Hard work and perseverance never go unrewarded. If you make the same mistake three times in a row, you have to ask yourself "how bad do I really want it". Harden up marshmallow! This sport is not for the weak or the faint at heart. The highs are high and the lows are really low. The average horseman will work seven days a week from 7 to 7 for that natural high one gets when everything is falling into place. However in the horse world, chaos theory takes over and your on the schedule of chance rather rather than the plan you manufactured in the morning over a cup of coffee. With focus, hard work, and perseverance, one will find order and fun to this otherwise all work and no play equestrian world. I crack up and feel sorry for the people that think the weight of the world is on their shoulders or think that the other person has all the luck and is wondering when their big break coming. It's not gonna happen unless you do something in the positive direction. You can listen to all the advice from your friends or self help tapes or buy the supplies, but if you don't do, you'll never count on being lucky.