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ChrisLands' Company Quote

The Man 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 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, 1910

Why This Quote?

Jaymes learned of this quote from an instructor when he attended the Infantry Officers Advanced Course in 1996. He thought it an incredibly profound quote especially, at the time, being an Infantry Officer who led soldiers. He truly feels that this should apply to everyone. If you are "not" in the Arena, if you are not striving everyday, then "get in the arena", strive! However, Jaymes has not always lived up to it himself and deeply regrets those periods in his life.

With the Third Age of ChrisLands, Jaymes is committed to living up to and to permeate the company culture with the meaning of this quote. Specifically:

  • Everyday we will strive to be The Man/Woman in the Arena
  • Everyday we will spend ourselves in a worthy cause
  • We might err, we might come short but we will strive to do the deeds
  • At the best, in the end, we will know the triumph of high achievement
  • If we fail, at least we will fail while daring greatly
  • So our place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat!

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