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  • Writer's pictureAlison

the man in the arena

Updated: Sep 15, 2019

I often recommend articles, books, TED talks etc. to the leaders and teams that I coach. So my intention is, as and when, to share resources that have resonated with me, whether rediscovering an old favourite or something new! So to kick off, I was reminded of this wonderful passage…

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, Paris 23 Apr 1910

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