For All the Leaders and Difference Makers: All Time Favorite Quote

If you want to be a leader or if you want to make a difference be prepared to be criticized. Be prepared for people who are in the stands to comment, blog or tweet about you. But it is worth it, it is so worth it, living a life worth living means at times taking the darts.

The quote below is by one of the greatest leaders in US history, Teddy Roosevelt. I have a poster  with this quote hung in my office, I have given it to the Lobo Basketball team (Who gets a bit critiqued from time to time, or like all the time), and I believe every leader or difference maker needs to heed his words and push forward!

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. -Teddy Roosevelt


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