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Solitude and silence teach me to love my brothers for what they are, not for what they say.
-- Thomas Merton
 

 

Friday, May 24, 1996

You might as well

As long as you’re going to do it, you might as well do it right. As long as you’re going to show up for work, you might as well do your best on the job. As long as you’re going to use that software, you might as well take a couple of hours to learn all the features. As long as you’re going to take the trouble to raise a family, you might as well make it a happy, well-adjusted one. As long as you’re going to have a life, you might as well live a life of excellence.

It doesn’t take that much more effort to do something as well as you possibly can. And as long as you’re going to do it anyway, doesn’t it make sense to give it your all? Yet, far too many people try to get by with as little as possible. And because of that, if you do just a little bit more than the minimum, you will rise above the crowd. If you show just the least bit of extra initiative, you’ll be more successful than 95% of the people in this world.

And if you throw yourself wholeheartedly into everything you do, with a total commitment to excellence, there are no limits to what you can accomplish.

It’s not a matter of time. We all have the same amount of time. It is a matter of attitude. What do you expect of yourself?

— Ralph Marston

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