Putting Yourself Out There

Taking any risk can be challenging. As the longest running train in the United States, the Durango to Silverton train is an amazing piece of engineering. It has operated out of the same Depot since 1882. What would it have been like to cut the tracks through the canyon to chase silver in the mountains? You can see from the picture the train dances along the cliff side. The view is breathtaking. I cannot imagine the blood, sweat, and tears those shed to build the line, but I’m sure there was at least some doubt. I think we all have those moments in life where we hesitate to push ourselves for one reason or another. It’s hard to put yourself out there. No matter what we do.

To keep me going in my own work, one of my favorite quotes is tacked up on an old bulletin board in my office. I came across it in college and still steal a glance from time to time. Say what you want about Teddy Roosevelt, but he was one daring man.

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure … Than to rank with the poor spirits though neither enjoy or suffer much. Because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory or defeat.”

Teddy Roosevelt

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