From Chapter 12 “Indefatigable” in Ingredients of Outliers.
Food For Thought
- Most of us are fortunate never to have our capacity fully tested.
- I believe we always have much more capacity for love, tolerance, humor, kindness, strength, and endurance than we believe we do.
- When you think you’re at the end, you’re likely only about halfway.
In Other Words
Refuse to throw in the towel. Go that extra mile that failures refuse to travel. It is far better to be exhausted from success than to be rested from failure.
~ Mary Kay Ash
Never forget that life can only be nobly inspired and rightly lived if you take it bravely and gallantly, as a splendid adventure in which you are setting out into an unknown country, to meet many a joy, to find many a comrade, to win and lose many a battle.
~ Annie Besant
When the morning’s freshness has been replaced by the weariness of midday, when the leg muscles give under the strain, the climb seems endless, and suddenly nothing will go quite as you wish – it is then that you must not hesitate.
~ Dag Hammarskjöld
Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.
~ Orison Swett Marden
If you want to take your mission in life to the next level, if you’re stuck and you don’t know how to rise, don’t look outside yourself. Look inside.
Don’t let your fears keep you mired in the crowd. Abolish your fears and raise your commitment level to the point of no return, and I guarantee you that the champion within will burst forth to propel you toward victory.
~ Bruce Jenner
I want to dare you to start a crusade in your life – dare you to be your best. The only reason you are not the person you should be is you don’t dare to be. Once you dare, once you stop shifting with the crowd and face life courageously, life takes on a new significance. New force takes shape within you.
~ Charlie “Tremendous” Jones
It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth—and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up—that we begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.
~ Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply ALL my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy.
~ Og Mandino
Dare to be what you ought to be; dare to be what you dream to be; dare to be the finest you can be. The more you dare, the surer you will be of gaining just what you dare!
~ Norman Vincent Peale
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming ‘Wow! What a ride!’
~ Peter Sage
There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.
~ Roger Staubach