Friday, April 27, 2012

Be Ambitious - National Be Your Best Self Week

This week, we will feature a series of posts in celebration of Distinguished Young Women's National Be Your Best Self Week. Katye Brock, Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2011, will share about one of the five elements of the Be Your Best Self program each day. Learn more about National Be Your Best Self Week here!


Ambition is an admirable quality—but what exactly is it? Good old defines it as: “anearnest desirefor some type of achievement or distinction.” Did you get that? An earnest desire.  Ambition is more than just wanting something to happen; it’s making it a priority, making it a priority, and not stopping until you achieve it.  What is it that you are ambitious about??

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 and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, 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 he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
-Theodore Roosevelt


Katye Brock is a college freshman at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee majoring in International Studies. Originally from Tullahoma, Tennessee, Katye was a participant in the Distinguished Young Women program and was selected as the Distinguished Young Woman of Tennessee for 2011 and the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2011. Learn more about Katye here!

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