Friday, 6 December 2013

Brené Brown: The risks of showing up

Thanks to Lisa Congdon for sharing this video on her blog. 

Author and researcher Brené Brown spoke at the 2013 99 Conference by Behance. In her talk, she quotes from a speech that U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France, April 23, 1910:

"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." – Theodore Roosevelt, delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France, April 23, 1910

Brown adds: "If you're not in the arena, also getting your ass kicked, I'm not interested in your feedback." Amen, sister.

For more talks by Brené Brown, check out her 2010 and 2012 TED talks about vulnerability and shame.

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