My friend Liam introduced to me to this speech excerpt a few years ago now when I was in a time of struggle in my life, after loosing my father very unexpectedly. Reading this quote turned my life around and led me deeper into Brené’s work, and now I am a certified facilitator of her methodology, The Daring Way™.
I wouldn’t be where I am or doing the work that I do without this pinnacle moment in my life. I am so deeply passionate about the message of this quote and the work of Brené Brown. This video tugged at my heartstrings and was a timely reminder of how far I have come and to keep daring greatly with my life and my work.
Here it is, ‘The Man in The Arena’ … may it resonate with you and your life too.
“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 , 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.”
Written by Theodore Roosevelt
Excerpt from the speech ” Citizenship In A Republic”
Delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910