“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than
unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not;
unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will
not; the world is full of educated failures. Persistence
and determination alone are omnipotent.”
Persisting until each job is as finished as I am capable
of is the key habit for success. It becomes habit when it
dawns on me that taking the time to completely finish
each little segment doesn’t slow me down, it speeds me
up. Doesn’t wear me out, it energizes me.
Can that be right? Taking extra time speeds me up?
Yep! It’s a miracle.
The “get it started and complete it later when I have
more time” attitude results in an endless stream half
done stuff. Getting back into a job to finish it later
takes longer than sticking with it for as long as it takes
in the first place.
It’s like becoming impatient because the person you
have an appointment with is running a few minutes
late. You leave and end up re-scheduling, driving back
and forth, and waiting a second time. Spending hours
later to save ten or fifteen minutes now. Throwing
away tomorrow’s time.
Do it now and do it completely is a mind set that is
What does a mostly but not quite completed task really
do for me?
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