“Quotes” they’re cliche, recycled, and usually incorrectly credited meme’s on facebook. Sometimes quotes are just a good thought that you need to get through your day; no matter who wrote them. I’m a believer that inspiration is something best taken in daily. A lot of time the right compilation of words will do it for me, or give me the mindset that I need for that day, week, month, year, years, to finish the task at hand.
One of my favorite quotes that I always like to return to is Theodore Roosevelt’s “Man in the Arena”. Theodore Roosevelt himself was what I like to consider a man’s man and was by no means physically gifted growing up as a very sickly child. Anyways here’s the quote which is a small excerpt from a larger document.
“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 – April 23, 1910
Seems like just about every person worth remembering endured some great struggle or struggles throughout their entire life. When I stop to think about it I don’t really know anyone whose life hasn’t been a struggle. The people who seem to be doing okay, or struggling the least, are really good at letting go of their struggles and seeing the possibility of achievement and reaching greatness, whatever that may be to them.
Embrace the struggle, and be awesome everyday.
See you soon,
Rochester Barbell Club
USAW Level 1 Club Coach 2009-current
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer