When one door closes another opens. Expect that new door to reveal even greater wonders and glories and surprises. Feel yourself grow with every experience. And look for the reason for it Some people have greatness thrust upon them. Very few have excellence thrust upon them. It is never too late to be what you might have been. Believing is one thing, doing another. Many talk like the sea but their lives are stagnant marshes. Others raise their heads above the mountain tops, while their souls cling to the dark walls of caves That which does not kill us makes us stronger. He who has begun his task has half done it. Whoever I am and whatever I am doing, some kind excellence is within my reach.
This Saturday, do something you have wanted to do for years. Something just for yourself. And repeat this process once every month. Self-image sets the boundaries of individual accomplishment. Better get a stiff neck from aiming too high than a hunch from aiming too low. Begin to be now what you will be hereafter. Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think. If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way. The man who is waiting for something to turn up might start on his shirt sleeves. If you do not do it excellently, do not do it at all. Because if it is not excellent, it will not be profitable or fun, and if you are not in business for fun or profit, what the hell are you doing there?
Men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better off than those who try to do nothing and succeed. It is never too late to be what you might have been. One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man. It is better to light a small candle than to curse the darkness. You cannot pick cherries with your back to the tree. If you are not afraid to face the music, you may someday lead the band. First we will be best, and then we will be first.