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The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.
-- John Dewey


Saturday, January 21, 2023

Following through

Following through distinguishes a spectacular adventure from a temporary dalliance. Following through means you’re serious, and enables you to achieve serious, significant results.

It’s fun to start something new, and plenty of opportunities for fun exist along the way. But fun is a pleasant result, not a reason.

A meaningful reason is what builds an endeavor of consequence and value. Because that reason pushes you to follow through.

When the going gets challenging and you keep going, you’re headed toward a rich reward. That reward won’t come quickly, yet you’ll eventually reach it by following through.

What have you started and where has it gone or failed to go, and why, or why not? More importantly, what could you start now, or continue now, in which you could find the motivation to persistently follow through?

Put yourself in position to follow through. It’s a major factor in achievements of every kind.

— Ralph Marston

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