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The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
-- Eleanor Roosevelt


Monday, June 17, 1996

Invest in the future

Fast food. Instant coffee. Overnight delivery. Microwave ovens. Faxes. Email. Everywhere you look there is technology for instant gratification. We’ve come to expect immediate results. There’s certainly nothing wrong with having a sense of urgency -- that’s the way we get things done. However, some of the best things in life simply take time.

The more you invest in the future, the better it will be. Sure, you want to put plenty of energy into living for today. But today turns all too soon into yesterday. And when you suddenly find yourself in what used to be the future, it helps when you’ve sent some energy ahead.

Investing in the future will make time your friend, and give you a reason to look forward to each new day.

Do something that will bring you instant gratification, and it’s gone at the end of the day. Do something today that won’t benefit you for six months, and suddenly your future is brighter. The farther into the future you plan and work, the greater your influence will be when your effort comes to fruition.

Make a habit of planting seeds each day, and the future will bring a bountiful harvest.

— Ralph Marston

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