"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the Gift."
When people put a half-hearted effort into their dreams, they put a half-hearted effort into all that they do, and soon find they have half a heart. And a person who's got half a heart gets half of the job done, and gets half of the satisfaction, and gets half of the happiness. Frustration sets in when their dreams are not just be handed to them.
Discouragement runs its course when they realize their goals and dreams only come on the conditions of hard work, focus, and dedication. Then the pursuit of their dream ceases as well as any of their talents or the gift.
While serving a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Connecticut Hartford Mission, I learned three principles from three men that support Steve Prefontaine's claim:
I was raised, trained, and taught to give only my best. And now that I have learned these three principles as taught to me by Steve Prefontaine, Bishop Lewis, President Pehrson, and Bob Larkin I will be returning to run working harder, more exact, more focused, and more dedicated than before, with a huge grin on my face. I have not sacrificed my gift of desire, I have only added to it.