Self-confidence is essential for success "Self-trust", said Emersion, "is the first secret of success". We must have confidence in our capacity to triumph over all obstacles. Timidity and nervousness lead to hesitancy.
Another quality that goes hand in hand with self-confidence is the possession of a strong will and determination. If we have will, we will find the way to do a thing. We must summon all our powers, physical and mental, and bring them to bear on the performance of a work. It there is this single-minded devotion, success is bound to come.
Of course, success can come in those fields of life in which one's aptitudes find sufficient scope and one's ambition is related to one's powers and parts. Therefore, we must know how to choose our vocation, according to our taste and temperament, our capability. We must have pleasure in our work. Often failures in life come through a mistaken choice of life's vocation. If we are able to choose our career according to our natural inclinations, the chances of success are very bright.
Another important quality is to know and seize an opportunity when it comes our way. If we let opportunity pass, another may not come for years.
Man is the architect of his own destiny. A study of the lives of great men bears this out. Those who talk about destiny and the stare are only allowing external forces to get the better of...