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Listening to shame

Updated: Jul 31, 2019

Brene Brown's second Ted Talk "Listening to shame" was recorded in 2012 and followed her brilliant first talk "The Power of Vulnerability" in 2010. In this talk she discusses shame, vulnerability and references the "Man in the Arena" speech by Theodore Roosevelt:


"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 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."



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