The greatest thing a man can do in this world is to make the most possible out of the stuff that has been given him. This is success, and there is no other.
Success is the child of drudgery and perseverance. It cannot be coaxed or bribed; pay the price and it is yours.
No one has a corner on success. It is his who pays the price.
Achievement is not always success, while reputed failure often is. It is honest endeavor, persistent effort to do the best possible under any and all circumstances.
The size of your accomplishments, the quality of your achievement, will depend very largely on how big a man you see in yourself, what sort of image you get of your possible self, yourself at your best.
When a man feels throbbing within him, the power to do what he undertakes as well as it can possibly be done, and all of his faculties say 'amen' to what he is doing, and give their unqualified approval to his efforts, this is happiness, this is success.
We lift ourselves by our thought, we climb upon our vision of ourselves. If you want to enlarge your life, you must first enlarge your thought of it and of yourself. Hold the ideal of yourself as you long to be, always, everywhere your ideal of what you long to attain the ideal of health, efficiency, success.
To many a man, and sometimes to a youth, there comes the opportunity to choose between honorable competence and tainted wealth. The young man who starts out to be poor and honorable, holds in his hand one of the strongest elements of success.
Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.
Begin where you are work where you are the hour you are now wasting, dreaming of some far off success, may be crowded with grand possibilities.
Many a man has finally succeeded only because he has failed after repeated efforts. If he had never met defeat he would never have known any great victory.
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