I came across something today that I believe many people, including myself, need to be reminded of on a daily basis.
In his speech “Citizenship in a Republic,” Theodore Roosevelt famously said:
“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.”
How many times will I pick myself up from failure and disappointment to continue moving toward the goal, toward those things that will make a positive impact in the lives of others? I will do it as many times as it takes, to accomplish the goal!