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The man in the arena

Posted by Sara Levitsky on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 Under: Quotes
When I was growing up, this quote by Teddy Roosevelt meant a lot to my family.  It was referred to often, and was even framed and hung on walls.  It was very exciting to see it again after many years - as the inspiration for Brene Brown's latest book, Daring Greatly.  It seems like a great way to reflect on a year gone by, and a year ahead... 

"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 enthusiams, 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."

I highly recommend Daring Greatly by Brene Brown - she applies the insight above to understanding shame, wilingness to be vulnerable, and what she calls "wholehearted living."  The subtitle is "How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead."

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