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Are You In the Arena?

Updated: Nov 9, 2022

“Are you in the arena?” Teddy Roosevelt wrote this in a speech he gave in 1910 and it is still incredibly relevant. I keep asking myself, where are the great leaders today? Read the speech below, and let me know what you think.

"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."

How powerful.

Ask yourself: are you a critic or a person in the arena? I’m willing to bet that your answer to this will reveal some interesting things about yourself. I hope you will strive to be a person in the arena.

Until next time…I’m Marty, make every minute count.


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