Colleen discusses one of her favorite sayings, Get in the Arena, in this week’s solo podcast. She discusses the origin of this statement and how she applies this in her own life. We learn that The Man in the Arena is an excerpt from the speech “Citizenship In A Republic” by Theodore Roosevelt. This empowering phrase serves as a source of inspiration to get out there and take risk and as a defense against the critics that take shots from the sideline. And remember that if you are out in the arena, never ever let the critics from the side get you down because unless they are out there trying as well, their criticism means nothing. It’s easy to take shots at others when you are not in the game yourself. So go ahead and make your life the best life it can be. Get in the arena and go have some fun and make things happen!
For future reference, here is the excerpt called, “ The Man in the Arena”
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.