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-- Pearl S. Buck


Monday, September 30, 1996

The Sequence of Success

There is only so much time available each day. The choices you make about how that time is used, will determine your situation in life. You create your own future by your actions, and your actions are, ultimately, under your complete control.

So how do you make the right choices? Remember that you have a choice, not only to do something or not to do it, but also WHEN to do it. The sequence in which you take action, is a key component of success.

Successful people do the important things first. Inevitably, when you do the trivial, non-productive things first, there is often no time left to do the important, life-enhancing activities. S learn to focus first on the things that will ultimately make a difference in your life.

The winners in life are people who have the discipline to eat dinner before dessert. Imagine for a moment how you would feel each evening if you ate a big piece of chocolate cake, and a bowl of ice cream, before you had your dinner. Would you then feel like eating a nutritious, well-balanced dinner? Probably not.

Doing the “fun” things first, takes away our appetite for doing the “hard” stuff that really needs to be done if we’re to make progress in life. Better to get the important things done first. Then the “fun” is even more enjoyable.

There’s nothing wrong with dessert -- just remember to eat dinner first.

— Ralph Marston

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