Motivational speaker and business leader Mary Kelly asked, “What is the best coaching advice you remember? In sports, business, life?”
I answered, “My Navy dad used to remind me of ‘The Man in the Arena’ quote. In other words, it’s easy for others to criticize when they are not in the thick of it. It has always stuck with me.”
Earlier in the week, I had also referred to this same quote by former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt in response to a different question.
Then last night, looking through some old memorabilia, I came across a piece of paper my father sent me when I was stationed in Korea in the late 1980’s.
The writing below the quote says, “This is a quote from Teddy Roosevelt. Fawn Hall told Congress they should read it.”
I figured there had to be a reason this quote appeared three times in one week. Was I needing a reminder? Was it a post-Father’s Day thought? Something else?
My cousin told me family research revealed our great-grandfather was one of Teddy Roosevelt’s Sergeant Majors with the Rough Riders. Maybe that explains it.
Whatever the reason, I felt compelled to share the sentiment of “The Man in the Arena” with others. If you have something to add to the conversation, please do!