The Man in the Arena

I have been trying to finish Clive Woodwards book ‘Winning’ which is a good read for both sport and business as he reorganised the England Team into a more profesional outfit using many methods he had applied to his business’s in the past.

After a bad defeat by the Irish he used this statement to help the team understand why they had to forget the defeat and move on – I think it might help all of us in business right now to understand why we turn up at our desks every day – they went on to win the world cup!

The Man in the Arena

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.