The Man In The Arena


We live in a culture where your mediocrity is rewarded by-weekly. Where the monetary gift is just enough to keep you from quitting, and you work hard enough so you won’t be fired.

This is the post industrial philosophy and it’s failing.

I have never been one to appreciate the post industrial mindset, but you have to admit the indoctrination is seductive. A propaganda model that both rewards you for following the rules and penalizes you for not following directions.

But if it’s failing so…

  • Who will lead?
  • What will take its place?
  • Why?
  • Where will you go?
  • How will you get there?

The short answer is you. You now have the authority to define what your life will become. You now stand at the crossroads of mediocrity and remarkable. You need to ask yourself based on your past, present and future conditions, what is the wisest choice? I feel that Theodore Rosevelt illustrates what your wisest choice must be:

”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
Excerpt from the speech “Citizenship In A Republic”