Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other. ~Abraham Lincoln

I love this quote.

There have been many times when it would have been easier to give up and walk away.   If I had, I never would have married my lovely and smart wife, I never would have gotten the job I have today, I never would have become a pilot, I never would have finished my first half-marathon, and I never would have published my book.

None of these came easily.  When I first promised myself I’d succeed at them, they were probably a bit out of my reach.

However, if you truly want to succeed at something, you have to make a promise to yourself that you will.  This isn’t a goal.  It’s not an objective.  It is a promise, that regardless of how many tries it takes, no matter how many times you have to pick yourself up, dust off, and get back to business you will.   If you’ve made that promise to yourself, then success is only a question of time.

One last comment.  I’m not a slacker, but I’m not super talented.  I am not super smart.  I am not super wealthy.  However, when I want something I am willing to jump in with both feet and pursue it with every ounce of my energy.  Further, I don’t stay discouraged for very long.  I believe these two qualities have been among the greatest contributors to any successes I’ve had.


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