A good friend of mine gave me something that has become a most cherished gift. In fact, I see and read it everyday.
She took a quote from Theodore Roosevelt and put it in a beautiful frame. What made the gift extra special is that she said I exemplified the quote.
Here it is verbatim.
The credit belongs to the man... who is actually in the arena... who strives valiantly... who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions... and spends himself in a worthy cause... who at best, know the triumph of high achievement; and... who, at the worst, if he fails... at least fails daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls... who know neither victory nor defeat.
Like most people, I do not see myself the way others do, and I'll say that I see no reason to live the life of a wallflower. To me that is what loser's do.
I do not believe you or I were put here to waste away in the background or to sit on the sidelines of the great game of life. You're either a player or not.
Remember, there is no perfect time to do what it is you want to do.
- If you want to start a business - start it! - If you want to raise a family - start it! - If you want to change your financial plan - start it! - If you want to be a better spouse - start it! - If you want to find a better relationship - start it!
You get the point!!!! Whatever you want to do - start it! And don't give me the "my situation is different" or "it's too complicated." That's loser speak! Just another excuse. There's always a way if you're committed. (You know it and I know it - so let's cut the B.S. here and now.)
What are you waiting for? Yesterday is gone and tomorrow never exists. Whether you want to think about it or not - you could die today. Then what?
Personally, I've never run from a worthwhile challenge. That has netted me some great results - contrary to the useless advice of my critics.
In fact, I have to laugh. I can still remember my guidance counselor in high school giving me what turned out to be some of the most useless advice on planet earth. Pretty much everything he told me ended up false. Thankfully, I was a rebellious person then as I am now. I believe in marching to the beat of my own drummer. After all, whose life is this anyway? It's certainly not my families, my wife's, my friend's or anyone elses.
I want to close this blog, whether useful to you or not, with one of my favorite poems. One I live my life by everyday.
It is called ONLY A PERSON WHO RISKS IS FREE by Author Unknown. (I've posted it before and here it is again.)
Here it is my friend...
To laugh is to risk appearing the fool. To weep is to risk appearing sentimental. To reach for another is to risk involvement. To expose your ideas, your dreams, before a crowd is to risk their loss. To love is to risk not being loved in return. To live is to risk dying. To believe is to risk despair. To try is to risk failure. But risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The people who risk nothing, do nothing, have nothing, are nothing. They may avoid suffering and sorrow, but they cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, live. Chained by their attitudes they are slaves; they have forfeited their freedom. Only a person who risks is free.
If you are not taking the chances you know deep down you need to, you have nobody to blame but yourself for your results.
Don't waste time crying to your spouse, family members, friends or anyone else. They likely already know that you are not doing anything but whining and they likely are sick of listening to you. If you don't believe me, think of the reaction you have to a friend or family member who does it to you!
Bottom line: Get off your rear and do something instead of pissing, whining and moaning to others. WE DON'T CARE!