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Face Plant, In the Arena…

Screen Shot 2015-09-15 at 9.36.35 PMFor some reason, the universe keeps giving me the following message.  Most recently, tonight on this post about never, ever reading blog post comments as a writer.  (Hence, why I shut off comments to this blog. That, and spam killing the site.)  Earlier today, by listening to a new podcast to me, Entrepreneur on Fire, where the guest basically said you, as a speaker, can either be a critic or a creator, but not both.

Third, last night in a conversation with students about failure…something students and professionals in healthcare DETEST discussing.  But, I’m trying to get them open to it, because it’s important for innovation and progress–two things healthcare in this country desperately needs! Last, by continuing to read Brene Brown’s new book, Rising Strong.  In it, she quotes Theodore Roosevelt from the 1910 “Man in the Arena” speech:

  • “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.”

Later on in the book, she says to carefully pay attention to criticism by the RIGHT people.  Best line ever regarding this by Brown:

“For me, if you’re not in the arena getting your ass kicked, I’m not interested in your feedback.”


I’m leaving this post, because 4 times is a charm.  But I’m also leaving this post as a reminder to all of us (OK MYSELF) of the following:

1. We need to be in the arena. Faceplanting.  That’s the only way we get brave and do really creative, interesting stuff.
2. We need to not sit in the cheap seats in the back, criticizing those in the middle of the arena getting their asses kicked.  Instead, we should be supporting them.  Cheering them on, and getting them to get back up and try again.

THAT’s the stuff that real character is made of…not being the little person who picks apart everything else new and interesting that others are trying to attempt. The better and bigger person is the one who has been there, done that, and can cheer others on.

Sounds kind of preachy.  But, even my instagram feed this morning said that the bad news was that not everyone is going to fit in, but the good news is that no one awesome ever did.  And, if the universe is sending me a message through different channels, I usually need to make note of it, so I’m doing just that in this post…

…no need for comments.


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