Action at Home

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Action at Home by Wallace Wattles

Do not merely think that you are to become great: think that you are great now. Do not think that you will begin to act in a great way at some future time: begin now. Do not think that you will act in a great way when you reach a different environment: act in a great way where you are now. Do not think you will begin to act in a great way when you begin to deal with great things: begin to deal in a great way with small things. Do not think that you will begin to be great when you are among more intelligent people, or among people who understand you better: begin now to deal in a great way with the people around you.

If you are not in an environment where there is scope for your best powers and talents you can move in due time but in the meanwhile you can be great where you are. Lincoln was as great when he was a backwoods lawyer as when he was President. As a backwoods lawyer he did common things in a great way, and that made him President. Had he waited until he reached Washington to being to be great, he would have remained unknown.

You are not made great by the location in which you happen to be, nor by the things with which you may surround yourself. You are not made great by what you receive from others, and you can never manifest greatness so long as you depend on others. You will manifest greatness only when you begin to stand alone. Dismiss all thought of reliance on externals, whether things, books or people. As Emerson said, “Shakespeare will never be made by the study of Shakespeare.” Shakespeare will be made by the thinking of Shakespearean thoughts.

Never mind how the people around you, including those of your own household, may treat you. That has nothing at all to do with your being…

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