One of my mentors shared their favorite inspirational passage with me. It’s The Man in the Arena.
The Man in the Arena is a famous passage from the speech Citizenship in a Republic, given by by Theodore Roosevelt. It’s about standing strong when tested.
It goes like this …
“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.”
You grow, by putting yourself out there. If you’ve ever been in a situation that requires great courage, skill or tenacity, then, you know what it’s like to be “the man in the arena.”
If you’re going to fail, then at least dare greatly, and remember, it’s not the critic who counts.
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