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All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing.
-- Edmund Burke


Thursday, December 10, 1998

Along the way

You can get things done without enjoying yourself. You can also enjoy yourself without getting anything done. However, the best approach is to get things done while also enjoying yourself. That’s the way to reach long term success, building one accomplishment on top of another.

If you aim to simply enjoy yourself without getting anything done, then the result is -- you don’t get anything done. You may be very positive and cheerful, at least for the moment, but after a while it will seem quite empty. On the other hand, if you’re driven to achieve, without any consideration for the quality of your life along the way, that can be empty, too. Sure, you’ll get what you want. But you’re also likely to get burned out and resentful.

Make the effort, move toward your goals, and delight in the moments along the way. When you enjoy the journey there’s never any reason to stop.

— Ralph Marston

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