Wednesday, August 12, 2009

the virtue of DOING

my man moh hit me in the head today with this today:

"only those who are asleep make no mistakes" - ingvar kamprad (founder of ikea)

these words are powerful enough on their own, but i had been mulling over another quote from earlier on in the week that made this quote that much greater:

"wisdom is knowing what to do; virtue is doing it" - david starr jordan

i had to go and look up virtue to really make this passage make sense. virtue is defined as effective force, power, and potency. i understood this 'effective force, power, and potency' to be that of the mind's manifestation into execution. thoroughness and execution and follow-through have been reoccurring themes in my thoughts as of late, because i truly value these qualities and see how even the slightest drop of them can position you miles ahead of your competition.

fear of failure is probably the worst fear because it simply paralyzes individuals. have you ever heard anybody say they didn't want to do something because they were scared to fail? it's crazy. we must learn to act and do as if failure is impossible. i guess this is what my parents were trying to say when they would tell me 'you never know until you try.' we all will make mistakes, but the winners understand that DOING in spite of past mistakes (and lessons learned from them) are what make them winners.

i'll leave you with this (from my favorite athlete of all time):

"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


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