It's better to try than to hope
It's better to try than to hope.
Which was originally said in Scottish Gaelic as....
Is fhearr fheuchainn na bhith san duil.
(Not that she ever used this adage. Nor that I think that she got this idea from this adage. I hightly doubt it. But it is the lesson that matters.)
When teaching this lesson, my mother would often say something to the effect of... and keep in mind that this is worded in a way appropriate for a young child to understand....
You can't just want stuff or want to do stuff. You have to actually do something about!
Depending on what was wanted, the actual "stuff to do" were things like studying, training, or working.
If you want to be rich, then you need to (usually study first and then after that) work. (You can't just say you want that, and just sit around hoping riches to come to you.)