What Piece of Advice Would You Give to an Infant?

Infant holding a map, trying to figure it out.

Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure…than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory or defeat.  – Theodore Roosevelt


My advice for an infant would be this quote. I would frame it and mount it in the baby’s room.

The reason is that I look back on the majority of decisions I made and realize I always took the safe approach (moving to California and back was the exception).  I’m not beating myself up about it because at least now I am approaching life and work differently.

It reminds me of the saying that there are two good times to plant a tree:  Twenty years ago.  And today.

I would want that baby to go for it, to take risks.  Don’t play it so safe because I wouldn’t want her to spend too much time in the gray twilight not knowing victory or defeat. There are many reasons why failure is good for you and I would want that baby to experience them.

What advice would you give to an infant?  Let us know in the comments below.

#CourageQuestions are a series of blog posts where I pose random thought-provoking questions and answer them genuinely.  These are questions which we rarely take the time to ask ourselves and thus rarely have a chance on which to reflect.  I hope that you will answer these questions for yourself – and add it to the comments below.

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