The work has been almost completed. The goal almost attained — but the quality of the thing is not quite right. In that moment of fatigue and self-satisfaction it is especially tempting to leave the work without having attained the apex of quality.
In fact, the Rule of the Final Inch consists of this: not to shirk this critical work, not to postpone it, and not to mind the time spent on it, knowing that one’s purpose lies not in completing things faster but in the attainment of perfection.
Major achievement in any field cannot be accomplished without discipline, without pain, without self-denial, having the courage to make choices and abide by them, not to allow them reign over us.
The ability to say NO to ourselves today for the sake of a better tomorrow, the capacity to postpone present gratification for future fulfillment.