This Saturday, do something you have wanted to do for years. Something just for yourself. And repeat this process once every month. Nothing determines who we will become so much as those things we choose to ignore. The way to be safe is never to be secure. 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. If you do not do it excellently, do not do it at all. Because if it is not excellent, it will not be profitable or fun, and if you are not in business for fun or profit, what the hell are you doing there? People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I do not believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they cannot find them, make them. 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.
One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man. Though no one can go back and make a new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new end. I do not seek. I find. You cannot cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. Do not let yourself indulge in vain wishes. Whoever I am and whatever I am doing, some kind excellence is within my reach.
You do not have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things, to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals. 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. If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way. First we form habits, then they form us. Conquer your bad habits, or they will eventually conquer you. If you have a lemon, make lemonade. Do not compromise yourself. You are all you have got. In times of stress, be bold and valiant. You cannot pick cherries with your back to the tree.