For the longest time, I have had the same signature file on my email:
My grandfather once told me there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.
It is there much more for me than anyone else. It’s a philosophy I try to adhere to, and while I have found other quotes I like, none was as personally needed. It’s a reminder I need, and I get it, every single time I compose an email. But about a month ago, I finally added a second quote.
For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.
-Neil deGrasse Tyson
In a lot of ways, “while there is time let us do good” reads very similarly to Tyson’s second philosophy – “lessen the suffering of others.” It’s my interpretation of what “do good” means.