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Thursday, August 17, 2023

Action and enjoyment

Enjoyment is optional. Action is not.

You can get the work done, and benefit from it, without enjoying it. But you cannot enjoy the work, nor can you benefit from it, without actually doing it.

It’s great when you can enjoy what you’re doing, but it’s not an absolute necessity. If you have to choose between action and enjoyment, choose action.

Enjoyment can be a big help in getting things done, yet enjoyment alone is not sufficient. By all means let yourself enjoy your work as you can, but don’t make enjoyment your top priority.

Get in the habit of taking action even when it’s not enjoyable. Eventually your work will create much more enjoyment than any you might have missed along the way.

Make action your top priority and enjoyment a desirable bonus when it comes. That’s what will maximize both the level of achievement and the level of enjoyment in your life.

— Ralph Marston

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