#003: Find Your Arena

I’ve been thinking about what it means to be a “doer” a lot lately. Two of my favorite passages or quotes ever come from Theodore Roosevelt and Vince Lombardi.

Roosevelt’s Man In The Arena quote ultimately sums up what it means to be a “doer”. It goes: 

“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."

Our mission here is to inspire dreamers to become doers.

Doers are action-takers. Doers are creators.

They’re the ones in the arena. That arena can be whatever it is that pulls your soul toward it.

I believe we all have a unique calling in life. We all have some mix of sugar, spice, and everything nice that makes us perfectly suited for a specific calling.

To me, life’s purpose is to not only find out what that calling is but to actually fucking pursue it in your arena.

It’s much easier to be “the critic” in life. It’s far easier to be the one that hides behind a phone and talks shit in the comment section. It’s easy to “yuck someone else’s yum”. 

The uncommon are the ones that have to “do”. They have to create.

They have to be in that arena or they quite literally don’t feel alive. Their souls feel dimmed as the fire can’t be found anywhere else.

Your arena is the place in which you enforce your will upon your life’s purpose. Some women were born to be CEOs, bakers, authors, athletes, and mothers. Some men were born to be soldiers, nurses, directors, and fathers.

Your arena is unique purely to you. It’s the vehicle in which you bring your creations into this world to inspire others.

Gary Vee’s arena is in the office building businesses. Conor McGregor’s arena is in the octagon. Serena Williams’ arena is on the court. Alicia Keys’ arena is on stage.

A baker’s arena is the kitchen. A bodybuilder’s arena is the gym. A writer’s arena is sitting at a computer and a photographer’s is behind a camera.

To find your arena, you have to be willing to accept so many uncertainties. You have to be willing to take risks.

… Because you have to try and fail at so many things to really find your own arena. You have to try and taste it all to see what makes your heart beat faster. The path of finding your arena is the act of “doing”.

Your arena will also never fully be understood by anybody else other than you. It quite literally is the lonely work. 

Arenas do not give. Arenas only give back.

And they give back only as much as you put into it. The only way to become uncommon amongst the uncommon in your arena is to put in such an amount of effort that the arena is forced to give that much energy back to you.

However, when you find your life’s purpose… The work doesn’t feel like work. What others may seem as grueling, you find it as almost a meditative state.

I feel this way when I work on my businesses. My brain flows, thoughts leap from one to another like a jack rabbit who just shotgunned a Monster energy drink, and my fingers move like Peter Parker slinging webs around New York.

Building businesses is my arena. 

At the end of the day, our arena is the basis of our legacy. Our legacy will be remembered as what we created in the arena and how those creations made others feel.

But what’s the end goal, right?

This is where the Vince Lombardi quote comes in. It goes:

“I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle - victorious." 

The field of battle is your arena. And being victorious?

I believe being victorious is when you both realize AND accept this idea:

How being in the arena made YOU feel is what feeds victory.

Once we depart from this world, all the outside validations of “victory” don’t come with us. The money, homes, cars, etc. What stays and lingers in the world is your legacy and how your creations in the arena made others feel. 

And I’d be willing to bet that if you truly found your arena, your creations would show it because your soul wouldn’t be able to help it. The pounding of your heart for your work would be so damn loud that anybody who heard it would be inspired themselves.

Find your arena. Do. Create. 

Your legacy will take care of itself.