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Things to Think About - The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, ...

By Pepper de Callier

“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, who strives valiantly; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause.  Who at best, knows the triumphs 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 know neither victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States

To me, this sums up quite nicely, what I feel is at the heart of self-respect and a healthy sense of self-confidence--a perspective on life that timid souls will never know.  In addition, for those who have experienced what President Roosevelt speaks of, it gives them a sense of empathy and patience for others as they serve their time in the “arena”.

Till next time…

About the Author: Pepper de Callier is one of the most respected senior executive coaches and authorities on leadership in Europe. Learn more about him at  

Things to Think About Series by Pepper de Callier:

Things to Think About (By Pepper de Callier) 12.05.2014
Who you are speaks so loudly, I can’t hear a word you’re saying 19.05.2014
The secret to success is to maintain enthusiasm between failures 26.05.2014
When you are the anvil, hold you still.  But, when you are the hammer, strike your fill 02.06.2014
Success is getting what you want.  Happiness is wanting what you get 09.06.2014
I am not an Athenian, I am not a Greek, I am a citizen of the world 22.06.2014
When I’m afraid of losing, I never win 30.06.2014
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear 21.07.2014 
Our greatest freedom is the freedom to choose our attitude 28.07.2014 


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