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Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.
-- Albert Einstein


Friday, July 9, 2004

Falling ahead

Are you tired of falling behind? Then start falling ahead.

Falling behind begins when you neglect to take care of something that needs to be done. Then something else comes along and suddenly you’re playing catch up.

All too soon, the problem builds upon itself and you find yourself so far behind that it’s difficult to get anything done. Yet you can work yourself out, and work yourself ahead, the same way you fell behind, one task at a time.

Falling ahead happens when you can anticipate something that will need to be done, and then you go ahead and take care of it early. That frees you to anticipate the next necessary task, so you can address it early as well.

Before long, you’re so far ahead that you’re no longer burdened by what needs to be done. You can focus your energy on the valuable, productive and fulfilling activities that you choose to do.

Those who get ahead and those who fall behind use just about the same amount of effort. Those who get ahead just take each effort a little bit earlier than necessary, and that can make an enormous difference.

— Ralph Marston

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