The recent business troubles of Elizabethtown restaurant operator Andrew Schoenberger have predictably caused people who know nothing about operating a business to criticize him. Yes, he closed his restaurants abruptly, which is causing inconvenience to customers and hardships for employees. But employees, at least, can apply for unemployment insurance to tide them over. Clearly they have lost their jobs through no fault of their own, so they are likely to find new work soon.
We would do well to remember the words of President Theodore Roosevelt, who had something memorable to say in a speech he made in Paris in 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,” Mr. Roosevelt said. “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.”
It is safe to say that Mr. Schoenberger will never be counted among those cold and timid souls.