I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden. Who am I?

I am your constant companion. I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden.

I will push you onward or drag you down to failure. I am completely at your command.

Half of the things you do, you might just as well turn over to me, and I will be able to do them quickly and correctly.

I am easily managed – you must merely be firm with me.

Show me exactly how you want something done, and after a few lessons, I will do it automatically.

I am the servant of all great people; and alas, of all failures as well.

Those who are great, I have made great.

Those who fail, I have made failures.

I am not a machine, though I work with all the precision of a machine plus the intelligence of a human.

You may run me for a profit or run me for ruin – It makes no difference to me.

Take me, train me, be firm with me, and I will place the world at your feet.

Be easy with me, without clear intent, and I could destroy you.

Who am I?

I am Habit.

 

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