Friday, June 03, 2005

Musings: Winston - Leader, Motivator, Dead Guy

I’ll start off this rambling with a quote by Wayne Gretsky (hockey player). Stay tuned for Winston’s quote at the end.

"You’ll miss 100% of the shots that you never take."

Pretty astute observation from a man who’s head hit the ice a few too many times - once or twice without a helmet even. But he has it dead on. If you don’t take the chance - don’t make the attempt - you are guaranteed failure. But life doesn’t always present to you a net to shoot your puck into. Sometimes you need to search for it first. And what at first appears to be a door can end up being a window instead - like at open banks where one door always seems to be locked.

Now one from Henry Ford (car making mogul guy).

"Whether you believe you can or believe you can’t. . . . you’re right."

Clever little quote there Henry. And again, dead on with a few common sense limitations of course. Believing I can go over Niagara Falls, blindfolded and in the nude and survive to tell the tale is one thing, actually making it through alive is another. Sorry for the previous sentence, but I thought I would use the word nude in this post (twice now) - helps with the search engines. . . . Actually what old Henry was implying is the age old "self fulfilling prophecy" idea. To which I will add - Life is indeed what you make it, at least in your own mind, but to a great degree as well outside that arena if you make it so.

And second to last a neat quote from Calvin Coolridge (philosophical dude man).

"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 are omnipotent."

Wow. What to say about that which is not already said within the quotation marks. If there is ever one underlying secret to success, that quote is it, dead on again. Absolutely nothing gets you where you want to go like persistence and determination. Nothing at all.

And lastly, (now that we know the real secret to success from above), Winston Churchill - Leader, Motivator, Dead Guy.

"Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never give in. . . ."

It is all in the attitude. Attitude can be your life. Pick the right one, take your shots, believe you can, persevere and never give in. Live that and you will find the person you want to be and the fulfilling life you want to live.
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