Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.
It’s never too late to be who you might have been.
Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
Few musicians I’ve talked to have ever been taught how to practice….
The real contest is always between what you’ve done and what you’re capable of doing. You measure yourself against yourself and nobody else.
I dread success. To have succeeded is to have finished one’s business on earth, like the male spider, who is killed by the female the moment he has succeeded in courtship. I like a state of continual becoming, with a goal in front and not behind.
George Bernard Shaw
One of the commonest mistakes and one of the costliest is thinking that success is due to some genius, some magic — something or other which we do not possess. Success is generally due to holding on, and failure to letting go. You decide to learn a language, study music, take a course of reading, train yourself physically. Will it be success or failure? It depends upon how much pluck and perseverance that word “decide” contains. The decision that nothing can overrule, the grip that nothing can detach will bring success. Remember the Chinese proverb, “With time and patience, the mulberry leaf becomes satin.”
Maltbie Davenport Babcock
One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation
Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, that is the way great spiritual giants are produced.
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