The Man In The Arena

September 3, 2008

Just changed the blog’s title, from the default “Rajkumar’s Weblog”, to “The Man In The Arena”. For those who may not already know the context..

Came across a quote by Theodore Roosevelt, referred to in this TechCrunch post. Yossi Vardi uses it to draw an analogy to entrepreneurs.

“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.”

From the Wikipedia entry related to this quote…

Someone who is heavily involved in a situation that requires courage, skill, or tenacity (as opposed to someone sitting on the sidelines and watching), is sometimes referred to as “the man in the arena.”

In this blog, I will primarily share with you my personal experiences, from the journey of being “the man in the arena”. Hence the title.