Why Being In The Game Is The Only Thing That Matters

One of my dear friend Blaine’s favorite quotes is from former US President Theodore Roosevelt.  

Here it is slightly edited by me for modern times: “It is not the critic who counts. The individual who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the person who is actually doing the work and making the effort could have done them better, is a critic, and that critic simply does not matter. Pay no attention to the critic.

There are no statues to critics. But every person who has been immortalized and honored by having a statue raised in their likeness, has for certain been the subject to massive criticism.

Pay attention instead to, and give credit to, the man who is actually doing the work and trying to get something done. Give full credit to the man whose face is covered with dust, and sweat, and blood. Give full credit to the person who strives valiantly; who makes lots of mistakes; who fails and fails yet again; who comes up short over and over; who keeps getting knocked down, yet keeps getting back up to try once more.

Remember that ALL effort comes with errors, mistakes and human shortcomings. The credit always belongs to those people that actually strive to do the deeds, not just talk about them. Pay attention to, and honor the person who lives with passion, enthusiasm, and spends his life committed to a worthy cause. This type of person at best knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement. And at the least, if he ultimately fails, he at least fails while daring greatly, always content in the knowingness that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls, those do-nothing critics, who know neither victory nor defeat.” 

Much Love,