The Life-Changing Power of a Definite Chief Aim

If you know what you want you’ll likely get it, but still, feel pain and despair.

Tom C
3 min readAug 8, 2022


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All success begins with definiteness of purpose, with a clear picture in your mind of precisely what you want in life.

Napoleon Hill

Did Napoleon Hill discover the greatest secret to living the good life and code it into one sentence? — Possibly!

How many of us drift through life without any purpose? Rudderless. I’ve been there and it sucks.

I’ve also been on the other end. Wanting too many things at once, my head and desires are all over the place. Ping pong, but for real.

Both of these states of being have led to anxiety. Both of them led to depression.

Now I know what I want. Now I have accepted that I’m not going to save the world or do anything legendary with impact.

Now I can let go of all the BS, the moral masturbation and the paradoxes of choice.

I just have what I want to do.

Everything is either helping me get there or getting in my way.

What is the point of this?

The point is that purpose is a tricky thing. We are often led to believe that purpose must be noble and perhaps a little saintly. If it’s not about helping others or being selfless then it’s selfish. Fuck that.

The biggest reason no one admits to themselves what they want and then goes for it is because of taboo and cultural conditioning. Once you realise that nothing on earth has any meaning except the meaning that YOU give it, you’ll be free to make what you want the main focal point of your life.

Whether that’s selling alarms to old ladies and getting rich off the back of it or taking disabled Muslims to Meccah is entirely up to you. If you were really free you would know that there is no real authority to tell you which one of those options is ‘better’ or ‘worse’ — they are just what they mean to you, and that’s it.

According to the Curse of Greyface : Man has been on a bad trip for a long time now. Probably because we spend most of our time tripping our socks off about what the right thing for our lives is. Dare to admit what you want and then go for it.

That is the only real secret to a good life in town.

Not an easy life but a good life.

You’ll still be cheated on, crapped on, spat at and heckled, maybe. Or maybe not, but if you have your thing then you can take whatever you get and transmute it into energy.

Good old Doc Brown P.h.D knew what he was doing with those old banana skins. He was writing history, literally.

Isn’t it time to write yours?



Tom C