Truly Great Wisdom


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Here’s one of the all-time classic quotes for you:

“It is not the critic who counts,
not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled,
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 the 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 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 know neither victory nor defeat.”

Theodore Roosevelt (Paris, Sorbonne, 1910)

Easy to read. Not so easy to live by.

What one thing could you do this week to cultivate this kind of team/business/family/community/county/country?

It could be as simple as encouraging someone you know who’s trying to do something different. Because anyone who’s actually in the arena needs that encouragement.

Have a great week.