Theodore Roosevelt on Haters

Not sure if it’s just a Twitter and Basketball thing but I come across the term hater a lot.  Usually it’s used as a self-motivator, or proof that you are on a bigger stage.  Personally I feel that if they are pushing out negative energy or no energy, then they aren’t worth yours.  But don’t listen to me, listen to what Teddy Roosevelt has to say on ‘haters’:

“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 know neither victory nor defeat.” -Theodore Roosevelt

One last thing to consider. Think of all the instances in your life where you have truly faced a ‘hater’. Take some time to really think about this. Now think of all the times where you have had the utmost support from those around you.  I’m confident the latter is much more common. Don’t focus your energy on the few critics there may be around you. If you give them your focus and energy you give them power over you.  Ignore them, unless your bucket is overflowing with positive energy, then help them.

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