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To listen well is as powerful a means of communication and influence as to talk well.
-- John Marshall


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Ability and effort

Ability is powerful, yet it is of no value without effort. What matters even more than having the ability is putting it into action.

Don’t let the confidence in your ability to achieve, take the place of achievement itself. Put your skills to work, put your abilities into action, because that’s what they’re for.

It’s tempting to gather a collection of impressive abilities and to congratulate yourself for simply having them. But that’s also very empty, and ultimately unfulfilling.

It’s a good feeling to know that you can do something worthwhile. And you know from experience that it’s an even better feeling to actually do it.

Resist the urge to sit smugly on your abilities. Take those abilities out into the world where they can be challenged to grow stronger, where they can be put to good use.

There are a lot of good things you can do. Now, go do them.

— Ralph Marston

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