Theodore Roosevelt must have been talking about leadership in the quote below, but every drummer in pursuit of their art form will relate to the thought. In fact, any artist will understand the idea of battling against the pull of the “normal” and striving to do something different. I stumbled upon this through my readings of an entrepreneurial business author, John Warillow, but no matter the source–read on for inspiration.
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, 26th President of the United States