A successful life is one that is lived through understanding and pursuing our own path, chasing our own dreams not after the dreams of others.

The choices that we make and the people who intersect us on our path could change what our fated destiny. The path to success is to take massive, determined action.  

Our path is affected by our personality; by the decisions we have made in life; our experiences and our natural inclinations.

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Perhaps you are the kind of person who needs a lot of space, every day; you require the freedom to choose your own way of doing thing in life; you prefer a path you carved yourself, with infinite possibilities and routes; you ask not to be constrained but to be highly independent; you don't like confrontations and are more likely to passively resist others; you hate being rushed and would like to take your time or you're too busy making your own way to seek attention from others.

Maybe you are the type of person who prefers to travel alone, to observe, think and decide on whatever is floating in your head; you prefer a path for one, but you know that sometimes the way to joy is in sharing. You are an original thinker, an insightful, unique individual. You could have easily become a loner, and perhaps you have, or perhaps you've learned to let others into your life.

You do have the ability to connect with others and understand them, but ultimately, the path is taken by you alone, and that's how you prefer it; It could be that you are both an engaging person and one who likes being engaged; you love being a part of the world and would like to experience more of it; your ideal path is one filled with color, excitement and beauty; for you, life is about the journey, not the destination. You are curious, love learning and asking questions, you're intellectual and witty, and can probably make others laugh!  

Perhaps you are one who likes to move forward with life, often into the unknown; you will go for something and weigh consequences later; you can be a real rule breaker, and even careless at times; you've been known to act without thinking, but it usually proves positive for you; or you are going to make the most of the time given to you on this planet! 

Possibly you seek peace and tranquility; are a low maintenance person, content with yourself and do not like to be bothered; your path is one you would like to enjoy, and you would rather pick the easy route when possible. Life is hard enough, and you're not looking to make it harder on yourself; you are a stable and supportive presence in the lives of those around you, and are known for your consistency and your down-to-earth perspective. 

Maybe you are a person who knows the value of solitude in every aspect of life; you are one of those rare people who can spend large periods of time along without feeling lonely; your ideal path is one that is still, quiet and alone. You want to absorb everything around you without feeling overwhelmed; you seek meaning whenever life offers it, and you plan your way, both in action and thought, in a meticulous fashion. You value true and honest relationships, and while you dislike crowds, you do like people, especially on a one-to-one basis. 

The path we choose is the one we find more appealing, not for its attractiveness, but for the road it takes us on. Life is a journey, not a destination. What is important is to choose the path that most appeals to us and to choose from the heart, not the mind!

By Tim Pedrosa