"Moderation is a fatal flaw. Nothing succeeds like excess." - - Oscar Wilde
Did you get that? Read that again.
Now there, folks, is a real secret to getting ahead in whatever you do. "Gurus" and "mentors" the world over tell you the same thing. They devote books to it, they charge huge sums to attend their seminars to teach what Mr. Wilde has said in nine words.
The message of course is this: You must have passion, committment, involvement, immersion, perhaps even obsession, if you are to ever achieve anything worthwhile.
All the greats at anything do it - they don't go at "their thing" half way. They pursue it to its ultimate possibilities, without distraction.
Take Tiger Woods for example. Since the age of 3 he gave his all to the game of golf. Maybe part of it was his father pushing; if so he can thank his Dad for that. Regardless, as time went on the passion to be the best took hold. Look where it has gotten him.
So, if you want to be successful, or get ahead or "achieve" that which is important to you, then you had better not half-ass it. Accept no excuses from yourself or anyone. Give it your all, and dont let up.