It is Not the Critic Who Counts

sprintI was reflecting today on a quote I saw years ago at a track and field competition, posted on a stadium wall.
I clearly remember the impact it had on me then. It has stayed with me for life and become a philosophy I choose to live by. Here it is:
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
So, are you in the Arena?





  1. Barry,

    Great and inspiring!


  2. Thanks John!
    I know you’re definitely IN THE ARENA!

  3. Hey Barry,

    That’s the stuff that really drives me buddy!
    It’s all about being in the trenches and not hanging out with the souls that have no idea of victory or defeat.

    Great quote from a great man.


  4. Barry …. Such a Great Quote! Thanks for sharing 🙂
    – Cassie

  5. Thanks Cassie!
    Always good to see you.

  6. Barry,

    Now those were definitely some inspiring words my friend! 🙂

    Here’s one for you that relates to that quote…

    “The Person Who Says It Cannot Be Done Should Not Interrupt The Person Who Is Doing It”

    Glad to know you,

    – Yo

  7. Yo!

    I love that!! That sums it up!

    …..Likewise my friend,


  8. Hey Barry,
    You don’t strike me as the “philosophical” type…but great post from a great man. Definitely words to live by. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

    To Your Continued Success,

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