Be In the Thick of It or Shut Up
Theodore Roosevelt said it best:
“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.”
I read this today and it screams of our social media driven society of today.
You have all these people commenting on other people's failure's, or success for that matter, who have never actually done anything themselves. They have never pushed the boundaries of what is possible to achieve, they aren't sacrificing and going through the pain each and every day, yet they are they are the loudest when it comes to bagging people out. It is pathetic. They wouldn't last one day in the life of some of the people they bag out.
As Theodore says "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..."
You have to live it. You have to have sacrificed and suffered. If not you have no right commenting on things you know nothing about. Watching from the sidelines, reading books, listening to podcasts, all that shit doesn't count. Sweating and bleeding and actually putting in the work is all that matters.