If we had no faults, we should not take pleasure in noting those of others.
-- Francois De La Rochefoucauld



Friday, March 2, 2001

The power of challenge

Have you ever noticed that on days when you have more things that must be done, you get more things accomplished. On those days when there are not as many pressing deadlines, though you still seem to stay occupied, you end up getting much less done.

This is a great illustration of the positive, productive power of challenge. The real value of challenge comes from the fact that you rise up to meet it. A difficult challenge can bring out the best in you and take you to a level you never would have even reached for, absent the compelling nature of that challenge.

You want to turn those so-so days into memorable ones? Add some real, meaningful challenge to them. There’s always a way to improve whatever you’re doing. Challenge yourself to get even better. Challenge is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, or anyone else for that matter.

Create challenges. Seek out challenges. They will provide you with excellent opportunities to be even better than the best you thought you could be.

— Ralph Marston


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