The Man in the Arena

When I began this journey there were (and still are) a lot of doubts that I had. There were the usual doubts of, “should I step away from the beaten path and try the road less traveled?” or “what if I fail?”, which are the standard questions someone would and should ask if they were about to change careers. However, I also contended with some pretty vicious doubts that were all based on how others would perceive me, “if I end my career as a medical researcher to become a jewelry designer will people think less of me?”, “will my family still be proud of me”, “will I still be proud of myself, if others don’t value my new career path?”. These types of questions can stifle the creative process because you are focusing your internal dialogue and decisions largely on how other people would feel about you, and that’s no bueno!  I’ll definitely talk more in depth on this topic in future posts but for now, I’ll leave with this quote…

“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


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