Individual effort is important in the development of a man, not in relation competing with other men, or with women, but in competing against himself. I am a great believer in personal growth and trying that bit harder.
I enjoyed the article and the speech and see the attitudes expressed in the context of the late nineteenth century.
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The Epoch Times
Roosevelt’s Ode to the Strenuous Life
by Ryan Moffatt
'I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life, the life of toil and effort, of labor and strife; to preach that highest form of success which comes, not to the man who desires mere easy peace, but to the man who does not shrink from danger, from hardship, or from bitter toil, and who out of these wins the splendid ultimate triumph.'
Read the full Roosevelt speech at The Roosevelt Association - The Strenuous Life.