If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done
Only he who attempts the absurd is capable of achieving the impossible
You must be the change you wish to see in the world
It’s alright if you strike out, but at least take a couple of swings!
Our efforts should be to give wings to this fire
"I am making a plea for us to reach out to our brethren and sisters who have known the beauty and the wonder of this restored gospel for a brief season and then for some reason have left it.
"May all home teachers recognize that they have an inescapable responsibility to go into the homes of the people and teach them to live the gospel principles more faithfully, to see that there is no iniquity or backbiting or evil speaking, to build faith, to see that the families are getting along temporally. That is a very serious responsibility; it really is. But it is not a heavy burden—it just takes a little more faith. It is worthy of our very best effort."
In the dust of defeat as well as in the laurels of victory there is a glory to be found if one has done his best.
A lot of people simply don't bring this intensity to work, although they don't realize it. I try to describe it this way: Let's say there's an intensity level of 10. Some people can work to a certain intensity level and think they worked hard and achieve a 9 1/2. Another person can work at it and do a bad job and believe he or she worked to a 9 or a 10, but it would actually be a 4. So many people work at the minimums rather than the maximums. They're going to do as little as they can to pull together all the loose ends. A bunch of people say, "I wanna have..." and "I wanna be..." but they're not willing to pay the price. The price is time and effort and being a student of what you're doing.
That night I had dinner with my Grandpa Horne, my mother's father, and he taught me a great lesson. My family had lived with Grandpa until I was four and, as I got older, he knew about my strife at home. He had a special way of stepping in occasionally with some wise counsel. We had a special relationship. He called me "Laddie." He was a Mormon bishop for 26 years, as well as a traveling salesman. He used to take me on long drives with him while he was working, and he used these opportunities to teach me and talk to me. As I got older, he was my moral compass, especially after my mother left the Church. He was a wise, kind man and of the greatest influences on my life....Once a month he took me todinner and immediately asked, "What's wrong?" I tole him, "nothing," but he persisted. "Yes, there is; I can tell," he said. I told him about being rejected for the raise and how much work I was doing for the store. He sat silent for a long time thinking about this before he replied, "So what do you intend to do about it?"
"No matter how hard I work," I explained, "I can't perform well enough to accelerate my pay, and I'm getting married."
He repeated his question: "Okay, what do you intend to do about it?"
"I guess I'll only give them a $1.45 job if they're only going to pay me $1.45."
He thought about this for a few moments, and then he said, "You could do exactly that and still perform at such a high level that you would outperform your coworkers. So they would never know you were giving less than you had. But you would know, and frankly, you would be the only guy to be hurt by your underperformance. So, as your grandpa, I am going to promise you that as long as you continue to take their paycheck, if you work as hard as you can and learn all that you can in that business, someday it will pay off many times over."
I didn't realize then how profound his counsel would prove to be in my life. For some reason, while I was normally hardheaded and ignored advice-preferring, it seems, to learn the hard way-I took Grandpa's counsel to heart on this occasion. It really made an impression on me. It was one of the great lessons in my life, and I have given my best effort in everything I have done since then. Grandpa was right. It wasn't about beating my employers and their policies; it was about me and doing my best because it was the right thing to do.
I stayed a few more months at the parts store, but I wanted more and I had to move on.
“It is not enough to want to make the effort and say we’ll make the effort…It’s in the doing, not just the thinking, that we accomplish our goals. If we constantly put our goals off, we will never see them fulfilled.”