“Life is not fair.” My mother told me that throughout my childhood. She said I should be prepared to work twice as hard as anyone else and not to fret or complain; just work hard and good things will follow. Don’t worry about what someone else is doing. Embrace hard work and the rewards will come. She also said the higher you go, the harder you have to work. She really tried to impress on me that a strong work ethic is important and life is not easy.