Do Your Best and Forget the Rest – Tony Horton

by Don Smith

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“Do your best and forget the rest.” -Tony Horton

It has been a challenging week, with a mix of good and bad, so that phrase pretty well sums it up.

I took an extended weekend getaway with my wife for our five year anniversary, attempting to relax on the beach.  Actually did get to relax on Saturday which was really nice, haven't done that for awhile.  Was a good feeling to know that it was all in the budget as well, our partner Adam's course and YNAB were good for that reassurance.

Obligatory picture of my toes, still not sure why toes are so interesting on the beach… 🙂

Things fell apart a bit at home though while we were relaxing on the beach.

I don't want to get into too much detail, but I spent all day Thursday & Friday on the phone dealing with issues at work rather than relaxing on my vacation as this is an extremely busy time for us, then spent Sunday & most of this week dealing with issues at home.  All I'll say is that moms & dads of teenagers…I feel for you.  On the other hand, we also had a slew of concerts and positive things like my daughter earning the citizen of the year award at her school, so it wasn't all bad.

Here's what I've learned over the last 39+ years in two sentences.

Do your best.

Forget the rest.

That's all any of us can do. 

If we can look in the mirror and say we did the best with the information and experience we had at the time, that's all we can do.  The difference between top performers and the rest is whether they get up each time after getting knocked down and try again, or stay down.

Do your best, forget the rest, and have an amazing week!

About the Author 

Don Smith

Happily married with five kids, Smith owns a technology company, is the founder of this site, has served on the board of directors for multiple companies, and loves playing soccer, hiking, and mentoring.

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