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This is a world of action, and not for moping and droning in.
-- Charles Dickens


Tuesday, November 21, 2000

What you know is right

No matter what you do, there will be people who disapprove of it. You cannot please everyone, so it is foolish to even try. Instead, guide your actions by what you know is true. Go beyond what is merely popular, or expected, or what looks impressive. Keep your focus on what is right.

Graciously and humbly accept praise without living for it. Learn from criticism without being dismayed by it. Listen to your heart. Live life on your own terms, based on what you know is the right thing to do. Those who are worth impressing will be most impressed by authenticity.

You have many special things to offer the world. Some people will resent you. Others will blindly accept you. Don’t let yourself be swayed by either. Be who you are, as honestly as you can.

Integrity is more than just a claim or a promise. Integrity results from being consistently true to your most profound values, even when no one is looking. Fulfill your enormous positive possibilities by continuing to do what you know is right.

— Ralph Marston

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