Thursday Thought…on Friday morning…

Sitting here in the Vancouver Airport waiting to fly home after 5 days in Whistler for a conference with Eddie Bauer and the First  Ascent team. It’s been a great time – lots of work, and lots of fun – capped off with a shoot yesterday on the Rainbow Glacier. Beautiful.

During the 5 days, I thought a lot about the huge push Eddie Bauer is making at this time, in this economy, in launching a new brand. And, in having the courage to do so, and the skill to do it so well. So, today’s Thursday Thought deals with risk – and success and failure – and comes from the wisdom of Teddy Roosevelt:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out where the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred with dust and sweat and blood. At best, he knows the triumph of high achievement; if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.

Jake Norton is an Everest climber, guide, photographer, writer, and motivational speaker from Colorado.

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