The Man in the Arena

On April 23, 1910, Teddy Roosevelt delivered one of the most inspirational and quoted speeches of his career.  Politics aside, the following except has impacted the lives of presidents, professional athletes, business executives and people from all walks of life around the world.  This is a quote I’ve come back to several times over the years.

“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.”

-Theodore Roosevelt