“Perfection of character is this: to live each day as if it were your last, without frenzy, without apathy, without pretense.”
–Marcus Aurelius (121–180)
Roman emperor, philosopher
With everything, there’s a line.
On one side of the line is a greater chance to make good things happen (better results, better relationships, more responsibility). This is where you’ll find all those people you admire.
On the other side, there’s less of a chance.
And with each line, there’s a choice. You want to cross the line or you don’t. You want the better chance at making good things happen (meaningful things) or you settle with the lesser chance.
It seems simple but…
Then there’ll be those times. Those times when in the short run it’ll seem like you can’t cross the line (no matter what you do).