The Price of Success

From an unknown author comes the all-important question to every seeker for success:

“You want success. Are you willing to pay the price for it?
“How much discouragement can you stand?
“How much bruising can you take?
“How long can you hang on in the face of obstacles?
“Have you the grit to try to do what others have failed to do?
“Have you the nerve to attempt things that the average man would never dream of tackling?
“Have you the persistence to keep on trying after repeated failures?
“Can you cut out luxuries? Can you do without things that others consider necessities?
“Can you go up against skepticism, ridicule, friendly advice to quit, without flinching?
“Can you keep your mind steadily on the single object you are pursuing, resisting all temptations to divide your attention?
“Have you the patience to plan all the work you attempt; the energy to wade through masses of detail; the accuracy to overlook no point, however small, in planning or executing?
“Are you strong on the finish as well as quick at the start?
“Success is sold in the open market. You can buy it–I can buy it–any man can buy it who is willing to pay the price for it.”

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