Saturday, May 26, 2018

Be 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, The Man in the Arena

Was watching the NBA semifinals yesterday and LeBron had "The Man in the Arena" written on his shoes. Its true we sit on the couch and criticize players when they are less than perfect. In real life we love hearing about failure stories about those around us. Maybe it makes us feel better about ourselves, not doing anything.

Less criticizing. More doing. And less sports watching for me...