February 4th, 2021

The Man in the Arena: A Powerful Message from Teddy Roosevelt

I love this message from Teddy Roosevelt as it reverberates with me as an entrepreneur. I think in many ways, what he says can be applied to our business and all those who pursue a goal or dream. What do you think?

I’ve included below a quick video with the speech, as well as a portion of the text below…

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

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