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I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.
-- Frederick Douglass
 

 

Thursday, March 13, 2003

It adds up

Getting ahead often requires only a little bit more effort than falling behind. Yet that small amount of extra effort can make an enormous difference in the results you achieve.

The way to move ahead with just a little more effort is to apply that effort consistently and reliably. For example, an extra twelve minutes of work each weekday adds up to an additional hour’s worth of effectiveness every week.

The efforts you’re already making can be enormously leveraged by adding just a little bit extra to them. Because those little bits quickly add up over time.

Whenever you’re tempted to give a little less than necessary to a task, do yourself a favor and give a little more than necessary. If you’re going to miss the mark, overshoot it rather than undershooting it. When you make the effort, go ahead, give a little more, and truly make it great.

— Ralph Marston

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