The Strenuous Life is the name of a speech given by Theodore Roosevelt in Chicago, Illinois on April 10, 1899. Based upon personal experiences, he argued that the strenuous effort and overcoming hardship were ideals to be embraced by Americans for the betterment of the nation and the world in the 20th century.
Well, here we are now just beginning the 21st century and I think Teddy Roosevelt’s preaching about effort, both on the personal level and a national level are as valuable today as they were over a century ago. The more things change, the more they stay the same, right?
It’s just a fact. Things don’t get done on their own. Someone has to make the effort, and that someone should be you and me. You see, through effort so much more is possible for us than most people can even begin to imagine.
With consistent effort, we start meeting people who we would never have met before, and they share possibilities with us that we didn’t even know was possible before our extra efforts. Heck, who are we kidding, some of these things that we learn on our journey, made possible through effort, we didn’t even know existed before we made the effort and met others who were also making the effort.
Anything is possible with sustained effort. We can succeed. But, success won’t come to us, we have to go to success. Knowledge won’t come to us, we have to go to knowledge. Happiness won’t come to us, we have to go to happiness. It’s so obvious, that it’s also easy to miss. We have to make a consistent effort. And we have to make a grand effort. Period! The good thing here is that we can all do it! But, unfortunately, most won’t do it. Are you one of the few who will do it?
Now teens, go learn, lead, and lay the way to a better world for all of us. Always remember how important effort is. And once again, thanks in advance for all that you do, and all that you will do…