Theodore Roosevelt's Creed for Risk Takers and Doers
With bold effort comes exposure to failure and criticism. To be sure, playing it safe, conforming to culture, riding the coattails of others, doing "normal" things, and avoiding risk is the road well traveled.
Theodore Roosevelt's words provide encouragement to anyone who takes risks and dares to live outside of comfort zones.
“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
“Citizenship in a Republic,” Speech at Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910