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Theodore Roosevelt is mainly remembered as the twenty-sixth President of the United States. Still, this dynamic, multi-talented, charismatic man became a hero to millions of Americans for many other reasons. By the time he rose to the presidency at age 42—still the youngest person ever to hold the office—Roosevelt already had served as a New York State Assemblyman, a deputy sheriff in the Dakota Territory, Police Commissioner of New York City, U.S. Civil Service Commissioner, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Colonel of the Rough Riders, Governor of New York, and Vice President.

Citizenship in a Republic is the speech given by President Roosevelt at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, on April 23, 1910. 

“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.”


John is an entrepreneur, insurance futurist, thought leader, avid golfer, a proud husband and father. He prides himself on living in the trenches and this podcast “In The Arena” features interviews with fellow business owners, CEO’s and colleagues who are blazing their own trail in their respective fields as well as thoughtful analysis on everything from business to current events.


Mavrick is a recent 2020 graduate from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He started out his career as a morning anchor and sports broadcaster for KOMU 8 News through his college years. In the wake of the pandemic, Mavrick reevaluated his focus on his career. This led to the reboot of ‘In The Arena’ Podcast in the Fall of 2021. He is the current producer of ‘In The Arena’ and enjoys people being able to come onto this podcast and share their life experiences.



Belief as conforming to or based on fact.


Not deterred by danger or pain; brave.


Eager to learn and continue to expand perspective.


Showing an ability to take risks with confidence and courage.

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