1. The discipline to master emotions ere they become your master. Harness and direct your emotions and they will be an incredible source of energy. Unchained, they will wreak havoc.
  2. The ability to forgo the pleasures of today to harvest the treasures of tomorrow. Do things that will delight your future self.
  3. The courage to conquer your fears, to move forward in the face of uncertainty and doubt, to run rational risks. Step forward into the fog and another step will be revealed unto you.
  4. The fortitude to hold yourself accountable, the grit to make intelligent mistakes, and the willingness to carry on even when you really, really feel like giving up.
  5. The determination to grind it out: success lies in consistent mastery of and performance of the basics, day in and day out.

Closing Quotes:

“Men do less than they ought, unless they do all they can.” – Thomas Carlyle, 1795-1881, Scottish historian, satirist, essayist, translator, mathematician

“Life has no smooth road for any of us; and in the bracing atmosphere of a high aim the very roughness stimulates the climber to steadier steps, till the legend, over steep ways to the stars, fulfills itself.” – W. C. Doane, 1832-1913, 1st Bishop of Episcopal Diocese of Albany

“We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882, essayist, lecturer, philosopher, abolitionist, poet; led transcendentalist movement of mid-19th century

As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier