07/30/2014 08:41 am ET Updated Jul 30, 2014

Your Work Is Not Your Life

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Very few things in our lives are absolute. Everything is measured by degree, from our attention to our patience to the range and intensity of our emotions.

At the same time, some things are absolute: You can't be all things to all people; you can't dance every dance; and, throughout your life, you've got to make hard choices, sacrifices, and compromises, and then you've got to live with them through thick and thin for a very long time.

We become the sum of the choices we make over time; those choices determine the kind of person we end up being--and how the world sees and values us.

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