It's not how good you are, it's how good you want to be


How much do I want to read more? 8/10

It is a series of short pages introduced with a quotation like the title of the book.
This is inspirational and frame you mindset in an interesting perspective.
It's nice to read. Fast read, but worth the time to think about it longer afterward.


Nearly all rich and powerful people are not notably talented, educated, charming or good-looking. They become rich and powerful by wanting to be rich and powerful.

Your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have.
Without having a goal, it's difficult to score.

Why do we strive for excellence when mediocrity is required?

All creative person need something to revel against, it's what gives their lives excitement.

So, how good do you want to be?

From quite good, to the best in the world?
Talent helps, but it won't take you as far as ambition.
Everybody wants to be good, but not many are prepared to make the sacrifice it takes to be great.
To many people, being nice in order to be liked is more important.

The only way to learn is through experience and mistake.
You will become whoever you want to be.

You can achieve the unachievable

You need to aim beyond what you are capable of.
To work for the best company? To run a company? To be on the cover of Time Magazine?
Make your vision of where you want to be a reality.

Have you noticed how the cleverest people at school are not those who make it in life?

Your job at school is to accumulate and remember facts.
People who are conventionally clever get jobs on their qualification (their past), not on their desire to succeed (the future).
They get overtaken by those who continually strive to be better than they are.

Do not seek praise. Seek criticism.

If, instead of seeking approval, you ask, 'What's wrong with it? How can I make it better?', you are more likely to get a truthful, critical answer.

It's my fault

Blame no one but yourself.
If you accept responsibility, you are in a position to do something about it.

Do not covet your ideas

Give away everything you know, and more will come back to you.
If you give away everything you have, you are left with nothing. This forces you to look, to be aware, to replenish.
Ideas are open knowledge. Don't claim ownership.