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Saturday, January 10, 2009

When You Believe You Are Failing...

If you have been working hard, moving towards your goal of:
  • getting a promotion
  • improving your golf score
  • losing weight
  • finishing a degree at night while you work during the day
  • honing your body
  • playing the piano
  • making your first million
  • writing a book
  • finding a gallery that will hang your paintings
  • getting chosen for the football team
  • running 6 km in one hour
  • and all the etceteras you can possibly imagine

and feel disheartened, because you have not yet reached your goal, or because today you failed to keep up to your pre-set schedule, then read on:

"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 defeat."

Theodore Roosevelt in a speech in Paris on April 23, 1910

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