The moment one definitely commits oneself then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise occurred … unforeseen incidents, meetings, and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. —William Hutchinson Murray

It was in Vienna, after my new friend and guide Pravin Cherkoori appeared on my path and taught me the secret word, then, as fate would have it, I learned of another guide who would teach me that all words have secrets. He was introduced to me by Bill Fillmore, an attorney who was part of our delegation that had traveled to Austria to meet with Viktor Frankl’s family. Bill mentioned how he couldn’t help but notice that I was constantly writing in my journal and wondered what I might be writing about.

“Words,” I told him. “I’m learning all I can about words and the power within them.”

I opened my journal and showed him the entry with the secret word that Pravin Cherkoori had taught me.

“Please, tell me more,” Bill replied as his face broke into a grin as wide as the Cheshire cat’s.

“I’m on a quest to uncover the secrets of words and what they meant originally when they first surfaced,” I explained. “It’s like peeling an onion. By breaking down words layer by layer, by uncovering their pure meaning you tap into a force that will help you find your purpose and better lead your life.”

This began a journey through Bill introducing me to Dr. Arthur R. Watkins, The Master of Words, a retired university professor who has devoted his lifetime to etymology, the study of words. He earned his PhD in linguistics from Stanford and spent nearly forty years teaching language at the university level.

“Being a leader means finding the path,” he shared with me, then added, “but before you can help someone else find their path, you must know yours.” 

What he said gave me a whole new picture, a word picture, of what it means to be a leader. Arthur had opened up my eyes to see words in a dimension I never dreamed of. If it’s true that a picture is worth a thousand words, it’s also true that a word is worth a thousand pictures.

Keys to Pathfinding

In devoting a significant part of my life to the study of human potential and development, I have come to realize that those who follow their true path and purpose do five things: (1) they are able to read the clues that guide them on their path; (2) they are very clear about where they are going (3) they recognize and embrace their natural gifts; (4) they are willing to sacrifice to make significant contributions; and (5) they follow their bliss, and as a result they meet people on their path who have been placed their to guide them along their journey.


No matter how high we climb, we each need to reflect and ask of ourselves. In your journal, answer the following: How did I get here? Have I been following the correct path? Am I on target? How do I overcome the obstacles ahead of me? Am I clear about where I really want to go? Do I recognize those who are waiting to help me on my path?


Learn more about these 5 keys in Aspire: Discovering Your Purpose Through the Power of Words.

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