Just Go For It

I don't remember how old I was when I first realized nothing happens unless you make it happen. I suppose it was when my father told me, "If you don't toot your own horn, nobody else will do it for you." He was right. My dad loved to toot his own horn, so I guess I learned from the best.

When I was singing with a cowboy band in the mid-seventies, I decided we should be famous. So I wrote a letter to the manager of the Grand Ole Opry, and told him we had decided to go ahead and appear on his show. He actually put us on, because he said, "Anybody with that much sand deserves a chance." We didn't get famous, of course, but we had a whale of a good time. From that experience, I wound up joining the band of country star Marty Robbins, and worked with him for almost 4 years.

Now, please understand me. I'm not tooting my own horn now, just showing you that eventually, you will have to throw your hat in the pool and dive in after it. If you have a dream, or something burning inside your chest that you just HAVE to do, then don't wait. Just go for it. Chances are very good that you will be successful. And if you're not, what have you lost? You'll probably have a whale of a good time trying.

"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." Theodore Roosevelt

Just Go For It.

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