Some Monday motivation about taking risks….see it, believe it, and go get it.
“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” –Theodore Roosevelt
“There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long-range risks of comfortable inaction”. -John F. Kennedy
“Life has no romance without risk.”
As you go the way of life you will see a great chasm. Jump. It is not as wide as you think. –Native American Proverb
Statistically, 100 percent of the shots you don’t take, don’t go in. -Wayne Gretzky
“Don’t be afraid to take a big step when one is indicated. You can’t cross a chasm in two small steps.” -David Lloyd George
“Many people die at 25 but aren’t buried until they are 75.” – Ben Franklin
This morning at the gym I saw an older man on the lateral chest machine, squeezing his old wrinkly pecs together to sustain any remaining definition he might have left. The man looked a bit like Lou Holtz, probably about 75 years old. What was impressive though was what’s underneath those pecs – a lot of heart. Wearing a simple grey T-shirt similar to those overworn “College” shirts slapstick humored freshman used to wear, the words on the shirt read: ” I can go anywhere. I can do anything”.
Being the motivation junkie that I am, and extra optimistic because “old lady bath and body works” was NOT at the gym today which allowed me to take in Oxygen, I asked him, ” Sir, love the shirt. You mind if I take a picture?” His answer was interesting as he replied, “Ah thanks but I don’t need people to know where I’m going”. Either he wears this shirt every day and that’s his coined line, or he said something very thought provoking. Do we need others to know about our accomplishments as we pursue them? In the world of self-promotion and branding and nonstop tweets, posts, and updates, is it necessary to tell others everything? I’m not saying which way I lean here, and from a professional standpoint it’s certainly the Meconomy out there, but are we doing things to fulfill our own passions or to impress others?
In the end, I snuck the pic anyway (shown here) but the bottom line: You can go anywhere. You can do anything. Regardless of who’s watching.
“All adventures, especially into new territory, are scary.” – Sally Ride
“Compared to what we ought to be, we are only half awake”
– Professor William James, Harvard University
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