Some people have greatness thrust upon them. Few have excellence thrust upon them. . .they achieve it. They do not achieve it unwittingly by doing what comes naturally and they don’t stumble into it in the course of amusing themselves. All excellence involves discipline and tenacity of purpose.
Let us, then, be up and doing, With a heart for any fate; Still achieving, still pursuing, Learn to labor and to wait.
The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become.
He who seeks for applause only from without has all his happiness in another’s keeping.
If people knew how hard I worked to achieve my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful after all.
The awareness of the ambiguity of one’s highest achievements -as well as one’s deepest failures- is a definite symptom of maturity.
I believe you rarely achieve more than you expect.
I have yet to read the life story of a truly great man, whether he be an artist, a poet, an inventor, a scientist, or what have you, who did not achieve success by long study and careful planning. Most of them by years of hard work. That is the price of achievement.
My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others, and that’s nice, too, but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.
Achievement is largely the product of steadily raising one’s levels of aspiration – and expectation.