One of the best things that Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States, ever said was this: “If we judge ourselves only by our aspirations and everyone else only by their conduct, we shall soon reach a very false conclusion.”
What I find so appealing about that Calvin Coolidge quote is that it completely cuts through any tendency we might have to give ourselves credit for things we have not yet accomplished—the exercise not yet run, the book not yet written, the degree not yet completed, and so on.
You don’t get credit for having dreams—you get credit for pursuing dreams. Knowing about how Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson, Colgate-Palmolive, ExxonMobil, and Procter & Gamble make people rich over twenty and thirty year increments is nearly useless if you do not actually go out there and acquire the money necessary to establish ownership positions in these excellent companies. … Read the rest of this article!