IT IS NOT THE CRITIC WHO COUNTS;
Not the [wo]man who points out how the strong [wo]man stumbles,
OR WHERE THE DOER OF DEEDS COULD HAVE DONE THEM BETTER.
The credit belongs to the [wo]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 HIM[/HER]SELF IN A WORTHY CAUSE,
Who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement,
AND WHO AT THE WORST, IF [S]HE FAILS, AT LEAST FAILS WHILE
Today has been a day of "coincidences," or what I really believe to be a day of discovery and validation. I will share with you the exciting sequence of events that occurred which lead to even greater awareness of feeling empowered and living a more authentic life.
I was having fun late this morning and curiously decided to look up events in history that occurred on my birthday. What started off as entertainment, lead me to one of the most powerful quotes I have heard thus far.
Back in Paris, France on April 23, 1910, then President, Theodore Roosevelt made a speech which is now referred to as "The Man in the Arena."
I also learned that this very speech has been quoted by many throughout history with the purpose of empowering others to claim victory over their lives. A part of this passage is quoted above, although I tailored it to my female audience, and for me, the words, DARING GREATLY, really stood out.
I became moved by the idea of being someone who dares greatly. What is this person like? As I pondered on this idea for several moments, I recalled hearing another powerful quote that states, "Faith is not an epidural, it is a midwife telling you 'push, it's supposed to hurt.'"
I specifically remembered how hearing that powerful quote also made me feel a strong sense of empowerment, and not only because I am a mama, but also because I believe it is applicable to anyone.
Faith is an action word that tells us to BELIEVE and DO.
Upon thinking about this quote, I became curious about the person whom this quote belonged to. So with some searching, I came across an incredible woman by the name of Brené Brown.
On her website, I read "Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past thirteen years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame." I instantly knew that this is a person who is very inspirational and empowering, because so many of us look to gain more courage and worthiness so that we can become our authentic selves.
As I read more, I couldn't believe what I came across!
Brené Brown had written a book that is titled with the very same words from Theodore Roosevelt's speech, DARING GREATLY!
Although I have not yet read her book, I am very excited to do so as soon as I get my hands on it.
Dr. Brené Brown defines DARING GREATLY as, "the courage to be VULNERABLE. It means to show up and be seen. To ask for what you need. to talk about how you're feeling. To have the hard conversations."
This quote and definition also moved me because it reminded me of the power of mentorship; Seeking out someone in your life who is where you would like to be. Having the willingness to pursue a relationship with that person while also having a willingness to have that relationship be based on trust, honesty and at times, even vulnerability. It calls for stripping away at the layers of the EGO, and instead of humbling yourself to be real.
I thought about my own journey of when I first started pursuing my career in the Fashion Industry and my experience of having the desire for greater wisdom around me. I desired to have a person in my life to help guide me through the ups and downs of that journey, and longed for that person to also offer me words of wisdom that would help to grow my mindset. I eventually was blessed to find mentorship, and it is the one thing, even today, that helps guide me through so many aspects of life so that I can DARE GREATLY and continue to believe, be bold and be me.
I encourage you to strive to find someone in life whom you respect and admire, and as long as they are willing to take you "under their wing," pursue that person with complete tenacity because your life will become that much more enriched- if you let it!