Gapingvoid - Be the Skin


After the Olympic summer, American now turns its full attention to its two biggest competitive obsessions – politics and football.

Hugh’s latest on Gapingvoid melds these both inspired by a quote on embracing failure that I’d come across a number of times by Theodore Roosvelt. They were cited in “Words I find inspiring” from editor of Spasmodic Disphonia and also cited in Stevyn Cogan’s post on embracing failure ‘On Failure’ (where he talks about the ‘Noble Failure’)…

  • “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 guess it I could create a virtual Mount Rushmore of American Presidents who embracing the positive force of failure to turn adversity to advantage, this inspired and inspiration speech would put Theodore Roosevelt up there with Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Richard Nixon and Abraham Lincoln,