The ever rich and varied Hammock Papers has this great quotation from Theodore Roosevelt:
Something can be done by good laws; more can be done by honest administration of the laws; but most of all can be done by frowning resolutely upon the preachers of vague discontent; and by upholding the true doctrine of self-reliance, self-help, and self-mastery. This doctrine sets forth many things. Among them is the fact that though a man can occasionally be helped when he stumbles, yet that it is useless to try to carry him when he will not or cannot walk; and worse than useless to try to bring down the work and reward of the thrifty and intelligent to the level of the capacity of the weak, the shiftless, and the idle.
The doctrine of self-reliance, self-help and self-mastery. Something of a credo for the sovereign professional.
I find that, as a Brit, I know very little about Roosevelt. Need to read more.
The Art of Manliness blog has a list of “20 classic poems every man should read“.
Some are familiar, although I’m embarrassed to have read so few.
However, the following seemed particularly apt for the Sovereign Professional:
Master of human destinies am I;
Fame, love and fortune on my footsteps wait.
Cities and fields I walk. I penetrate
Deserts and seas remote, and, passing by
Hovel and mart and palace, soon or late,
I knock unbidden once at every gate.
If sleeping, wake; if feasting, rise, before
I turn away. It is the hour of fate,
And they who follow me reach every state
Mortals desire, and conquer every foe
Save death; but those who hesitate
Condemned to failure, penury and woe,
Seek me in vain, and uselessly implore.
I answer not, and I return no more.
John James Ingalls (1833 – 1900), Opportunity
Now,there’s a lesson to remember.
The sovereign professional walks a solitary path. Sometimes you need a lift, something big and empowering and energising.
This has been the opening song on my daily soundtrack for the last few months.
“God, I feel so strong!”
The following comes from a TV show and looks fairly contemporaneous with the original release…
And, if you have Alice Cooper‘s Billion Dollar Babies album, check out Generation Landslide and Elected.
Cooper, always much more than a shock-pop-rocker, has written some great songs over the years, but he didn’t write this. Hello, Hooray was written by Canadian songwriter Rolf Kempf.
Over on Steve Hoffman Music Forums, I learnt that the song was originally recorded by Judy Collins. Hoffman’s post includes both versions along with a 1990s recording by Kempf himself. I have to say that Collins’ version doesn’t really work for me – but then I’ve grown up with the Alice recording.
Kempf tells the story of the song on his blog, here.
Let the show begin, I’ve been ready.
Image credit: alicecooper.com
Seth Godin has a useful reminder; What 99% looks like.
In just about everything we do, 99% approval is astonishing.
Because online, our lizard brain goes straight to the tiny speck, the little number that’s easy to magnify.
Ignore it. Shun the non-believers and ship your work.
Too easily forgotten.
Image credit: https://unsplash.com/@pondy