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Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
-- John Wooden
 

 

Thursday, December 27, 2001

Down and ready

When everything has gone wrong, when you have nothing to fall back upon, when you’ve exhausted all your options and the future looks bleak, then you’re really ready. When the obstacles seem insurmountable, when you’re down as low as you can ever imagine going, when you’ve run out of people to turn to for help, then you’re truly ready.

You’re ready for real and lasting success and achievement. You’re ready to do whatever it takes, to find the resources you need, to muster the strength and commitment it will take, to really and truly make success happen for you.

Do you have to get so far down before you can begin to truly move up? No, but it helps. And when you are down, consider this. The more you get knocked down, the more experience you’ll develop in getting back up. And that experience can take you surely and steadily to the top.

At some point you’ll get knocked down one time too many. After that point, it will be very difficult for anyone to keep you down for long. Are you down? Then you’re ready -- ready and determined to move yourself up and make it bigger than ever before.

— Ralph Marston

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