Are you in the arena? You need to be!

Daring Greatly: How the courage to be vulnerable transforms the way we live, love, parent and lead.

By Dr. Brené Brown.

After falling in love with The Gifts of Imperfection, I received this book from my friend Esther for my birthday.

This quote is the inspiration for the book.  It sums up why I decided I needed to join Brené in the arena and why I realized I should only listen to other people who were in the arena with me:

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 worth 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…

-Theodore Roosevelt’s speech “Citizenship in a Republic”

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