Success would be the ultimate price for working at something nonstop. It's the only thing that gets us up every morning to do what we expect of ourselves. As Thomas Edison said, "Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits." This is mirrored by Frank Lloyd Wright's own words when he said, "I know the price of success: dedication, hard work and a devotion to the things you want to see happen." Therefore, Sir Winston Churchill was right when he declared that "Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." Nobody wants to be a failure in life. All that we could hope for is that the things we do now can lead us to our goals. Vincent Lombardi was quoted in saying, "The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will."
Why People Don't Become Successful
There are no unsuccessful people, just lazy ones who aren't willing to work intelligently. "If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work." - Thomas J. Watson. People don't realize that dreaming and getting there are two different things. That's why "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." - Thomas Edison. As someone once said, "Some people dream of great accomplishments, while others stay awake and do them."
To become really successful also means accepting defeat. These quotes would reflect exactly that. "Failure defeats losers, failure inspires winners." - Robert T. Kiyosaki and "The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same." - Colin R. Davis. The mistake people often make is to give up easily thinking that hard work doesn't pay big rewards in the end, so why even bother? Little do they know that "Big pay and little responsibility are circumstances seldom found together." - Napoleon Hill. It's important that we understand the real value of success. "The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary." - Vidal Sassoon. The truth is, "Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great." - Niccolo Macchiavelli. If you let fear get in the way, you'll never achieve your goals. "Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway." - John Wayne.
If your heart isn't in the right place, you'll have a ton of excuses not to pursue your dreams. However, Deepak Chopra recommends that, "If you focus on success, you'll have stress. But if you pursue excellence, success will be guaranteed." Therefore, it's also equally important to put your heart into what you do. After all, "Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it." Maya Angelou. Stress would be a thing of the past if you love what you do. Trust Martha Stewart when she said, "I find that when you have a real interest in life and a curious life, that sleep is not the most important thing."
What Success Truly Means
Be the kind of success that inspires greatness in other people and don't just ignore others because you've reached your own success ladder. "When your life flashes before your eyes, make sure you've got plenty to watch." - Anonymous. Don't be the kind of person who only lives for his own success because "As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others." Bill Gates. Remember Clint Eastwood's own magnificent words, "You take the work seriously, you don't take yourself seriously. You keep that straight and you'll do well the rest of your life." When you're finally at the epitome of success and greatness, be humble. As parting words, here's one of the history's successful leaders Napoleon Bonaparte - "Success is the most convincing talker in the world." Indeed it is.
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