There has been a lot of media attention lately, focusing on the efforts of Warriors. The attention from these critics may cause our front line Warriors to question themselves and create an opportunity for hesitation during critical times. As a patriot, a leader and a trainer I offer our Warriors this motivational piece of history, with the hopes that it will help remove any cloud of doubt and help them focus on the task at hand.
Print it off, post it for all to see and share with as many as possible.
The Man in the Arena
An excerpt from “Citizenship in a Republic”, a speech by Theodore Roosevelt, delivered at the Sorbonne Paris, France April 23, 1910.
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.
“Citizenship In A Republic” (PDF). Design.caltech.edu. Retrieved 2015-11-13