what would you attempt to do?

by Alice

The first gift I opened on Christmas Eve was a paperweight. I opened a lot of great gifts after that, but the paperweight was one of the best.

what would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?

what would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?

Inspiration is a funny thing. My uncle first told me the phrase on this paperweight when I was afraid of moving to New York. Back then, it was a paperweight on his desk, a constant reminder that he can do anything he puts his mind to, and he was simply passing along that advice to me.

I look over my To-Do list today at work — process invoices, file contracts, proofread and compile reports — and I know there’s no risk of failing. But now a paperweight, heavy with inspiration is at the bottom of that list.

What about the challeges, the things I could fail to accomplish? It asks. Why haven’t they been added to the list?

I knew about the paperweight. Its phrase is in my blog archives and on my Facebook profile. But having it right here, feeling the weight of its meaning, reminds me that I should add more to my to-do list.

I will not allow yesterday’s success to lull me into today’s complacency, for this is the great foundation of failure.
-Og Mandino
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