A student went to his teacher. “I shall not continue with my studies” he said. “I live in a small house with my brothers and parents, and never have the ideal conditions for concentrating on that which is important.”
The teacher pointed to the sun and asked his student to place his hand over his face, in order to hide it. The student obeyed.
“Your hand is small, yet it can completely cover the power, light and majesty of the great sun. In the same way, the small problems manage to give you the excuse you need in order to hinder your progress along your life.”
“Just as your hand has the power to hide the sun, mediocrity has the power to hide your inner light. Do not blame others for your own incompetence.”
“There is an infinite difference between a little wrong and just right, between fairly good and the best, between mediocrity and superiority.”
~ Orison Swett Marden