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We are all inclined to judge ourselves by our ideals; others, by their acts.
-- Harold Nicolson
 

 

Wednesday, February 9, 2005

Behind the scenes

The substance of success goes largely unnoticed. For success is almost always built in small, inconspicuous steps.

Sure, when an accomplishment is completed the world often takes note. Yet when that accomplishment is actually happening, when the work is being done, it rarely attracts much attention.

If you pay attention only to the finished product, it would seem that success is available only to a lucky few. When you look behind the scenes, though, a completely different picture emerges.

The dancer, who gives such a brilliant, seemingly effortless performance on stage, practices offstage hour after hour, year after year. The business owner who seems to have been in the right place at the right time, worked unnoticed late into the night, month after month, to get there.

Success and accomplishment are not limited to those who are lucky. They are available to anyone who chooses to be disciplined, focused, persistent, committed, positive and enthusiastic.

Look behind the scenes at the success of others. And you’ll clearly see how you can do it, too.

— Ralph Marston

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