One needs to be industrious; one needs to accept challenges which provoke one for the upward journey. It is hard, it is dangerous, but it brings out the best in you. It creates integrity, ultimately it creates a soul in you.
George Gurdjieff used to say that not everybody is born with a soul. He is right. Everybody is born just with the possibility of a soul; very few actually attain it. To actualize your being means tremendous effort. One has to put one’s total energies to the task, only then… One has to risk all, only then… But then life blooms, flowers. It becomes a joy, a fulfillment, a contentment, a blessing.