples throughout human history that will illustrate my point.
For now, I’ll stick to bludgeoning my way to victory as honorably as I am able to. I just hope that should I ever attract the attention of a companion comparable to the men I just mentioned, I’ll successfully be able to use justifiable self-defense in a court of law.