Many of us know little about Theodore Roosevelt, but what we might all know about him is that he was the youngest US president. Besides being a Nobel Prize winner, statesman, explorer, soldier, naturalist, and reformer, Theodore Roosevelt was also a gifted writer and along with his brilliant work, he has left behind a great deal of wisdom and inspiring life changing lessons. Lessons that I have compiled into 23 Life Lessons to Learn from Theodore Roosevelt.
23 Life Lessons to Learn from Theodore Roosevelt
1. Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.
“I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life; I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
2. Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell em, ”Certainly I can!” — and get busy and find out how to do it.
“Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell em, ”Certainly I can!” — and get busy and find out how to do it.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
“With self-discipline most anything is possible.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
“It is better to be faithful than famous.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
5. Get action. Seize the moment. You were never intended to become an oyster.
“Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
6. It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried.
“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. In this life we get nothing save by effort.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
7. The best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
“I don’t pity any man who does hard work worth doing. I admire him. I pity the creature who does not work, at whichever end of the social scale he may regard himself as being.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
“No man needs sympathy because he has to work. Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
8. Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.
“Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
“The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
10. You are the one responsible for most of your troubles.
“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
11. Big jobs usually go to those who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.
“Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
12. The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.
“The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
13. Believe you can and you’re halfway there.
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
14. No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.
“No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
15. By acting as if you’re not afraid, you gradually cease to be afraid.
“There were all kinds of things I was afraid of at first, ranging from grizzly bears to ‘mean’ horses and gun-fighters; but by acting as if I was not afraid I gradually ceased to be afraid.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
16. Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.
“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
17. Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
18. Inactivity is the worst thing you can do.
“In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
“People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled 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 and comes short again and again; 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 timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
“To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
22. The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done.
“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
23. Beware of attacking the men who are merely the occasions and not the cause of disaster.
“We must remember not to judge any public servant by any one act, and especially should we beware of attacking the men who are merely the occasions and not the cause of disaster.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt