{Monday MotiBright} Theodore Roosevelt – “In the Arena…”

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“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 read this quote last week (well, part of it) in this lovely short interview with Bene Brown. If you’ve never seen her wonderful TED talk, I’ve embedded it below for you.

I adore this quote. Let those of us who are feminists put aside the quaint use of the word ‘man’ here, (and those of us who are female, replace it with Xena-Warrior-Princess version of ourselves) and focus on the message.

Are you in the arena?

If you’re reading this, I’m hazarding a guess that you are.

There is something you want. Something you are striving towards.

Whether you succeed or fail is – in the long run – almost irrelevant. Because if you fail at this, I have no doubt that you will succeed in something else.

Because it is only those who are in the arena – striving, overcoming pain and obstacles, failing – who every achieve anything of note in this world.

I have no doubt that you – while striving to achieve your dream – have encountered the critic and the naysayer that Roosevelt speaks of.

They are not who you should be listening to.

Listen to the advice of someone who has done what you want to do – yes.

But do NOT listen to the criticism of those who are jealous, envious, or simply completely lacking in understanding about what it is that you want to achieve.

Take your eyes off those critics in the stands, and bring your focus back to whatever it is you’re battling in the arena.

That is where your focus needs to be – for that is the only place where you will make progress towards your dreams.


Here’s Bene Brown speaking on the power of vulnerability:


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{Monday MotiBright} “Define Your Own Success…”

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“Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.” ~ Anne Sweeney.

I think one of the most important things you can do when you start out in business is take the time to define what success means to you.

If you search ‘success’ here on the blog, you’ll find that we talk about it a LOT.

We have fortnightly ‘Success Stories‘ interviews, I’ve shared my thoughts on how to create your own personal Success List, and we’ve also discussed that other people’s success is something we can’t define from the outside. Heck, I even have a Top 10 list of things you need to do to have a successful online craft business.

That’s a lot of success talk.

One thing you’ll notice, though, is while different people might use similar strategies and walk similar paths to reach that elusive thing we dub ‘success’, we all have VERY different ideas about what success actually is.

For me, success is doing something I enjoy every day. Making something beautiful that people love. Helping others to achieve their dreams. Earning enough money to feed, shelter, clothe, and entertain me, Nick and the cats. And also enough so we can travel regularly. One day, when we’ve built our little house, I want to buy a home by the beach.

Being respected. Doing good things with my life. Being healthy. Feeling joy every day.

To me – that’s success.

For you, it might be something different.

Care to share with us? What is ‘success’ to you?

P.S. I’ve been making MotiBrights for a while, but I thought it was time to start sending them to you each Monday to give you an inspirational/motivational thought to kick off the week. I hope you enjoy the new shot of Monday goodness.

P.P.S. No, you’re not going crazy – they used to be called InspirationBombs, but I decided to change the name as the lovely Clare Bowditch calls her awesome Big Hearted Business videos ‘Inspiration Bombs’. I don’t know who used the term first, but I decided to change mine in order to avoid any confusion! 🙂 Plus, I came up with the name ‘MotiBright’ and it made me so happy, I had to use it!


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