Wednesday, March 28, 2012

It is Not the Critic Who Counts

Last week, I posted an incredible talk by Brené Brown on Shame.  In her talk, she recited what I believe is one of the most motivational quotes ever.  It's by President Theodore Roosevelt on the man in the arena.

I'm not one of those people who can just recite amazing quotes at will. Mostly because I just don't have that part of my brain that some people have that allows them to memorize long passages easily.  However, this quote inspires me to want to memorize it.  It's that powerful.

Image Source: The Quote Collective

"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 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 up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for 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 knew neither victory nor defeat."

—Theodore Roosevelt

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