In "The Road Less Traveled" Dr. M. Scott Peck states that there are 4 attributes that the 3% of people who are committed to self improvement have:
1) Dedication to the truth.
3)Dedication to long term gratification
The majority of people latch onto the concept that other people became "more successful" than them because the others were:
1)Born into wealth
2)Are a different race/religion/ethnicity
4)Were lucky(they don't agree with the thought that "the harder I work, the luckier I get")
etc. etc. etc.etc.etc. etc. etc.etc.etc. etc. etc.etc.etc. etc. etc.etc.etc. etc. etc.etc.etc. etc. etc.etc.etc. etc. etc.etc.etc. etc. etc.etc.
Of course it has nothing to do with their being lazy.
Instead of embracing self responsibility and latching onto Lou Holtz's life conclusion that:
Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it
They choose to curse G-d for the bad hand they were dealt which made it "essentially impossible" for them to be successful.
They don't reach the conclusion that "I can't believe G-d put us on this planet to become ordinary"- instead they choose to make thoughts
like"I can't breathe" their life's central montra. They do this to the delight of LeBron James and Al Sharpton.
Onto the quotes
-- perhaps this is why he was John D. Rockefeller and I'm Andrew Berkiowitz.