Moving off the Sidelines into the Arena

Roosevelt Theodore said "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 up short again and again because there is no effort without error and shortcoming". Every day we interact or come across people who talk much about others or themselves yet they do very little or nothing about their destiny. It is prudent for every individual to chase after their dreams because chances are that everyone has received inspiration at some point in their life to pursue their dreams.



From mentors, movies and books we have been told to go after our most sacred dreams. However, just a few people truly do so. After completing studies, most people leave their dreams and go for a paycheck. People would instead undertake what pays the bills and assist them to get by then move out of the comfort zone and live the life that is possible for them. 

Living one’s dream is not easy

Moving off the sidelines into the arena


Living one’s dream is not easy. In pursuit of a dream, there are a lot of challenges and obstacles that many people are ready to face. It requires time, dedication, and sacrifices. Even though anybody can chase after their dreams, not everyone will do so. Thus, we will always have people with dreams and no actions remaining at the sidelines and at the same time, we will have those who take action on their dreams (doers) finding themselves in the arena.

There are several reasons that make people spend their whole life watching from the sidelines. Procrastination is the first reason. Individuals who watch from the sidelines their entire life procrastinate a lot. They let roadblocks to divert and delay them. They will always have reasons for not starting something that day. According to Dubinin (2014), procrastination kills people’s dreams. He terms procrastination the act of waiting on the sidelines rather than carrying out what you should be doing. Dubinin believes that procrastination is very costly in that it results in unfulfilled dreams, destroys self-confidence, and lowers the sense of self-worth. By contrast, doers begin even before they are ready by making the preparations, collecting necessary resources, locating mentors, and outlining all the requirements so as to begin.