I’m a big failure…
It’s true. I’ve written about being a failure here.
And guess what?
My list of non-accomplishments grows longer and longer every year…
So the following quote from President Theodore Roosevelt’s speech “Citizenship in a Republic” spoke to me. And because I know I’m not alone in stumbling a time or two, I thought I should pass it along…
“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.”
That’s it for today… short and sweet because I don’t want to try to compete with those powerful words from President Roosevelt!
As always, be sure to share your thoughts below. Did the quote inspire you to rise above some of your stumbles?
– Philip Tirone