If we were as industrious to become good as to make ourselves great, we should become really great by being good.
SUCCESS—AS DEFINED by accomplishment that is both achieved and sustained—obviously doesn’t just happen to lucky people. It happens to those who know where to draw the line between “wanting” and “doing.”
“Wanting” is like “trying”—both are crutch words designed to make us feel as if we’re making progress when in reality we’re still stuck. The more you want something, the more you try for it, the more elusive it becomes.
Case in point: If everyone who wanted or tried to lose weight actually did, there would be no obesity epidemic in this country. The parallel career epidemic, ...