You Neither Know Victory or Defeat

“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.”

Great quote from the speech “Citizenship In A Republic“.  Read this and be motivated. This paragraph spoken by a wise man Teddy Roosevelt, has become a famous quote for obvious reasons. Many of those who are attempting greatness will meet along the way hardships, pitfalls and critics. It is a difficult climb to reach the summit of success. You will doubt yourself and others will doubt your efforts and abilities but the President exclaims that no matter whether your efforts are unfruitful you are the man in the arena and are to be respected and admired more than anyone whose too afraid to even make an attempt.

Have hope, have faith and continue on your warrior path and let no one ever convince otherwise.