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Quote of the Day ~ 9/2/10

“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 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 and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for 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 he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

~ Theodore Roosevelt

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  1. I think this quote gets at the heart of another main reason why people do not achieve success: fear of what other people will think of them if they should fail, and fear of what other people will think of them if they succeed (i.e. fear of being hated because of jealousy).

    1. Hi “John.” I do think that there are many reasons that hold people back from the success they are looking to achieve and insistent worry about what others think is definitely one of them. With that said, I think the heart of this quote is basically that “Life is about living”…whether or not you succeed or fail. Sitting on the “sidelines of life” and watching/judging others or having others do that to you is irrelevant. The only thing that matters is that you are out there, striving and trying your best to live the life you want to lead.

      Also, this is a great Growth Mindset quote, especially the “who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause” part…

      To know that you can work towards anything you want, while truly understanding that “falling” does not equal failing.

      1. Thank you John for reminding me of this quote. I agree with what you said concerning what the heart of quote is. I have had to recently personally apply the truth of this quote as I sought to understand and put into perspective some unrealized goals, and I have used this quote to encourage others.

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