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Habit is either the best of servants or the worst of masters.
-- Nathaniel Emmons


Monday, February 27, 2006

Bringing others along

If your wish to change the world is only for your own sake, your success in doing so will be severely limited. Yet when it is also for the sake of the world, success is far more possible and likely.

If your wish to change someone else’s thinking is merely to prove that you are right, you will rarely succeed. Yet when your desire to change another’s thinking is for the uplifting and enlightenment of that person, your chances are vastly improved.

When you are looking out only for yourself and your own interests, the world will be a harsh and lonely place. Invest yourself in the well being of others, and suddenly life becomes much more rich and fulfilling.

When your goals ruthlessly clash with the goals of those around you, the going will be difficult and nearly impossible. Yet when your objectives take into consideration the other people in your life and in your community, you’re much more likely to accomplish them.

There is nothing to be gained by thinking and acting only in your own self interest. For whatever short-term gains you may manage will be overshadowed by your lack of positive connection to those around you.

The most powerful way to advance your own interests is to refine and align them with the interests of others. The surest route to real success is by bringing others along.

— Ralph Marston

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