Listen to episode 527 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: How to Manufacture the Key to Success. Edited and adapted from The Cause of Failure and How to Overcome It by Thomas Z. Davis.
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Motivational Podcast Excerpt: A great sculptor noticed a stone that had been rejected and thrown aside by the builders. In the stone he saw a beautiful angel. He chiseled the stone away and revealed the angel to the world. I want, if I can, to get you to look into the future and see yourself as a beautiful, successful character, and after getting the vision, reveal that character to the world.
Only through the hard gates where struggle gives her challenge and adversity demands her toll, is there an entrance to the valleys of achievement and the kingdoms of delight. Be true to yourself, be true to your friends, be true to the world. Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success, and that a whole clear glorious life lies before you.
Get an exact and definite mental picture of the ultimate end and aim of your life. Select the particular position you propose to reach. Picture yourself also as surrounded by all the good things that naturally go with the position selected. Be very definite about this, and do not be too modest. Let it be something well worth years of patient struggle to attain. Decide definitely that you will attain it, no matter what the effort or time required. Then hold to that vision. Keep it always before you like a distant beacon of light. Have a steady hand at the wheel. Strive for it persistently and continuously. And when the seas are foggy, have faith that it is there to be reached, even though you cannot for the moment see it.