As Yosef arrives in Egypt, the Torah tells us that he was sold to Potifar and that he was a “successful man” (39:2). The context and wording for this statement, however, are very peculiar. The passuk (verse) could have easily left out the word “man” and does not specify what sort of success Yosef had. What are we to learn from this phrase?

The Ktav Sofer explains that this passuk attests to Yosef’s attitude as a content person and that he visualized himself as being successful because he accepted his situation with an open heart. This acceptance is what elicited his future achievements. Visualizing ourselves a certain way is the first step toward creating that reality. Success and happiness start in our minds and our attitudes.