Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Daily Tea: Live Like a Gladiator

“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 and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, 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 he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
Theodore Roosevelt, 26th US President

They say the only thing worse than failure is never trying at all. The guy who has tried and failed at least has a story that the man who never tried lacks. Those who stand on the sidelines and only talk about what others do, rather than do things themselves, are not the ones that make a difference. Don't be a spectator. Be the one "in the arena".

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