Each one of us is driven to a certain extent by fear. Even the most courageous among us have some fear in them —fear to rise, fear to fall, fear that we will remain in the same place. So many of us think that we want to be rich, that we want to be famous, that we want to accomplish great deeds, but often these feelings are just idle talk and mere wishes.
Most of the things we think we want come at the price of leaving behind our familiar life and venturing into the unknown. Every time we accomplish something and move ahead, we have to exchange the known conditions of our life for uncertainty and unfamiliarity.
Even though most people think they are trying to succeed, they are simply going through the motions. The last thing in the world that they want is to get off the familiar treadmill and actually get somewhere.
Before we can succeed, we must clearly understand that success means change and the risk of failure.
Success also requires the courage to risk disapproval. All independent thought, new ideas, or endeavours beyond the common measure are greeted with disapproval ranging from scepticism and ridicule to violent outrage.
To persevere in anything exceptional requires inner strength and the unshakable conviction that you are right regardless of what others say.