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STEP UP AND BE A STAR

James Andrew- Christopher Columbus

James Andrew- Christopher Columbus

I’ve certainly not been shy about putting myself out into the world, and thankfully I’ve been blessed with this wonderful platform and a predominantly superb readership, with scores of friends from around the globe who are excited to share in what we do here on WIJW — our many travels, adventures, and sartorial thoughts! Of course, there will be detractors — it’s par for the course in any public domain. We deal with our share of criticism, and though I don’t think we’d be pushing the sartorial envelop if we didn’t receive some, let’s say, controversial attention, we do receive the occasional bit of truly unconstructive (read: unnecessarily malicious) feedback.

In answer, I particularly like the following snippet from Theodore Roosevelt — it really is the perfect antidote when feeling a bit embattled:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man [and we’ll add women, lest this sound way too 1910] stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man [woman] who is actually in the arena…who, at best, knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if he [she] fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his [her] place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

The point is, one often HAS to step up (and sometimes in public!) to achieve fulfillment in life — viewed through Roosevelt’s eyes, the courage to be a “doer” itself trumps any result and/or response one might receive, good or bad! So either way, one wins!

I’m standing next to a bust of Christopher Columbus for our post today — as an explorer of new worlds, he (like our friend Teddy R.) certainly had no shortage of courage, and like Roosevelt, he had an unflinching willingness to face adversity in the pursuit of his vision. He was, in short, a doer. I trust this will encourage and inspire you all as well to strive toward your own goals; to step up and be a star!

I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci hounds tooth wool tweed top coat and yellow cashmere turtleneck sweater, Tom Ford brown cotton wide wale corduroy pants. brown leather tasseled loafers, “Dimitry” sunglasses, Sermoneta forest green leather gloves, vintage Rolex, Tom Ford London fragrance, and a healthy glow via Tom Ford Bronzing Gel.

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6 Comments

  1. Karena says:

    Courage and confidence are two traits so important in life today! You possess both with aplomb James, and I truly enjoy your features!

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

  2. Dean says:

    James,

    Inspiring words to live by!

    Dean

  3. Dear James,
    You are a Star! I always look forward to your news and keeping me in touch.
    It is always a wonderful way to start my day! I am so envious, but in a
    loving way. I wish I had half your wardrobe.
    This is the time of the year to be thankful. I am so thankful I have you
    to live vicariously through.
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Warmest regards,
    David Laurance

  4. James Andrew says:

    Karena Darling,

    Thank You!

    I am having so much fun sharing ALL of this – not really bothered by the occasional critic.

    People like you make up for it 100 fold!

    Cheers and All Best

    JA

  5. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Dean,

    Really quite inspiring and I have to remind myself of these things from time to time – when feelings of being less than pop up!

    Cheers

    JA

  6. James Andrew says:

    Dear David Laurance,

    You are so delicious- Thank You!!!

    Thrilled to hear you are enjoying my musings here on style and taste!

    I am amassing a rather nice collection of clothes- glad you appreciate my “Satorial Splendour”!

    Happy Thanksgiving Wishes and All Best!

    JA

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