“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 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
This quote embodies my personal philosophy about life & learning. So often, we are deterred by the words and actions of those around us. As future leaders, I want my students to understand that in life, when we try to do great things, we are often met with adversity, negativity and disrespect. We must remember that those “cold and timid souls” who stand on the sidelines of life should not control the destiny of greatness. Greatness lies within all of us. It is our job as teachers and administrators to encourage students to DARE GREATLY! Are YOU up for the challenge?