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Small business owners and the 26th U.S. President

Here’s an inspiring quote from the 26th president of the United States. It’s most often shown as a paragraph, but I think the impact of his thoughts get lost in that form, so I present it to you here in a more tabulated way. Take a look and see if you recognize anyone.

“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.”

Of course, this is the wisdom of President Theodore Roosevelt, from over a century ago. I think he’s talking about you, small business owner.

Every day you enter the marketplace arena getting dirty and bloody while striving valiantly. You know that failure is the harness-mate of success so, when you err, you do so with great daring, understanding that you’ve learned something that might not have been revealed if success came too early or too easily.

Because you’ve experienced failure without submitting to defeat, it’s merely one aspect of your life, not something that defines you. And it’s not hyperbole for me to say that that single fact makes you the best hope for the future of the global marketplace and, therefore, the world.

I am so proud of all that you do and all that you stand for, small business owner. Teddy would be too.

Recently on my small business radio program, The Small Business Advocate Show, I talked about this Roosevelt passage and what it means to me. I think you’ll enjoy my expanded thoughts on the heroes of the global marketplace. Take a few minutes to listen, and be sure to leave your thoughts.

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