The Science of Being Great
Chapter 14 - Action At Home
DO not merely think that you are going to become great;
think that you are great now.
Do not think that you will begin to act in a great way at
some future time; begin now.
Do not think that you will act in a great way when you reach
a different environment; act in a great way where you are
Do not think that you will begin to act in a great way when
you begin to deal with great things; begin to deal in a great
way with small things.
Do not think that you will begin to be great when you get
among more intelligent people, or among people who
understand you better; begin now to deal in a great way
with the people around you.
If you are not in an environment where there is scope for
your best powers and talents you can move in due time; but
meanwhile you can be great where you are.
Lincoln was as great when he was a backwoods lawyer as
when he was President; as a backwoods lawyer he did
common things in a great way, and that made him
Had he waited until he reached Washington to begin to be
great, he would have remained unknown.
You are not made great by the location in which you happen
to be nor by the things with which you may surround
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