The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of other; it is in yourself alone. –Orison Swett Marden
Orison Swett Marden, founder of Success Magazine, is also considered to be the founder of the modern success movement in America. Marden’s first book, Pushing to the Front, published in 1894, had a phenomenal circulation. In 1897 he founded Success Magazine, which reached the enormous circulation, for that time, of nearly a half-million, meaning of course that it was read by from two to three million readers.
I guess it’s not a surprise that Marden has the attitude that we go and make our success ourselves, based on our own efforts, rather than expecting success to fall into our laps. Success is a state we create for ourselves by ourselves.