A very wise man, the love of my life, shared a wonderful snippet from a book he is reading. While on vacation, we both purchased great books. We tried hard to relax. I know that may sound crazy but we are both workaholics. It's hard to just relax and do nothing without feeling guilty.
Roosevelt said these words below:
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 errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in 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 neither know victory nor defeat.
Lesson learned by this quote:
Be mentally and physically fearless, even if the battles we wage in this life end in defeat. Praise those who are fighting the battles and have a foot in the arena with you. Block out the cynical and negative people and voices. They are just watching life from the sidelines. Go get your game on! Try and focus on the teachers and parents who are giving their ALL to you each day. It is so easy to focus on one negative comment rather than one hundred positive cheerleaders.
Successful people build each other up. They motivate, inspire and push each other. Compliment people. Magnify their strengths. Dream big. Work hard. Stay focused. Surround yourself with good people.