"What is it that brings one man success in life, and failure to his brother: it cannot be mental capacity. There is not the difference in our mentalities that is indicated by the difference in performance.
The answer is, some men succeed because the cheerfully pay the price of success while others, though they claim ambition, are unwilling to pay that price.
And this is the price of success:
- To use all your courage to concentrate on the problem in hand; to think of it deeply and constantly; to plan ahead.
- To have a high and sustained determination to achieve what you plan to accomplish, not only when conditions are favourable to its accomplishment, but despite all adverse circumstances.
- To refuse to believe that there are any circumstances sufficiently strong to defeat you in your plans and purposes."
(Alexander Hamilton Institute)