I am not a person who passionately aims at success. But nevertheless, I fail to fail each and every time. I fail to fail each and every time, because I want to make proud the people who love me. But the people who really love me consider me a success regardless of any success or failure. That is why I want them to feel proud. Because they deserve to do so. For them, a failure is only another chance for me to make it better next time. For me, the fact that they love me is a success, the greatest success of all.
But this kind of work-ethic may only be followed genuinely by those who do so by realizing its very genuine, benevolent reasons and purposes. The ignorant shall remain ignorant. The malicious shall remain malicious. The fraudster shall remain a fraudster. For, unfortunately, the work ethic itself can be and is being followed in a destructive sense by those whose vision is to build their empires with ashes taken from their victims' dreams and hopes.
Good work-habits help develop an internal toughness and a self-confident attitude that will sustain you through every adversity and temporary discouragement.
(Paul J. Fleyer)
My mother said to me, "If you become a soldier, you'll be a General. If you become a monk, you'll end up as the Pope." Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.
Action is the foundational key to all success.
Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.
It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls and who know neither victory nor defeat.
The great successful men of the world have used their imagination. They think ahead and create their mental picture in all it details, filling in here, adding a little there, altering this a bit and that a bit, but steadily building, yes steadily building.
(Robert J. Collier)