One of my three words for 2017 is perseverance. I’ve been working hard on and in my business. I’ve had some successes and failures, some faster and some slower than others.
I recently re-found Theodore Roosevelt’s famous quote for his “Man in the Arena” speech in Paris 1910.
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.
Reading the quote and then the entire speech, I was reminded to take care not to critique too harshly the achievement of others. But, more importantly, I am encouraged to persevere in my own daring greatness. That greatness does not have to be big things; rather, the greatness can simply be striving to do, be, and have what I decide to pursue.
I hope you will be encouraged too.