The First Quality of Success —
Get to the Point!
ONE of the striking characteristics of successful persons
is their faculty of determining the relative importance of
different things. There are many things which it is desirable
to do, a few are essential, and there is no more useful quality
of the human mind than that which enables its possessor at
once to distinguish which the few essential things are. Life
is so short and time so fleeting that much which one would
wish to do must fain be omitted. He is fortunate who per-
ceives at a glance what it will do, and what it will not do, to
omit. This invaluable faculty, if not possessed in a remark-
able degree naturally, is susceptible of cultivation to a con-
siderable extent. Let any one adopt the practice of reflect-
ing, every morning, what must necessarily be done during
the day, and then begin by doing the most important things
first, leaving the others to take their chance of being done
or left undone. In this way attention first to the things of
first importance soon acquires the almost irresistible force
of habit, and becomes a rule of life. There is no rule more
indispensable to success.
PROCRASTINATION IS THE THIEF OF TIME.
—EDWARD YOUNG —Night Thoughts
....The greatest part of what we do or say being unnecessary,
if a man takes this away he will have more leisure and less
uneasiness. Accordingly, on every occasion a man should
ask himself: “Is this one of the unnecessary things?”
Now a man should take away not only unnecessary acts,
but also unnecessary thoughts, for thus superfluous acts
will not follow after.
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