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Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
-- Abraham Lincoln


Saturday, April 24, 2004

Make room

There are times when it pays to be certain, to be decisive. Yet there are also times when certainty can hold you back.

When you’re certain that you know all there is to know, it prevents you from exploring potentially valuable options. When you’re certain of what does and does not work, you could fail to take advantage of useful and workable creative approaches.

It’s important to be decisive and persistent when you are certain of the track you’re on. It can be foolish, though, when you stubbornly stick to a position just to prop up your own ego.

When you can admit that you don’t have all the answers, that makes you much more able to get the best answers. When you acknowledge that you don’t know it all, it puts you in a position to learn much more.

Your experience is truly valuable and can be extremely useful. Even so, there are realities beyond your experience that can prove just as valuable, when you open yourself up to them.

No matter how much you’ve learned and experienced, there’s always something valuable that you don’t know about yet. Open your mind and make room for it.

— Ralph Marston

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