Claire writes: “I have spent the last few days at a global coaching conference in London. There was lots of learning that will emerge for me over the next few weeks and months as it settles and connects. One of the speakers was a poet who offered his poems … and let them have their own power.
This isn’t his. It’s a quote from Theodore Roosevelt and is the inspiration behind Brene Brown’s new book about vulnerability. But it speaks for itself, as I doscovered when I read it to a great group of internal coaches in the NHS:
“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 cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt
What’s it saying to you? Think about it…”
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