Theodore Roosevelt on What Progress Looks Like
Theodore Roosevelt helped shape the United States into what it is today. Roosevelt became president at 42 years old, which at the time what the youngest president to assume the office. He helped mold how the economy works today and went on to when The Nobel Peace Prize for ending the Russo-Japanese War.
Oddly enough, when Roosevelt was younger, doctors discovered that he had a weak heart. They told him it would be best if he got a desk job and he didn’t do anything to strain himself too much. However, this didn’t stop Roosevelt from living one of the more productive lives than most. On top of everything, he went on to write 25 books, which is more than most will read in a lifetime. Since Theodore Roosevelt is a man who truly took leaps and bounds to progress his life, we will analyze the lessons that he left behind to see how we can further progress ours.
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
Especially in current times, with today’s pressures and technologies to do everything at once, it is important to remember that we don’t need to do absolutely everything. What we need to do is what we can. On a logical note, we literally can’t do anything that we are incapable of doing with the resources that we have. While these circumstances can change, we have to remember not to be so harsh on ourselves when we begin to run too thin. We often stretch ourselves out so much that it becomes difficult to do seemingly simple tasks. We beat ourselves up because we don’t give ourselves enough credit for how much we already do.
If something is out of your reach for the moment, set it in your sites and soon it will be. Patience is the name of the game when it comes to long-term progress. If something is out of your reach for the moment, set it in your sites and soon it will be. Patience is the name of the game when it comes to long-term progress. Do what you can with what you have, and soon you will have more to do more with.
“Believe you can and you're halfway there.”
You see this notion of believing in yourself almost everywhere and said by everyone. While this may now seem cliché and overlooked, it’s importance cannot be stressed enough. The first step in going in any direction is believing that you can get to the destination. At times it can be difficult to believe in anything that we can’t touch with our hands, and that includes an unforeseeable future. The ace that we have a bar sleeves is that we get to choose what we believe.
Yes, we choose what we believe, and we keep choosing it every single day. The reason that so many of us lose our belief is because believing is no easy task. Believing in anything is not supposed to be easy. The whole concept of believing only comes when there is no concrete proof of something’s existence.
Expect difficulty when choosing what to believe in. When those difficulties come, choose to believe again and again. The more you choose to believe, the easier it gets to choose again to do the same. You just have to keep choosing to do so.
“The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.”
Doing nothing is the absolute sure fire way to do nothing wrong with your entire life. If you do not want to make mistakes or have setbacks and failures, do nothing. Go nowhere. Say nothing. Stay.
The nature of movement involves making mistakes and figuring out the path by walking it. Walking with a map will definitely help you get to where you want to go, but the map does not tell you about all of the rocks, crevices, creatures, and uncharted obstacles in the road. Expect the obstacles. Expect that you will not traverse this road perfectly. Expect that you will fall. Expect you will get scraped or cut. Expect the worst, hope for the best, and the rest on the fact that you know you will get to your destination even so.
“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”
Easy tasks do not yield tremendous results. If something was easy to do, then everyone would do it and it wouldn’t be so special anymore. Difficulty makes a task worth doing. Difficulty gives it its value. The pain that we have to forgo in order to get up to where we want to be is where we find our purpose and our fulfillment in what we do.
An easy journey leads us on for filled and unsatisfied with our work. How terrible would it be for us to get everything that we ever wanted and not feel any ounce of accomplishment or satisfaction in what we’ve done? Pain and unease are our tools towards for fulfillment.
The difficult road makes us who we are and challenges us to be better. It shapes and molds our perspective of the world. It makes us able men and women who can take on challenges as they come. If everything was handed to us, we would be a lot of useless people unable to get anything done ourselves.
“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.”
Do not let difficult decisions paralyze you from moving forward. The right choice might not always be so obvious. Do not let this hold you back from trusting in yourself and your ability to make things right. Even if you do not make the best decision, making any decision is still a step forward. Making a decision does not let this hold you back from trusting in yourself and your ability to make things right. Even if you do not make the best decision, making any decision is still a step forward.
Trust yourself to be able to correct any actions that you might have taken that weren’t so positive towards your goals. Mistakes are not going to kill your dreams. The real killer of dreams is the fear of moving forward and letting them stagnate. Keep moving in the right direction, and keep your dream alive.
“Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don't have the strength.”
We are capable of much more than we think we are. We are capable of great and amazing things, but we doubt ourselves constantly. The thing is, we don’t need to think of ourselves as superhuman to do superhuman things. If we are brave and move forward, we will take ourselves to a new place. Even when we believe that we are incapable of doing what is required of us in this future plan, move forward with the plan anyway and surprise yourself.
“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.”
Do not live in the middle zone. The middle zone is where the stagnant water sits. Stagnant water is cut off from the rest of the flowing water in the river. He collects diseases and parasites and becomes unsuitable for life. It stays where it is it does not get to see the rest of the river, and it has to watch as the rest of the water moves right along without it.
In your path of progress, it will not always be a straight path forward and up. You will encounter failures, betrayal, discouragement, and loneliness.
Moving water has to stretch, been through rocks, crash over falls, and cut in paths. The flowing water does not have an easy journey, but that is what makes it beautiful.