We don’t win by wallowing in defeat
We don’t win by relaxing in success

Danielle A. Vincent
2 min readJan 13, 2022

We win by having the courage to continue, no matter what.

Perseids Meteor Shower Over Joshua Tree, California

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

— Winston Churchill

When I think about World War II, it seems like a moment: There was a war, allies won, it was over. [turns page to next chapter]

But this quote from Churchill about success and failure being transitory, and the courage to continue being the important element, well, World War II was not a puff of smoke… it was a miserable, dirty, grimy, celebratory, life-affirming, life-ruining epic for six years.

I spoke very candidly about my 2021 in yesterday’s post, and right now feels hard: There are victories and there are hard losses. Pandemic, natural disasters, political dissonance. It’s a lot.

Explaining this all to January 2020 ourselves would be, well, a pretty good fictional premise for a YouTube video.

I heard back from many Outlaws (perhaps even you) about that email, agreeing that these past couple years have been exceedingly difficult. I am glad that, in some small way, you know you are not alone. And I am glad to know I’m not alone, too. That’s why I shared my struggles.

We are not alone. We have the courage to continue.

Yesterday, I posted a blog post about the notable celestial events coming up this year. There is so much here to enjoy and to celebrate… together or apart.

I hope you’ll find some time to celebrate the natural beauty in the sky this year… and also to lobby NASA to rename the Orionids to the Betelgeuses, because as soon as I found out that Betelgeuse was on the table, Orion seemed… insufficient.

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Danielle A. Vincent

CEO of Outlaw — https://LiveOutlaw.com — award-winning entrepreneur, published author, and incurable optimist (the doctor says it’s terminal)