Dare Greatly

Today was just one of those days. Stressful. Frustrating. Embarrassing.

I kind of need a win. And I’m not talking about a win like “You did a ppprrreeeettttyyy good job, but [insert constructive criticism here] and have you started working on [insert project that I know I need to be working on but haven’t had the time to start yet here]? Oh, and have you thought about [insert thing that I’ve totally thought about but haven’t had the time to articulate out loud here]?”

I feel like I’ve been working really hard for the last few months and yet I’ve somehow found myself dug into a hole that I am having to desperately climb out of.

And my climbing is not enough.

And I am not enough.

And it’s all just a big shit show.

Alright, I don’t kind of need a win. I want a straight up win.

Great work. Full stop.

Today I watched Brene Brown’s 2012 TED talk.

Let’s just say it hit the spot.


“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 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 and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for 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 he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.” 
— Teddy Roosevelt, speaking at the Sorbonne in Paris, April 23, 1910
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