The Journey to Success

While we were eating breakfast at a great little diner in Victoria recently, I was delighted when I looked up and saw this poster staring down at me.  Around it, there were all sorts of kitschy things hung up on Pagliacci’s walls—pictures of celebrities who’ve eaten there, photos of mafia bosses, funny sings etc.—but this little jewel was front and center above our table.

With each bite of my breakfast (the most AMAZING eggs benedict I’ve ever had), I studied the poster, which is a road map to success.

Everyone starts at the same place: the gates of “Opportunity.”  From experience, I can say these gates aren’t simply happened upon. To find true gates of opportunity, you have to hunt for them and you have to greet them with hearty preparation.

Once through the gates, you’ll immediately run into roadblocks or things that will mislead you: The Hotel of Know it All, conceit, illiteracy, the “I-don’t-need-a-system attitude, the Mutual Admiration Society, “hot air” balloon and the bohemian lifestyle. All these things flank the “Right System Railroad Station.”

If you’re lucky enough to avoid the above traps and make it onto the train, that doesn’t mean surefire success. On the train, there are plenty of ways to fall off or be mislead. These include: bad habits, vices, bad reputation, charlatanism, jealousy, procrastination, misrepresentation, short cuts, and the system. These snags lead to the river of failure and oblivion. For those who fall into the river of failure and climb out, you’re faced with even more potential trouble: bad temper, carelessness, shiftlessness, bad memory.

If you stay on track and get over the bridge, you’ll cruise through the tunnel of True Knowledge. At its entrance, though, lack of preparation can lead you astray, so be warned. Continue to improve yourself and prepare along the path, as this trail is a steep, rocky one and you may fall to your death.

Once through the tunnel, you’re almost there, but sprees, laziness, bad business methods, weak morals and being a faker may trip you up. If you stumble on any of these, forget about success. But if you’re one of the lucky ones who stays on track, or “right” yourself, you will be whisked through the “Gate of Ideals” and motor your way strait to the top of Success Mountain.



12 Responses to “The Journey to Success”

  1. Pete
    August 26, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Hi Gina, I found the same poster at a garage sale and found it fasinating. The only difference in my poster is the bottom slogun, mine says “The Journey”. I’m trying to find out who made this? I punched in the Right System Railroad “The Journey” and your blog came out. If you have any more info on this great piece please let me know. Thanks, Pete

  2. Gina
    August 27, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    I will post more if I find it, Pete! Thanks.

  3. Raj Tahil
    December 27, 2011 at 1:22 am

    I saw this poster mentioned in Advertising Age in the early 1980s. It was published by an individual in New Jersey. I purchased two copies from him. Unfortunately, I do not have any more information.

  4. Raj Tahil
    December 27, 2011 at 1:37 am

    I saw this poster mentioned in Advertising Age in the early 1980s. It was published by PGR Hyde Inc. If I remember correctly this was a small company run by an individual in New Jersey. I purchased two copies from him. Unfortunately, I do not have any more information from that time.

    I did find the copyright registration for the poster in the US Copyright database but was unable find any registration for PGR Hyde Inc. in USA.
    The copyright registration for the poster is VA0000114802 / 1982-10-21 and the link is at

  5. Gina
    December 27, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Thanks for your input Raj! Much appreciated.

  6. Larry
    July 18, 2012 at 1:36 am

    So I happened to see this poster today on the wall of my insurance agent……just kind of tucked into a corner….. he said that he has had it for 30 years. I am trying to find it to see if I can purchase a copy but if not I will havev to borrow the one that I found it is GREAT!

  7. tom
    March 28, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    I got a poster like this from my sister over 30 years ago. Her (now deceased) husband had gotten it….and she thought it came inside a book.

    I’ve had it on my wall for many years…..and still look at it from time to time. Ive made a few copies for others. I really like this poster….and wish I could locate the book that goes with it.


  8. Will K
    May 13, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Great poster, purchased it about 28 29yrs ago from a company called Learning Alternative who were the the distributor for this 1979 PGR Hyde Inc. Poster, still have it, trying to find another one.

  9. Mariana
    November 3, 2013 at 4:17 am

    So, a friend of mine just bought a house that included several copies of this poster. Reply if you’re interested.

  10. Chuck Green
    January 15, 2014 at 4:27 am

    I read that this was published in The Etude Magazine in 1913…
    Etude Magazine. October, 1913

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