It is not the critic who counts….

Theodore Roosevelt, the Rough Rider.

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“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 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 up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for 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 he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

~~Theodore Roosevelt

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About Christian Paulsen

Christian Paulsen is an Executive Consultant with 20 years of Lean Manufacturing. Chris adds value to organizations by driving process improvement and bottom line savings. Chris intends to help others by sharing the lessons learned after a quarter century of operational leadership, marriage, parenting, and even longer as a Cubs fan. Your comments on this blog are welcome. You can also connect with Chris via LinnkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook in the right sidebar. Chris welcomes your comments. Christian's professional services are available by contacting him through LinkedIn (right side bar)
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4 Responses to It is not the critic who counts….

  1. HL BISE says:

    This is, by far, my favorite quote! It’s been on my desk for years, and I read it all of the time. Thanks for posting!

  2. Mark Welch says:

    T.R. is one of our greatest presidents, IMHO. He did so much: Panama Canal, busting up of monopolies, national park system to name a few. I think the Republican Party should look to his example to become what it is truly capable of becoming – bold, progressive, forward-thinking, and in it for everyone.

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