After recounting my less-than-proud moment of vulnerability from last week, I decided to take up the advice of the student affairs coordinator at my college and look up some books by Dr. Brene Brown. She researches and writes about “women and shame.” It was highly recommended to me that I read Daring Greatly, so I looked up the book on her website and I found that she got the title of the book from Theodore Roosevelt’s famous speech, Citizenship in a Republic:
“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 . . .”
I wish I had read and thought hard about this quote before now. I need to make this concept a reality if I am ever going to make it through the rest of my training Needless to say, I will be reading this book. In fact, it is already ordered and should be in my mailbox this week. I hope.
- Daring Greatly (williamgoblirsch.wordpress.com)
- I Want to Be in the Arena . . . Marred by Dust, Sweat and Blood (confessionsofanamerican.com)
- Such Wise Words (whatdoyareckon.wordpress.com)
- Daring Greatly: The Power to be Vulnerable (girlygirl.typepad.com)
- Tuesday TALKS: Brené Brown (inspirationfromamuse.wordpress.com)