To manifest great things we must do a little more work than we may have anticipated, but less than we fear.

Remember, stuff just sits there until you move it. Water runs downhill until you add pipes and pressure to alter its course. Cake ingredients are just ingredients until someone mixes and bakes them.

There is no substitute for good old fashioned work. Professional titles are often actually named after the work activities they represent. Cooks, bakers, farmers, painters, builders, receive their titles directly from the work they do. Teachers teach, runners run, writers write.

I have held my book in my mind and heart for more than a decade. The reason you can now hold it in your hands is because I went to work, put my hands to the keyboard of my computer, and physically wrote the words. As I go to work and write, my thoughts become the book.

If something works keep doing it – if it doesn’t work get rid of it. This includes thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and attitudes.

Work makes things work.

I am a strong believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it

~ Benjamin Franklin

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  • Chris Allen says:

    Great message. If you want to become anything you must work hard at the thing you want to become excellent at… seems like an obvious idea, but I have visited with hundreds of people over the years who feel that they are entitled not only to your stuff… but to be considered an expert as well.

    The quote by Chinese philosopher Wang Yangming, “To know and not to do is to not yet know.” has somehow missed those folks who have read a single opinionated article on a subject and now feel that they are experts on that subject.

    One of my business partners always says, “In theory there is no difference between theory and practice, in practice there is”, this is a true statement on the difference between knowing about a particular subject, and really being able to do something.

    Thanks Paul for your inspirational ideas… they keep me thinking and keep me on my toes.

    Chris Allen