Thursday, March 4, 2010
RISE & SHINE!
Rise & Shine--Wrightsville Beach, NC
What I do this day is very important, because I’m exchanging it for a day of my life. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever, leaving something in its place I have traded it for. I want it to be gain not loss; good not evil; success not failure; in order that it shall be worth the price I paid for it.
Press on. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
It is not the critic who counts, nor 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 one who is in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat, who strives valiantly, who tries and may fail again, because there is no effort without erring or shortcoming. The credit belongs to one who actually strives to do the deeds, who knows the greatest enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at 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 know neither victory or defeat.