February 20 2014
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Josey Orr
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The Man in The Arena

One of America's most famous presidents was a guy named Theodore Roosevelt. On April 23, 1910 he gave a speech at the Sorbonne in Paris. His speech was titled "Citizenship In A Republic". Below is an amazing excerpt from the speech, referred to as "The Man In The Arena": 

"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."

The lesson that we can all learn from this quote is very simple. We must all dare to forge our own path, but in order to do so we must be willing to fail and we must be willing to struggle. If we live a risk and struggle free life, we will never reach the great heights of personal achievement. To live safely only guarantees you one thing; a place amongst the cold souls who neither know victory or defeat. 

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