Daring Greatly

Brene Brown and Oprah Winfrey have Numerous YouTube videos about Fear, Failure, Courage, Creativity And Vulnerability. As I’v Mentioned in previous posts, Brown says that we began to Fear in honest after 911. Now we fear if we don’t have enough likes, enough friends, or whatever on social media. She says if we fear, we cannot be vulnerable. And without vulnerability, we have no creativity, love, growth, passion, you name it, none of the qualities we wish for. In one video she highlights how she thought of the book Daring Greatly. She had made the mistake of reading some comments after a Ted Talk and she was devastated! However, after a day of dumbing herself with food and Downton Abbey, she found a quote by Theodore Roosevelt about the Man in the Arena, “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 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; 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.”
This quote inspired Brown to write about Daring Greatly and it is an amazing book. Most people think Vulnerability is weakness but it’s the cornerstone of confidence. She and Oprah agree that picking up the phone and calling someone after a loss is very difficult at times, however when we do so, it is facing the vulnerability of not knowing what to say but to be there for that person, a shoulder, a support.

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