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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 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. 

There are numerous chronicles on true moments of grit; however our men and women in the military signify the profound echelons of defining moments of true grit – knowing they live to serve and protect our freedom dying to do so. The storylines are endless but nonetheless each significant, whether heroic feats during battle in uncompromising conditions, a band of brothers weighing on each member of the unit to perform their duty in the midst of imminent danger, POWs suffering inflicting atrocities, and innocent lives caught in the crossfire.  They dig deep into the inner depths of their souls, their countless hours of professional training, and unforgiving resilience in making the ultimate sacrifice.  Thank you and God bless – not knowing what other words to express. 

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, GRIT in the relation to behavior is defined as: firmness of mind or spirit:  unyielding courage in the face of hardship or danger.

Example provided: Through resourcefulness and grit, the pioneers survived the winter.
Synonyms: backbone, constancy, resilience,

fortitude, guts, perseverance


President Theodore Roosevelt, a man of grit, delivered the speech, “Citizen in a Republic” at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910. The following excerpt refers to the ‘The Man in the Arena’ and the significance of overpowering fear and dealing with vulnerability.  Teddy stated: