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Never mistake motion for action.
-- Ernest Hemingway


Wednesday, November 5, 2003

Never settle for less

Would you be satisfied with a few hundred dollars, if you knew you could have had a million? It seems foolish to walk away from so much value.

Yet every time you give anything less than you’re capable of giving, you’re doing much the same thing. Every time you choose a quick, inferior shortcut instead of making the full effort, you’re missing out on value that could have been yours.

If you see the task in front of you as a chore to be tolerated, it will not bring you much. When you see it, though, as an opportunity to build value, there’s no limit to where it can lead.

This day is yours, not just to get through, but to make use of and to build something great. Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, no matter how much or how little you have with which to work, there is a way to climb ever higher.

And that way is to put the power of your attention, the power of your commitment into what you’re doing, no matter what it may be. Excellence is welcomed and rewarded everywhere it is applied, and no job is too large or too small to do your very best.

Whatever it is you find yourself doing, truly care about doing it right. And you’ll never have to settle for anything less than the very best.

— Ralph Marston

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