John Wayne on Courage

May 16, 2013 § 1 Comment

John Wayne Quote

And Marion Robert Morrison would know.  As a young man, he applied to the U.S Naval Academy, but was not accepted.  Shifting gears, he attended the University of Southern California on a football scholarship, studying pre-law.  During his time at USC, he had a body-surfing accident which injured him to the the extent that he lost his scholarship and was forced to leave school.  Which led him to seek work at local film studios, starting in the prop department.  Which led to bit parts in films.  Which led to a prolific career as “John Wayne.”  Guts, grit and gumption.

Experience a set back?  Buck up and get back on the saddle.  Of course this requires courage:

  • Courage to face the unknown.
  • Courage to forge new path.
  • Courage to start small and be patient.
  • Courage to embrace simplicity.
  • Courage to have discipline and restraint.
  • Courage to stand for what you believe in.
  • Courage to say yes, and no.

Will it all work out?  No.  As Samuel Beckett reminded himself when writing, and really does apply to any occupation or preoccupation: “Fall.  Fall again.  Fall better.”

There are some that would say, that if you’re not the least bit afraid its not worth doing.  To which I somewhat fearfully say, Amen.


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