Day 14 of 30 – The Man in the Arena by Theodore Roosevelt

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite quotes which applies to anyone who has ever stuck their necks out and dared to do something great. This was written decades ago by Theodore Roosevelt and never has it his message been more powerful and relevant than in this day and age when criticism, haters, and trolls have become so pervasive due to the rise of social media. Even the strong-minded are not immune to these attacks no matter how they deny being affected by the noise of negativity.

But it is important not to let the noise drown out our own voice and our pursuit of the full expression of ourselves. And that is why this great quote is one that I constantly go back to as a reminder to myself, even writing it at the front page of my bullet journal for this year.

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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