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Fall down seven times, stand up eight.
-- Japanese Proverb
 

 

Friday, June 7, 1996

The Exciting Journey of Life

One doesn’t discover new lands
without consenting to
lose sight of the shore
for a very long time
-- Andre Gide

You cannot truly have something new without letting go of the old. A new job requires you to resign from your old one. A new house means that you must move out of your old one. A new version of your word processing software creates files that can’t be opened by the old version.

The easy, comfortable way is to stay with what we know. But with the world changing so rapidly, staying put is a luxury that few can afford. Life is an exciting journey, and to execute a journey, one must travel to new places.

If you are not moving forward, you are falling behind. What new things can you learn today? How can you improve the way you do your work? How can you do things faster, with more accuracy, and at less cost? All over the world, people are asking themselves these questions, and many are discovering the answers.

To embrace the new, you must “lose sight of the shore.” That means opening your mind, and losing your attachment to the old way of doing things. Don’t take comfort in your routine. Instead, have confidence in your ability to adapt to, and take advantage of, new concepts and ideas.

— Ralph Marston

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