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A thing of beauty is a joy forever.
-- John Keats


Thursday, April 5, 2007

Stand out

Instead of making promises, deliver value. Instead of fighting for the chance to receive discarded scraps, work diligently to freely give big buckets of nourishing substance.

Rather than growing hoarse from shouting, grow wise from listening. When those around you are tripping all over their own arrogance and self-importance, have the confidence to live with genuine humility.

Those who so desperately and endlessly brag about themselves quickly fade into a meaningless blur. Those who quietly and consistently perform are the ones who soon stand out from the crowd.

If you assume that people are stupid, and look upon them with disrespect, they will look at you in exactly the same way. When you seek to take advantage of others, you become ridiculously easy prey for those who will certainly take advantage of you.

The way to stand out is not by pushing others back. The way to stand out is by generously and sincerely leading others forward.

Expect the best of others, and respectfully give the best that you have. Choose to stand out, away from the pettiness and shortsighted greed, and you’ll find a truly magnificent life.

— Ralph Marston

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