This is one my favourite TED Talks of all time. It’s by American scholar, Author and Research Professor Brene Brown. It obviously hit a nerve the world over, because 14 million-plus hits indicates that a lot of people embraced the message.
It’s about facing our vulnerabilities and imperfections.
Next time you feel like your efforts are being wasted, or that an idea has failed to launch, or that you have been undermined, berated, laughed at or dismissed, just remember Theodore Roosevelt’s “Man in the Arena” - quoted below.
"It's 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 person who is in the arena. Whose face is marred with dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly ... 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 ..."
This is a follow up talk by Brene Brown : Why the Critics aren’t the Ones Who Count.
She says it’s not about winning or about losing. It’s about showing up and being seen.
If you are not in the arena also getting your ass kicked, I’m not interested in your feedback.