The Man In The Arena

The Man In The Arena is an excerpt from Theodore Roosevelt’s now famous speech ‘Citizenship In A Republic‘ delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910.

It is one of my favourite quotes as it acts to both strengthen resolve in adversity and celebrate success in victory:

“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.” – Theodore Roosevelt

It is almost impossible not to be stirred by such powerful words. So, who will you be today? The critic – or the Man In The Arena?

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Michael Field, Managing Director for Michael Field Pty Ltd.

Snap Back to Reality

My last blog post was September 10, 2012, entitled Social Media #Fail.

At 3.37pm the following day my beautiful wife Catherine gave birth to our handsome little son Harry Emerson Field. Harry weighed a healthy 3.5kg, was 50cm long and is a happy, healthy soul.

Harry is now eight months old, loving life and completely occupying all the spare time his besotted dad (and mum) have available.

This is where the ‘social media fail’ kicks in… I can’t believe it is eight months since my last blog post!

No excuses. I am back in the saddle and writing again.

Stay tuned.


Michael Field, Director at Michael Field Pty Ltd.

Social Media #Fail

What is the current obsession with failure?

Why is #fail such a popular social media meme?

How come so many people are happy to ‘stacks-on’ or ‘dog pile’ when someone makes a mistake online?

What possesses trolls to deliberately seek people out and antagonise them?

What possible satisfaction can anyone derive from just finding fault in others?

People make mistakes. I get that.

Companies get things wrong too. I get that.

Sometimes people (and companies) repeat mistakes. Don’t we all?

But when a person or a company makes a mistake, isn’t the public display of that mistake punishment enough?

Is there really any point in jumping on the bandwagon, pointing and screeching for their head to be spiked in the town square?

For what it’s worth, I am over the #fail.

I am for people trying, failing and trying again.

Screw the haters.


Michael Field, Director at Michael Field Pty Ltd.