In the Arena

Raul Mas: Thoughts and Opinions

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About Me

My origins

Born in Cuba, I arrived in the US at age three. I consider myself an American first and foremost but I am immensely proud of my Cuban heritage and family. Miami is home.

My life

After Georgetown and Harvard Business School, I spent most of my career selling financial products globally to both individual and institutional investors.  Over the past decade my focus has shifted to running my own business development firm and providing political and business commentary to various media outlets in English and Spanish.  I also volunteer extensively with our military, especially the US Army.  I am married to a wonderful woman and blessed with two adult daughters and one aging (but still testy) Belgian Malinois dog who is my best friend.

Why follow me?

I am a committed conservative and I make no bones about it.  I do however, take the time to explain my views clearly and concisely. Also, being opinionated doesn't mean you have to be a jerk. Many of my LinkedIn followers seem to enjoy my combination of folksy, easy prose and my forceful views; they kept telling me to start a blog. I also enjoy educating people about subjects which I know a little about: business, the economy, financial markets, politics, the Second Amendment, and my faith. I call this Blog "In the Arena" because Teddy Roosevelt's speech has always resonated with me.  Despite our human flaws we must continue to fight every day to make ourselves and the world we live in better.  When we succeed, we should give G-d the glory for  "I can do all this through Him who gives me strength" (Philippians 4:13) 

"The Man in The Arena"

Excerpt from Theodore Roosevelt's speech "Citizenship In A Republic" delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April, 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." 

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