“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice your gift” and “The best we can be, we must be” are two quotes that aptly sum up the challenge life lays before us. While one should always be grateful for what one does have, never settle for less than your potential, never take your eye off the mountaintop.

I’m not advocating blindly seeking out difficulty just for difficulty’s sake (life will present plenty) but intelligently selecting and deliberately choosing the more challenging path can lead to growth and opportunity far beyond the norm. A ship may be safest in the harbor but that is not what ships are made for.

Closing Quotes:

“Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.” – Sir Winston Churchill, 1874-1965

“I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.” – Ginni Rometty, b. 1957; 1st woman CEO of IBM

“Embrace discomfort. That’s how you’ll learn, grow, become strong, and ultimately, become free.” – Maxime Lagacé, b. 1993, Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender

As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier