it’s all about being in the arena, if you don’t step forward there is nothing to be gained- daring greatly

Last week there was a glitch on my other website with the link to Flow. It’s ok now so I thought I’d share, and expand upon, a post from that site too.

Friday was a good day, indeed last week was a good week. It’s really fulfilling having so many fascinating conversations with people about future projects. Of course funding is not easy these days, but that shouldn’t stop the passion driving things along……..

One of my biggest inspirations lately is Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. If you don’t know about her look her up, she is someone who can help you remember that if you don’t take creative risks you will always be missing something in your life. I’m not religious myself, though she is, but that doesn’t matter – it’s believing in the possibility of possibility that matters.

The title came from a speech by Roosevelt [my brackets]:

“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 better. The credit belongs to the man [woman] who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself [herself] for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he  [she] fails, at least he [she] fails while daring greatly, so that his [her] place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

“Citizenship in a Republic,”
Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910

Another inspiration is Seth Godin – his strapline ‘GO make something happen’ says it all. So step into the arena, dare greatly, make things happen!

Published by carolyn black

I'm an artist and also commission contemporary art in unusual locations. As a producer, I fundraise, curate, project manage and deliver projects. I'm also a writer and film-maker.

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