“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.” John Wayne
I’ve often wondered how people can go into very very dangerous situations knowing that they could be killed, but go anyways. Obviously this is an extreme example, but it is so difficult to be truly brave.
This quote can be applied to many situations in life, not just life or death struggles. Knowing that whatever you are facing is scary – whether that means quiting a bad job, breaking up with someone, or taking a risk to start your own business. Even though you won’t risk the possibility of dying, there are looming unknowns with each of these situations that can be scary. And it is hard to ignore them and get in the saddle anyways.… Read the rest
“The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.” -Charles Dubois
This quote is so inspirational. In life it is easy to identify yourself in a certain way. You may see yourself as an artist, a good friend, a straight A student or in any number of other ways. But it is important to not get so hung up in who you think you are and be ready to keep evolving and adapting. Life is constantly in flux, and there are opportunities everywhere. The best way to live your life is understanding that you must always be adapting. You have to let go of what you are and reach out for what you could be.… Read the rest
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
~ Mark Twain
I love this quote by Mark Twain because it has happened to me so many times. How often have you told someone what you want to do and they have told you there’s no money in that or that you won’t like it, or that it is crazy? It happens to me all the time! At first I used to get quite upset and start telling myself maybe they are right, but after a while I began to understand that they really didn’t know what they were talking about at all, and were probably too afraid to follow their own dreams.… Read the rest
You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you.
— Mary Tyler Moore
Mary Tyler Moore is an actor who rose to fame in the 60’s and 70’s, and was the star of the Mary Tyler Moore show. Although she doesn’t do much acting anymore, she is still a household name and this quote reflects back the duality of life.
This quote is a great quote and often overlooked as one of the most meaningful quotes. If your life is roses and sunshine, you will never have the opportunity to be brave. The deeper meaning of this quote is that if you only have great things happening in your life and you never have to deal with anything painful or negative, you will never be able to appreciate all of the good things because you have no reference point.… Read the rest
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts
Winston Churchill said these true words about persistence and optimism. Everyone fails at some point or another in life, and it is the ones who can bounce back, and keep trying that are able to succeed in the end. One of the most legendary baseball greats of all time, Babe Ruth, had more strikeouts than any other player in baseball. But he also had the most homeruns. If he had let all of the ‘failures’ he suffered detract him from trying to swing for the fences, he never would have been able to hit so many homeruns.
Modern science and positive psychology now confirm that optimists are more likely to be able to bounce back from failures, as they have the ability to see that one failure is only temporary and inevitable. … Read the rest