Define Success on Your Own Terms

That if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

Henry David Thoreau

You probably remember Henry David Thoreau for his amazing literary works.

Chances are you haven’t heard of A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers.1

In 1839, Thoreau and his brother John made a boat and hiking trip from Concord, Massachusetts to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. When John ended up passing away a short time later in 1842, Thoreau set out to recreate the trip in novel form.

The only problem? No one wanted to buy it.

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