Why you should always dare greatly

I love Brene Brown’s work. This morning I came across this video – the link is below – and, as is usually the case, it struck a timely chord. I have been working on (and holding on!) to a particular project for about a year now – and after watching this talk, I have actually – just now! – completed it and sent it out to the world!

As Teddy Roosevelt said in his speech “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.”

I’m really proud of this project, but have been too scared “to show up” with it…until now! I know this work will benefit many, but that niggling “inner critic” has been nagging me enough to doubt that heart-felt knowing. Not anymore. From now on, I am going to be  “daring greatly” – whole heartedly, soul-fully. How about you? What is it that, at 80 or 90 years of age, you don’t want to be wondering “what if” about?