“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”
~ Robert F. Kennedy
Wow! Just let that sink in for a moment…
Failure is part of the process even though most of us really hate to fail. When we fail, we learn. If we don’t fail, we’re not trying hard enough or our goals are too low. In order to achieve great things, or reach our highest potential, we must be willing to fail.
I’m sure Robert F. Kennedy got his inspiration for this quote from Teddy Roosevelt who said, “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.”
This quote is the inspiration for Brene Brown’s book “Daring Greatly”. It’s a great book so if you haven’t read it, pick up a copy ASAP. The common theme is you have to do something, risk something, put yourself inside the arena in you want to gain anything. The question is, what arena are you in? What area of you life can you dare to fail or achieve greatly?
In Love and Light,