Teddy Roosevelt

Teddy Roosevelt was my kind of man: smart, humorous, and a great outdoorsman. Come to think of it, we share nothing in common. But I can still appreciate him for who he was. He was President of the United States, but he was so much more. He was a cowboy in the Wild West, an explorer, and a big game hunter. He rode as a cavalry officer in the Spanish-American War. As the vice presidential candidate in 1900, he gave 673 speeches and traveled 20,000 miles while campaigning for President McKinley. And years after his presidency, while preparing to deliver a speech in Milwaukee, Roosevelt was shot in the chest by a would-be assassin. With a broken rib and a bullet in his chest, Roosevelt insisted on delivering his one-hour speech before allowing himself to be taken to the hospital. Late in life, Teddy was asked the key to success. He offered a simple answer. And his answer applies to you today. Said the ultimate Roughrider: “Spend yourself in a worthy cause.” That’s it. So you need to do three things with your life. First, find your “worthy cause.” Second, commit everything you are to that dream. And third, find someone to chase your dreams with. The ancient prophet of the Old Testament asked, “Do two walk together, unless they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3). Teddy Roosevelt was the most famous roughrider of them all. He rode high, but he never rode alone. If you are tired of chasing success and ready to chase significance, follow in his steps. Spend yourself in a worthy cause.

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