Daring Greatly

By Samantha Parrish


This is my first post for the Ranch and I am very excited (and truthfully a bit nervous) to share with all of you!

For those that may not know I am the daughter of Ron and Jill Wolforth (sister to Garrett although I only claim him part of the time:)) and I run the office, events and membership aspects of the Ranch. I am also a wife and a mother to two little girls ages 3 and 2. I am very fascinated with the mindset component that we do at the Ranch and even though I am no longer a competitive athlete (although if you know the Wolforth’s we are all pretty competitive in everything that we do) I find that the mindset readings are applicable in so many aspects of life.

I recently came across an excerpt from a speech given by Theodore Roosevelt that really stuck with me:


 “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles,or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again,

Because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause;

Who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”

I find it fascinating that a speech given 105 years ago can still be so applicable to today. Often at the Ranch Coach Wolforth talks about how the road to success has many potholes of failure, in fact one of our favorite video clips has Michael Jordan saying “I have failed over and over and over again in my life, and that is why I’ve succeeded”.

A huge part of being successful in any arena of life is how you deal with your failures- large or small. How do you let the disappointments of life affect you and drive you?

The generation that heard this speech was nearing the great depression. Thinking of those families and their struggles really makes me take a second look at the issues I face. I am not trying to trivialize your struggles, on your road to success you will struggle, whether it’s in baseball or business . Look back at the words above “there is no effort without  error and shortcoming”.

Mindset is a very powerful tool and I was blessed to have parents that instilled that in me a young age. At the Ranch we start every workout with a mindset lecture/ lesson and I would encourage you to do the same. Find books, videos or tools that help you, drive you and motivate you- if you would like some suggestions we have a growing list of recommended readings.

You should be training your mindset just as often as you do your arm- I doubt that this is currently the case.  Remember, what will set you apart from the others is not that you haven’t failed but how you have handled that failure.

If you have any books that you would recommend please share them with us.


*Note: the excerpt above was quoted in a book I am currently reading titled “Daring Greatly” by Brené Brown

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