I’ve been playing Tennis since I was six years old, and my coach and family often said to me that, “the one who desires the victory the most is going to win”; this has been one of the most fundamental lessons that has ever been taught to me.

Desire is fundamental.

If we don’t desire to live, we die.
If we don’t desire to win, we lose.
If we don’t desire to succeed, we fail.
If we don’t desire anything, we get nothing.

That last sentence is particularly important because it means the difference between a successful career and a failed one. We can only move forward if we know where to want to go, otherwise we surrender to luck and circumstances. Lack of desire is one of the major causes of failure, but it’s also one that’s most easily fixed.

I believe that having an insatiable desire for something can be, and is, the most powerful force of all, which can drive anybody to the top of any ladder.
However, we shouldn’t mistake wishes for desires. Wishes are empty—we all wish for wealth or happiness, yet many of us fail.

Wishes are little more than self-delusion.

— Jim Rohn

One devastating principle that young students often remember from school is that success—our personal achievements—is a function of our intelligence (or how “gifted” we are).

The smartest students usually get the better marks, that’s the way we see it when we’re schoolboys or schoolgirls. If you’re not smart then you’re meant to stay behind, so you’d better put off your dreams. This can have dramatic consequences because where there are no dreams, there is no desire.

The “usually” is crucial here because it underlines the fact that this is not a rule, it is merely an observation, and a bad one. The rule is this: the students most willing to learn and work hard ALWAYS get the better marks. Intelligence might give you a head-start, but it doesn’t work by itself. No matter how far behind you start, you can always catch up.

Our only limitations are those we set up in our own minds.

— Napoleon Hill

Success moves toward those who search for progress, but searching for progress isn’t like Google, it’s more like going on a treasure hunt. It’s hard, the road is rocky and filled with many traps. It is often discouraging to the point where quitting seems like the best solution. But even in those darkest moments, when the promise of the future is clear, the hunter won’t quit, and the treasure will come.

A common characteristic of all successful men is that they kept on going on, but how do you do that when everything that’s around you seems to work against you? By having a burning desire for being the one in your dreams, because that will make you do whatever it takes to make your dreams happen.

The moment you start believing in your dreams is the moment they come true.