Last night I joined an #OTalk Research which was focused on rejection. Something which all of us will have encountered at some point. Whether it is an idea, something we’ve written, a grant we’ve applied for, an exam we’ve taken. Last night on the Twitter chat I mentioned a quote by Theodore Roosevelt: The Man in the Arena.  It was far too big to put in a tweet but I love it and wanted to share it.

It’s well worth keeping close by. It also feels extremely apposite for what we have all had to cope with over the last twelve months. So many people in many different walks of life have ‘entered the arena’ and have their faces figuratively marred by dust and sweat and blood. I suspect a lot of us will also have had, at some point, a sense of coming up short. Anyway, it’s an offering which may resonate with some of you.

“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.”  Theodore Roosevelt.

If you’d like to listen to a slightly longer version here you go……


This is sent with love to every single one of you who enter the arena. 

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