{Thrive} Mindful Monday: Daring Greatly

“What would you be glad you did–even if you failed?” Brené Brown

So, a pretty big thing happened a week or so ago. I had the opportunity to do a cooking segment on Good Morning America. Yeah, it was a big deal. The opportunity stirred up a number of emotions that, while normal, were pretty uncomfortable in the moment. Let’s be honest. I was crazy nervous. There was this battle of epic proportions happening in my head and fortunately, after years of practice… the strong, confident voice was the loudest. I was literally telling myself to “dare greatly” as the camera man counted down the seconds to the segment. I share this with all of you because most of us can relate. We have heard those sparring voices in our head. You know, the one that says “I am enough” which is quickly shot down by that jerky voice that tells us we are not worthy.


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.”  Theodore Roosevelt



The AMAZING quote was the inspiration for Brene Brown’s book, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. She is a shame researcher  at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work and may be best known for her TEDTalks “Brené Brown: The Power of Vulnerability” and “Brené Brown: Listening to Shame” which went viral a few years back.

A few weeks ago I started reading her latest book, Rising Strong. Maybe it was fate that compelled me to revisit her work–though it could have been the voice of that little demon in my head that was chattering away in the weeks up to my Good Morning Segment.

Regardless, the book and her work provided me with many powerful lessons which were worth revisiting before I stepped into the national spotlight.


Here are a few of her quotes that I like to keep on re-play in my mind. They remind me to show up and to dare greatly every single day! Daring greatly is about much more than showing up for a GMA segment. It’s about loving ourselves. Parenting with courage. Being vulnerable which I truly aim to be with all of you. It’s about accepting our imperfections and about accepting the fact that life doesn’t always go as planned. It’s about living in gratitude and truly accepting ourselves.



“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”

“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness–it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.”

“You are imperfect, you are wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.”

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.”

“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.” “Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.”  

“Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we’re all in this together.”

Do you have a favorite quote of author that inspired you to dare greatly?

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