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.” – Teddy Roosevelt


The Great Teddy Roosevelt


This is one of the favorite quotes of a man who has done at all.  The great Teddy Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States (1901–1909).  This is a great man who was not only a great leader, but he is the quintessential man’s man.  His masculine identity is what I am striving for.  Go ahead and look him up in Google and you know how great this man is.

Here are five golden nuggets I learned from great Teddy:

  1. Being the man that I want – I am imitating from Teddy, until I get the consistent results
  2. Living in my own reality – Learning why this is important in our lives
  3. Develop iron clad strong realty – When the going gets tough, the tough get going. This way, we won’t crumble under pressure.
  4. Bad behaviors are not accepted – Setting a boundary
  5. Challenging myself in doing uncomfortable things – Pushing the limits of comfort, expanding


By doing above five traits from Teddy, it leads to strong sense of self and secure identity.  Here are the six results stemming from above:

  1. No justifying – I know what I want
  2. No defending – I don’t need to defend my action. I am set
  3. No explaining – Secure in decision making
  4. No rationalization – No need to second guess
  5. No seeking approval – Secure in my own action. No validation needed
  6. Not allowing things to affect me emotionally – Strong sense of self, no need to be swayed emotionally by anyone or anything else.

“The ancients say, ‘The man who enjoys well can also subject to great suffering.  The man who feels little pain is capable of feeling but little joy.’ Enjoying life to its fullest, not settling for mediocrity.”

I am at cause in my Universe. Learn it, memorize it, quote it, live it, and most importantly, enjoy it. -SjC

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