The Man in the Arena

During his “Citizenship In A Republic” speech, delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on April 23, 1910, Theodore Roosevelt explained:

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.

This famous excerpt from a much longer speech would later be coined “The Man in the Arena.”

I think there’s much to learn from these words. In fact, I’ve spent the last 10 minutes slowly taking in each sentence again and again. I’d encourage you to do the same before asking yourself one question… are you daring greatly?

Until next time… be holy, eat clean, and do more push-ups!