Illegitimi non carborundum
To grow and develop in business and life, I find I need to constantly take myself out of my comfort zone, push new boundaries and try new things that I've never tried before. The downside of this is feeling out of my depth. My wonderful business coach told me that if I'm not out of my depth, I'm not trying hard enough and then sent me this speech. I have fallen in love with it. It represents the exact way I want to love my life.
"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 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 and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for 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 he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat." Citizenship in a Republic, Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910
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