Napoleon Hill has always been one of my favorite motivators. His words ring so clear.
The greatest reward success brings is self-satisfaction. For success lies not in the accumulation of riches although, of course, this can be important. Success is marked by the satisfaction of knowing you have done a job and done it well—that you have achieved the goal you set for yourself.
Einstein, for example, didn’t attain great wealth during his lifetime. But would anyone say he was an unsuccessful man? How can you motivate yourself to success? The surest course lies in developing a burning desire for something you do not now have, to complete a goal you alone can set for yourself. There is a difference between merely wishing for something and deciding definitely that you are going to attain it.
All things are possible to the person who believes they are possible.
Set yourself a definite goal in life. Write it down. Commit it to memory. Direct every thought and all your energies to making it come true. Instead of letting momentary setbacks throw you off course, search in them for the seed of equivalent benefit which can help you attain your set purpose.
Remember, “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, the mind of man can achieve.” The person who is determined to attain success starts where he stands, making the best of whatever tools he has. Start from wherever you stand—today.
Source: Success Unlimited. Vol. X, No. 6. June-July, 1963. P. 55