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Great minds have purposes, others have wishes.
-- Washington Irving
 

 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Patience to achieve

Enthusiasm may get you started. Yet patience is what carries you to the finish.

Enthusiasm feels energetic and full of power, but it can quickly burn out at the first sign of trouble. Feel enthusiasm, and then go beyond it.

The real work of achievement is not glamorous, does not usually lend itself to enthusiasm. The real work of achievement is done with patience, with persistence.

Yes, be enthusiastic about what you’re doing. But don’t let enthusiasm be the only thing, don’t depend on it solely.

Be willing to put in the hours, the months, the years if necessary. Be willing to do the tedious work, the complicated, frustrating tasks, to persist and endure in your effort.

Then, even when enthusiasm wanes, you can get the job done. Because you still have the desire to make a difference, and the patience to achieve.

— Ralph Marston

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