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Never mistake motion for action.
-- Ernest Hemingway


Tuesday, February 18, 1997

Take it up a notch

It takes just as much effort to live poorly as it does to live well. It takes just as much effort to be mediocre as it does to be magnificent. As long as you’re going to put in the time, you might as well make it count.

There are many people who pay to play golf, and there are some who get paid millions of dollars to play golf. There are some people who earn a few dollars per hour cooking food, and others who earn millions doing it. The difference is not in the time or effort expended, but rather in the commitment to excellence. The minimum wage cook is thinking about what he’ll do when his shift is over. The millionaire chef is thinking of ways to improve his food. And they both get exactly what they dwell upon.

Whatever can be done, can be done better. Your situation doesn’t limit you. There is opportunity for excellence in every situation. Any limitations you have are the result of your own attitude.

Take it up a notch. Aim a little higher today, and higher yet tomorrow. Think big. Make it count, and make a difference.

— Ralph Marston

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