The man who graduates today and stops learning tomorrow is uneducated the day after. I wouldn’t want anyone to try to convince you that they will guarantee your living. I want you to realize that there is plenty of opportunity in this country for you to achieve success. But whether you win or lose depends entirely on your own character, perseverance, intelligence, creativity, imagination and a capacity to work hard to achieve your goals. And all these characteristics of who you are, are not fixed, they can be developed.
Perhaps the starting point in helping businessmen and women is to simply say that we are talking about increasing their awareness that they can in fact discover their underlying purpose in life. The happiest people that I’ve met are those who have contributed to the welfare of others. Unfortunately that purpose can get buried under the failures in life. This accumulation of losses tends to confirm that you don’t have the capacity to succeed, that life is just like that, one loss after another.
This couldn’t be further from the truth. Your purpose is always there and is just as strong as the day you conceived it.
After discovering your purpose and rekindling it, there are two arts you must focus on, the art of learning and the art of communication.
“The world wonders, admires, idolizes, and it illustrates what others may do if they take hold of life with a purpose. The miracle, or the power, that elevates the few, is to be found in their industry, application, and perseverance under the promptings of a brave, determined spirit.” Mark Twain