“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 up 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 defeat.” ~Theodore Roosevelt
That’s a long quote, I know, but it’s a good one. It’s probably worth reading a few times to make sure you really get it.
After you’ve done that, let me ask you a question – are you more motivated by opportunity and what’s possible, or by fear of loss and failure?
After you’ve answered that, consider: is this the motivation that you want to be driving your life?
If not, what are you going to do about it?
I’ve lived a good chunk of my life making decisions based on fear, skepticism, and avoidance. I’ve run AWAY from things I didn’t want or seemed uncertain rather than running TOWARDS the things I really wanted. That approach to life didn’t work well.
Then, I learned about the Promotion Mindset. It’s a shift where I can assess the opportunity and look towards what could be possible. It gives me courage to take risks (like starting this business, making videos, and putting my writing out there) that feel vulnerable and scary.
They might not work. That’s the nature of risk. But I KNOW nothing would happen if I didn’t take action.
So I invite you to think of something that you’d like to try, but fear is holding you back. What’s the best that could happen? What’s the worst that could happen? Will you regret not taking this chance in 5, 10, or 20 years?
You might fail, but as Theodore Roosevelt says above, at least you’ll fail by “daring greatly.”
Accept the challenge and seize the opportunity.
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