Wednesday, October 3, 2012

BlogHer Book Club Book Review: Daring Greatly

In 1910, Theodore Roosevelt gave a speech in Paris, France. And from that speech came one of my all time favorite quotes, and is also used by the author Brene Brown in her new book, Daring Greatly.  

Theodore Roosevelt says:

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 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 fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

My dad has this quote framed on his wall for as long as I can remember.  I've always loved it. I think it's a wonderful message. And it's from the last line that Brene Brown titled her book. Daring Greatly.

You need to read this book, to save it and come back and read different parts of it at a time. But to try and sum it up for a book review, it all relates back to that quote. Being vulnerable is part of triumph. Being vulernable isn't's part of the process.

I'm so glad this was a book I was able to read for a book review. I'd been hearing buzz about it on TV and online ... and I recently listened to the author's TED talks, which are great.  (go listen to them!)

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 This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.

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