The Secret For years I've searched for the secret to entrepreneurial success. What is it that enables entrepreneurs to identify opportunities that the rest of us overlook? And how are they able to transform those opportunities into success, often with little or no money of their own to start? Curiosity, imagination, creativity, drive and determination, passion, persistence and a positive attitude applied to a solution oriented mindset are all essential attributes of a successful entrepreneur. Yet there is one simple yet profound premise from which all other success habits stem, the basis from which all things become possible. It's a universal law and the basic premise from which all entrepreneurs operate. It's a simple secret that holds the key to personal and professional mastery. It's the law of cause and effect. Understanding and (accepting) the law of cause and effect forces us to take responsibility for our circumstances. It forces us to realize that we are where we are as the result of the choices we made, choices that may have been limited by our knowledge and understanding, but choices we've made nonetheless. Our success is the sum of our knowledge and our effort. Once we realize that our circumstances are the result of our knowledge and our efforts, an awakening occurs. Once we accept this self-evident truth, all things become possible. With different knowledge and new behavior, we'll get different results. Curiosity and creativity, innovation and initiative, passion and persistence, drive and determination and a positive attitude, characteristics essential to success, are all natural outcomes that stem from this basic premise. The law of cause and effect forces us to stop complaining about changes in the marketplace, the economy or the increasing demands from customers, clients or the boss. It forces us to separate the things we can change from those we cannot. Stop wasting precious time, energy and resources focusing on the things over which you have no control. Don't buy into magical thinking. Don't allow yourself the luxury of complaining. Don't become a prisoner of the past. Don't blame others. Focus instead on solving problems. Harness your innate creativity and imagination towards possibilities and potential rather than liabilities and limitations. Increase your learning velocity. Push the limits of what you think you are capable of. Take what you have and find a way to make it work. That's what entrepreneurs do. And remember the secret - If you do what you've always done, you're likely to get what you've always gotten.