successWe must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success. Henry David Thoreau Creative risk taking is essential to success in any goal where the stakes are high. Thoughtless risks are destructive, of course, but perhaps even more wasteful is thoughtless caution which prompts inaction and promotes failure to seize opportunity. The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes. In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: They must be fit for it. They must not do too much of it. And they must have a sense of success in it. 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. 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.