QOTD: Yvon Chouinard.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Feb 13, 2009
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Yvon Chouinard, resident elephantjournal.com idol, is a man of few words—and a man of action. I first started looking up to him when I met him in Denver at a flyfishers gathering and he said, “Look: the state of the world is grim. It’s hopeless. You gotta face the facts, and go from there. But that doesn’t mean I lie around doing nothing. Rather, it inspires me to work harder for the things I love.” Something like that, anyone. In that vein, and without further adieu, comes this elephantjournal.com QOTD:

“There’s no difference between a pessimist who says, ‘Oh, it’s hopeless, so don’t bother doing anything,’ and an optimist who says, ‘Don’t bother doing anything, it’s going to turn out fine anyway.’  Either way, nothing happens.” – Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia

With thanks for the tip to Lucas Shaw.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


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