"I started to learn a long time ago that if we don’t take action in our lives, action will be foisted upon us - and you might not like how it plays out. You may stay passive as much as you like, but destiny will not rest. If you sit there long enough and do nothing, shit will go down, anyhow. So you can either change bad situations yourself, or you can wait for them to detonate upon you (on someone else’s terms)… but it’s probably better if you take it in your own hands sooner."
— Elizabeth Gilbert (via liquid-diamonds-flowing)
"Daring to step into oneself is the bravest, strangest, most natural, most terrifying thing a person can do, because when you cease to wrap yourself in artifice you are naked, and when you are naked you are vulnerable. But vulnerability is the leading edge of truth. Being willing to sacrifice a false life is the only way to live a true one."
— Charles Blow (via liquid-diamonds-flowing)
"The perseverance to move forward when times are tough makes up the essence of ultra running. Of course this will be hard, of course we’ll have doubts, but once we accomplish this journey before us we’ll all arrive as champions."
This applies to all running, ultra running just emphasizes it!
We pay a heavy price for our fear of failure. It is a powerful obstacle to growth. It assures the progressive narrowing of the personality and prevents exploration and experimentation. There is no learning without some difficulty and fumbling. If you want to keep on learning, you must keep on risking failure — all your life. It’s as simple as that.
~ John W. Gardner, Self-Renewal
(Source: brainpickings.org, via shanniganspersonaltraining)