successThere are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. Colin Powell An excuse becomes an obstacle in your journey to success when it is made in place of your best effort or when it is used as the object of the blame. If we get our self-esteem from superficial places, from our popularity, appearance, business success, financial situation, health, any of these, we will be disappointed, because no one can guarantee that we’ll have them tomorrow. They talk about the failure of socialism but where is the success of capitalism in Africa, Asia and Latin America? Failure is not our only punishment for laziness there is also the success of others. The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well, and doing well whatever you do without thought of fame. If it comes at all it will come because it is deserved, not because it is sought after. Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified. The envious man grows lean at the success of his neighbor. The best augury of a man’s success in his profession is that he thinks it the finest in the world. No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.