It’s Not the Critic Who Counts

Published May 2, 2017

 We love this new video interpretation of Theodore Roosevelt’s Man in the Arena speech by Dr. Brené Brown. Enjoy.

Many of you know the quote from Theodore Roosevelt’s Man in the Arena speech. It came into my life when I was struggling and desperately needed a new frame to understand why courage matters more than criticism. It inspired me and the book title, “Daring Greatly.”

This video is just a few faces from our community. It’s my way of saying thank you.

When we choose contribution over criticism and courage over comfort, we can do anything!

Thank y’all for being brave.


Download a printable PDF of this quote. 

About the Author(s)
Dr. Brene Brown

Dr. Brené Brown

Research Professor

University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work

Dr. Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation–Brené Brown Endowed Chair at the Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past 16 years studying courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy and is the author of five New York Times bestsellers, including her latest Dare to Lead. Her TED talkThe Power of Vulnerability—is one of the top five most-viewed TED talks in the world, with more than thirty-five million views.

Years at GLS 2013, 2015