It is not the critic who counts; not the one who points out how the athlete stumbles, or where the inventor could have done better. The credit belongs to the one who is actually in the arena, who succeeds or fails and who does so, Daring Greatly!
Fear can sometimes keep us from getting into the arena; we feel it is safer to sit on the sidelines and watch as others participate. It is true that if you created something, take a risk, and show up, you will most likely experience criticism. Everyone who puts themselves out there will hear from time to time how they could have done it better. However, the choice to play it safe isolates us from others and guarantees that we will not succeed, because we never even tried.
Biology tells us that we are hard-wired for connection and that we require it in order to thrive physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. Thus, by trying to avoid criticism, we can deprive ourselves of the very thing we need to reach our full potential. Throughout her work, Brené Brown shares details about her study and understanding of people whom she calls "Wholehearted": people who are resilient and recover from setbacks and challenges. Their common trait, she discovered, was that they are willing to be vulnerable - excruciatingly so, as a matter of fact.
Take a risk and join us this week for the third talk in my series, "The Big Leap," as we look at breaking through the glass ceiling and reaching our level of genius.