Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Man in the Arena

“It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, 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 and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; Who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” – President Theodore Roosevelt

I’ve observed that most followers or constituents don’t know half of the things that their leader does, so they are quick to criticize them. It takes a lot of energy (emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and physical) to lead effectively. Only those “in the arena” know this very fact of leadership life.

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