Teddy Roosevelt’s inspiring 1910 “Man in the Arena” speech has a powerful quote that has challenged folks for more than century.   My dad introduced me to the quote at a time when I was in need of some serious inspiration.

It is a call to 1 thing…purposeful action.

It is a reminder that playing armchair quarterback is easy; getting out onto the field is another story.

So if you haven’t stumbled onto this quote before, I hope it inspires you today.

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.