On this topic. I tend to pick and choose different parts of different beliefs/practices/religions example i follow the god and goddesses of the Norse, Greek and Egyptian but i follow some of the rules of satanism. Does that still count as a personal path?
If by personal path you mean inventing your own practices and be free from any responsibilities and external initiations, then I doubt you will be able to invent practices on your own, which will be at least as good as those, which are kept in secrecy by well-established Magic Traditions.
Some people like to indulge in self-deception with eclectic approach personal paths, but if you want power (real power), then you need to seek actual authentic Traditions and real practitioners.
@Alarion: I disagree with your statement.
I personally believe that you do not need to follow any particular tradition or path to achieve results.
Where do you think that they came from? They themselves have been created.
People are free to pick and choose what they wish to do, to believe in, to practice, and it does not make them any less successful than compared to someone who follows the strict teachings and practices of a particular tradition.