If you’ll only listen to one thing I say, listen to this: Never settle. Ever.
Always work harder than you think you can. Always reach a little farther even if others say don’t. Never dumb yourself down for anyone. Never stop pushing yourself. Never do less than you know you can. Never stop short when you know you can go long… Even if it’s the normal thing to do.
Beware the lollipop of mediocrity; lick it once and you’ll suck forever.
When people hand you that lollipop (and they will), slap that sucker out their hands as fast as you can.