“If you want to succeed in the world must make your own opportunities as you go on. The man who waits for some seventh wave to toss him on dry land will find that the seventh wave is a long time a coming. You can commit no greater folly than to sit by the roadside until someone comes along and invites you to ride with him to wealth or influence.” John B. Gough
What this quote means is that you shouldn’t wait for someone else to get you to your goals. If you want to succeed, it is strictly up to you to make your own opportunities, to lead yourself down the road towards your goals. If you wait for that special person to come along to inspire you and help you succeed, you will be waiting in someone else’s dust a very long time.
If someone does take you along, it is usually so they can reach their goals, or because they will profit from you. Once neither one applies, they will leave you on your own.
Outside of a very few close people (parents and close friends), and in many cases not even them, most others will not lead you on the path of achieving your goals. You will have to pave your own road. Don’t sit waiting for someone to discover your abilities, go out there and show everyone what your abilities are.
Once you succeed, that is when you will suddenly find many people eager to lead you to further success. Those types of people are normally called parasites.