I just finished listening to Rising Strong by by Brené Brown on Audible and I LOVED it! allow me to rave for a couple of minutes. So for those of you who are not familiar with her work she has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. I have read some of her other books and enjoy how relatable and humours she is whilst still being this incredible academic whose work is backed by an evidence-base. This book tells us what it takes to get back up, and how owning our stories of disappointment, failure, and heartbreak gives us the power to write a daring new ending. This is particularly relevant for me as I navigate the newness of starting my own private practise and stepping into new areas of work. Struggle, Brené Brown writes, can be our the greatest call to courage, and rising strong our clearest path to deeper meaning, wisdom, and hope.
She quotes a speech by Theodore 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.
I found this inspiring as it can be scary putting yourself out there, being in the arena, but you need to be brave enough to try. I will be moving on to her book Daring Greatly which has a title inspired by this quote.
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