Booker T.

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”

– Booker T. Washington

I don’t know Booker but I love that quote.  I mean I’ve heard of Booker but I’ve not read his biography.  I’m sure it is great.  But if all he is known for is that quote then I say he had a great life.  Because the above quote is gold.  Precious 24 carat gold. 

And the greatest thing about this quote is its simplicity.  Most would agree with it.  But few actually live it out. 

If you asked me 10 years if I thought the position I had was more important than the obstacles I walked through, I would have said obstacles every time.  I am sure that most would too.  At least, I would hope so. 

And I want to come up with a great quote that defines a legacy I want to leave.  Something like the “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose” type.  Something that my friends would be like, “where did that come from?  My life is now completely transformed.”  Something that flows off the lips and grabs ahold of the heart.  All mine are left yearning for more.  At least for the time being. 

I aspire to a better quote.  But here’s something I’m understanding, your quotes won’t be great until your life is. 

That last sentence is the beginning of something great. You’ll see.

What’s your favorite quote right now?

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One thought on “Booker T.

  1. “Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt
    And most of Proverbs…

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