Our 4th Quarter Failure Institute Summit is coming up on Friday, October 27th from 8:00 to 9:30 am at our spacious new location, TheWell.community, which is the new home for Apprentice University. There is easy access from I-74 in Brownsburg. We have plenty of room for everyone, so please forward this invitation to someone you know who would benefit.
I met Kristin Van Busum, the Founder and CEO of Project Alianza, at this year’s TEDx Indianapolis event where she presented her gripping failure story. Project Alianza’s mission is to provide children living in the coffeelands the education and skills they need to break free of generations of poverty. Kristin and her team are overcoming enormous obstacles to make a difference in Nicaragua today… but that’s not how her story began and it’s that part of her story – and lessons learned – that Kristin will recount for our benefit.
Registration is free and time is running out – so sign up to join us today.
Our 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt, was a great orator and writer, especially on the subject of character. An essential component of good character is a healthy attitude towards failure. Roosevelt was a very practical man who viewed his failures as an integral part of his legacy. He recognized that both his successes and failures shaped him and defined who he was. His attitude towards failure is captured in his famous quote about The Man in the Arena, from his speech entitled “Citizenship in a Republic” given on April 23, 1910 in Sorbonne, Paris.
The Famous Quote:
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.
My personal thoughts about The Man in the Arena can best be summarized by another Roosevelt quote regarding history:
It is of little use for us to pay lip-loyalty to the mighty men of the past unless we sincerely endeavor to apply to the problems of the present precisely the qualities which in other crises enabled the men of that day to meet those crises.
I believe President Roosevelt summed it up nicely.