“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 spends himself in a worthy cause; who at 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
“…if he/she fails, at least fails while daring greatly”
It is really hard to “be in the arena”, to take risks, to come up short, to know that failure is inevitable.
To those of us who have dreamed big, taken a risk, stepped into the arena of life – we have dared greatly. Oprah said “failure is another steppingstone to greatness” and I completely agree. Each mistake or failure is a step toward growth.
When things don’t quite go your way, when your launch is met with crickets, when your stats are stagnant, when you don’t come through on a project, when a client cancels out of the blue, it causes you to change, to grow. It causes you to say “next time, I will…”
And there will be a next time. You will get up out of the dirt and brush yourself off, and take the next step. Hopefully there will be others beside you who will help brush you off and give you a pep talk to get back out in the arena.
Because you have taken a risk. You have put yourself out there. You have dared greatly.
My advice to those of you that have a dream, have a big idea, or know that you can do something to better our community and world, do not be afraid to fail. You will have joined those who have dared greatly!