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Few people take the time to find out what is possible or have the courage to probe themselves. It's unpleasant, and they'd instead figure it out as they go.
Instead of moving closer to the answer, they are stuck in endless reacting and reaction.
You have to take the time to ask the big questions:
Hard things in life are not achieved through simple effort. It's insight that illuminates the road and strategy that gets us there.
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