3 years, 5 months, and 20 days. Don’t do anything half-assed. Commit!

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Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek. 
Mario Andretti
My dearest Shosh and Jaialai:
The world is full of talented people who make nothing of themselves and who never achieve a measure of success worthy of their talents.  Don’t be one of them.
Whenever you take on a task or project, be present (focus your attention on that task or project), and commit to doing your best.  It’s that simple.  However, this little difference (being present and committing to doing your best) will define those who are successful and those who are not.
Now, mind you, I’m not talking about commitment to a lost cause.  If you are focused on the task at hand and tried your best, yet the chosen task or project is an impossible one, then reevaluate your goals and make the necessary adjustments.  If, under the totality of the circumstances, the best course of action means walking away from the task or project, then do that.  There is no shame in trying your best to overcome impossible odds.
But, this means you must think things through carefully before rushing to take on a new task or project, right?  Fools rush in.  Remember what I taught you:  your mind is your greatest tool.  Use it.
I love you always and forever,
Dad
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