Theodore Roosevelt is far and away my favorite president. I might even say he is my favorite historical figure . I respect Theodore Roosevelt because not only was he a smart, capable politician in addition he lived as a true American. He was well known for his "cowboy" persona. But above all I respect this man because of the manner in which he conducted himself in the face of adversity which he routinely faced throughout both his personal and public life. When I am feeling down I like to turn to those who have come before me and led successful lives for inspiration and encouragement. One of these individuals is Theodore Roosevelt and the quote I want to share with you today is one I draw motivation from on a regular basis. I hope it does for you what it does for me, “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 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 and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for 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 he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.” 

-Theodore Roosevelt