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.
Even Theodore Roosevelt knew the true power of striving for a better life and a better society. This is why we found this quote to be so apt for what we stand for at StriveMan, especially with the new Ken Burns documentary on the Roosevelts premiering this week on PBS.
Check it out tonight starting at 8 PM EST on PBS for more strivespiration, especially from one of the old school strivemen in Teddy Roosevelt. The series started this past Sunday, September 14th, 2014, and can be purchased on Amazon as a DVD, Blu-ray, Kindle book, or hardcover (See links below). Intriguing, insightful, and overall, very inspiring, I highly recommend it as something to own for those trying times when you need to invigorate your strive.
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History DVD
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History [Blu-ray]
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History [Kindle Edition]
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History: Enhanced with Audio and Video [Kindle Edition with Audio/Video]
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History Hardcover