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Don't Lose Sight

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A young student approached his teacher and asked, "If I work very hard and diligent how long will it take for me to find enlightenment in my life?"

The teacher replied, "Ten years."

The student then asked, "But what if I work very, very hard and really apply myself to learn fast. How long then?"

The teacher thought about it and replied, "Well, twenty years."

The young student still persisted, "But, if I really, really work at it. How long then?"

"Thirty years," replied the teacher.

"I do not understand," said the disappointed student. "Every time I say that I will work harder, you say it will take me longer. Why do you say that?"

The teacher looked at the young student, "When you have one eye on the goal, you only have one eye left to watch the path."


Helen Hayes once said that her mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. Her mother advised her that achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others, and that's nice too, but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.

"One thing only is required. Mary has chosen the better portion and she shall not be deprived of it."
Luke 10:42

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