Ease is evil.
Trying hard and falling short feels like a punch to the gut. But what’s the alternative. Half-hearted effort? Playing it safe? Ease?
Half-hearted effort insults your team and disrespects your potential. Great effort produces great satisfaction. Half-hearted effort is fully dissatisfying.
It’s better to get knocked down than sit in the stands eating popcorn.
“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 in Paris on 23 April, 1910.)
Do something where failure matters.
Get in a fight where you might get punched in the face. And believe me, everyone who enters the ring gets a bloody nose.
There’s nobility in hard work. Fight on!
Congratulations to you when you:
- Continue to care when a closed heart seems wise.
- Pick yourself up and press forward when others quit.
- Pour yourself out after your efforts go unacknowledged.
- Thank those who don’t thank you.
- Overcome the bitterness of working harder than those who receive recognition.