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Acting on a good idea is better than just having a good idea.
-- Robert Half


Tuesday, June 19, 2001

Make your efforts count

The most tragic waste of effort is to do just a little bit less than necessary. When you stop just short of the finish line, all the work you put into getting to that point counts for nothing.

Yes, the going often gets tougher as you near the end. It gets tougher and it gets much more important. When you stick it out, when you see it through to the end, you end up with an accomplishment. When you give up, you end up with nothing to show for all your effort.

When you’ve decided what you want to achieve, keep going until you get there. When the obstacles and challenges start hitting you at a faster pace, it means you’re getting closer. Keep going. Persist through it all and you’ll create something of true and lasting value.

Rather than doing just a little bit less than necessary, seek to do just a little bit more. If you’re going to miss the mark, then miss it on the side of accomplishment rather than on the side of failure. Make your efforts count for something. Keep going, and don’t slow down until you’re well past the goal.

— Ralph Marston

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