The Ones Who Count

Brené Brown

This is not her best speech — and she could not care less that I think that, because I’m certainly not the world’s best public speaker either.

Brené Brown: Why Your Critics Aren’t The Ones Who Count from 99U on Vimeo.

Take away the important parts of what she’s saying.

You have to be willing to fail to truly succeed. You have to put yourself out there, in your naked vulnerability, in order to do what only you can do.

Don’t be content reading liners. You only have this one life, this one chance. People are listening.

Speak to them.

Move them.

Make them feel.

You won’t succeed in every break. Don’t let that fear of failure keep you from trying.

“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 whose cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”