Believing is one thing, doing another. Many talk like the sea but their lives are stagnant marshes. Others raise their heads above the mountain tops, while their souls cling to the dark walls of caves Some people have greatness thrust upon them. Very few have excellence thrust upon them. Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no ones definition of your life, but define yourself. Once you make the fundamental choice to be the predominant creative force in your life, any approach you choose to take for your own growth and development can work, and you are especially attracted to those approaches which will work particularly well for you. It is by what we ourselves have done, and not by what others have done for us, that we shall be remembered in after ages.
People are not remembered by how few times they fail but by how often they succeed. Every wrong step is another step forward. I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something I can do. Some people have greatness thrust upon them. Very few have excellence thrust upon them. 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. One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
Do not tell me this a difficult problem. If it were not difficult it would not be a problem. If you are never scared or embarrassed or hurt, it means you never take chances. Remember, a dead fish can float downstream, but it takes a live one to swim upstream. Only a mediocre person is always at his best. Whoever I am and whatever I am doing, some kind excellence is within my reach. You cannot pick cherries with your back to the tree. Men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better off than those who try to do nothing and succeed.