Do What You Think You Cannot!

 Some people say First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt ran the White House on the days that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was too sick to do it. If she did, she would have been in a position that would have been very foreign and seemed pretty much impossible to almost any woman during that time in our country’s history.

Most women of the 1930s and 1940s would have thought that running the White House was impossible. Eleanor didn’t. She saw a need, and she just did it.

You see, the truth is that we never know what we’re really capable of until we try. When we look at the problems facing us, unfortunately, we usually make mountains out of molehills and then tend to believe that we’re not good enough.

Sadly, we don’t give ourselves permission to try many things that we may actually end up liking, and even being good at. Even worse, if we do try some of these things, we seldom give ourselves permission to perform poorly at first and then fail if we must. Any expert out there knows that you must stumble and fall a lot before you become really good at something.

Eleanor Roosevelt didn’t let the impossible stop her, and neither should you. So go ahead and try to do that which you think you cannot do. Stumble and fall if you must in your journey to elongating those boundaries of human possibilities. And if you don’t do this, well, then, unfortunately, you and the rest of the world may never get a chance to enjoy your gift.

Think of what a shame that would be if the world never gets a chance to enjoy your gift because you were afraid and thought that you weren’t good enough or allowed to do it.


  1. What success and leadership principles can you identify in this newsletter?
  2. What will you do over the next week to implement one of these success and leadership principles?

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