Our fearless founder @budnitz tells a fantastic story about giving each other love and understanding in the context of the essence of Ello:
In a similar vein, I recently had a friend direct me to "The Man in the Arena" portion of a Theodore Roosevelt speech given in 1910 in Paris, France. I take a lot of pride in my work and truly believe in Ello and the people I do this work with, but I was feeling a little down about the occasional (and sometimes mean and personal) attacks on my work and my self that comes from a certain section of the tech press and other social media. If someone ever tries to tear you down for creating something and putting your best efforts out into the world, this is a great passage to visit:
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.