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A ship in harbor is safe, but that's not why ships are built.
-- John Shedd


Monday, November 20, 2023

Face the challenge early

Face the challenge when it arises. You may not consider yourself ready for it, but it’s there nonetheless.

Whatever your level of preparation, there’s something you can do right away. So go ahead and take that initial step.

You’ll require new knowledge, skills, and resources to successfully deal with the challenge. Yet you can start with whatever you have.

Even if that first response is only a small one, anything is a whole lot better than nothing. Because as time passes, an unanswered challenge will only become more difficult and imposing.

As you grow into the challenge, you’ll gain whatever is necessary to prevail. The sooner you begin that process, the sooner the challenge will be behind you.

It’s not the easiest or most convenient choice, but it’s the best choice in the long run. Face the challenge early and you’ll handle it well.

— Ralph Marston

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