The man who is waiting for something to turn up might start on his shirt sleeves. Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing. It is better to light a small candle than to curse the darkness. One cannot govern with buts. Quit now, you will never make it. If you disregard this advice, you will be halfway there. Success or failure depends more upon attitude than upon capacity. Successful people act as though they have accomplished or are enjoying something. Soon it becomes a reality. Act, look, feel successful, conduct yourself accordingly, and you will be amazed at the positive results. A man may fall many times but he will not be a failure until he says someone pushed him. The wisest men follow their own direction.
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators. The first two letters of the word goal spell go. One cannot govern with buts. Normal is not something to aspire to, it is something to get away from.
The grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence. No, not at all. Fences have nothing to do with it. The grass is greenest where it is watered. When crossing over fences, carry water with you and tend the grass wherever you may be. Until you try, you do not know what you cannot do. The difference between doers and dreamers is that the latter wait for the mood before taking action while the former create the mood by acting. It is better to light a small candle than to curse the darkness. Imagine you only have one year to live. What important things would you be doing? How would you be allotting your time to accomplish the most you could? This exercise is one method of going after your priorities. All that is necessary for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing. One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.