One of the hardest parts of putting your ideas and yourself out there is fear of the critics. What happens if people don’t like what you have to say? What if they get personal?
If you find yourself doubting your abilities or fearing what others might have to say about your work, consider this advice from the late Teddy Roosevelt, given by Brené Brown in a talk for 99U:
It’s not the critic that counts, it’s not the man who points out when the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deed could’ve done it better. The credit belongs to the person who’s actually in the arena, whose face is marred with blood and sweat and dust, who, at the best, in the end knows the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, he fails daring greatly.
Intrigued? Check out the rest of Brown’s inspiring presentation below.
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Lily is a writer, editor, and social media manager, as well as co-founder of The Prospect, the world’s largest student-run college access organization. In addition to her writing with The Muse, she also serves as an editor at HelloFlo and Her Campus. Recently, she was named one of Glamour’s Top 10 College Women for her work helping underserved youth get into college. You can follow Lily on Twitter.More from this Author