Fantasy Football for Chain Movers?

It’s Game Week! I can hardly stand it. Look, I love the Braves, and I’m glad they’re winning the NL East as we speak. But…the games don’t really matter until the playoffs start. Football though, especially college ball…the games ALL matter. My Dawgs have the mighty Austin Peay Governors (because nothing is scarier than politicians) this week, and it’s a big game because, well, it’s the first one of the season. Dawgs by a thousand.
We can’t call ourselves “Chain Movers” and not have a Fantasy Football league. It’ll be via the ESPN app, and it’ll be a PPR league. Bragging rights only. If we ever make t-shirts for Chain Movers, the champ will get the first one. REPLY to this e-mail and let me know if you’re in. I’ll send you the invite from the league.
We’re playing fantasy for bragging rights because we don’t want to take anything away from little Johnny’s college fund. I’ve always been on the fence about how to save for Briggs’ and Sully’s college education. Don’t get me wrong; I know it has to be done. College is crazy, stupid expensive. Everyone always goes straight to the 529 plan, which is designed to do just that. I’ve kicked around getting creative with IRAs or just doing a straight investment account. The biggest hang up on the 529 plan I have is “What if they don’t need the money?” Not like they’re going to create an app at 14 and be multi-millionaires on their own, but more like what if they get full rides? What if they decide not to go to school? Well, question answered, and I feel much better about it. It’s not like the government just takes the money and says, “ ’Preciate it.”
I’ve told you guys we take a little walk as a family almost every night. It’s 5 out if 7 nights a week for sure. My in-laws live 5 doors down, so we walk down to their house and circle our little town from there. It’s a great way to walk off dinner, let them see the grandkids, and get a little exercise. Briggs absolutely loves to walk it, but as you can imagine, dude gets a little distracted and the walk can take forever. He’s not great with the ole “Eye Spy” game, but I think this little different take will work well with him. The Nature Scavenger Hunt. Super similar to Eye Spy, but it’s stuff they can pick up and take with them like a stick, pine cone, rock, etc. You can keep the walk moving along by “spying” things up ahead. The author mentions bringing a little bucket to bring the new treasures along with you.
Keeping it short this week. I spent most of my free time this week working on the camper. We’re entering the “put it back together” phase, which is a welcome sight. Learned a couple valuable lessons…You can actually catch a buzz from not having proper ventilation while painting with original Kilz Primer & the original Kilz Primer (the red label one) will not come off…of anything. I didn’t have any paint thinner, so I had to trash my brushes. Water made the brushes worse. It also doesn’t come off of your skin. Briggs helped me paint, and managed to get it from his chest to his knee. The blue label is the latex paint version vs the oil based red label. It’s MUCH less toxic smelling and will come off with water. I don’t even know why the red label stuff exists. The word “Original” sold me on it, and I quickly realized why they had a second version.
Have an awesome week & Go Dawgs!

I am the Muffin Man.

“The best way out is through.”- Robert Frost
“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”- Winston Churchill
Two really great quotes about grinding it out. I’ve been catching some Crossfit classes again lately, and both of those speak to the mentality you need to make it through some of the workouts. My mentality a lot of times is to just keep moving. Do one more rep. Much of the same can be said about life. When it gets tough, put your head down, say a little prayer, and take another step. If you feel like everybody is out to get you, it’s harder to hit a moving target. Get better this week! You’ll look back next Monday and be thankful you did.
I got a couple of e-mails from Chain Mover buddies this week with content ideas, which is exactly what I was hoping Chain Movers would turn into. Joe sent me a great site with parenting advice, and Jimmy sent me a short devotional he was pumped to read last week. If you see something that spoke to you or you took to heart, pass it along!
Here’s the devotional Jimmy sent over to me. I related to it almost immediately. Growing up, I always had this drive for my life to play out like a movie and to try and be that All-American stereotypical golden boy. Too much Dawson’s Creek, Varsity Blues, MTV, and Fast & Furious I guess. It was easy for me to see these “role models” and have tangible goals that I knew when I hit them. Now… it’s much harder to do. Not many movies made about early 30s dad trying to love on his wife, raise 2 kids, make all their dreams come true, make his come true, and save a little for retirement. The article from Radical Mentoring points me in the right direction, and I hope it does you, too.
What Are Your ‘Wants’?
I’ve been addicted to a podcast lately called, “The Teacher’s Pet.” It’s a true story about the sudden disappearance of a loving mother of 2 in 1982. She’s never turned back up, and all the evidence points squarely at the husband. See, not a lot of happy stories about good role model fathers haha. The accents in the podcast are awesome. If I could wake up tomorrow with an accent, I’d choose to sound like an Aussie, which is where the story takes place. A journalist took an interest in the story several years ago, and he’s done a lot of the leg work that the police have failed to do in an attempt at raising awareness about the crime to hopefully spur the police into action due to public pressure. The whole thing wreaks of corruption and cover-up as well. I’m on the final episode, so I won’t throw out any spoilers. It’s made my commute go quickly the last couple of weeks.
Search for it however you listen to podcasts. I know it’s different for Apple and Android devices.
Everybody loves a little sweet treat. The trick is to not overly indulge and not to do it on a regular basis. Katie tries to have healthier sweet snacks around the house to curb our cravings. Trail mix is an easy, solid go-to, but she makes these chocolate zucchini muffins that you’d never know were a “healthy” snack. They’re absolutely delicious. I crush’em. Katie has to remind me to share with the kids. The link she gave me for the recipe is for loaf bread, but she makes the mix and usually makes muffins out of it. The zucchini sounds weird, but you won’t notice it at all. We use her Juice Plus plant-based protein powder in them, but like the link says, you can use any whey protein you like. I feel like an idiot because I haven’t ever tried them with peanut butter like in the picture, but I certainly will now. Eat them as a breakfast food that’ll stick with you for a while with the protein, or you can enjoy them as a dessert. You can thank us later. The recipe is so good that Katie makes the kids’ birthday cakes out of it. Below is Sully getting ready to chow down on hers.
Grain Free Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread
Have an awesome week! Shoot me links to good stuff you find. Thanks!

Monday Movers

“The secret to getting ahead is getting started.”- Mark Twain
Whether that quote pertains to your week or something you’ve always wanted to accomplish, the first step out of bed or toward that goal is always the hardest. Have a great week.
Personal finance is near and dear to my heart. I was a finance major in undergrad, and how money works is fascinating to me. We do our society a great disservice by not teaching people how to manage money and basic finance principles early in life. The quickest rebuttal I’ve always heard is “well, their parents should be teaching them that at home.” That’s a load of crap. We live in a society where the majority of adults don’t know enough about finance. I look forward to teaching Briggs & Sully about how money works, and here are some ideas to help you do the same with your children. “7 Tips to Ensure Your Child is Financially Successful”
“So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” Revelation 3:16
Being real, the author of the article sounds like he could’ve been writing my biography. It’s still a struggle for me to be 100% on fire for God in my daily life. There have been times in my life I look back and know that I would’ve fallen into the “hot” category Revelation mentions. Most of my life though, I’ve been lukewarm. This dude hits on so many of the excuses we use to rationalize our lukewarmness. The good news…we’re still alive and can make it right. Check out the article. It might hit home for you as well. “How (Not) to Stay Lukewarm”
As you guys know, my wife Katie, is a personal trainer. Right after we got married, she went to an intense six month personal training school to learn the science behind what’ll get you fit. She’s NASM certified and has a Master’s degree in public health with an emphasis in nutrition. The fact that we had Dairy Queen ice cream this weekend still kind of blows my mind.
Since we became parents, her ability to meet personally with clients has been greatly reduced, as you can imagine, but now she puts together online bootcamps that’ll absolutely kick your butt. She usually sends out a quick 5 minute video of her detailing the workout and the proper mechanics needed to perform each move. The workouts are designed to be done at home with a pair of dumbbells, maybe 2 pair. Her target demographic is usually women, but I can attest that the workouts will smoke anybody. She has a Back to School Boot Camp starting Aug 20th. It’s $60 for a 6 week program with 16 workouts, meal ideas, and the ability to ask her questions along the way. If you or your spouse are interested, shoot her an e-mail at or check out some of her stuff on Instagram. She’ll be glad to send you more details.

Lay Off The Gas Station Corndogs

I know it’s the first full week of school for many of your children. I’m praying for their protection and success this year. If you don’t have kids in school, pray for your friend’s kids and for the teachers. Hope you have an awesome week as well!

I know a lot of you travel a lot for work. Any time I have to travel for work, which admittedly is pretty rare, I usually eat like absolute crap. Not the end of the world for it to happen occasionally, but if I was on the road every week, I’d be pushing 3 bills in a hurry. You basically eat what you can find. What’s in the airport, what’s by the hotel, what’s by the office you’re visiting. Here’s a list of the healthiest items to get at 20 fast-food chain restaurants. From Sonic to Chipotle, there’s something at a restaurant you frequent. 

I got a little long-winded last week. Here’s a 3 minute sermon video from John Piper. The video shows the words, but it’s way better to listen to him. We’re all holding onto something, some sin, some idol, that’s keeping us from living our best life. 

I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned it before, but Katie and I both have an affinity for adoption. We’re both open to it, and I honestly don’t know what that means. Don’t worry, mentioning it here doesn’t mean we’re adopting a kid in 2 weeks like what happened with the camper. It if does, be on the lookout for the “How to Become a Multi-Millionaire Overnight” post cause I’ll need that magic to help financially. We haven’t taken any steps toward adoption, but our hearts are certainly open to it. To me, adoption is saving a life. The situations most of the children come from are heartbreaking. I bring up adoption because maybe you and your family are contemplating it and don’t know where to start. Here’s Adoption 101 from someone who went through it personally. His last 2 paragraphs really hit home for me. He’s a guest contributor to The Art of Manliness.

​“My son Booker is 3 months old. He wiggles, he poops, he smiles at me while I read 
The Chronicles of Narnia to him. As I write this, it’s 5:00 am, and he’s cooing/sleeping in my office so my wife can get some extra rest. Though I love this newborn stage, I’m also dreaming of when I’ll get to take him camping, when we can shoot hoops in the backyard, when I can teach him how to play guitar, and when he can learn about his adoption story, fully understanding how much he is loved by God, his parents, and his birth parents. When asking why you’d adopt, I’d respond with my son Booker. He’s why.

the three P’s of manhood are to Protect, Provide, and Procreate, there’s hardly a process I can fathom that combines all three better than adoption. Men who adopt are quite literally protecting orphans and foster care children from being caught up in “the system,” they are providing stability inside the warmth of a loving home, and they are continuing their family lineage, if not through blood, then through transcendental virtues that will author a child’s story firmly in the heritage and tradition of family. May we as men seek to answer this deep need in the world. May we, through our might, our will, and our heart, lend our manhood to serve these children in need, and in this service, discover the power and honor of true masculinity.” –Collin Rainey

Give me a shout if you want to chat. Get better this week! 


I may be crazy for writing this, but I’m going to try and relate the Holy Trinity to your Facebook profile.
Passive income is real wealth to me. You don’t have to work for it! Big salaries or wages are great, but you have to show up to work to keep collecting that paycheck. Here are 8 passive income streams explained and ranked by the Financial Samurai.
Don’t take this as like “Dad trying to live vicariously through his kid.” I would prefer my kids to be musicians, artists, IT people, doctors, lawyers, etc above being an athlete, but I also know that in our society and with our family’s love of sports that they’ll probably try sports at some point in their lives. We have tons of educational toys and games, but how can you help them become more athletic? Here are age appropriate little games to help your child start to develop motor skills. Being an athletic musician never hurt anyone 😉 Added bonus: they’ll burn more energy and sleep better.
We went the Nashville for the last few days thanks to the awesome company I work for, ALFA Insurance. They offer sales incentive trips every year, so it was a free trip to Nashville. The best kind of trip. We messed up and told Briggs that we were going to the zoo while on our trip. Well, he thought we were going directly to the zoo. We walk into our hotel room, which was really nice (thanks ALFA), and he goes, “Um, where the animals at, Dad?” Ha! He thought the hotel WAS the zoo.
Pro Tip: Don’t tell them you’re going somewhere cool until the actual day you’re going. We went to the zoo the last day and got asked about it every day.

Understanding the Holy Trinity Using Facebook

Stick with me on this…Facebook and the Holy Trinity. I was sitting in church the other day, and this thought hit me. Totally disregard it if you think I’m crazy. Let me know if it makes sense to you.
I have a hard time comprehending the Trinity, which is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Duh, I’m human, and part of me realizes that I’m not meant to understand. Kind of just how big our God is. It doesn’t mean I don’t want to TRY to understand Him better though. Growing up, I thought they were 3 different “beings.” I realize now that they’re the same being. But…how can that be?
My Facebook Trinity attempt at an explanation may be the most 2018 thing ever, but here goes.
Jesus is God’s profile picture. As mentioned above, we as humans can’t really comprehend what God is. What are we familiar with seeing? Other humans. How did God portray himself on Earth? As a human. He wants a relationship with us, and we relate best to other humans. Had he come as an animal or an alien, it likely wouldn’t have had the same effect. He wouldn’t have been able to be the teacher that He was while he was walking our planet. As an animal, His time on Earth would have likely been treated as a novelty. This sounds totally disrespectful, and I certainly don’t mean it that way. But, think about the donkey from Shrek. First example to pop into my mind. It would’ve been hard to relate, people wouldn’t have cared what He was saying, they only would’ve wanted to come see a talking donkey. We don’t hold animals in as high a regard as humans, so He likely wouldn’t have been taken seriously. Had he come as an alien or some obviously supernatural being, I believe true faith would’ve been rare. People would’ve followed Him strictly out of fear or astonishment. What is your Facebook profile picture? It’s how you want other people to view you. Jesus was how God wanted humans to view him. He’s personable.
Your posts, comments, shares, and content on Facebook are the Holy Spirit. It’s how you speak to people. It’s how you share information. In a digital, non-face to face world, it’s how you build a relationship. I’ve always thought of the Holy Spirit as my conscience. He tells me right from wrong. He’s that gut feeling. I feel like that’s how God speaks to me. Your content on Facebook is how you “speak” to the world or someone in particular without actually speaking. It’s still you, but you can be selective about who hears what and the message. The same can be said for how God uses the Holy Spirit. He spoke directly to some people via the Holy Spirit in the Bible, but the Spirit was and is out there for anyone willing to open the door to their heart. Just like your Facebook content is if you have a public profile. Even if you’re one of those weirdos with the stock Facebook profile pic, your content can still be read. Jesus left the Earth and went to be with the Father, but the Holy Spirit remained on Earth to speak to us, guide us, and live within us.
Lastly, God chose the profile picture, and He’s the one that chooses the content. The same can be said for you and your profile. Are you 3 different people on Facebook? Some of you catfishers might be, but if you’re not trying to creep on girls two towns over, you’re all the same person. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit all have different roles in how we come to know the Lord, but they’re all the same being. God’s orchestrating it all the same way you orchestrate your Facebook profile. The Son and the Holy Spirit aren’t mall Santas working for the “Big Man” at the North Pole like your parents told you growing up. They ARE the Big Man.
I’ve been thinking about that for a few weeks, and I was a little hesitant to write it. I’m no theologian. Just a simple dude trying to wrap my mind around oh, you know…God. He’s kind of a big deal. His streets are paved of gold, and I’m sure His house smells of rich mahogany. For further help understanding the Trinity, here’s a great article called “How Can God Be 3 Things?”. It spells it out plainly and in a relatable way.
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Chip & Joanna Gaines-Bagby

Well, we bought a camper. Not only has Katie still never been camping, but this thing needs renovated. We bought it with that in mind, and if you check out the Instagram hashtag, #RVFixerUpper, some of the stuff people are doing is amazing. For the next few months, we’re channeling our inner Chip and Joanna Gaines. We’re gonna need all the help we can get. We’ve already pulled some cabinets out, and the sweet, early 2000s patterned furniture is gone. Just removing that stuff has already opened the space up a lot and made it feel twice the size. The owners of these camper companies must let relatives decorate these things because it looks like Paul Bunyan’s grandma picked out all the furnishings. Floral wall paper, gold trim on the cabinets, shag carpet, it’s crazy.
We found a smoking deal on the camper from a friend of ours, and the best part of the deal for me was that it came with a truck. Felt good to be back in a pickup. Katie said that God must really want us to have a camper, and I have to agree. We were looking, but we had many months out in mind for the purchase. This thing fell in our laps. It was the exact layout of camper we had narrowed our search down to, and the truck was exactly what we needed and wanted right down to the color. I had actually looked at nearly the same truck earlier the same day we found this one. Who knows…maybe we’re meant to be 5th Wheel Missionaries. We’re pumped.
Been a long time since I’ve sweated like I was demo’ing the camper. It was like a sauna. When it’s cooler outside the camper than inside in July, there’s a problem. I’m still learning how all the systems work, and the AC in it sucks more power than my house would push.
Speaking of saunas, I’ve never understood why people love them. Not that I’m against sitting in a towel with a few hairy, overweight, old dudes, but if I wanted to do that, I’d go to Panama City. At least the beach is prettier than a wooden box. Turns out there are actually some pretty substantial health benefits. Check out this article from Medical News Today for the benefits, which include a promising study about sauna usage and a 66% reduction in dementia risk.
Briggs has reached a point mentally where’s he starting to comprehend so much more and can string thoughts and causations together. Don’t get me wrong; this isn’t a brag. I always ask him what he’d like to pray about before bed. Tonight, he asked to pray about snack time at church this morning. “Dad, I love animal crackers. I no like puffs.” So, we’ve still got a long way to go. What I’m talking about is little topics like storms. We had some pretty rough storms this weekend, and he’s a little bit of a scaredy cat right now. We heard a pretty loud clap of thunder, and he goes, “Oh no, it’s going to rain.” I explained to him that there’s nothing to fear. That’s just God’s way of watering his trees. We water our porch flowers every day, so I knew he could tie it together. The calm I got to see come over him was pretty awesome. There’s so much peace in life when you know God’s hand is on everything we encounter. Our little convo got me to thinking about the conversations I hope to have with him about Jesus in the near future. The Desiring God site came through again with 3 Quick Essentials for Christian Parenting. There’s literally nothing more important in your life than leading your children to Christ, and I want to be as ready as I can be when little opportunities to guide him to God present themselves. Spoiler Alert: It’s easier to do it the closer you are with Christ yourself.
Have an awesome week. Smile at people on the street. It’s contagious. They’ll likely smile back. You’ll feel better, they’ll feel better. It’s a beautiful thing.
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Move It or Lose It

I’ve got a lot going on right now. Heck, we all do. I had a couple moments of feeling a little overwhelmed this week, so I googled “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” The top 5 searches all said that wasn’t Biblically true. *Sarcastic “Awesome”* Here’s John Piper on where I went wrong. It humbled me.
I’m an Amazon Prime-aholic. Kind of the opposite of what we usually talk about here, but hear me out. Today is Amazon’s Prime Day, which means they have some pretty smoking deals. I’m by no means suggesting you go on a shopping spree all willy-nilly, but it’s a great day to make a purchase if there’s something you need or have been looking for. I have a 10 year old TV that’s on it’s last leg. Might be a good day for it. If you’ve wanted a Kindle to read books on while you travel for work, it’s a good day to do it. The real deals start at 3pm, and they’re kind of shrouded in secret. Here’s a little bit about the deals they’ve let us in on so far.
I know working out isn’t for everyone, but it’s incredibly important to keep your body moving as you age. I played my last football game almost 10 years ago. I tell Katie all the time that I wish I had played more baseball or taken up golf at a younger age. You can play men’s league softball through your 60s and even 70s, and you can play golf basically until you die it seems like. Three articles to look at. This one is sports that burn the most calories and is geared more for your 30s-40s. This one is a list of sports and health benefits for sports you can do for the rest for your life. Lastly, this is pretty awesome. Huge list of calories burned per hour of 250 different physical activities. Spoiler Alert: Running at a 4 min mile pace is first & sleeping is last.
Keeping it short this week. Read the transcript of that John Piper interview. It’s good stuff. If you aren’t involved in a physical activity, which can be walking around the neighborhood after dinner (#NoExcuses), what’s the hold up?
Have an awesome week! Love ya’ll.

Songbird of our Generation

I hope you and your family had an awesome 4th! We spent it at the beach with Katie’s parents, her brother, and his wife. They’ve only been married 2 months, but needless to say, they’ll be waiting many years to have children after the chaos that was my crew at the beach and having been stuck in the house with us all week. Sully decided she liked to randomly let out these insanely high-pitched screams. You would have thought Briggs was pulling her fingernails off by the sound, but she was just flexing the golden pipes. Who knows…she may end up being the song-bird of our generation with a voice falling somewhere between Fergie and Jesus. Let’s do it, baby girl. Dad needs a retirement plan.
My favorite verse of all-time is Joshua 1:9. Little bit of a long story behind it, but I wore #19 in high school because of it. “Be strong and courageous for the Lord, your God, is with you wherever you go.” Love it. I found another one this week that’s coming in a close second because it just kind of rewords 1:9, but I think what it adds is vitally important for the world we live in today.
It’s 1 Corinthians 16:13-14, “Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be strong. Be courageous. And do everything with love.”
Little history…the book of Joshua was written in the 7th century BC. Paul likely wrote 1 Corinthians between 53-57 AD. Similar message 750+ years later, and here we are almost another 2,000 years later still needing to be reminded. What an awesome, divine book the Bible is that its relevance never fails. Our faith is being attacked from so many fronts, and it’s a no-frills, no beating around the bush reminder to guard your heart, know what you believe, be strong, and don’t forget to love on people. Not just your family, but people you encounter on your journey through life.
This RV camper thing is real. Katie and I have developed a borderline obsession. We’ve never been camping together. I don’t know that Katie ever has. I know the kids haven’t. Get this, we’re not only debating buying a camper, but we’re thinking about buying one and renovating it. I think it’s important to have hobbies, and I don’t have one other than working out, which is such a meathead thing to say. I was kicking around woodworking, but why not get it way over my head and renovate travel trailers? Let’s get weird. But not like “I only have 9 fingers ‘cause I lost one in a trailer reno” weird.
I got less than 1 workout in over our little vacay. I walked about a mile with Briggs on my shoulders, which had both my arms numb and worked up a major sweat. I can’t count it as a workout though because we were walking back from the Marble Slab ice cream shop.
Needless to say, gotta get back on the wagon. I did so tonight by doing this workout. Super quick. Pretty tough. Broke the rust off, and hit my whole body. Takes 2 dumbbells. I used 25s and they were perfect for me. Give it a shot to burn off a couple nachos, sausages, pizza, ice cream, chips, and PB&Js. C’mon, am I the only one that ate all of the above this week?
We all hate meetings. Can I get an Amen? But, some, not all, are important to being productive in our businesses and to keep everyone on the same page. I can’t remember if my boss is on Chain Movers or not, but he even jokes about it now. About 6 or 7 years ago, we had a meeting that legitimately lasted 6 hours. I feel like at that point you have to call it a conference. It was crazy. We had more speakers from our home office in Montgomery than I can remember, and of course he had to let them all talk because they came all that way. It was awful. My father-in-law, who spoke at the meeting, said that he didn’t need a haircut when he got there, but he did when he left.
Anyway, here’s a step-by-step guide from an article titled: “Meetings That Don’t Suck: Things We Wish Everyone Knew About Hosting Meetings.”
I don’t host a lot of meetings, but I totally understand that it’s not easy. The more people in attendance, the harder it is. Step #1 from the guide, “Invite the right people: Keep the guest list small. Only invite the people who really need to be a part of the decision making process, or have a stake in the discussion because they will be affected by it.”
Check it out. Maybe it’ll save you from having someone fall asleep in your meeting. Yes, it happened at our “conference.” Guy is kind of a repeat offender though. Boss gave him the “Rip Van Winkle” superlative at the end of the year. Good sports all around.
Hope you guys have an awesome week. Heads up! We’re on the back half of the year, and if you’re like me, you’re already a week behind. It’s 2nd and 12. Keep your chains moving.
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Teddy Bro-sevelt

Little different this week. I read a quote and got fired up, so I went with it. Here’s the quote from one of Teddy Roosevelt’s most famous speeches from back in 1909. I honestly don’t know a lot about Teddy’s political stances, but I do know one thing…dude was tough as nails. He was known to ride moose, and I’m sure you’ve heard the story of him being shot and still finishing a speech. ‘Nuff said.
The quote is often called “The Man in the Arena.”
“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 end 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.”
I get a few chill bumps reading it, and he’s 100% correct. There’s always going to be critics in your life. Somebody, somewhere will always second guess a decision you have made or think something you are passionate about is crazy. Who cares? What a sad life the critic leads because in the end they’ll have neither experienced victory or defeat. Gah, that’s awesome. Here’s where other great quotes come into play like “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Thomas Edison has a good one, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Churchill has a couple. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” & “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
In researching stuff for you guys this week, I found an article that was titled, “How to Build a Superhero Physique Effortlessly.” What a freaking joke. Your whole life is about effort, and nothing worth having in life comes easily. I’m not particularly good at anything. I like to think I’m above average at a lot of things, but the constant in my life that has made me somewhat successful to this point is effort. I just show up and try hard. You know what’s awesome about effort? YOU control it. So what if you fail? You tried hard. You learned a lot. And, chances are, if you keep trying, you’ll be successful. Last quote, “You never fail until you stop trying.”-Einstein. He was pretty smart. Read “The Man in the Arena” again. Man, it’s good.
Happy 4th, everybody! Be safe, have fun, and may God continue to bless America.
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