This quotation describes an undeniable fact: success is usually the result of a long, hard effort to reach a specific goal. Unexpected, favorable events – what most people call “luck” may help in reaching the goal, but usually are not enough by themselves to ensure success. Determined effort is almost always needed.
For example, celebrities of all ages have emphasized the importance of hard work to success. Inventor Thomas Edison said that success was mostly “perspiration” that is, hard and steady effort. President Calvin Coolidge said that unrewarded brilliance was commonplace, and that persistence and determination was what mattered
Also, even when success looks easy or undeserved, usually it is, in fact, the result of long effort and careful planning. Abraham Lincoln ran for public office unsuccessfully before he was elected president of the United States. Polar explorer Roald Amundsen made sure every detail of his expedition to the South Pole was ready before he actually set out on his ultimately successful journey. Actor Charlie Chaplin had many obscure roles on stage before he became an international film star. None of these people attained success overnight, effortlessly. Their success was the outcome of lengthy, hard work.
To sum up, repeated failures must occur sometimes before one succeeds, or else one must work much longer than seems necessary. That is the price of success. Like anything else worth having, it requires a big investment in time and energy before the desired results arrive; and “huck” is hardly ever the single decisive factor.
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