Tag Archives: Theodore Roosevelt

For Those Who Risk!

24 Apr

Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spires who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory or defeat. ~Theodore Roosevelt

One of the reasons I love quotes by President Roosevelt is because they are chock full of common sense. But then again common sense is not always so common.

Teddy Roosevelt was a doer, whether it was charging up San Juan Hill or creating the National Park Service, and a man of action. He believed that man was created to push past his “so called” limits and to aspire for greatness. He didn’t have much patience for those who stood on the sidelines of life.

How many people do you know who sprinkle their conversations with somedays, as in: “Someday, I’m going to own my own business.” “Someday, I’m going to go back and finish my degree.” “Someday, when things settle down I’m going to really get involved in my kid’s lives.” For these people I would say; today is yesterday’s someday. If not now, when?

Life is risk. We never know what’s beyond the next bend in the road. But to avoid all risk is to not ever know how truly powerful we are. To live in our comfort zones, safe and secure, is to never really know what living is about.

We have been created to create. To try new things. To learn new things. To grow. To even fail, but to get back up and re-enter the ring.

You only have this one life. Why not create the life you have always dreamed of having. Don’t wait. There is always another bend in the road coming up.

With Love,

Michael

Don’t Listen to the Critics!

27 Mar

It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. ~Theodore Roosevelt

I’m not crazy about critics. From the professionals, like the political pundits, to well-meaning friends and family. I have always had tremendous respect for the doer, the one who has the idea, believes in themself and risks fame and fortune to follow their dream. I’ve always thought of critics as those who stand on the sidelines, scared to death to get into the game, but more than willing to criticize and condemn those that had the guts to try.

Have you ever had an idea for a new business or a new product or service? If you have, then you know how thinking about your new venture brings incredible feelings of joy, enthusiasm and confidence. That is, until you share your idea with others; co-workers, friends and close family members.

You’re waiting for them to agree with you and tell you how great your idea is and how it will revolutionize the world. But instead you hear things like this; “You’re going to do what? Start a business? What makes you think you can start and run a business? Especially in this economy.” Or, “That’s the stupidest idea I ever heard. Nobody would spend money for something like that.” And then what happens. In a split second your joyful emotions are dashed on the rocks. Your self-confidence drops in free fall, and you begin to doubt yourself.

With friends and family like this you certainly don’t need any enemies. But why are they saying these things to you rather than sharing your excitement? I believe it is because they’re scared. You see they too have dreams of what they want to accomplish in their lives. But for them they’ll always be just dreams, because they’ll never overpower their fears and get into the arena.

But, you’ve made the choice to enter the arena. You have your fears but you’re willing to face them, overpower them, and do everything within your power to succeed. And so they’re jealous. Jealous you just might succeed while they never will. And it’s more than they can bear. So instead of supporting you they prefer to destroy your dreams.

Don’t listen to them. Follow your heart. Overpower your fears. And, you will not only change yourself but you will change the world.

With Love,

Michael