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“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 credits belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly…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.

Theodore Roosevelt

 

To be innovative takes great courage. It takes a willingness to risk, it takes a belief strong enough to withstand the haters. Everyone who’s ever decided to do something new was called “crazy” by the critics. Yet through it all they persevered, sparking the light bulb, claiming the world wasn’t flat, creating a computer small enough to fit in your home. They took the dare and it paid off.

Expect to hear, “no,” expect to see looks of disbelief. But if those speaking out against you aren’t themselves in the arena, sweaty and dusty, then why would you be interested in hearing what they have to say anyway?  The clean need not apply!

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