The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena
One of my favourite passages is by former US President Theodore Roosevelt who said…
“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena;
whose face is marred by sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again because there is no effort without error and shortcoming;
who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotion, spends himself in a worthy cause; who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who have never tasted victory or defeat.”
I absolutely love this passage, it truly personifies the goal of us all as human beings to measure ourselves against ourselves. Are we in the arena or are we on the outside pointing out where ‘doers’ failed.
It is little wonder why there has never been a single statue erected to a critic. LyndonFarrington.co.uk