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Don't go around saying the world owes you a living; the world owes you nothing; it was here first.
-- Mark Twain


Monday, June 7, 1999


If you are reluctant in your efforts, the results will come with the same reluctance. Anything that is attempted grudgingly has only a slight chance at best of succeeding.

Your reluctance is telling you something. When you are unenthusiastic about taking action, it means that you’re really not committed to being or having whatever that action will bring.

You may say every day that your goal is to increase sales by 25% this quarter. You may even have put it on paper. But if you don’t enthusiastically make the effort, day after day, to reach that goal, it is not truly your goal. You don’t really want it.

There is never any lack of ambition when the objective is compelling enough. Stop following goals you’re reluctant to pursue. Find ones that will keep you awake at night with excitement. There is something you really, truly desire. Let go of what the world expects. Touch your very own yearning. Allow it to fill you with ambition, and eagerly go for it.

— Ralph Marston

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