This book was written by Cameron C.Taylor; published by the Does Your Bag Have Holes Foundation, copyright 2009

In looking at the lives of the greatest achievers, we see they have very similar attributes foundational to their endeavors.    We see those who have achieved great success and think they are somehow uniquely gifted or talented and we could never duplicate their success; however, great achievers are not simply born, they are developed.      Cameron Taylor gives us insights as to those characteristics common to all individuals who achieve greatly.   He takes a look at the following individuals: Winston Churchill, Steve Young, Mahatma Gandhi, Sam Walton, Hyrum Smith, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, the Wright Brothers,  George Washington, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Jon M. Huntsman, Walt Disney, Steven R. Covey, Sylvester Stallone, and  Colonel Sanders.

Mr. Taylor develops his book around the following principals:

  • RESPONSIBILITY—Each choice has a consequence. “Each choice carries a consequence. For better or worse, each choice is the unavoidable consequence of its predecessor.  There are no exceptions.  If you can accept that a bad choice carries the seed of its own punishment, why not accept the fact that a good choice yields desirable fruit?—Gary Ryan Blair.
  • CREATIVITY—“I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor”—Nikola Tesla.
  • INDEPENDENCE—Every handout has a price and that price is a loss of freedom.  We must preserve our talents of self-sufficiency, our ability to create things for ourselves, and our true love of independence”.—Cameron C. Taylor.
  • HUMILITY—“ The quality for a leader is unquestionably integrity.  Without it, no real success is possible”.—Dwight D. Eisenhower.
  • HONESTY—“Trust is the glue of life”. –Stephen R. Covey.
  • OPTIMISM—“The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can’t be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.”—Elbert Hubbard.
  • VISION—“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” C.S. Lewis.
  • PERSISTENCE—“Like most overnight successes, it was about twenty years in the making.”—Sam Walton.

One excellent chapter indicates how to uplift others. How to make them KNOW they are contributors to a specific effort, a great cause, if you will.   He details these as follows:

  • Give  Sincere Compliments
  •  Smile
  • Remember Names
  • Value Differences
  • Don’t Gossip
  • If Offended, Take the Initiative
  • Return Good for Evil
  • Accept the Person for Who They Are
  • Tell the Individual “I Love You”
  • Serve Others
  • Listen and Be Understanding

He sums up his book by indicating:

  • The root of our actions is our attributes
  • Attributes can be developed

I can and do recommend this book to you.  It’s a very “readable” and one that hit more than one nerve.


  1. Suaylia Says:

    Wow this is really cool!

    I agree with a lot of these and can see why it made these people great.


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