Motivational Monday

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

Brene Brown first introduced me to this quotation by Teddy Roosevelt.  I loved it because I have often, throughout my life, asked those who seem to be more observers than players how the view was from the cheap seats, because here on the field, the situation looks a lot different.  Because here is the thing – the person on that field fighting, the person who gets knocked down but gets back up to continue the fight – those are the people that don’t fail even if they lose because they were in the game – playing hard – and doing their best.  Their place will always be above those who sat in the cheap seats, watching, and criticizing.  

Those who Dare Greatly always rise above those who risked nothing.

Which are you?

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