first deserve and then desire

first deserve and then desire

proverb You must prove yourself worthy of success by working hard and conscientiously, as desire alone will not make it happen. A: "I want to be the most famous artist in the whole world!" B: "Well, you'll need to spend years honing your craft and establishing your reputation in the art world. First deserve and then desire, you know."
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