I came across an excerpt from a speech given by Theodore Roosevelt on one of my favourite blogs. The speech was given in Paris in 1910, but it seems just as relevant today for someone running a small business like mine. I found it inspiring, so I thought I’d share it with you all.
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.
So if you believe enough in yourself and you work hard enough, and if things still fail at least you failed while daring greatly. But then you go again, pick yourself up and try again. Are you the Man in the Arena?
The full speech can be read here, http://www.theodoreroosevelt.org/research/speech%20arena.htm