Thorough preparation makes its own luck.
-- Joe Poyer



Friday, December 27, 2002

Invest in hope

It’s great to hope for the best, as long as you’re also doing something to bring it about. Keep your hopes high, and yet do not allow them to become a substitute for your efforts.

Hope will work for you to the extent that you work for it. With hope and positive expectations behind your efforts, those efforts become vastly more effective. But hope can also work against you if the only thing it inspires you to do is to sit and wait. For then it just becomes an empty wish.

When you find yourself hoping for something, be sure to also find a way to invest the energy of your efforts in that hope. Give your hope a way to move you forward by doing all you can to move it forward.

Have the vision and the faith to hope for the very best. Then get busy, as you hold that hope in your heart, and make the effort necessary to make it happen.

— Ralph Marston


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