Teddy Roosevelt on Entrepreneurs: The Man in Arena

Tonight I had the opportunity to attend a wonderful retirement celebration for Sam Williams of the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Sam has been an amazing leader of the Atlanta community for two decades starting with Central Atlanta Progress prior to the Olympics and through the Chamber for 17 years. At the end of his remarks he quoted Teddy Roosevelt’s famous speech titled “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.

Entrepreneurs and other leaders that put themselves out there to make a positive impact best exemplify the man in the arena.

Thank you to Sam for being the man in the area for so many years and helping our city take great steps to realizing our potential.

One thought on “Teddy Roosevelt on Entrepreneurs: The Man in Arena

  1. I have loved that quote for a long time, and it is very apropos for entrepreneurs. The quote actually continues:
    “Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those timid spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.”

    I recall having this same discussion with @JeffHilimire:
    http://jeffhilimire.com/2012/09/the-man-in-the-arena/

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