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You do not lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault, not leadership.
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower


Monday, December 9, 1996

Wouldn’t it be great?

Wouldn’t it be great if everything always went according to plan? If you always got your way? If everyone agreed with you? If you could easily have all the things you wanted? Wouldn’t that be an ideal life?

As great as that might seem, the reality is that things do not always go according to plan, we don’t always get our way, other people often think differently, and most things worth having are difficult to come by.

Is that so bad, though? I think not. If things always went according to plan, there would be no pleasant surprises. In fact, we’d likely get stuck in a rut. Some of the most delightful experiences come when we get sidetracked.

What can we learn from someone who always agrees with us? Not much. The varied opinions of others help us to grow in our own knowledge.

And the true value of anything is in the effort that goes into getting it. The things that come easy are usually of little value, regardless of what the price tag says. It’s what you put into it that matters.The happiest people are not those who always get their way, but rather those who make the most of what they’ve been handed.

— Ralph Marston

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