Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing. We achieve a sense of self from what we do for ourselves and how we develop our capacities. If all your efforts have gone into developing others, you are bound to feel empty. TAKE YOUR TURN NOW. Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think. Why not go out on a limb? That is where the fruit is Don't Sweat the Small Stuff ...and it's All Small Stuff. You do not have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things, to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals.
If you are not fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm. Imagine you only have one year to live. What important things would you be doing? How would you be allotting your time to accomplish the most you could? This exercise is one method of going after your priorities. I do not seek. I find. How was Einstein able to conceive the Theory of Relativity? He said the one crucial thing that helped him was his ability to visualise: what would it be like to be riding on the end of a light beam? You cannot cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. Do not let yourself indulge in vain wishes. That which does not kill us makes us stronger. The man who is waiting for something to turn up might start on his shirt sleeves.
Do not be afraid to take big steps. You cannot cross a chasm in two small jumps. It is never too late to be what you might have been. The difference between doers and dreamers is that the latter wait for the mood before taking action while the former create the mood by acting. People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I do not believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they cannot find them, make them. It is by what we ourselves have done, and not by what others have done for us, that we shall be remembered in after ages. Only a mediocre person is always at his best. One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man. Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no ones definition of your life, but define yourself.