In some ways, what happens in the arena is no different from many other aspects of life. Sure, the rewards might be blingier, and the lows much more physically painful, but there’s something to be learned everywhere, and the arena is no different. Here are some things the rodeo reminds me:

10. In order to know bravery, you must face something bigger than yourself.

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” – James Neil Hollingsworth

9. You have to leave the safety of the chute behind to reach the prize.

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” – CS Lewis

girl riding a horse

8.When the barriers drop – GO HARD.

“Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you…. When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.” – Helen Keller

7. Don’t be in such a big hurry that you knock stuff over.

“Patience will achieve more than force.” – Edmund Burke

6. When you’re on a steady horse, look for someone struggling to pick up.

“I would go to the deeps a hundred times to cheer a downcast spirit. It is good for me to have been afflicted, that I might know how to speak a word in season to one that is weary.” -Charles Haddon Spurgeon


5. The only contestants that win are the contestants that try.

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky

4. People love a guy with guts, no matter how crazy he is.

“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do.” – Apple Inc.

3. Sometimes you have to get dirty to win.

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Alva Edison

Bull Rider

2.  The highest ranked champs get bucked off, too. Then they ride again.

“There are no secrets to success.  It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell

1. [Poop] happens.

“Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life.” – Walter Anderson

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