Be in the Arena

What does it mean to be “In the Arena?”

I wrote this blog post this week for a client whom I love working alongside.  I loved it so much, it made me think I should share it with you as well.

Be 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 in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly…who knows the 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 have never known neither victory nor defeat.”

 – President Theodore Roosevelt

I simply love that quote.  I know that it embodies the drive, grit, and commitment to excellence that I strive for day in and day out.

Anything less for me, is just busy work.

But getting into the arena is hard.  It is scary, and it is not for the mildly committed.  Regardless of your business, ‘getting in the arena’ is the act of getting fully committed to being the best in the world in your field, and being honest enough with yourself to know it and act upon it.

Sadly, today many people allow themselves to be wrapped up in limitations, physical or mental, in such a way that they end up on the sideline of life, blaming others for what they are not allowed to do.

I do not want that.  Nor do I want that for you.

I believe it is better to try and fail than to not try at all.  Because when you try and fail, the lesson in the failure is a giant step up toward your success.

I have experienced incredible success, as well as brutal failure.  I can assure you that the most powerful and most useful lessons have come from the difficult road along the way.  But the good news is that your success in the arena, once you fully commit, is almost always right there in plain sight.

The real core of the battle is in placing yourself in the arena in the first place.  Everyone else is just going through the motions of success rather than building it for real.

So what about you?  Are you in the arena?

If you are not sure where to begin or you would like to know how to get started, I invite you to a brief call about how to get where you want to go.


Kevin is a husband to Susie, dad to Natalee and Mallory, step-dad to Carlea and Abbie, a  life-long musician, avid photographer, political junkie, internet addict, and developing author. Connect via Twitter  or Facebook or via Linkedin.  To request a free 20-Minute Breakout Call, click here.


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