I have to say I was delighted to read earlier that Danny Care - the England rugby player - has given up alcohol. Not that I have anything against alcohol; I was simply sad to see a young guy throwing away his career due to not being able to control himself after having a few drinks.
Danny has been in the press far too often in recent months getting arrested and banned from driving due to alcohol induced offences. The way the same thing kept happening was making me reach the conclusion that his career was as good as over. You can’t keep making the same mistake over and over and expect to succeed.
Thankfully he’s finally realised that the best thing to do is quit alcohol all together. And, hopefully, that will free him up to pursue his dream of playing for England again.
The truth is that we all will need to give up things we enjoy if we are to achieve success. Each of us has vices that trip us up and hold us back. It’ll take strength of character to give it up completely. But we must. Our future success demands it.
Talent is one thing, character is another. Talent gets you there. Character keeps you there.