Today’s edition of The Scout’s Scrapbook is a quotation from Sir Robert Baden-Powell (the founder of Scouting) on how a Scout looks on Success:
This quote excellently captures the spirit in which a Scout takes on life and looks on success. Scouts know that nothing worth having in the world comes for free. As I once heard a wise man put it: “Anything worth anything, costs you something.”
It’s amazing how many people play the lottery expecting to win. Every time they lose the lottery, they convince themselves that it just makes their chances of winning that much greater next time. This is what causes the addiction that some people have with playing the lottery, if people didn’t feel this way, the lottery would go out of business.
Even more surprising is how many people who don’t play the lottery have this exact same attitude towards life. They feel that success is bound to come to them sooner or later, and all they have to do is wait for it. What they are really doing is playing the lottery with their life.
Success is not a right that is guaranteed to everyone, it is something to be earned. It is a prize to be fought for. Suppose you entered a foot race with twenty other people. You didn’t feel that you had much of a chance to win so you didn’t train very hard. You ran a few practice laps in the week before the race but that was all. When the time of the race came, you tried hard and ran as fast as you could, but you only got tenth place.
However, instead of walking away empty-handed, the judges gave you and every other contestant a trophy to thank you for entering the contest. It didn’t matter whether you were first or last, you still got the same trophy. How would you feel? Sure, you’d probably feel happy that you got the trophy, but in your heart you know that you didn’t really earn it. You used to look at the trophy as something special, now it doesn’t mean that much any more. After all, you get one whether you’re lazy or try really hard.
Fortunately, life isn’t that way. Success in life isn’t awarded to everyone, you must work for it. Anyone can attain it, but not everyone will. You’ve got to be willing to work hard and invest yourself in it. This is what Baden-Powell was trying to say. He goes on to say that you must not get discouraged when things are harder than you thought they would be. You must keep your spirits up.
For a Scout, it is easier to be happy when things are going wrong because he doesn’t pretend the difficulties won’t come, he expects them. A Scout is prepared. He can face whatever comes his way with determination in his eye and a smile on his face.
Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed this edition of The Scout’s Scrapbook and that it gave you something to think about. If you have any questions or comments, I’d love to hear them! If you like this post, please pass it along!