“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 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.”
I’m reminding myself of this quote quite a bit lately as I step way out of my comfort zone to promote my book. It’s a profound sentiment that I find helpful under all kinds of circumstances.
Whether you’re starting a new job, going to a party where you don’t know anyone except the hostess, or you’re on your own after ten years of marriage, use this pearl of wisdom to tell yourself that it takes courage to be vulnerable.