Four things for success: work and pray, think and believe.
Never talk defeat. Use words like hope, belief, faith, victory.
People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.
Excellence, to me, is the state of grace that can descend only when one tunes out all the world's clamour, listens to an inward voice one recognizes as wiser than one's own, and transcribes without fear.
Obstacles, of course, are developmentally necessary: they teach kids strategy, patience, critical thinking, resilience and resourcefulness.
The stronger that women grow, the more prestige, fame, and money is accorded to the display professions: They are held higher and higher above the heads of rising women, for them to emulate.
In the course of time, Michael Strogoff reached a high station in the Empire. But it is not the history of his success, but the history of his trials, which deserves to be related.
I try not to worry about what that's going to look like. If you worry about looking stupid, that's when you look really stupid.