The Mediocre.

The world is full of people who are waiting to be pushed, boosted, helped, but they will never be anything but weaklings. If they do succeed through pull or influence in getting the place they long for, they will not have the ability to hold it.

I know men who are always talking of the wonderful things they would have done if they had only had a chance such as others have had; if they could only have gone to college; if they could have had special training for the thing they wanted to do.

But they had nobody to send them to college, nobody to help them make their lives more complete, their achievement more worthwhile.

Those who make such excuses for their mediocre lives would not have amounted to anything no matter what their advantages. The self-reliant, the courageous soul will make good in spite of all handicaps and obstacles, all influences that would try to hold him back.

Orison Swett Marden, Making Life a Masterpiece