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The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.
-- Jessica Hische


Wednesday, June 9, 1999

Your offer

One vital component of achievement is to know exactly what you want. A vague idea will not get you there. It is important to have a clear and detailed definition.

And it is just as important to define exactly what you will offer in return for the achievement you desire. There is no such thing as something for nothing, and any attempt to chase after it will be futile. If you’re not prepared to provide sufficient value in return for whatever you want, you’re only dreaming empty dreams.

You certainly do not lack for things to offer. To begin with, you have your time. It is precious and irreplaceable. By making full use of it, you can provide an enormous amount of value, enough to exchange for anything you desire. Beyond that, you have your skills, your ideas, your ability to get things done, your knowledge, your experience, your interests and much more.

All these things have sufficient value to produce whatever accomplishment you wish to bring into being. The way to have whatever you want, is to offer something of adequate value in return. There is no way around that, but the way through is clear and reliable.

Life will reward you in direct proportion to the value you are willing and able to give.

— Ralph Marston

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