An interesting quote reflecting that it is those who do the work, who forge the path, who blaze the trail despite the challenges and pitfalls presented to them. Inner strength comes from going through challenges, not around them or over them. If we do not learn the lesson that life is trying to teach us, then life presents it to us repeatedly until we either learn, ask for help, or become comfortable in what we know because we are afraid to learn and grow.
It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, 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 and comes short again and again; who knows great enthusiasms, 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 timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
– Theodore Roosevelt