Every person who is ambitious to make his life count, to do what is worth while, is entering upon just such a contest. In starting upon a conflict so grave, so significant and which affects the whole future, the first thing to do is to get absolute freedom from everything which strangles ambition, discourages effort, and hinders progress: freedom from everything which saps vitality, enslaves the faculties, and wastes energy; to removeevery obstruction from the way and leave a clear path to one's goal.
No matter how ambitious a runner may be to win, if he does not train off his surplus fat, if he is hampered with extra clothing, or runs with feet cramped and sore, his race is lost.
To eliminate everything that can possibly retard us, to get into as harmonious an environment as possible, is the first preparation for a successful career.
The efforts we are obliged to make to free ourselves from the bonds of poverty or heredity, of passion or prejudice, — whatever it is that holds us back from our heart's desire, -- call to our aid spiritual and physical resources, which would have remained forever unused, perhaps undiscovered, but for the necessity thrust upon us.
said Phillips Brooks.
There are plenty of men today working for others, who really have more ability than their employers; but who have been so enslaved, so entangled and faculty-bound by debt or unfortunate alliances, that they have not been able to get the freedom to express their ability.