The breakthrough moment that you are waiting for won’t come due to luck or good fortune.

It will come due to the hard work that you put in behind the scenes when no-one is watching.

You’re not a piece of clay that comes out of the ground in perfect condition.

You need to spend some time on the pottery wheel, so that you can be shaped into something beautiful and useful.

Some people think that success comes if you are fortunate enough to be at the right place at the right time.

That’s only half true.

Success comes to people who do the work and take the risks necessary to place themselves in the right place at the right time.

It was film producer Samuel Goldwyn who once said, “The harder I work, the luckier I get.”

It’s a reminder that you won’t get the promotion that you’re after because the stars finally aligned for you.

You’ll get it because you’ve been brilliant at your current job and have built a great reputation.

You won’t get the level of fitness that you want due to the genes that you were born with.

You’ll get it because you’ve been disciplined with your food intake and have done the work in the gym.

It doesn’t matter how much talent you were born with, you won’t make great art the first time you paint, sing, sculpt, innovate or attempt to solve a complex problem.

But you might on the tenth, hundredth or thousandth attempt.

You were born for great things.

But just because you were born for it doesn’t mean that it will just come to you.

You still have to earn it.

You still have to sweat.

You still have to grow into the person you are meant to be.

Because greatness isn’t fated, it’s fashioned.

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