Tuesday, September 29, 2009

All talk and no action?

I saw this quote in a book and had to go out and get it, I liked it so
much. Teddy Roosevelt (of walk softly but carry a big stick fame), dropped
this gem as well.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong
man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them 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, who comes
short again and again, because there is no effort without error and
shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great
enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who
at the best knows in the end the triumph of high 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 neither know victory nor

So many of us get caught up in the daily protection of what we have that we fail to live. Somehow we substitute comfort for challenge and sameness for doing great things. Reminders like this one speak to our human nature. Stop gossiping and talking about someone who actually goes and does the thing you keep talking about wanting to do. Know that doing and failing is better than sitting around talking about doing. Such great reminders. Because, in fact, if we risk nothing we gain nothing. But if, we risk it all, we may get back ten times as much.

Happy Action!


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