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None are so empty as those who are full of themselves.
-- Benjamin Whichcote


Tuesday, December 23, 1997

Work smart

What is difficult? What is easy? It’s all a matter of perception and attitude.

Whatever job you must do, whatever task you must finish, approach it with a commitment to excellence. It usually takes only a little more effort than you’d spend anyway. When you’re just doing a job, it can be tedious and difficult. Yet when you’re creating excellence, even though the effort is greater, it doesn’t seem so hard.

In fact, what often makes work so difficult is the reluctance to do it. When you approach your work as an opportunity to achieve excellence, it becomes more than just a job. No matter what the task, it becomes an opportunity to express yourself and to be your best.

The fact is, there is work that needs to be done. And you have a choice. You can view it as an irritation, and torment yourself while doing it. Or, you can look at it as an opportunity to achieve excellence, and feel the satisfaction of creating something valuable.

— Ralph Marston

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