It is not the critic who counts

One of my favourite quotes are the words of Theodore Roosevelt that is an excerpt from the 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.”

At the time of this post, I am also reading Brene Brown’s book “Daring Greatly” and found that we share the love for this quote. In her introduction, she eloquently describes how these words are an accurate description of the vulnerability.

Vulnerability is not knowing victory or defeat, it’s understanding the necessity of both; it is engaging. It’s being all in.

Vulnerability is not weakness, and the uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure we face every day are not optional. Our choice is a question of engagement.”

And then powerfully: “Rather than sitting on the sideline and hurling judgment and advice, we must dare to show up and let ourselves be seen.”

Wow.

The rest of the book continually drips with these impactful statements. And then my wife shared a talk she did on this topic.  Have a look and be blessed.

I love how she invites everybody to have a seat.

I realize I am still struggling to show up. How are you doing?

Still practicing to be seen.

H

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