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Legendary cellist Jacqueline Du Pre was six years old when she had her first competition.

She was seen running down one of the corridors, holding her cello above her head excitedly with a huge grin on her face.

An adult walking past saw her expression and interpreted it as relief.

“I can see that you’ve had your chance to play.”

Jacqueline answered enthusiastically, “No, no.  I’m about to!”

When you have an important task to do, are you relieved when you’ve finished or excited to start?

Are you relieved when Friday afternoon comes along or excited about Monday morning?

When you have a big presentation are you more likely to say, “Phew, I’m glad that’s over,” or “I can’t wait to get up there?”

To do truly great work requires passion and enthusiasm.

One of the best ways to test how passionate you are about something is whether you’re relieved to finish or excited to start.

This week, let me encourage you to test how you feel about the work you’re doing.

If you can’t wait to start, that’s a great sign.

If you can’t wait to finish, perhaps it’s time to do something about it.

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