“The Man in the Arena – Daring Greatly”

We should all step into the arena of life and Dare Greatly.  Showing up is not enough; we need to participate actively in life.

“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.” 

The passage above is from Theodore Roosevelt speech “Citizenship in a Republic”, given in France in April 1910.  The passage which is referred to as the “The Man in the Arena”, encourages us to all step into the arena of life and Dare Greatly.

Showing up is not enough; we need to participate actively in life.
Don’t be the person on the sidelines cheering on the man in the arena, because he is doing something. Cheering because his courage gives you hope that if and when you do decide to take action, you too will be as courageous as him.

Don’t be the person on the sidelines, the critic, secretly hoping he fails. Hoping he fails, because he dared to take action; because he dared to rise. He dared to raise his head about the parapet. Don’t secretly be hoping he fails because by daring has he put you to shame.  You also had opportunities, but you dared not.

Step into the arena and dare greatly.


About the author

Jacqueline Akakpo

Jacqueline believes that individuals have the power to make an enormous difference and is passionate about helping people achieve their potential. She had a varied career which includes working as a trainer, marketing professional and civil engineer. She has worked in the UK, Spain and Ghana. She is the founder of www.alessordinarylife.com

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