“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 at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” —Theodore Roosevelt

Every read a book that’s so good, you’re planning on buying copies to hand out to people before you’re even done? For me,  Daring Greatly is one of those books. Its written by Brene Brown, who is most famous for her TED talks, some of the most famous  TedTalks online. I URGE you watch both of these.

Daring Greatly description from Amazon:

Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable, or to dare greatly. Whether the arena is a new relationship, an important meeting, our creative process, or a difficult family conversation, we must find the courage to walk into vulnerability and engage with our whole hearts.In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on twelve years of research, she argues that vulnerability is not weakness, but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection. The book that Dr. Brown’s many fans have been waiting for,Daring Greatly will spark a new spirit of truth—and trust—in our organizations, families, schools, and communities.

I especially want to urge all creatives to read this book. The creative process can be tied to or related to or hampered by the issues surround shame. Reading this book will ensure your creative vision comes from a place of honesty. I look forward to using the lessons learned in this great book in moving my work forward.

Daring Greatly