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success depends on your backbone, not your wishbone

Success is achieved through dedication and effort, not hopes and dreams or wishful thinking. You need to work on your writing every single day if you really want to be a famous author because success depends on your backbone, not your wishbone.
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put (one's) backbone into (something)

To put a lot of effort into doing something as quickly or effectively as possible. Come on, we need to get this car off the road. Put your backbone into it and push! It's clear that the legislators have put their backbones into crafting a bill that will find support across party lines, as well in the general population.
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to the backbone

Through and through; thoroughly; in every manner or respect. The fellow is stubborn to the backbone; he won't even listen to my plan the whole way through! Though he grew up in America, Henry is still British to the backbone.
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put backbone into (one)

To embolden one; to give one courage or determination. All of their encouragement put backbone into me to tell the boss we wanted better working conditions. She was afraid of changing careers, but the thought of staying in this dead end job forever put backbone into Janet.
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put backbone into someone

encourage someone to behave resolutely.
As a metaphor for ‘firmness of character’, backbone dates from the mid 19th century.
1998 Spectator There is a widespread belief that if only Mrs Thatcher had still been in No. 10, she would have put backbone into Bush and got rid of Saddam .
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to the backbone

in every respect; through and through.
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n. courage; integrity. (Colloquial.) If you had any backbone, you would be able to deal with this.
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T-1 remains the most common speed used in backbone connections.
Indeed, research firm Cahners InStat finds that while the number of backbone connections will have a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of close to 23 percent from 1999-2004, revenues for the overall backbone connection market will have a CAGR of just 16.
the National Park Service, along with other agencies and nonprofit organizations, has been able to move forward in closing a critical gap in the Backbone Trail,'' said Art Eck, superintendent of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
In extremely large topologies where scalability to thousands or tens of thousands of terabytes are required, the Backbone Switch can be added at the top tier to provide the needed connectivity to thousands of host and storage devices.
Designed as a shuttle trip requiring two vehicles, the 6-3/4-mile Backbone Trail trek from Corral Canyon Road to Kanan-Dume Road is described here from east to west.
While monitoring high-level, backbone-to-backbone traffic has been historically difficult, in May Keynote introduced a real-time reporting system on peering point and backbone latency.
PHOTO (1) Over 150 volunteers are expected to assist in repair work today for the rain-damaged Backbone Trail in the Upper Solstice Canyon area of the Santa Monica Mountains.
17-mile segment from the Backbone Trailhead on Yerba Buena Road to the Ray Miller Trailhead in Point Mugu State Park (great views of the Channel Islands and entertaining rock formations, including the upper ramparts of Boney Mountain - a wall of wonder that looks like a scattered junkyard of random asteroid debris; 2.
To that end, the foundation - with help from other outdoors advocates - hosts Backbone Trail Month each November to draw attention to the yet-to-be-completed footpath.
Voltaire, the worldwide leader in grid backbone solutions, today announced that the company's InfiniBand-based Grid Backbone(TM) switching solutions are powering eleven of the world's fastest supercomputers as ranked on the Top500 list released this week.
Inching closer to completion, the long-planned Backbone Trail spanning 70 miles of the Santa Monica Mountains could gain critical funding after federal lawmakers Tuesday approved $1 million for the project as part of a spending measure for parkland purchases.
BEIJING -- Cisco Systems(R) today announced that the China Education and Research Network (CERNET), the world's largest education network, will deploy the Cisco(R) CRS-1 Carrier Routing System to upgrade its national backbone network and enhance overall network performance.
Lovers of the Santa Monica Mountains experience these twin emotions of pain and pleasure now as we labor to complete a jigsaw puzzle, important to current and future generations of Angelenos - the legacy of a 70-mile Backbone Trail.
Backbone Security is led by Glenn Watt, President and CEO, a board certified 25-year veteran of cyber warfare who received numerous awards from the Department of Defense for his leadership in defending our nation's computer networks.