I’ve been reading Brene’ Brown’s book, Daring Greatly. It’s based off the part of Theodore Roosevelt’s talk Citizenship in a Republic given in 1910 where he said, “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 [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 himself 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 daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” (Emphasis on [wo]man by me)
Let that sink in for a minute.
If you’re sitting in the bleachers criticizing those out in the arena working their tails off while you don’t even try, you have no right to.
If you aren’t out there doing and someone else is, even if they stumble or fail, they still earn the credit for trying.
If you aren’t striving valiantly, but you watch someone else put their heart out there in the open vulnerably and get their trash kicked while you critique, your words are not worthy of them.
To those putting themselves out there: keep doing you. Keep being you. Keep feeling. Continue being soft. Keep trying. Don’t give up. And definitely don’t listen to the idle naysayers who have no credibility. To achieve anything great, you have to fail. Get back up and try again! Strive valiantly. Be constantly engaged in a worthy cause, know enthusiasm, be devoted. If an invitation to the arena is extended to you, accept it. Put yourself out there. Grow. Never be labeled a “cold and timid soul”. The world needs warm, brave hearts. The world needs YOU.
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If you’ve wanted to learn from me in person, I have an amazing opportunity for you! As of today, it’s official that I will be teaching at Photo Native 2020 in Santa Barbara! I can’t even begin to verbalize what an honor, a dream come true this is for me. I would love if it you came, if I got to meet all of you, if you became part of this community with me. You Belong!