“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 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
I think I’m too ordinary to do anything special. You probably think the same thing about yourself. Others, if you don’t think this way, might help you get there. “Who the hell are you to give anyone advice? What have you done?”
The subtle message is all to clear: Get back in line. I don’t like what you’re reflecting about myself.
The plan’s not clear, my job’s too stable, no one thinks I can do it, I’ll be so embarrassed if I fail, the money’s not right, etc.
People have been laughing at me my whole life. I don’t have time to laugh at them from where I’m at now. I got too many things I need to do. I have too much I love to focus on anything else. I wish them the best.
I’ve never had any idea what I was doing. I just got in the fray every day, because it was too stressful imagining myself doing nothing.
I have to be one of the slowest learners I know. I’ve been playing professionally since 2006. I’m honestly hyped because I think 2014 could be my greatest year.
The word ‘amateur’ in French means “lover of.”
“Vocation” comes from the Latin vocare (to call) and means the work a man is called to by God.
A professional demands to be paid. He isn’t in it for the love of it.
You will get tired. You will only love the process and the meditation in worthwhile service. You will not succeed as fast as the “idols” have.
You’re lucky not to. You need to develop the discipline before your martial arts teaches you how to snap a neck.
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