Don’t aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it
Trail blazing is an art-form. It is how we find paths through what before was wilderness. We push aside branches or cut them back, we tramp down nettles and long grasses, ford rivers and streams, through the inner and outer landscapes.
There has to be this pioneer, the individual who has the courage and the ambition to overcome the obstacles that always develop when one tries to do something worthwhile; especially when it is new and different.
Who succeeds in forming and leading a great group? They are almost always a pragmatic dreamers. They are people who get things done and they are people with immortal longings. Often, they are scientifically minded people with poetry in their souls.