I’m reading Brené Brown’s new book, “Daring Greatly” (thank you Jennifer!), which inspired me to re-watch a TED talk Brené did a few years ago on the subject of vulnerability.
Here is a link to the talk – it’s a few years old so you might have already seen it!
I just watched another one that follows this one up on the topic of shame – it took a few minutes to get to the really powerful stuff but I found it moving. Shame is such a huge part of our culture (think reality tv among other things!). It’s great that she is bringing it into the light and asking us to examine it.
In a blog posting call The Wo/Man in the Arena, Brené offers this excerpt from a speech Roosevelt gave in 1910:
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 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.”
Then Brené says, “I’m constantly reminding myself that I can’t wait until I’m perfect or bulletproof to walk into the arena because that’s never going to happen. We just have show up and let ourselves be seen – that’s my definition of “daring greatly.” “
For me, the idea of showing up, or daring greatly, has met me head-on this fall. Through some wonderful coaching that I’ve received, I have come to acknowledge and embrace my commitment to entering the arena and engaging much more fully with this magical life.
If you want to talk more about these videos, daring greatly, or anything else, I’d love to continue the conversation!