Self-Help Rebellion / What It Takes

Take it from me, you’re unlikely to read anything like this in a modern self-help book?

“Luck is ever waiting for something to turn up,” says Cobden; “labor, with keen eyes and strong will, will turn up something. Luck lies in bed, and wishes the postman would bring him the news of a legacy; labor turns out at six o’clock, and with busy pen or ringing hammer lays the foundation of a competence. Luck whines; labor whistles. Luck relies on chance; labor, on character.” ~ Orison Swett Marden (Pushing To The Front)

Luck is not a strategy for long-term success. More accurately, it’s a convenient excuse for those who are unwilling to get up and get to work (and I don’t exclude myself in that analysis).

Quality character backed up with labor and persistence is what it takes. It’s a proven recipe that will develop a champion.

Damn the luck – get to work!


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