“So we shall let the reader answer this question for himself: who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?”
- Hunter S. Thompson
“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.”
— Jim Rohn
“The successful people we spoke with — in business, entertainment, sports and the arts — all had similar responses when faced with obstacles: they subjected themselves to fairly merciless self-examination that prompted reinvention of their goals and the methods by which they endeavored to achieve them"
Secret Ingredient for Success, by Camille Sweeney
I love this story of the Mclearn car company, the tale of how it all began with Bruce McLaren all those years ago. I often wish I lived in that time, where machinery was developing at such a fast rate and cars especially were being foundational revolutionized. In my mind's eye it seemed like a time of grit and moxie, where guys were just going after it, putting their lives on the line for the next frontier and for progression. And I very well might be seeing through rose coloured glasses that makes the time seem more glamorous than it truly was, but I can't help but be challenged by guys...
WELCOME TO THE FINE ART OF FATHERING
Maybe you know that sick feeling in your gut when you wake up one day and realize you are living and doing exactly what you said you'd never do. The last few decades of time have washed away the memory of promising yourself that your future would look different than the men you saw as a boy. That dollar signs wouldn't mean that much to you and you would live by the motto "work to live, not live to work".
When I was a kid I dreamed of those days and the weekend trips with my boys I'd someday have. Teaching them to whittle sticks, climb trees, bait hooks...