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There are two kinds of failures: those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.
-- Laurence J. Peter
 

 

Monday, November 2, 1998

Effort

Behind every fortune, is someone who has labored long into the night to make it real. Behind every important discovery, is a person who regularly grew weary searching for it.

Behind the magnificent work of art is an artist who spent hour after hour, month after month toiling at tasks that were not so magnificent.

Take heart. Your effort cannot help but pay off. The fact is, your effort is the payoff. The fortune, the discovery, the work of art are mere tokens of the achievement. The real achievement is in the achieving. The real value is in the doing.

Sincere, focused effort makes your life rich, even as you do it. Otherwise, why would we put so much value on the artifacts which it produces? Make the effort. The biggest reward is in the doing.

— Ralph Marston

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