Failure shows us what to avoid.
Success tells us what we must repeat.
The success-starved are lost because they do not trust their own judgments. They have no verification that their own judgments are credible. Like a disoriented man in the water, they have lost their sense of up, and are immobile because they fear swimming only deeper down towards the abyss.
A gulp of air, a flash of light, however brief would tell them “Yes, this is the way!” and lead them towards the surface.
So many of us have lost sight of the surface, and are either slowly suffocating or else swimming away from the air we so desperately need.
Today, I caught a glimpse of light and realized I’ve been swimming in the right direction for some time. It came just as I was beginning to doubt myself. Right at the point where I was going to change my aim, reality rewarded me.
It is hard to overstate the importance of monitoring the world’s reactions to your desires and actions. Often we confuse intuition and passion with our rational faculty for calibrating to the external world.
Passion can guide you but rarely does it course correct.
Passion is the engine and rational analysis of the world is what steers the vehicle. You must have both if you are to reach your desired end. Otherwise, you will stall out, or crash head-on into one of the many obstacles arranged on the track.