Life is a long journey during which the traveler has to clear many checkpoints before he reaches his destination. The things he needs to conduct himself through them are his good name and ability.
A gifted person needs only a few words to drive a point home, while an empty person is long of speech but short of persuasive power. Beware of a person without substance.
A tree exposed to the fury of the elements will grow tall and strong. A tree kept indoors will be too weak to survive any harsh environment even when its top touches the ceiling. A life of ease and comfort produces only weaklings.
An error, detected but left uncorrected, will develop into a fatal one due to the reluctance of its perpetrator to put it right. But as it stands in the way to success, it has to be eliminated.
No pains, no gains. Hard work never goes unrewarded for it always leads to gains. Pain is gain in disguise.