This art print, available in 8×10 or 11×14, is a collaboration to support counsellors, teachers, dreamers, visionaries, luminaries, change makers, and other leaders who want to encourage their clients, students, friends, and others to live courageously and dare greatly. Ten per cent of all proceeds go to organizations that fight human trafficking.
I’m a big fan of Ted Talks and the insightful light shed on every imaginable topic under the sun. Here, I was first introduced to Brene Brown, who is a researcher on living courageously, authentically, vulnerably in the face of the human battle with shame. Her Ted Talks rank among the top most listened to talks. She empowers people to “show up, be seen, be brave” in the arena of life. Her work challenges people to live “the daring way,” inspired by Theodore Roosevelt’s quote.
I was thrilled to hear of an opportunity with Women Arise to participate in a Daring Greatly Retreat. There, we connected with an amazing group of women, including Wendy Dubois, the counsellor who rallied us together in the first place. So much creativity and courage in one room, Wendy is a great encourager, connector, facilitator, and networker of unleashing participants’ gifts. Several writers and artists gave much inspiration.
It was in dialoguing with Wendy about turning this quote into an art greeting card to give to her clients that I had an “aha!” moment – my heart is to partner with people who are in the business of transformation, a.k.a. change makers.
FULL QUOTE: “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