“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway”
– John Wayne
American Motion-Picture Actor
Courage. What a powerful word. Sometimes it scares us to even hear the word courage when we’re supposed to have courage!
Do you like horses? Great! Have you been on a horse and it tried to buck you off? Many of you have stayed the course, you stayed on the saddle. You’re going to continue to ride.
Do you not like horses? Are you scared of them……
You can pet the horse anyways
Connect with the horse anyways
Speak lovingly to the horse anyways
Sometimes it is an accomplishment enough…. to have the courage to simply be by a horse.
And if you can get the courage…then do saddle up.
Saddling up for a quick walk around the ring might be scary to you. Here, we can work on leadership. Having confidence, not fear, will bring you through…. with courage.
And if you love horses …..
It doesn’t mean you have an easier ride.
You will be given more advancements and more challenging tasks. It might be jumping over high jumps. Or guiding your horse down a very steep, gravely trail 100-feet down to the bottom.
Courage means different things to different people; courage must be reached at any level.
Every day, we must seek a deeper sense of courage in order to advance ourselves and get to another level.
Courage means different things to different people.
The important thing is that you saddle up, in whatever way that means to you.
Put on the Saddle,
Marion Robert Morrison, professionally known as John Wayne was an American motion-picture actor who is known for his roles in ‘True Grit’ and ‘The Alamo’. He embodied the strong and silent-type hero, which was idealised as the archetype of the American tough guy.
John Wayne was born as Marion Robert Morrison in Winterset, Iowa and was the oldest of two children. At a young age, he performed well both in sports and academics which earned him a football scholarship. However, due to a bodysurfing accident, he lost the scholarship. This led him to be hired as an extra and a prop man at Film Fox Corporation. Wayne starred in his first leading role in “The Big Trail”, directed by Raoul Walsh. Unfortunately, the western bombed at the box office.
For nearly a decade, Wayne diligently honed his craft by starring in a series of less well-known Western movies for different studios. In 1939, John Ford finally gave him his big break in “Stagecoach”. Wayne then went on to star in many films and developed into an important figure. In 1969, he finally won an Academy Award for his performance as Rooster Cogburn in “True Grit”. Later in life, he increasingly spoke out on national issues and played a central role in helping to get the United States Senate to ratify the Panama Canal Treaties in 1977. Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 1979, finally succumbing to the disease that year at the age of 72.
Although Wayne endured criticism throughout his career, especially those who question his versatility as an actor. His charisma and his tenacity made him one of the most interesting and greatest Hollywood icons of all time. He was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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