As the Spring unfolds this year, there are many industries that are battling through their peak season. Here is a message from Theodore Roosevelt for all of those who are in the arena fighting the good fight. The critics and naysayers will never know victory nor defeat. But those in the arena will at best know the triumph of high achievement, and at worst will fail while daring greatly.
“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 or defeat.”