PM Quote of the Day — Mary Anne Radmacher

Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” 

I have no idea who this woman is and what she’s about, but it struck me as a damned good quote. 

Projects aren’t done in a day, so it is inevitable that some of those days go by with little to show for it but frustration and conflict.  I know there have been many times when I’ve been tempted to blow off a project. 

In fact, I did quit once in a fit of pique and justifiable anger.  I’ve always regretted that lapse, because quitting was the easier, softer way out of the situation.  The brave thing to do would have been to calm myself down and prepared myself to try again tomorrow.

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4 Responses

  1. Hi Paul

    No disrespect to Mary, but courage is knowing what you fear and then being able to covercome your fears.

    Persitence on the other hand is the dogged determination to continue the next day when you feel that the current day is a right off.

    One things that I do agree with is that we should all be encourages of one another so that we can over come our fears, building perserverence and thus strengthen our character.

    Cheers Rogan

  2. Hi Rogan,
    Hope all is well with you and yours. I appreciate your comments… also, I appreciated your wishes about my illness (a nasty case of bronchitis).

    RE: the quote. I’m not sure that the two — courage and persistence — are in conflict. First, courage can be about fear, but it can also be about resisting hardship or opposition. Second, even if we stick with facing fear, I still like her point is that courage isn’t always dramatic. A quiet resolve to confront — not even overcome — fear, obstacles, etc. can be a kind of courage.

    Best, Paul

  3. Great quote – thanks for sharing.

    When you escape from a difficult situation (which is a lot easier) you are probably safeguarded from the pressures for the moment. But somewhere down the line, the same situation is going to confront you. You will again escape the situation and gradually “escapism” becomes a vice.

    When you persist (takes calm courage as the quote rightly says) and take control you seize an opportunity to prove your abilities, persist to show progress and make a positive contribution in saving the face of organization and at times, retaining the client.

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