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We all have ability. The difference is how we use it.
-- Stevie Wonder


Saturday, August 26, 2023

Value-producing efforts

Building a house requires a great amount of time and effort. Yet once the work is done, the house continues to provide value for decades, or even for centuries.

Planting and growing a field of spinach, or beans, or wheat takes much time and attention. Yet once the crop is harvested it provides nutritious food for hundreds or thousands of people.

There is similar benefit in the productive work you have the opportunity to do. With a significant commitment of focused action you can end up creating an even more significant reward.

You can’t possibly remember all the value-producing efforts you’ve put forth over the course of your life. Nevertheless, much of that accumulated value continues to enrich your life to this day.

Keep that in mind the next time you find yourself in the midst of a frustrating, challenging task. There’s a good reason you’re doing the lengthy and difficult work you do.

The value you’re able to create accrues to your benefit and to the benefit of many others, and can endure long after the work is done. It’s a good arrangement, one you can always be eager to make the most of.

— Ralph Marston

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