Wherever my career takes me — from my home city of High
Point, North Carolina, to the mini-state of Luxembourg; from
the island city-state of Singapore to the island continent
of Australia — I encounter people pursuing a common quest:
Many come to me in search of a secret formula. They’ve
labored for years, butted their heads against walls,
suffered failure and rejection, and still they wonder: “Is
it possible for me to achieve success, given my level of
talent and education?” And I have a ready response: You can
if you want to.
Success is not a matter of luck, an accident of birth, or a
reward for virtue. It is a matter of decision, commitment,
planning, preparation, execution, and recommitment. Success
doesn’t come to you; you go to it. The trail is well
traveled and well marked. If you want to walk it, you can.
by Nido Qubein