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Success is never final and failure never fatal. It's courage that counts.
-- Jules Ellinger


Tuesday, April 22, 1997

The Value of Effort

What if you could have whatever you wanted, again and again, just by snapping your fingers? And what if everyone else could, as well?

How much would you value and appreciate the things you had? What would you do with your life, if there was no need for effort? Where would you find meaning, what would give you satisfaction?

The value of effort is not only in what it produces, but also in what what it demands of you. The greatest opportunity in life is not for a free ride. The greatest opportunity is to be fully challenged, and to meet challenge with effective effort.

The things we value are the things to which, and for which, we give of ourselves. There is no way around that. Some of the hardest working people are those who are wealthy enough that they don’t need the money. However, they do need the effort, and the accomplishment, and the challenge. We all do. Without it, life is shallow and empty.

Make the effort. Meet the challenge. And rejoice in the opportunity to do so.

— Ralph Marston

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