Quotes Reflections

Be “The Man in the Arena”

It’s easy to criticize others as we sit in the sidelines. It’s easy to say that we can do it better. It’s easy to be the “cold and timid souls” who judge others for actually doing while we point and talk about doing.

It’s harder to show up and try something new. Real effort that includes the risk of failing is harder than safety and complacency. But errors we face while working on a cause we care about is much preferred over living your life spinning in a hamster wheel.

Whether it ends in true achievement or falling flat on your face, it’s the effort and the journey that matters.

Read the wise words of Theodore Roosevelt from his 1910 “Citizenship in a Republic” speech, wonderfully illustrated below by Zen Pencils.

“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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