Hi everyone! I want to post about this as a way of doing two things. First, to let you see how important it is for you to take risks – and second, for you to give the risk takers some respect.
This is a quote from CITIZENSHIP IN A REPUBLIC, Theodore Roosevelt, “The Man In The Arena,” Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, France, April 23, 1910:
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.
I have bolded my favorite parts. Roosevelt teaches us that first of all, we don’t want to be a critic. A cold and timid soul who doesn’t have the balls to do what the risk takers have. We want to put ourselves into the arena with some blood, sweat and tears so that even if we fail, that’s a million times better than sitting on the sidelines being too afraid.
I also want to point out that as consumers, as buyers, we have to give props to the people who put something out there and TRY. I’m not talking about people who set out to rip you off. I’m talking about people who might screw something up here and there. Get it out of your head that everyone’s a con artist. MOST people are good.
So if someone doesn’t email you back right away or you see a typo or their formatting isn’t right or they sound crappy on audio – give them some amount of respect for attempting to help you and share something with you. Even if it’s not a perfect product, they tried.
As a marketer, be so glad you’re not a timid soul who merely comments on other peoples’ work. What a sad life that must be. This quot ought to give you the OOMPH you need to do whatever you need to do with a little less fear a little more pride in the fact that you accomplished something – that you finished something.
If nothing else, you’ve earned my respect when you do this.