“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
If I could teach only one thing to every child in the world, this quote would be it. I think these words could guide even the most lost men to higher ground, the most depressed to happiness, and the most disadvantaged to success.
The achievers of great feats are not fueled by some untamable willpower. Greatness is built to, upon the backs of your own good choices. The great achiever does not master a thing all at once, but by changing he or her self through the difficult act of doing a new thing and the simple task of doing it again and again thereafter.
This quote says we are in control of ourselves. “Ourself” is simply the accumulation of our habits. This is the most accurate lens through which to interpret who you are and the most effective way to change. This is real control over who you are.