Whoever I am and whatever I am doing, some kind excellence is within my reach. Do not compromise yourself. You are all you have got. In times of stress, be bold and valiant. Success or failure depends more upon attitude than upon capacity. Successful people act as though they have accomplished or are enjoying something. Soon it becomes a reality. Act, look, feel successful, conduct yourself accordingly, and you will be amazed at the positive results. What lies before us and what lies beyond us is tiny compared to what lies within us.
Remember, a dead fish can float downstream, but it takes a live one to swim upstream. Begin to be now what you will be hereafter. In the long run, men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, they had better aim at something high. I do not seek. I find. The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators. One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man. Self-image sets the boundaries of individual accomplishment. You cannot cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. Do not let yourself indulge in vain wishes.
Do not tell me this a difficult problem. If it were not difficult it would not be a problem. Only a mediocre person is always at his best. Some people have greatness thrust upon them. Very few have excellence thrust upon them. It is better to light a small candle than to curse the darkness. What lies before us and what lies beyond us is tiny compared to what lies within us. If you are never scared or embarrassed or hurt, it means you never take chances. If you have a lemon, make lemonade. One cannot govern with buts.