After these past 4 years I thought that this is a fitting 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.”
– Teddy Roosevelt
This is also especially fitting for any small business owner who goes to work everyday and succeeds in spite of what sometimes seems like insurmountable odds. And if they should fail, then at least they tried and will never have to play the “what if” game. As we have been shown, dare to try great things. In some of your efforts you may have success, while others not so much. But in the end you will be the one to have made a difference, not the critic, and that’s what counts.