Lord Baden-Powell on Difficulties

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116. It is by effort that we grow strong, by effort that we succeed.  It is in the effort of tackling a difficulty – with a smile on – that St. George gives us a hopeful lead.

117. When you are in an impossible-looking job before you, go at it, “grin and tackle it”, as the Scout motto tells you, and ten to one you will come out triumphant in the end, and all the more happy because it was difficult.

118. Life would pall if it were all sugar; salt is bitter if taken by itself, but when tasted as part of the dish, it savours the meat.  Difficulties are the salt of life.

119. When you are up against the blank wall of difficulty, remember: though it looks high at first sight, closer investigation may show cracks and crannies by which you may surmount it; and even if it cannot be scaled, ten to one there is a way round.

120. I have often urged my polo friends, when faced with an adversary, to “play polo” with him, i.e. not to go at him bald-headed but to ride side by side with him and gradually edge him off your track.

121. In my own life I have found at least three ways in which difficulties can be successfully met.  The first is Duty, the second is Fairness, and the third, the most potent weapon – Love.

122. When you have a difficult job to tackle, ask God to help you tackle it, and He will give you strength.  But you must still do the tackling yourself.

123. No need for us to get depressed over temporary setbacks or disappointments: these are bound to come from time to time.  They are the salt the savours our progress; let us rise above them and look to the big import of what we are at.


Baden-Powell of Gilwell, Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell – Mario Sica – Nuova Fiordaliso – 2002

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