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What man's mind can create, man's character can control.
-- Thomas Alva Edison
 

 

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Existing value

In your zeal to make improvements, be careful not to destroy the value that’s already there. Though things are not perfect, that doesn’t mean they should be completely destroyed.

It can be quite useful to be dissatisfied with the way things are. Just don’t let your dissatisfaction obscure all the existing goodness that’s worthy of preserving and defending.

You and countless others have worked long and hard to get to this point. All that effort obligates you to move carefully forward, not to arrogantly stumble backwards.

Move ahead with respect and gratitude for what is, even though it is not perfect. Refine your ambition with a healthy sense of humility, with appreciation for the progress that’s already been made.

Yes, sometimes you have to risk or tear down what’s already built in order to build something better. When that’s the case, make sure the value of the improvement is well worth the potential loss.

Despite the flaws, remind yourself of how good you have it before you set out to make changes. Then build on what you have, and make it even better.

— Ralph Marston

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