“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.” – John Wayne
With a lot of the country talking this morning about American Pharoah’s Triple Crown victory I found it a bit ironic that the first motivational type quote I read this morning was from John Wayne. I’m a bit too young to remember John Wayne on film, although I have watched a few of his movies. I actually didn’t know the quote was coined as his, which got me thinking about what other quotes out there may be his so I looked them up. Here are a few of my favorites:
“A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do”
“Hurry it up, We’re burnin’ daylight”
“When you stop fighting, that’s death”
Certainly though my favorite is “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”
That is a powerful sentence that can apply to so many things, big and small. The biggest perhaps is when one is faced with the real possibility that they may die. I recall when my father was first diagnosed with cancer. Although he never said it, he had to be scared – who wouldn’t be. Did that stop him from having the courage to fight? No it didn’t. He had faith, he had family, and he had courage. Courage to saddle up and fight for him and his family. Those 18 months shaped much of what I am today.
So here we are today, Monday. A new day and a new week. Do you have something coming up that you are scared or nervous about doing? Maybe you have an interview for that new job you have applied for? Or perhaps you have a public speaking event? Or are wanting to go to a boot camp at a gym and you have never to before. Whatever it is, I wish for you courage.
Remember the magic happens when you have the courage to get out of your comfort zone.