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The only person you should ever compete with is yourself. You can't hope for a fairer match.
-- Todd Ruthman


Saturday, January 17, 1998


No matter what you’re working to accomplish, you will not get there in a straight line. The phone will ring, people will step into your office, your child will get the chicken pox, bad weather will cause delays, your computer will crash, something new will interest you -- you’ll repeatedly get knocked off course.

Don’t despair. It happens to everyone, all the time. The key to successful achievement is to get quickly back on track. The faster your recovery time, the more progress you’ll make.

Accept the fact that you’ll get knocked off course on a regular basis. Accept it, and don’t waste time or energy complaining about it or feeling sorry for yourself. That just compounds the problem.

Instead, move on past the distraction and re-focus your efforts on your original goal. It is often impossible to prevent distractions, yet you can always prevent them from lingering too long. Move past them as soon as you can, forget about them and get yourself back on course.

— Ralph Marston

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