“Whenever I have found out that I have blundered, or that my work has been imperfect, and when I have been contemptuously criticized, and even when I have been overpraised, so that I have felt mortified, it has been my greatest comfort to say hundreds of times to myself that ‘I have worked as hard and as well as I could, and no man can do more than this.’”
--Charles Darwin, The Autobiography
I often comfort myself with the same thought -- and often, in advance. When I'm preparing for some challenge -- say, one of my books getting published -- I think, "I should do everything I possibly can, because that way, if things don't go as well as I hope, I can comfort myself with the thought that there just wasn't anything else I might have done."
Does this reminder strike a chord with you?
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