The price is the reward

For some reason, we like to think that something outside ourselves will
cause us to be successful. We too often fall prey to fantasies of being
lucky, or being in the right place at the right time, or getting in on a
"ground floor" opportunity.

Those things happen, to be sure. Yet they are unreliable at best. The
reality is that we really don't need to be lucky. While the chances of
being in the right place at the right time are very slim, success is
almost guaranteed for anyone who will do whatever it takes to achieve it.

Your success must come from you. What is success, anyway? It is
the ability to live your life in the way that you choose, with purpose
and meaning. No one can live your life but you. Success is not defined
by the physical possessions to which you have legal title. It is defined
by the way you live your life.

The only person who can make you successful is you. Sure, you may
be able to acquire the tokens and appearances of success without
putting yourself into it. But you will not have success. Success
demands daily, moment-by-moment commitment and effort. Success
requires that you put forth the best you have to give.

When success is achieved, it's interesting that those things which
were previously considered the price of success -- hard work, effort,
discipline, persistence -- also emerge as the key rewards of that very
same success.