This quote from poet and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson is a simple reminder that we often prepare endlessly while never actually actively pursuing what we want. Practice is certainly important, but without applying it to real action it is nearly pointless.
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It's easy to get into a rut of endless preparation. You want to be your best. You want to come out of the gate being great. You don't want anyone to see the imperfect process, filled with failures, that lead you to something great. While you don't want to move forward until you're ready, often you're ready before you know it. And there's a value in failing -- it's one of the best ways to learn. So if you've been privately practicing for a while now, consider moving forward. You may not feel ready yet, but better to give it a shot than wait forever.
50 Quotes on Living Well [Psychology Today]