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Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
-- Abraham Lincoln
 

 

Friday, January 24, 1997

Accomplishment endures

What will you do today, that will matter tomorrow? Excitement and thrills fade, and become fond memories. Pleasure and comfort become monotonous. What endures? Accomplishment. Get something done today, something that makes a difference, and you’ll reap the benefits for a long time to come.

Accomplishment brings many things: money, satisfaction, confidence, skills, respect, influence, knowledge, and more. These are things that last long after you’re finished. And they’ll help you to build one accomplishment on top of another, on top of another, and so on.

As you go about your day, there will be things you need to do, things you want to do, things you absolutely must do. Remember, in all your doing, the value of accomplishment. Shift your focus from what you’re doing, to what you’re getting done. What comes from all your activity? What are you accomplishing? What are you building, collecting, creating, selling, distributing, managing, or improving? What are you accomplishing?

What will you have at the end of today, that you didn’t have this morning? What actions will make that happen? When you just “get through” the day, and spend it in idleness, it will soon be gone. When you invest the day in accomplishment, it will always be with you.

— Ralph Marston

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