Sacrificing Immediate Success

The monumentally legendary landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead said,

“I have all my life been considering distant effects and always sacrificing immediate success and applause to that of the future.”

This is a question I should ask myself more often: am I considering the distant effects of today’s work? Am I more concerned with my choir’s success today than their eventual future?

Every day, every day. If you want to build Central Park, you can’t concentrate on tomorrow: you have to have your eye seeing a generation into the future.