Submitted by Charles Pennsion

charles pennison is a retired chemical engineer who has been trading stock index futures professionally since 2002; he maintains a blog about his trading here.

...editor's note - Charles did something unique - he took his "Five Rules" from the works of Napoleon Hill. Hill is considered by many to be the "Father of Positive Thinking", and his works are still quoted regularly today. Read more about Napolean Hill here.

Here are Charles' "Five Rules For Life":

Napoleon Hill developed 17 principles of personal achievement. Of these, I have incorporated these five as my five rules for life:

1.) "Develop Definiteness of Purpose"
"Study every person you can think of who has achieved lasting success, and you will find that each one has had a definite major purpose. Each had a plan for reaching that goal, and each devoted the greatest part of his or her thoughts and efforts to that end."

2.) "Establish a Mastermind Alliance"
"The mastermind principle lets you appropriate and use the full strength of the experience, training, and knowledge of other people just as if they were your own."

3.) "Go the Extra Mile"
"Render more and better service than you are paid for, and sooner or later you will receive compound interest from your investment."

4.) "Create Personal Initiative"
"There are two types of people who never amount to anything. There are those who never do anything except what they are told to do. And there are those who cannot even do what they are told to do. The people who get ahead do the things that should be done without being told. ... They go the extra mile and do much more than is expected of them."

5.) "Build a Positive Mental Attitude"
"Success attracts success while failure attracts more failure. ... Striving for success makes you better able to attain it. Doing nothing and accepting failure only bring more failure your way. ... If you adopt a negative mental attitude and fill your mind with thoughts of fear and frustration, your mind will only draw those same things to you."

Charles currently resides in Ohio.