Excerpt from Helps for Ambitious Boys
"The secret of success is constancy to purpose." Energy alone is not sufficient. Every young American worthy the name is endowed with energy, but it may be misdirected and lost. Ally it with constancy to purpose, and the combination is all but irresistible."
Benjamin Disraeli, who used those words, knew well their meaning. Few men struggle harder for fame, honor, position, than did he, and he won them all. So may you win them, if you set a high mark for yourself and determine to surmount every obstacle that may stand in the way.
Constancy to purpose is almost a miracle-worker. Rarely does a young man reach his majority without an opportunity to see this for himself. A boy with little thought yet beyond his pleasures sets his heart upon some object that seems altogether beyond his reach. He has no money, his parents and friends have no money to spare. But if he fully makes up his mind to it, it is sure to come. Every dime saved, every dime earned, brings it nearer. No temptation can induce him to spend his little hoard, because he has a single object in view. If he has real constancy to purpose, he overcomes poverty, one of the commonest and most difficult obstacles, and accomplishes his purpose.
This is equally true in the greater affairs of life.
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