I have to decide what I consider success to be, and
once I've done that, it's up to me to work towards that
success. I can't rely on anyone else, and I can't
expect to become successful with a minimal amount of
work. Things just don't happen that way. As
much as we'd like to explain away other people's success
with words like "privileged" or
"gifted," the fact is that most of the truly
successful people in the world reach their success because
they work very hard and they keep after it, even after
other people would have given up.
I've been successful at many things in my life--I've
persevered when it didn't seem like I had any chance of
succeeding, and I've been able to achieve things that I
hadn't thought I would be able to.
I've also given up and failed. The success that I
craved never happened, because I simply didn't have the
determination that I needed to succeed. It really
was up to me whether I succeeded or not, and I didn't.
There are people in this world who succeed and get ahead
because of their families or their connections or their
heritage or their inheritance, and that's fine for
them. Those things never have been an influence in
my life, though, so it's been up to me to make sure that I
fall into the second group, those who are determined to
succeed and who follow their determination as far as they
can. I know from experience what it feels like not
to do so, and I know from experience the satisfaction and
accomplishment that comes from doing so.
Determination can have a huge influence on our lives, and
if we can remind ourselves of its power, we can make it
one of our most important traits.