Inspiration from Heather Dorniden

If you are familiar with this blog, you know that I enjoy inspirational quotes from the past. There is always something to learn from those who have come before us.

One quote that I’ve highlighted previously comes from Thomas Edison.

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

This quote came to my mind immediately after watching the video below. Within the clip, you will see an amazing collegiate race from 2008. I had never seen it before until last week. I won’t spoil the event for you, but let’s just say that Heather Dorniden has inspired many through her refusal to give up.

While on the subject of giving up, it’s no surprise that Thomas Edison was so adamant against it. The quote above isn’t his only on this particular topic. He also went on to say,

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”

There is so much truth to his words. It’s doubtful that we’ll ever realize our true potential. If you keep trying to improve, it is bound to happen eventually. The odds will certainly be in your favor. I’d much rather be stubborn than someone who packs up whenever the going gets tough.


  1. I saw this last week too for the first time, but without the commentator audio, which made it all the better. Thanks for sharing, I just got chills all over again!

  2. That was amazing. Didn’t even have to watch at the end when they were asking if the time from that heat was comparable to the time from the other heat and whatever. It was already all win.

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