Let’s consider some situations.
You want to succeed in business.
You want to do well in your studies.
You want to become a more loving person.
How should you go about these things?
If you are like most people, you will study business, you will do your math homework, you will do charity. And like most, you will fail.
Look again at those three goals -- they seem diverse, no? It seems that to take the time to improve in one would be to stunt your development in the others.
They all have one huge thing in common, that you are trained not even to notice: you.
It absolutely does not matter what you wish to accomplish or achieve, you must do it. Do not confuse the object and the subject -- do not think success is a matter of external features. The subject and object are one. You are your success and your success is you, and if you attempt to gain one while lacking clear focus on the other you are moving backwards from your goals.
Without you, everything is impossible and there is no life. A computer can gain knowledge. A computer can do charity. A computer can practice a skill. These are the easiest steps to achieve; they can be done at any time, and with total ease and comfort. They have nothing to do with success, if practiced by themselves, and everything to do with stunting your development and destroying yourself.
You forget yourself, you fail. This is the law. You’ve done 50% of the job. All the knowledge in the world, all the skills in the world, all the actions in the world -- these are 50% of success. The other half is you.
Who are you? What are your values? What do you want? What is right? What do you know for sure? Why do you think the way you do? Why do you desire? Why do you fear?
Answer these questions and you will start down the path of self-knowledge.
No matter what you accomplish in your life, you will be accomplishing it. You are your most important asset. Therefore know yourself thoroughly, strengthen yourself resolutely, teach yourself honestly, and love yourself unconditionally.
Without these practices failure is inevitable, and success impossible.
Remember that success is found, not stumbled upon.
You are the one who will find it.