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To conquer oneself is the noblest and greatest triumph.
-- Plato
 

 

Friday, September 13, 1996

Be different

Wen those around you are greedy and shallow -- be caring and giving.

When those around you are lazy and apathetic -- be full of energy and enthusiasm.

When those around you are worried and depressed -- be confident.

When those around you are frantic -- be calm.

When those around you are stubbornly stuck in their ways -- try something new.

When those around you do mediocre work -- do excellent work.

When those around you complain about everything they have -- be thankful for everything you have.

Going along with the crowd will cause you to be just one of the crowd, living someone else’s dream. What joy is there in that?

Stand up and stand out. Refuse to accept mediocrity. Refuse to accept things just because “that’s the way we’ve always done it.” Do what you need to do. Do what is right. Instead of following the well-worn path, blaze a new and exciting trail into unknown territories. The world rewards those who have the confidence and courage to stand out from the rest.

Life is too precious to waste it on silly pretenses. Be and express the unique person you are.

— Ralph Marston

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