Hash as it may seem, where you are today is as far as you’re ever going to get if you won’t make the effort it takes to get ahead. One day a young man sat on a park bench watching a squirrel in a tree. It was aiming for a branch so far above it that it looked like a leap of suicide. Suddenly it jumped, missed and landed on a branch several feet lower down. Immediately, it steadied itself and got ready to jump again.

An old man sitting on the same bench said to the young boy, funny, I’ve seen hundreds of ’em jump like that, and a lot of them miss. But I’ve never seen one get hurt trying.’

It’s better to take a risk than spend your whole life where you don’t want to be.’ What are you aiming for? Does it seem out of your reach? Go ahead, use your resolve, take the leap; for there is hope for a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again, And that its tender shoots will not cease. Though its root may grow old in the earth, and its stump may die in the ground, yet at the scent of water it will bud and bring forth branches like a plant. Never let your past failure stop you in your tracks.