Yes RUSSELL CONWELL, who is known for his classic Acres of Diamonds (Google it!) and founder of Perdue University wrote what I am quoting today some 30 years after his speech Acres of Diamonds became famous along with Perdue University.
What he wrote makes as much or may be more SENSE today than over 100 years ago!
“Determination is the battery that commands every road in life. It is the armor against which the missiles of adversity rattle harmlessly. If there is one thing I have tried peculiarly to do through these years it is to indent in the minds of the youth of America the living fact that when they give WILL the reins and say ‘DRIVE’ they are headed toward the heights.”
Here is what he said that he would be saying about the majority of Americans today especially the youth:
“They believe that life is a series of miracles. They loaf about and trust in their lucky star, and boldly declare that the world OWES THEM A LIVING (my emphasis).
“As a matter of fact the world OWES A MAN NOTHING THAT HE DOES NOT EARN (my emphasis). In this life a man gets about what he is WORTH (my emphasis), and he must render an EQUIVALENT (my emphasis) for what is given him. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS INACTIVE SUCCESS (my emphasis).”
That is what my new mentors GRANT CARDONE and GARY VAYNERCHUK are trying to instill in the minds of particularly the Millennials that follow them!