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Love is an ideal thing, marriage is a real thing. A confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished.
-- Goethe
 

 

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Cost and benefit

Every choice has a cost and a benefit. When motivating yourself to make the best choice, it’s helpful to remind yourself about both sides of the choice equation.

Choosing something desirable right now could have an undesirable consequence later. Shouldering a difficult burden today could bring you great value tomorrow.

Look at what you’re choosing and ask yourself this as objectively as possible. Does the ultimate cost of your choice outweigh the benefit, or is the benefit well worth the cost?

It might seem attractive to get what you want and never have to pay for it. But you know that’s not realistic.

You must focus not just on what you want but on what it will cost. You must focus not just on the discomfort of the effort at hand but on the good things it will bring you.

In the real world you get what you pay for and you pay for what you get. Your most beneficial choices come from being honest with yourself about the whole equation.

— Ralph Marston

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