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True Success in Times of Change

From Your Philosopher, Tom                                                              

If you've come here after reading one of my books or hearing one of my talks and are looking for a little reinforcement for the framework of ideas I call "The 7 Cs of Success" you're in the right place!

Welcome! Let me hit some highlights quickly.

Life is supposed to be a series of adventures—and that means reinventing our work, renewing our relationships, retooling how we do things, refreshing our inner attitudes, and coming to new forms of personal achievement as a result. If you've read or heard about my 7 Cs of Success, I hope they will help with your upcoming adventures, in all the opportunities you face. And I hope to keep serving you as your philosopher! The great thinkers of the past have given us lots of ideas we can use with great effect right now. With that in mind, Email me any time and tell me what you think of the 7 Cs! 

Our Framework on Success

A quick recap: For nearly a quarter of a century, I've been reflecting on the ideas of the wisest people who have ever thought about success and excellence in changing times. And I've boiled it all down to a framework of 7 universal conditions for success.  My claim is that, in any challenge, we need:

(1) A clear CONCEPTION of what we want, a vivid vision, a goal clearly imagined.

(2) A strong CONFIDENCE that we can attain that goal.

(3) A focused CONCENTRATION on what it takes to reach our goal.

(4) A stubborn CONSISTENCY in pursuing our vision.

(5) An emotional COMMITMENT to the importance of what we're doing.

(6) A good CHARACTER to guide us and keep us on a proper course.

(7) A CAPACITY TO ENJOY the process along the way


For Further Reading and Reflection

First of all, I have a new book just out, which in many ways is the best follow up you can imagine to this simple framework of ideas. If you don't already have copy, go get one and tell me what you think!  It's a short novel and you'll find in it many ideas you can use. There are two chapters directly relevant to The 7 Cs, and everything else will reinforce your use of these ideas.

To learn more about the new book and the series it launches, click on the Books page here, or go to for even more. The new book is already on Amazon in paperback, Kindle and hardcover, with the hardback and ebook also on every other book site! For a copy now, click here:

The Oasis Within

And following are links to the books where I first developed the framework of The 7 Cs. Start with True Success, for a full treatment of these ideas and then go on to the book The Art of Achievement, which has in it all the stuff about Hill A and Hill B, and explores the skills or arts associated with each of the 7 Cs. 

True Success: A New Philosophy of Excellence


Also, I've put into ebook format only at present, excerpts from the original texts which led me to The 7 Cs. You get to see amazing insights from philosophers across the centuries, and my own commentary on this theme:

The 7 Cs of Success: Ancient Keys to an Extraordinary Life

If you're interested in the Roman stoic philosophers that I mentioned in the talk, like Seneca and Marcus Aurelius and their take on The 7 Cs, you'd really like:

The Stoic Art of Living: Inner Resilience and Outer Results.

While I was writing The Art of Achievement, I also created a related audio series released by Nightingale Conant as a 6 CD set or audio download entitled The Seven Greatest Success Ideas.  If you like to listen to ideas while you drive or jog, you can find this series at their online store: 

The Seven Greatest Success Ideas


The Self Diagnostic Test - A Chance for Self-Knowledge

In the accompanying short set of questions below, I’d like to help you go through an exercise in self-knowledge relevant to The 7 Cs.  If you don't have 3 or 4 minutes now to go through it, save it for later.  But don't forget it!  It's can lead to a few "Know Thyself" moments!  I recommend that you do something like this periodically to remind yourself where you are in life’s great adventure.

The Periodic Personal 7Cs Checkup

Print this out, or copy it onto your own computer document, and answer each question as honestly as you can.  Mark the number that applies to you, "0" representing the lowest possible self score, and "10" the highest.

"The lure of the distant and difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are." John Burroughs


I have a clear conception of what I am pursuing in my activities.


I have a vivid vision for what I am doing that appeals to my imagination.



I am confident in my ability to attain my current goals successfully.


I display a confident attitude, and help to bolster the confidence of the people around me.



 I am well focused on the next steps I need to take to reach my goals.


I regularly take action in small ways as well as larger ways to implement my plans.



I monitor my daily behavior well for consistency with my goals and deepest values.


I seek to help everyone working toward goals with me to be as consistent as possible.



 I am emotionally committed to the importance of what I do.  I passionately pursue my goals.


I am emotionally committed to the people I work with and depend on in pursuit of my goals.


"Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion." G.W.F. Hegel 


I am sure that my action in pursuit of my goals satisfies high standards of character.


I seek to surround myself with people of strong character.



I have been enjoying the pursuit of my goals lately.


I work toward my goals in such a way that I can enjoy my life more broadly.


Grading Yourself on the Checkup

Add up all your self-scores on this checklist and write down your current total.  If it is over "120", then you're in pretty good shape in the recent stages of your journey of success.  Keep up the good work and build on your accomplishments.

 If your score is under "120", you should very seriously rethink the goals you are pursuing and how you are working toward them. 

If your total is over "120" but under "140", pay attention to what could use a little more work.  You are fine-tuning an already viable enterprise, for greater levels of satisfying accomplishment.

A Second Opinion

You might want another person's feedback in this process too.  Give a copy of the unmarked questions to a co-worker, spouse, friend, or child and ask them to mark the questions independently in the way that they think you should.  Comparing their assessments with your own can be interesting on many levels, advancing your quest for self-understanding and providing new and useful information concerning the relationship the two of you have.

Life should always involve a process of self-evaluation and self-correction, self-knowledge and self-mastery.  Repeat this check up at regular intervals, act on the information you generate, and you will move progressively more in the direction of achieving all that you are here on this earth to do!

"Self-conquest is the greatest of all victories." Plato

Now: Keep in Touch!

I’d love to hear from you as you apply the 7 Cs explicitly in your life and use them to make the world a better place. I appreciate any chance to be your partner in practical wisdom!

Your Personal Philosopher for Life,

Tom Morris