Guest Post By Theodore Roosevelt On Ignoring The Critics

Today’s guest post is from Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt Jr., former president of the United States (26th — September 14, 1901 – March 4, 1909).  He was born October 27, 1858, and he died January 6, 1919 (Wikipedia).

Guest Post: Theodore Roosevelt — “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.”

It is not the critic who counts… he knows neither victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt

“What he said…”

Mr. Hobo Millionaire

Ignore the critics.

One thing you’ve got to learn to become successful is to ignore the critics. It’s never been stated more beautifully than how Mr. Roosevelt stated it. Now… go do the work.


Written by Mr. Hobo Millionaire
I blog about money, financial independence (FIRE), life, and entrepreneurship. I got rich slowly (over 20+ years) with a niche software business. I also failed at a number of other things (and mild success with a few others). I share what I did right along the way, and a lot of what I did wrong, with a goal to encourage you think differently about life and money.