Today I came accross the below quote that I had not read in a while. I felt it was a fitting and an eloquent expression of the struggle that many entrepreneurs / business owners have to go through to reach the other side of an industrious effort.
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It is a healthy reminder of the underlying depth of greatness.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man/woman who points out how the strong man/woman stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man / woman 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 / herself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he / she fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his / her place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
So…remember these words and remind yourself that you have already achieved more than most because you chose to step into the arena. Keep believing and fighting…..eventually you’ll get to the other side. And even if the outcome is defeat, you can keep your head up high knowing that you dared greatly.
Thank you Teddy Roosevelt.
Michael Campbell is the Founder and CEO of FullEffect International, Inc. and Managing Director of FullEffecting Marketing, a boutique consulting firm that provides small and medium size businesses advising services focused on product marketing, and global business development.