The other day I re-watched Brene Brown’s two phenomenal TED talks (The Power of Vulnerability and Listening to Shame) with a friend, and was reminded of this inspiring quote, which Dr. Brown shares in her second talk. Here it is, an exhortation to action by Teddy Roosevelt:
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.
Theodore Roosevelt’s “The Man in the Arena”
For one such as myself who is often far more inclined to criticism of others’ actions than to risky action of my own, this is a much-needed and timely reminder.