Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Books, Quotes, & Leadership

After years of making fun of my older brother for reading, I have come to realize that I am a fellow nerd and hypocrite. I guess it has come with age and my fascination with learning more and more so I can become more effective for Christ while I’m here on this earth. I just finished reading a book by Vince Annotucci called, “I Became a Christian and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt.” I highly recommend this book. It helped me a great deal.

I am reading this new book called, “Hand Me Another Brick,” by Charles Swindoll. I know people who are huge Swindoll fans; I’ve never read any of his stuff until now. I just wanted to share a quote I read today that just made a lot of sense to me as I find myself a “leader” in the sense that this is one of the gifts God has given me and am trying to learn how to use it, because it is a catch 22 gift, full of ways to let your ego get involved (I error on this side way too much, but through His grace am learning to shut up and learn). By the way it is brilliant almost in contrast to his wife’s ever so graceful and hilarious (fictitious obviously)quote used at the beginning of Talladega Nights:

“America is all about speed. Hot, nasty, bad-ass speed.”
-Eleanor Roosevelt

So here is the quote, read it for yourself and let me know what you think, I think it is timeless.

It's not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or when the doer of deeds could have done 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 and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worth 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 know neither victory or defeat.
-Theodore Rooselvelt

1 comment:

  1. just stumbled upon your blog...great stuff, great insight. Teddy R is one of my all-time favorites and have seen this quote before.