Life deals the cards.
We get different hands to play every week, if not every day. One hand might be great — maybe at work, you get a full house with aces over kings, while another one of your hands might be a pair of threes at home, while your relationship with your teenager might be queen high and nothing else.
You rarely can influence the hand that you are dealt this week. But how you play your hand is up to you and matters a lot.
Too many people slack off. To come out on top, you must play each hand that is dealt to the best of your ability. Approach each situation — strong hand or weak hand — with belief, with tenacity, with will power, and with a positive attitude. You have to be willing to do the work, day in and day out. Attitude matters. Excellence is never about one day.
The only true formula for success is enthusiasm, focus, discipline, and hard work, no matter the pursuit. There is no substitute for giving your all.
This is a great rule to live by: Play the hand you are dealt to the best of your ability.
I.M. Optimism Man
PS> Another great rule: don’t wear rose-colored sunglasses — understand your odds of success and take (more) risks accordingly. But never, ever try something without enthusiasm or you have sealed your fate.