The above is one of my favorite quotes. Here’s my take on what Teddy meant. You can always do something. No excuses. If you don’t have money, there are ways around that obstacle. If you’re not in the place you need to be, see what is available wherever you happen to be at the time. Your innate creativity allows you to figure it out.
I think Teddy was telling us that you can choose to be the hunted or you can choose to be the hunter, the victim or the victor.
His key point in all this is that you have a choice.
There’s always a choice, as Roosevelt himself proved time and again. He was sickly as a child, so he went out West and remade himself into a rough and tumble cowboy. Later, in the Spanish-American War, he repeatedly led his Rough Riders into a hail of bullets. His first wife, Alice, died shortly after childbirth, but Roosevelt persevered. He was shot before giving a speech, gave the speech anyway and then went to the hospital.
Roosevelt would say that it’s never what happens to you that is important. It is how you handle what happens. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not asking you to go get shot. I’m only asking you to begin thinking in a different way than you have been taught.
I am a believer in the innate creativity of man. Humans have always tried to figure out how to do what they could with what they had, where they were. It is in our nature to do, to try, to overcome.
But modern society – with all its focus on the easy way out – has turned many of us into drones who believe whatever we hear from the media and politicians. I understand that it is tough to buck the herd, to be that person who may seem to be out of step with the norm.
It’s time we change. It’s time we question authority. It’s time we take control of our own lives. Embracing the creative life – I believe – allows you to do this.
Embrace Creativity & Stop Making Excuses
One day, we’re all going to die. Sorry to break it to you so bluntly.
When you are on your deathbed do you want to have regrets about not living the life you wanted? Will you be sorry that you were a mindless drone, believing every lie told you about how you should live, how much money you should make, what kind of car to drive.
The powers that be have a vested interest in making believe they know what is right for you, that they can protect you, and take care of all your needs. They don’t and they can’t.
So, right now, here’s what I want you to do. First, think about the kind of life you would like. Then, I want you to commit to stop making excuses.
In a later post, I’ll provide some guidance on how to use your innate creativity to map out the life you want. In the meantime, feel free to get my book, Born Creative, and start exercising your brain. Embrace creativity. We’ll talk again soon.