Tough Talk 3: Choosing the Arena

On Today’s episode of Tough Talk a Postmodern Patriot Series, Isaac Wyant and I discuss our favorite Theodore Roosevelt Quote, “The Man in the Arena.” We talk about the surface level analogy of this concept and the deeper level analogy. We discuss the implications of failure on success and some of our favorite failures in life. We also talk about why it is important to choose your own arena and step into it regardless of the outcome. I know this episode will encourage you to avoid becoming one of those timid souls who knows neither victory nor defeat.

The Man in the Arena

“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.”

Citizenship in a Republic by Theodore Roosevelt

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Links From Today’s Show

The Charge of Fatherhood

Real estate episode mentioned on the show

Super Coffee


First Principles

Podcast Episode on Virtue

War of Art

The River of Doubt

Gates of Fire

Isaac on Instagram

John on Instagram

The Strenuous Life

Steven Pressfield on Tim Ferris

Autobiography of Ben Franklin

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