“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.”
It’s so easy to pick fault, to laugh, to mock someone’s efforts to do something new. It’s the easiest thing in the world to shoot down a new idea, to criticise from the sidelines. The World Cup brings it out: armchair pundits picking apart players and managers with years of experience.
Don’t be a naysayer. You are better than that. Respect that everyone is fighting their own battle, and strive to be a positive voice amongst the clamour.