Chapter 3. Why I've Been Such a Success
"If you can dream it, you can do it."
|--Walt Disney, animator|
"The toughest thing about success is that you've got to keep on being a success. Talent is only a starting point in business. You've got to keep working that talent."
|--Irving Berlin, songwriter|
"Luck? I don't know anything about luck. I've never banked on it, and I'm afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else—hard work—and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't."
|--Lucille Ball, comedienne|
"Definiteness of purpose and the habit of going the extra mile constitute a force which staggers the imagination of even the most imaginative of people."
|--Napoleon Hill, motivational business writer|
"The more you sweat, the luckier you get."
|--Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald's|
Why I've Been Such a Success
Luck Is Not So Lucky
As far as I'm concerned, what people call good luck is nothing but a lazy person's estimate of a hardworking person's success.
"Luck," Oprah Winfrey once said, "is what takes place in your life when preparation meets opportunity."
I really love the old saying, "It's hard to recognize good luck. It looks so much like something you've earned."
"I'm a great believer in luck," Thomas Jefferson wrote with his tongue in his cheek. "The harder I work, the more I have of it."
People, I don't believe in luck. Never have and never will.
Experience has consistently showed me (and I have a hunch it's showed you, too) that intention, not accident, gets the big things done ...