What Is The Road To Success To You?

Have you ever sat and wondered “what is the road to success” in relation to your own special set of circumstances? Some answers can be a bit counterintuitive, seeming quite backwards to what could appear at first glance.

When I first started my journey of trying to make a secondary income to supplement my disability pension, my only gauge on success was “nope, I didn’t make enough to keep my head above water this month”, or on a more rare occasion “OMG! I’m so grateful I’ve covered my bills this month”.

Now I understand, the measure of getting to success isn’t about the destination, it genuinely is about the journey!



How committed are you to travelling a new road? Once you decide what you want to do, you need to make a commitment.

A full, entire-being, “F*CK YES” type of commitment to doing something to find your success cultivates the motivation you need to gather momentum.

I am on a disability pension after I nearly lost my life in a bad horse riding fall (click here for more about my story), but I wasn’t able to make ends meet financially.

So I decided that I needed to do something different to reach a level of success that allowed me to pay my bills on time, every time.

I sat and thought about what I could do, and a close friend said to me “Why don’t you sell your essential oils? You love them, you talk easily and it could be the start of a new life for you!”

So I started selling essential oils, and I still sell Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade oils, and wholesale accounts which give you incredible value! I am so passionate about them and their associated health benefits. You can always email me at josie@theessenceofempowerment.com to ask me about them, or open your own wholesale account here.


I still wasn’t making enough money to make ends meet after a few months, and I was so judgemental and critical of myself, because I felt I didn’t have what it took and it was too hard. The thought loop “I was never meant to be successful” haunted me day in, day out.

But I learned a lot about a lot of different things, learned more about how to relate to people and discovering more about my potential and that what ‘they’ say is genuinely true; it’s not about the end game, it’s about the journey, the road you take to get there!

The more skills we learn, but particularly the more we learn about ourselves, we start to trust our potential. We start believing in our capacity to achieve things we never expected of ourselves.


I started thinking about what other possibilities I could research to achieve my success, because success never arrives from a straight path; it’s fraught with twists and turns and ups and downs and many varied hurdles.

you-can-do-itI decided I wanted to do something a bit different from the mainstream.

So I started learning Canine and Equine Bowen Therapy, which I now offer a limited number of sessions per week (my body still has its physical limitations) throughout the Hunter Valley region of NSW, giving physical therapy and much needed relief to my favourite animals.

But my physical limitations were interfering with my ability to earn what I needed to.

Another hurdle that hit me hard emotionally. I’d spent so much money learning this modality, and it still wasn’t enough to make ends meet long term.

So I decided to dip my fingers in a third pie when a friend brought me to affiliate marketing which brings me here, having followed the step-by-step free training, got excited and upgraded to a premium account!

It’s so easy to make money through affiliate marketing, and the process is broken down into an easy to follow training system to get you well on your way to however you define success in whatever niche you fell passionate about. Find out more here.


Success and what it means is different for everyone. I learned very quickly that I had to celebrate every little win I had.

Every extra dollar that I earned, that came from a source outside of welfare, I celebrated, and continue to celebrate with every ounce of gratitude I can muster.

My creativity and willingness to remain open to any and all options that came to my attention has been a solid amplifier on my road to success.

When we cultivate an attitude of curiosity, we don’t miss opportunities that we otherwise would’ve allowed to pass us by, because we don’t allow our creativity to kick in and show us just how things can work for us.


The road to success is long, arduous and non-linear. Every time we hit a milestone that took us grit and determination to reach, we need to give ourselves a moment to breathe, rest, recuperate and recentre before launching into our next step.

There is no rush to get from our starting destination to achieve what we perceive is the end point.

Let’s all be real here, and acknowledge that every end point is actually the marker for a new beginning.

You don’t want to run headlong into too many hurdles at once, where you feel too overwhelmed and feel like you’re fighting for air as you put everything you possibly can into getting yourself back on the path.

To avoid burnout, you need to have fun and laugh while choosing to take a simple path.

Don’t misunderstand me; the simple path isn’t always easy! All I mean is that, for the best chance of success, you need to take a path that gives you no more than one or two obstacles at a time so you can break it down into bite sized chunks where your commitment doesn’t waiver and where you don’t exceed healthy stress levels.



Only you can determine what your road to success is. Everyone’s path is so incredibly unique and the lessons learned are spectacularly valuable to reaching each consecutive goal, or level of success that you set for yourself.

Enjoy each stage! Enjoy the highs and the lows of each and every challenge you run into, because each challenge gives us the knowledge and wisdom to be able to succeed at another level, to reach an ever extending stretch of exciting opportunities, twists and turns that offer us more and more happy memories.

Ultimately your road to success can be perceived as good or bad, happy or sad. And it is all your choice how you perceive it.

Make sure your perception is positive, and your road trip will be one of laughter and unexpected adventures during the flat tyres and break downs – seriously! Use your lemons to create lemonade!

Love and Blessings,

Josie x

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16 thoughts on “What Is The Road To Success To You?

  1. This article is absolute gold, 

    This really is the best guide on our journey of life that I have come across with zero fluff, actionable steps and all backed up by proof and case studies. I’m super impressed. This article is highly motivating and inspirational to me. In fact, I must say this is what I need at the moment. Thanks for sharing this lovely article

    1. Thank you so much for your comment Tracy! This well and truly put a smile on my dial!

      Love and Blessings,
      Josie x

  2. On the road to success there is absolutely no room for criticism of self or others. The road to success is paved with doubters and haters.

    Where you are coming from doesn’t matter but where you are going does. Hence look forward and not backwards. 

    Your eyes are placed in front of you for a reason. 

    1. Perfect comment Mustapha! Thank you for this addition, I have nothing more to add.

      Love and Blessings,
      Josie x

  3. Acheving success is not a one day journey and some people make the mistake of putting a lot of time that they eventually burn out before they are even able to achieve their goals. Like was mentioned in this post, the road to success for everyone is different. The challenges I might face might not be the challenges you would face. I believe we need to take it one step at a time and not try to achieve everything at once because that would only lead to achieving nothing and end up giving up before getting to one’s goals.

    1. Exactly – one step at a time, one day at a time. Consistently and persistently moving at a steady, sustainable rate.

      Love and Blessings,

      Josie x

  4. Hi Josie, your article on the road to success was a touching, educative and encouraging read. 

    I am a fresh graduate and I have been trying to make ends meet for the past 3 years since I graduated. 

    I love working online so I have tried many money making online schemes, only for me to be scammed every single time. 

    But, gratefully I have come across the real deal in making money online. Now I feel better about myself. 

    1. Thanks for your comment, Peace. Those challenging times can make us or bbreak us, but I’m so glad to hear that you made yourself through those challenges. Keep pushing forward. You can do it!

      Love and Blessings,

      Josie x

  5. One of the major problems we are facing is the ability to make and keep our perception positive. One may have the idea, one may have taken time to think outside the square, but the major challenge will now be how to over come burnout and how to overcome getting quick results syndrome and that’s what affects the majority of beginners. I will be glad if you can help me overcome these challenges. Nice content

    1. Thanks Ibrahim! I think if you have reached burnout, the major thing you need to look at is to give yourself some boundaries and force yourself to slow down and put some nurturing self care in place. To change the quick results syndrome, you just need to keep refocusing on what’s real and what’s important while you are recovering from being burnt out. A change of perception and putting some self care routines into place, and you won’t even recognise yourself anymore. Good luck!

      Love and Blessings,

      Josie x

  6. Great article Josie, thanks for sharing your recent journey with me. I totally agree that everyone’s road to success is a different one. And just like you have done, following something that you are passionate about will always help. Keeping a positive mind is a major factor but not always easy to do when things don’t go according to plan. I am sure that you are on the right path affiliate marketing as there is a wealth of income to be had out there. I wish you continued success and trust your health may improve in time. 

  7. Hello Josie,

    I’m sorry to hear about your accident. I’m happy that you found yourself now doing what you want and can use your own experiences to advise, encourage and reach out to others. You are also a source of motivation for others. 

    I am a big fan of creating lemonades with all the lemons life throws at me. I have also gotten to the point where I know that life can have the taste I want it to instead of letting it give me what taste I get. And since I found this out, I have viewed things in a different way. I didn’t really see it as clearly as you have made me to and I now realize that the road to success for me could be everything I want it to be with the right mindset. Thank you!

    1. Thank you so much for your comment and the faith you have in me; it’s truly appreciated!

      It’s awesome to know you were already working on mindset and that you have managed to gain some new knowledge to go along with the tools you were already using.

      Love and Blessings,

      Josie x

  8. Sometimes I had the idea I would never reach something, like a lack of motivation. And I found out that is really the key to success, you can have everything that you need to reach it, but without that, forget it.

    But since a couple years ago, I had the motivation:my family, my wife, my dog, and for me, that is what I needed to push towards it. For other people this will be a bit different, but for me this was the case. I enjoyed reading your post, thanks a lot! 

    1. I’m with you in many ways Emmanuel! For me, my motivation is that I want to be able to provide my dog the home she deserves, and I want to be comfortable in it as well, and have my horses living conveniently with me. It’s incredible the force that these wishes pushes us with to motivate us! Thanks for your reply!

      Josie x

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