The Man in the Arena:
“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.” – Theodore Roosevelt
This speech was given on April 23, 1910. Over a century old and people still look at this speech as a reminder on how to approach their life.
And in all honesty, why not?
This speech is a great reminder that what matters at the end of the day is our effort. What matters is our will. What matters is our determination. What matters is not our wins or losses but the fact that we were willing to actually step outside our comfort zone, put some work in and actually try.
People who are not willing to try will pass judgement on what we seek in life. And that is ok, let them. Their judgement won’t determine our outcome, our actions will.
So step out of your comfort zone and dare greatly.