Yesterday I wrote 4 Lessons Winston Churchill taught me about blogging.
Two points being – I draw inspiration and motivation from great men and women AND the things they say, the lessons they teach can be applied to doing well in blogging also.
Today I share some insights, some nuggets of wisdom from Theodore Roosevelt.
5. governer of New York
6. the 26th president, stepping in from his role as Vice President when McKinley was assassinated.
7. a Nobel Peace Prize winner
8. responsible for the creation of our national parks and forests
What he said:
1. “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 and comes shot again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and 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 valiantly…” If you think this is a bit of an overstatement when applied to the blogger, then you shouldn’t be blogging. A blogger should blog with the same zest for life and energy that Roosevelt applied to his life.
2. “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.” Never before has the world been literally within reach of even the most seemingly insignificant blogger. Consider the blog of a 3-year old. In the last couple of days, she has welcomed readers from Japan, Malaysia, China, India, Turkey, Croatia, Spain and all throughout North America. Have you read 5 steps to good self esteem and conquering your fears?
3. “Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” Bloggers can and do make a difference.
4. “In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” When I blog, I don’t always get things right. I tell my blog classes that I would rather people love me (preferred) or hate me, but don’t be indifferent to me. I will never be accused of inaction.
5. “No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his body, to risk his well-being, to risk his life, in a great cause.” As a blogger, I WILL put myself out there. I have not nor do I think I will ever ‘shed blood’ as a writer, but I will take risks.
Your turn. Who motivates you? Who inspires you to write, to blog?