Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, lived one of the most interesting lives of anyone in history. Born into wealth and sickly as a child due to asthma, he chose instead to overcome his condition through exercise and maintaining an active and strenuous life. Basically, he consciously chose to be awesome. His speech, "the Strenuous Life", extolled the virutes of living hard and never settling for anything less than greatness as a man. His philosophy was based on his own life and how ran the presidency. He warned men in the early 1900s against sedentary and complacent lifestyles, which have become commonplace in today's society. Everyone could learn a lot from reading about Roosevelt and the way he lived. Despite many health complications Roosevelt embraced a life of activity and constant movement, from sports ranging from boxing, jujitsu, horseback riding, hiking and rowing to the Rough Riders escapades and his famous feats in Cuba. He was also an avid reader and writer of nearly everything under the Sun. Roosevelt was a man of ACTION.
Historian Henry Adams describes him:
"Roosevelt, more than any other man..... showed the singular primitive quality that belongs to ultimate matter—the quality that medieval theology assigned to God—he was pure act."
Some quotes by Roosevelt to keep in mind:
Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.
Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.
It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
The only time you really live fully is from thirty to sixty. The young are slaves to dreams; the old servants of regrets. Only the middle-aged have all their five senses in the keeping of their wits.
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.
Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.
Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster.
Going into the weekend with a lot on my mind and a lot of work to do, I try to keep the Roosevelt mentality in mind. As a transitioning Military Officer, there is always work to be done to get to where I need to be, from networking, job searching, hiring conferences and chasing job leads. It becomes easy and comfortable to come home and just relax. But success requires action, and we must shun the tendency towards comfort and embrace the strenuous life.