Dare Mighty Things!
“Far better is it 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
This happens to be one of my favorite quotes, and one I think appropriate to end the week for our MT Week celebrations. Think about those first few words–dare mighty things. So much of our life is spent trying to decide whether to take a risk.
I’ve always been somewhat of a risk taker in my life. While it’s not always easy, I have made it my mantra to refuse the phrase “what if…” in my life if it means I’m thinking things like “what if I fail?” or “what if they won’t like it?” It comes back to those energy suckers we talked about yesterday. You can literally “what if” yourself to death if you allow yourself to get stuck in that cycle!
In our profession, we certainly have many uncertainties, and many opportunities to take a risk. In some of the things I’ve read by Seth Godin, one of my favorite authors, he says “If you can’t fail, it doesn’t count.” You see, there are plenty of times when I might do something that’s perceived as a risk, but if it doesn’t work out, it’s not really a failure. Those are the easy decisions. The tougher ones are the ones that come with the potential for failure. And yes, they are the ones that count.
I talk to so many MTs who are trying to decide what to do about their future. Should they stay the course as is and hope for the best? Should they take a risk and change jobs? Should they take a risk and train for something new to add to their skill set? And what if that means not being in medical transcription anymore, even though it’s a profession they love? I see it in the MT who asks “Should I get my credential?” All around us, we’re seeing major changes and trying to figure out which risk to take. I saw it last night in our webinar, where many attended to get information about transitioning to coding. Will they take the leap? Only time will tell.
Here’s what I know. It’s not about success or failure. It’s about being willing to take a step, sometimes just one tiny step at a time. And when it works, then you have great joy. Yes, there are times when perhaps it doesn’t work out as you plan, and sometimes that even comes with some suffering. And yet, if you never dare mighty things, you will indeed never experience the great joy that comes with success.
Today my question to you is a simple, but not easy, one. Where is it where you need to dare mighty things? And what will your choice be? My hope for you is that you do not choose to live “in the grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” I look forward to your replies and some great discussion.
MT Week Contest!
What fun this has been for me this week! Wednesday’s winner for a $10 gift card is Betty A! Congrats! I’ll be announcing the entire week of winners over the weekend as well. Remember, we still have a grand prize drawing for the week of a one-year subscription to Benchmark KB! Every comment you leave gets you one entry into the grand prize drawing. The other thing you need to do to enter is share this post on your Facebook or Twitter pages using the share bar here on the left. Today’s drawing will be for a $20 Amazon gift card.
I must thank my niece and her husband for today’s contest picture. She used it for another project with her work, I loved it, and she graciously agreed to let me use it for today’s contest. And it’s called “Caption This!” Here’s the picture, let’s see what your best and funniest caption would be!
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