Why You Want To Be The Man In The Arena

I’m one of those people that’s big into quotes, casue I use them as truths, mottos and guidelines to live by, but then they’re the ones that stop me dead in my tracks and send shivers up my spine. When I first read The Man in the Arena speech by Theodore Roosevelt, it brought tears to my eyes and it had me reading the verse over and over again. It was heavy, deep and full of so much truth.

Gosh it takes guts, strength and determination to go forth and live your best life. We all need motivation, courage, inspiration and truth, to overcome the fear of trying or to strive to do better. Although the speech was given in 1910, nothing much has really changed. If I can implore one thing in you, is that I hope you always try. For the act of doing will always be greater than the act of standing still. Dare to be that person in the arena.


The Man In The Arena Speech:

Words to live by.

Man In The Arena Speech Curated Cool

“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.

Man In The Arena Speech Curated Cool

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,

Man In The Arena Speech Curated Cool

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;

Man In The Arena Speech Curated Cool

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.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Man In The Arena Speech Curated Cool

Photographed by Patric Massou

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