Posted by: malstott | March 4, 2010

Get in the Game

“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.” Theodore Roosevelt

When is the last time you tried to do something that made you so nervous that you felt nauseous? Do you have the skills and the pedigree but not the guts to step out and show the world what you have to offer? I see this in my own life. I hesitate because I fear that I will be made a fool or that I will wipe out or that I will say something wrong. Afterwards, I regret not taking the step forward whether it is in sport, business or conversation. When I do step forward I have a pretty good batting average (Ty Cobb holds the record for highest career batting average with .367, which means he struck out a lot)  but I do sometimes fail. It is easy to point to other’s failures as the reason to not step out. Easier still to point to my own failures and stay stuck.

I think that Roosevelt is right. You can’t critique others if you haven’t taken the risk yourself. Climb into the arena and risk it.

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