When the president before him was assassinated, Theodore was thrust into the presidency at the young age of 42. His battle cry was, “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” He was behind the building of the Panama Canal, negotiated the end of the Russo-Japanese War, and was the first American to win the Nobel Peace Prize, even while he fought the politics of America in his day.
His contribution to my life and leadership includes this quote: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of 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; 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, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
1. Am I considered the kind of leader who is called a doer?
2. Do I give up when critics call?
3. Do I get up when I fall?
Philippians 1:6 “I am confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”