The attempt is everything

Instead of making it perfect, show up and dare greatly.

What was man's first attempt to fly? | HowStuffWorks

We’re often tough on ourselves for not doing it perfect. For starting and not finishing. And sometimes we don’t start at all – because we’re too afraid of what others will think of our work.

The secret is in what Theodore Roosevelt called “being the man in the arena”.

Or what Brene Brown calls “daring greatly.”

Teddy 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... 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.”

Your job as a writer, entrepreneur, podcaster, creative, an artist is to do just that: dare greatly.

In fact, that’s your only job:

Not to write the perfect book – but to go out in the arena and at least try to write a decent one.

Not to write a brilliant blog post – but to at least write something.

Not to be perfect, but to try. To show up. To make an effort.

However bad or good the quality of what we produce is not entirely up to us. And it’s definitely not up to you to judge.

The attempt is everything.

The next time you judge yourself before you even begin, remind yourself of that.

P.S. The photo above depicts man’s first attempt to fly. Everything starts somewhere.


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