Numerous tomes have been penned in regard to understanding the secret of success. Unrelenting hard work is never far away from the equation but some look to what they call an ignition point, that moment when life is placed on a path to high achievement.
For Scott Quigg, that time arrived at 15 when he persuaded mother Lyndsay and father Kenneth to go to Elton High School in Bury and ask the teachers to allow him to leave school and start pursuing his dream of becoming a top class fighter.
Naturally, the school were concerned at such a move but the Quigg family got their way and the 27-year-old says that was the first step along the path of his vision of one day enjoying ring glory.
"My mum and dad backed my decision and I'm very grateful to them. Of course they were concerned and I wouldn't advise any young lad or girl to drop out of education because I have no education now, so if boxing didn't take off I'd be working in a factory now," said Quigg, who this Saturday night faces Belfast's IBF World super-bantamweight champion Carl Frampton on the biggest stage for either man.
"But it was the best decision I ever made because I wouldn't be where I am today. When I left school I was in the gym every day... if I had been at school I would have been walking around the corridors or sat in a bookies shop when I should be at school - I'd have been wasting my life.
"But I didn't, I stuck to what I wanted and from that day they backed me, I wanted to make them proud and make sure they knew I was thankful for what they had done for me.
"The deputy head said, 'What are you going to be and achieve in life with no education?' I told the teachers I wouldn't tell them because they would all laugh. When they pressed me I replied, 'I am going to be a champion boxer'. I've achieved what I set out to do."
Dubbed by some 'The Bury Monk' due to his monastic training regime, Quigg continues to live at home in his mother's terraced house and gives her ongoing credit for his rise to WBA World champion status.
"My mum did a milk round in the morning and two paper rounds every day. She did it to give me pocket money to go to the gym. She did it so I could get a car. She did it to pay for my trips to America for quality training," adds Quigg, who says he will only marry long-term girlfriend Beverley once he has beaten Frampton (left) and Cuban legend Guillermo Rigondeaux.
"Mum is my best friend. When I get up in the morning and go down to the kitchen for a cup of tea my mum makes my bed and tidies my room within five minutes. I don't have to think about anything except training and fighting."
Turning to Saturday night's World title unification showdown, which has generated immense interest within the UK boxing fraternity, Quigg defiantly believes that his desire will see him triumph.
Early morning swimming followed by two gym sessions six days a week, trips to the famous Wild Card gym run by legendary coach Freddie Roach, allied to a six-year-old diary holding the details of everything he has ever eaten has enabled him to fulfil his vision of becoming a success without education.
Now he wants to prove that he can be the number one ring master of the super-bantamweight division at the expense of Frampton and Rigondeaux, who boxes in Liverpool next month against British champion Jazza Dickens.
"The best guy I've sparred is Rigondeaux in the Wild Card gym in America. I got in after he had just knocked out some Mexican kid. He wasn't doing too bad and the next minute he landed one of the best left hands I've ever seen and then Freddie Roach turned around and I went in and did four rounds with him," he recalled.
"But sparring is sparring, I've seen guys in the Wild Card get dropped and then go on and win World titles - it means nothing. Rigo is the number one in the division until someone beats him. I'd love to fight him."
First he must get past Frampton in one of the biggest all-UK fights over the past 30 years and clearly he has gained confidence - whether false or otherwise - from Frampton's last defence with Alejandro Gonzalez jr in El Paso when the Belfast man was on the canvas twice in the opening round before going on to win on points.
"I am without doubt the harder puncher. He punches very hard as well and in boxing one punch can change a fight," added Quigg.
"I've always thought he had vulnerabilities and made mistakes which Gonzalez picked up on early. Gonzalez isn't brilliant, he's lost again since fighting Frampton, and that's the fight I've watched least in preparing for Frampton.
"He was complacent against Gonzalez, he was at his worst, but I'm expecting him to be at his best against me, the Frampton that beat Chris Avalos or Kiko Martinez the first time. I've always been confident that I can capitalise on his mistakes.
"I'm expecting a better Frampton to turn up but I've improved since my last fight, the stuff I've been doing in the gym, and there's no doubt in my mind that my best beats his best."