After listening to her TED talk and watching her on Oprah’s Lifeclass, I think I might officially be on the Brene Brown bandwagon. I think what got me sold was this quote from Theodore Roosevelt, taken from a speech he gave way back in 1910, which was the impetus for her latest book, Daring Greatly.
“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…”
This quote almost brings me to tears (which come to think of it, is happening a lot lately…I catch myself tearing up at the silliest of things, like someone getting voted off of Dancing with the Stars – wait…what? Exactly!).
In all seriousness, this quote moves, motivates and inspires me all at the same time. All too often we hold ourselves back because we are worried about the “critics” and sometimes the loudest voice in that group is our own. We don’t believe that we can do it and we don’t understand that the fact that we are out there even trying to do it, means that we are daring greatly.
Now, go be awesome today, tomorrow and the day after.
P.S. Look out for my review of Daring Greatly, coming soon!