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
I have learned that it’s better to try and fail than to do nothing at all. As a mentor and business leader, I’ve shared this quote with my mentees, management team, and staff. Effort is noble. It takes great courage to be the person who takes a STAND, takes the initiative, and pursues his/her dreams. There is honor in giving your best and failing. However, there is no honor in choosing not to try for fear of failure or criticism.
There will always be naysayers and dissenters to discourage you from flying. They have this negative attitude because they are scared to fly themselves. So instead of stepping out on their faith and soaring with the eagles, they would rather keep you on the ground with them – the chickens. And if you are not careful about who you surround yourself with, you will lose sight of your ability to soar.
I encourage you to believe in your ability and your vision no matter how many times you have fallen. Embrace the opportunity to pursue your purpose, and if you fall, fall forward. Falling forward means that when you fall, you take a lesson from that fall with you…moving forward into the future. Do not allow the fall to stop your forward momentum.