07 Jan Theodore Roosevelt: 26th POTUS passed OTD 100 years ago. Exemplar of T3!
- TEAMWORK: Built and led spectacularly successful groups as Cowboy, NYC Police Commissioner, military Rough Rider, Asst. SECNAV and NY Governor.
- TONE: Inspirational proponent of rugged individualism and national virtues. Preached and practiced the value of living a meaningful, strenuous life … “Not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the life of toil and effort, labor and strife. The highest form of success comes to those who does not shrink from danger, hardship, or bitter toil and win the ultimate triumph.“ An ardent conservationist, he set precedent through words and deeds established national parks, forests and monuments. An active progressive economic thinker, he practiced what he talked about in looking out for the common citizen by regulating monopolies and food & drug quality.
- TENACITY: His motivational speech “Citizenship in A Republic” is the gold standard describing perseverance with purpose. “It’s not the critic who counts; credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again. There is no effort without error. He who strives to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, great devotions in a worthy cause; who at the best knows the triumph of high achievement, and 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.”