It’s an easy thing to sit in our chairs and watch other people leave their marks on the world. The envy that we feel towards someone who is living the life we wish we could live is a common part of life, and eventually we become numb to it. It’s much easier to accept the fact that you will never lead such a life than to make an attempt and fail along the way.
Theodore Roosevelt — ever a man of action — recognized that the person who gets dirty and beaten while pursuing a goal is living a better life than a person who is clean and comfortable in an armchair. Fear of being “marred by dust and sweat and blood” is what keeps so many people from doing what they actually want to do. Their fears aren’t for nothing; stepping outside of your comfort zone will be painful and potentially embarrassing. But to do so is to stand out from the flock, to forever differentiate yourself from “those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
What is it that you wish you could do, but fear failing at? What action would you like to take but haven’t for fear of getting dirty? It’s the man and woman of action that will ultimately step outside of their comfort zones while the rest of the world sits back and watches.