It’s a cliche as old as, well, cliches. It’s the battle between those can and do versus the critics. Well, when someone’s been unemployed awhile, or looking to do something different, the last thing one needs is a critic. Tell someone, someone you love, that you are going to quit your job and start a business – what do you think is going to be the response? Those who love us are, sometimes, our worst naysayers (and they truly do mean well).
Then there are those who would hold you back for negative reasons, like fear, jealousy, spite – you get the picture.
When confronted at times when everyone felt the need to tell to say it can’t or shouldn’t be done, I have always reflected on the words of President Theodore Roosevelt who said,
“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man (or woman – my word) stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly…who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at 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 have never known neither victory nor defeat.”
Wow, there is power in those words.