Inspiration

You can’t make it sound like you’re struggling less by struggling more. – Dave Krehbiel

If you never make mistakes, you’ll never make mistakes. – Julius Baker on practicing under tempo

There’s some internal stigma that kind of sticks with you when you’re an older person, that you’re an older person. But my philosophy has always been to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. And the more I can put myself into uncomfortable situations, the more I can grow. – Carl Allamby (Became an MD at 51)

“Trying” may be making an effort or striving for a desired act, but it’s not fully doing: it’s ”trying to do.” Trying is an intention to give it your best shot or do your damnedest, but those intentions still lie in the realm of intending and not doing. You can do and commit, or you can do and not commit – but you are still taking the same amount of time to do the task. If you are taking the time to do it at all, why not do it fully? Being ”all-in” doesn’t take more effort […] When merely trying, you become the person who ”means well.” If you’re only partly in, you have an excuse for things going south. If you fail, you’re able to point a finger. […] only one person can come in first place, which means a whole lot of people have to feel like failures, if placing first is the sole means to success. […] If I fail while committed, I fail with a mind free of conflict. My failure (or success) is unburdened. – Terri Schneider

Practicing is problem-solving, and being a good problem-solver is exhilarating in itself. – William Westney

Just like the daredevil on the skateboard, the good practicer tastes the vitality of adventure and the dramatic rewards of risk-taking. – William Westney

Fear can be good when you’re walking past an alley at night or when you need to check the locks on your doors before you go to bed, but it’s not good when you have a goal and you’re fearful of obstacles. We often get trapped by our fears, but anyone who has had success has failed before. – Queen Latifah

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 at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least falls while daring greatly. – Theodore Roosevelt, “Man in the Arena” speech (1910)

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. – Winston Churchill

Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm. – Winston Churchill

Fall down, make a mess, break something occasionally. And remember that the story is never over. – Conan O’Brien

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. – Henry David Thoreau

Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward: you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something- your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. – Steve Jobs

Failure is simply the opportunity to being again, this time more intelligently. – Henry Ford

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. – Hellen Keller

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. – Michael Jordan

I’ll repeat something you might consider tattooing on your forehead: What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do. ― Timothy Ferriss

But you are the average of the five people you associate with most, so do not underestimate the effects of your pessimistic, unambitious, or disorganized friends. If someone isn’t making you stronger, they’re making you weaker. ― Timothy Ferriss

A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have. ― Timothy Ferriss

If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is, too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think. ― Timothy Ferriss

Life is too short to be small. ― Timothy Ferriss

Opposition is a natural part of life. Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition – such as lifting weights – we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity. – Stephen R. Covey