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Being in the Arena

From the Colorado Dermatology Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
President Theodore Roosevelt Portrait

I have been reading a book called “Dare to Lead” by Brene Brown. It is a great read. This quote is mentioned in her book and has really impacted me to change my focus. I wanted to share this today.


“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.”

– Theodore Roosevelt, 1910

“When we spend our lives waiting until we’re perfect or bulletproof before we walk into the arena, we ultimately sacrifice relationships and opportunities that may not be recoverable, we squander our precious time, and we turn our backs on our gifts, those unique contributions that only we can make,”. “Perfect and bulletproof are seductive, but they don’t exist in the human experience.”

Brene Brown

I want to say thank you to each of you for showing up and going into the arena every day. For sharing your contributions, and changing others’ lives with your gifts. It is an honor to be in the arena with you.

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