successThere is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Niccolo Machiavelli The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. Success in life comes not from holding a good hand, but in playing a poor hand well. I’d rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate. No man can be a failure if he thinks he’s a success If he thinks he is a winner, then he is. You will be a failure, until you impress the subconscious with the conviction you are a success. This is done by making an affirmation which ‘clicks.’ I remember one day sitting at the pool and suddenly the tears were streaming down my cheeks. Why was I so unhappy? I had success. I had security. But it wasn’t enough. I was exploding inside. The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes. King Louis Philippe once said to me that he attributed the great success of the British nation in political life to their talking politics after dinner. 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.