Day #937:The Man in the Arena

In 1910, Theodore Roosevelt gave a speech in Paris to the French Parliament and was quoted as saying:

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.

The question is, which one are you? The critic or the man in the arena?

The one who picks faults with the performance of others, or the one being scrutinised?

The one who blogs about the shortcomings of those with high profiles, or the one who blogs about how others can be as successful as them?

The one complaining, or the one doing?

I hope that you would agree with me that the world has enough critics. It’s easy to complain, critic and see whats wrong in someone’s work. Thats why no one remembers critics. Thats why no odes are written about the greatest critics the world has ever know.

Anyone who takes the pain to create something knows how difficult it is to overcome yourself and make something you know people might not like.

We need more men and women in the arena, making a difference and doing the work. We dont need more critics.

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