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It is not the critic who counts – just do the stuff you are meant to do

It is not the critic who counts – just do the stuff you are meant to do 

Someone whom I consider to be a good friend just shared the following quote from Teddy Roosevelt with me.

“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.”

I read it once and made so much sense to me. I read it again right away as it pulled me right back in. I have tried homing in on the things that only I should be doing. I used to care a lot about what other people would say and I often tried appeasing them. It did not feel right not being all-inclusive with everyone. I had to learn a hard life lesson that I cannot always avoid folks not being happy with me. Do not misunderstand me here. I will always attempt first figuring out how I can make everyone better off with what I am doing. I will just no longer compromise on things when I know that there is a better possible outcome just because there are critics out there who will spend ample time pontificating about what could be done rather than starting to do something themselves. I am with President Roosevelt here. I would rather be the one whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood. I need to be part of the solution and not the problem.

Are you with me?

Ralf

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3 thoughts on “It is not the critic who counts – just do the stuff you are meant to do

  1. Don Begneaud on said:

    Ralf,
    Wow, how so can I relate to this blog!!! We humans are so Blessed yet so many take life for granted not knowing that individual’s habitual thoughts (Positive or Negative) controls one’s destiny.
    I have made mistakes and bad choices yet I know how much positive influence I have contributed to others around the world. In the recent tough economy (8 years running) I have been called an “Eternal Optimist, Idealist & Non-Realistic” just to name a few.
    In the past I would always try to defend my thoughts and actions. Now I am starting to be less defensive and ask questions of clarity.
    Don
    AKA the paradox guy

    “I am a commitment to inspiring others to collaborate, creating new value for all to enjoy”

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