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People of accomplishment rarely sit back and let things happen to them. They go out and happen to things.
-- Leonardo da Vinci


Thursday, July 9, 1998


It is important to plan carefully, and it is just as important to be flexible. Success and achievement do not end up coming about in exactly the way we planned. While it is vital to have a realistic, workable method for getting from here to there, it is important to keep in mind that the plan is not the goal.

To reach the goal, often requires that we relinquish the original plan, or at least certain components of the plan. Just because something goes wrong along the way, does not mean that the goal is unreachable. And more likely than not, something will go wrong.

For example, if you have to get to an important meeting and your car won’t start, you call a taxi or find another way to get there. You wouldn’t abandon the meeting just because one of the many options for getting there (driving in your car) didn’t work out.

For anything you want to attain, there are many ways to get there. When one path becomes blocked, don’t turn back. Instead, take a detour, and you may soon find that the going is even better than you could have imagined.

— Ralph Marston

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