“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.”
– Theodore Roosevelt (Citizenship in a Republic, 1910)
Theodore Roosevelt’s quote is our all-time favourite here at MGC. Widely regarded as one of the greatest triumphs of rhetoric in history, “The Man in the Arena” is synonymous with the greatest of human achievements. It has inspired many to greatness, not the least of which was Francois Pienaar, who in 1995 was given a copy of the speech by Nelson Mandela before their victorious Rugby World Cup grand final against the heavily favoured All Blacks.
As business owners, we are all familiar with Roosevelt’s description of the entrepreneurial struggle. The metaphorical dust, sweat and blood of our daily battles cling to our minds like those which literally coat the body of a warrior or pioneer. Our errors and shortcomings – and we all have them – knock us down again and again, and it is only through sheer persistence and determination that we see our “great devotions” through to their triumphant end.
No one should walk the entrepreneurial path alone. McCarthy Global Consulting was created to partner with you, the business owner who is striving valiantly to change the world one day at a time. Whether you have a specific need, such as assistance in obtaining finance to continue to grow, or just require an objective sounding board to help keep your business on the straight and narrow, we have the capabilities and experience to assist.
We look forward to hearing from you.