Amy Rees Anderson

“Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the Ark, professionals built the Titanic”

“Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the Ark, professionals built the Titanic”  I love that quote! It totally reminds me that we should never sell ourselves short in life. We should never assume we are not capable of achieving GREATNESS because WE ARE! Every one of us is capable of achieving so much more than we ever give ourselves credit for. If you look at the accomplishments throughout history you will find that all of them were done by ordinary people who pushed themselves beyond their limits in order to accomplish extraordinary things!

I love reading about average, everyday people who go on to accomplish amazing things.  It always gives me a boost to remember that I can accomplish anything that I set my heart and mind to do.  Sometimes it is so easy to think “I could never do that” or “that person is so much better, or smarter, or more capable than me”, but the reality is that none of that is true.  I truly don’t believe it is ever about better, smarter, or more capable.  I truly believe that it comes down to hard work, sweat, and sometimes a lot of tears, but its dedication and perseverance that separate the average doers from the extraordinary accomplishers. I know that in my own life, the times I have put myself out there and taken on the seemingly impossible tasks that I felt were so far above my capability to achieve, I have always ended up accomplishing more than I ever thought possible…all because I tried…all because I worked my behind off and I didn’t allow myself to quit when things got tough…all because I had faith that if I would simply show up and put in my best effort that God would help me achieve whatever I was supposed to achieve…and He always has.  We are all far more capable then we give ourselves credit for. We just have to remember that we are not in this alone. We always have help from the heavens when we are willing to try.

Here is a great poem that highlights that thought:

Equipment

Figure it out for yourself, my lad,

You’ve all that the greatest of men have had,

Two arms, two hands, two legs, two eyes

And a brain to use if you would be wise.

With this equipment they all began,

So start for the top and say, “I can.”

Look them over, the wise and great

They take their food from a common plate,

And similar knives and forks they use,

With similar laces they tie their shoes.

The world considers them brave and smart,

But you’ve all they had when they made their start.

You can triumph and come to skill,

You can be great if you only will.

You’re well equipped for what fight you choose,

You have legs and arms and a brain to use,

And the man who has risen great deeds to do

Began his life with no more than you.

You are the handicap you must face,

You are the one who must choose your place,

You must say where you want to go,

How much you will study the truth to know.

God has equipped you for life, but He

Lets you decide what you want to be.

Courage must come from the soul within,

The man must furnish the will to win.

So figure it out for yourself, my lad.

You were born with all that the great have had,

With your equipment they all began,

Get hold of yourself and say: “I can.”

                                        – By Edgar A. Guest

 

Never sell yourself short.  And always remember that YOU CAN!

~Amy

 

8 Comments

  • Louis says:

    Iyooh,these inspiring have changed my life for the better,i was lost but now i am found because of these words

  • Larhonda says:

    This is the right blog for anyone who hopes to understand this topic.
    You know so much its almost tough to argue with you
    (not that I actually will need to…HaHa). You certainly put a brand new spin on a subject which has been discussed for decades.
    Excellent stuff, just excellent!

  • Richard A. Fletcher says:

    This quote came up during their most recent session of our San Diego/Mesa Community College Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). Do you happen to know who it’s attributable to?

  • Richard A. Fletcher says:

    We were gathered in a class named “Applications”, where we’re expected to bring to the class at least one significant issue to discuss and resolve with our fellow brain injuriess urvivors.Sorry for the disjointed posting as my Dragon NaturallySpeaking software doesn’t get my words correctly all the time (I can’t type with my left hand, and I support from dysarthria [poor speech control). This class is so new that is being piloted this summer, for potential future full-time coursework.

  • Eromosei Ezekiel says:

    This is great stuff. wished I had seen it before.

  • Pierre Vallee says:

    It was not the experts that built the Titanic that sailed her

  • Sumit Bagchi says:

    Design/development and implementation are two different ball games. The best of designs and product development can be run aground by poor implementation…

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