I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.
Read that quote carefully. Ponder it. In less than 50 words, Thomas Paine gives some of the best life advice and principles for success ever put forth.
If model what Paine admires, you too will find success and, more importantly be able to hold your head high in doing.
As yourself, Are you willing to "smile when trouble comes and gain strength from the distress it brings?" If so, you will be able to overcome almost anything.
Are you able to "grow brave by reflection?" Meaning, are you able to look inward at yourself, the good and bad, learn from it and use what you learn to make yourself better and be brave in your life?
Or will you be a "little mind that shrinks" when challenges come your way or when you are forced to confront the things about yourself that truly need changed?
But, "if you heart is firm, and your conscience is clear" then you will find a way to make it through the things that stand in your way and "pursue your principles unto death." What are your principles? What are your convictions? What are the core beliefs that you will not change or sacrificial for anything?
Have you ever stopped and thought about these things and defined them for yourself? Maybe it's time.
After all, by doing so, you will know yourself better and become a better version of yourself - as well as know the things that will guide you in life. To me, that is what Paine is telling us. Find your principles, do not shrink when they are challenged, be brave in your pursuit and keep your heart firm, and because you do this, your conscious will be clear and you will reach your true potential.
Heed this advice and use it in your life every way you can!
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