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Do What you Can, With What you Have, Where you Are

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are"

The quote by Theodore Roosevelt, "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are" is a powerful message that reminds us not to wait for perfect conditions before acting.

Often, we hold ourselves back from achieving our goals because we think we lack something essential, whether it's time, money, or resources. But the truth is, there is always something we can do, even with limited resources.

Do what you can

The first part of the quote, "Do what you can," reminds us to focus on the tasks that are within our control. Instead of worrying about what we can't do, we should concentrate on what we can.

By doing so, we start to build momentum, and our accomplishments create a positive feedback loop that motivates us to keep going.

With what you have

The second part of the quote, "with what you have," emphasizes the importance of making the most of what we already have. We might not have the best tools or resources, but we can use what we do have to get started.

As we progress, we will find that more resources become available, and we can gradually upgrade our tools.

Where you are

The last part of the quote, "where you are," reminds us to start from where we are at that moment. There will never be an ideal time or place to start, so the best thing we can do is to begin where we are.

By doing so, we take the first step towards our goals, and we can build from there.


So, the quote by Theodore Roosevelt is a reminder to stop making excuses and take action.

By focusing on what we can do, making the most of what we have, and starting where we are, we can overcome the inertia of procrastination and achieve our goals.

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About the Author: Chris Farmer


Chris Farmer is the founder of the Corporate Coach Group and has many years’ experience in training leaders and managers, in both the public and private sectors, to achieve their organisational goals, especially during tough economic times. He is also well aware of the disciplines and problems associated with running a business.

Over the years, Chris has designed and delivered thousands of training programmes and has coached and motivated many management teams, groups and individuals. His training programmes are both structured and clear, designed to help delegates organise their thinking and, wherever necessary, to improve their techniques and skills.

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