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As a youngster, Noah Semonoff was easily discouraged.

One evening, his father handed him a thin board and a penknife. He told Noah to scratch a line across the width of the board. Noah scratched a light line, and his father put the board away. Each night, his father handed him the board. Each night Noah scratched the knife blade lightly across the same line. In a few weeks, that line was a deep groove. One night, with a final light stroke, the board fell in two.

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. Young Noah never forgot his father's lesson in diligence: The secret to success often rides on whether or not we keep at it—in the high calling of our daily work.

All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. (Prov. 14:23)

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