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I am not surprised at what men suffer, but I am surprised at what men miss.
-- John Ruskin


Wednesday, July 10, 2002

One more effort

When you feel like giving up, it’s a very good sign that you’re truly making progress. So by all means keep going.

Eventually you’re going to reach the point where just one more attempt, one more effort will bring real success. What a shame it would be to give up just as you reached that point.

You do not know what the next effort will bring because the future is not based on the past. That feeling of wanting to give up is based solely on the past, which really doesn’t matter any more. What matters now is where you’re headed, not where you’ve been. And when you view it from that perspective, giving up is simply not an option.

Success is always achieved after one last effort. You’re working your way toward that point, and you may very well already be there, ready to make that very effort.

So keep going, keep making the effort, no matter what has happened before. Somewhere up ahead is that one more effort, the one that will take you all the way to where you want to be.

— Ralph Marston

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