The qualities that actually sustain a top flight career are graft, commitment and accurate decision-making.

In business graft, commitment, good decision-making, ethics, dedication, discipline and single-mindedness are essential.

Do the little things right, you will do the big things right.

To truly get from your starting point to your destination takes friends, colleagues, and the goodwill of strangers.

Sometimes no matter how well you prepare or how well you perform you still end up in a mess – it’s just the way life is sometimes.

You will fail. You will likely fail often. It will be painful. It will be discouraging. At times it will test you to your very core.

Don’t be afraid. Be unconventional. To win you must take a risk.

There are a lot of sharks in the world. If you hope to win you will have to handle them.

The darkest moment is the time when you must be calm, composed—when all your skills, your energy and all your inner strength must be brought to bear.

Believe in the power of hope.

It will not be easy.

Know that life is not fair and that you will fail often, but if you take some risks, step up when the times are toughest, face down the bullies, lift up the downtrodden and never, ever give up.

If you do these things, you will indeed have changed your life and the lives of others for the better.