Daring Greatly

Daring Greatly

Innovation, creativity, and change comes from the ability to dare greatly; it requires that we move past our fear or the shame of failing. It is not easy to step out on to the stage knowing how vulnerable that makes us.

Dr. Berne Brown

Berne Brown is funny and insightful and for those who are struggling a bit she helps shine a light on a path forward;  she charts out the steps to innovation and creativity.

Theodore Roosevelt

Berne has that unique ability to show us that we can be the “Man in the Arena” from the speech given by Theodore Roosevelt in 1919; she also lets us see what stands in our way.

“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 and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, 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 he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

Additional Information

Brené Brown: Listening to shame

Brene Brown at The UP Experience 2009





  1. Great post, Charlie. I love this talk by Brene Brown. Thanks for introducing me to the T. Roosevelt quote. They really are beautiful echos of each other. I guess us humans have to rediscover the same truths over and over again.

  2. I’m so glad I get to listen to her talk again!

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