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Words of Wisdom from Commandant of Midshipmen Capt. Robert E. Clark II

Posted on: April 09, 2013 08:00 EDT by Naval Academy Public Affairs

“Greatness is not a measure of how many trophies one has on a shelf, the number of medals one has on their chest, the title next to their name, or the number of speeches given on their behalf.  True greatness is a reflection of how one motivates and inspires others to do things that have yet to be done, or that others do not feel they can achieve. Dare to be great and change someone’s life.”

“Fortune may favor the bold, but history only remembers the victor. Never give in, never give up!”

“Always have a dream, and passionately follow your dream.  Everyone has a potential for excellence, but what differentiates us is who is willing to sacrifice, focus and endure to not only reach their potential, but more importantly, the collective potential of their organization.”

“Don’t allow yourself to be bounded by uninformed opinions about your potential or capability.  No paper or static calculation can adequately define your potential. The thing that is the most important and can’t be measured is your heart and dedication.”

“Don’t be afraid to fail because from failure, you gain strength.  A leader is not measured by how many times they fail, but more importantly how one learns from failure and in turn inspires others to then view obstacles as opportunities.” 

“You always want to be a green apple. A green apple is always growing. It gives off and takes in. You're always learning and you're always providing. The minute you stop dreaming, or think you know everything, you become a red apple….and what happens to a red apple? It falls from the tree and dies.”

“Listen, learn, and then lead.”

Capt. Robert E. Clark


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