No kidding! Teddy wrote this just for me—for writers everywhere!
“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of good deeds could have done 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 and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and 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 know neither victory nor defeat.” ~Teddy Roosevelt
Well, obviously he didn't write it for me. I wasn't even born yet. But his words rang true with me, and I’m sure they will ring true with other writers as they face bad reviews and criticism by people how have never attempted to write a book in their lives. However, I’m sure this will resonate in other people’s hearts as well.
How about you? What have you attempted to do in your life with which you have received criticism? Does Teddy’s words help you to press on? Drop me a comment and let me know.
Cindy A. Christiansen
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