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Brené Brown: Why Your Critics Aren't The Ones Who Count

Brené Brown: Why Your Critics Aren't The Ones Who Count



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There is nothing more vulnerable than creating

No one often talks about the perspiration that comes from the fear of presenting an idea or talking about something we care about.

One thing that always happens when a creative is sharing their idea is that they will be criticised. The criticism may not relate to their work but be persona...


"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 v...

Vulnerability and the critic

Vulnerability is not about winning or losing. It's about showing up and being seen.

But if you're going to show up, create things and be seen, you are guaranteed that you will be criticised. That is the only certainty you have.

However, only take feedback from those w...

The arena

Just before we show up to present our creative work, we are often scared, we have self-doubt, anxiety, and uncertainty.

What most people do when they walk into the arena and know these emotions will meet them is they armour up. They put on all the armour to protect themselves. The problem w...

Being vulnerable is a part of fear and self-doubt and grief and uncertainty and shame. But it is also the birthplace of love, joy, empathy creativity and innovation.

Without vulnerability, you cannot create. As a creative, you're asked to really put yoursel...

When you share your work, you will always find four critics:

  1. Shame: That gremlin that whispers you're not enough or if you're feeling confident,  the gremlin that tells you, "Who do you think you are?"
  2. Scarcity: What am I doing that's original?...

If you're going to spend your life in the arena, showing up, there are a few things you need:

  • Clarity on your values: If courage is a value, you will keep on showing up. Whether you are successful or not is irrelevant.
  • Have at least one person in your life whos willing to pick ...

You are your biggest critic

When you put an idea or piece of art or design forward, you are normally your biggest critic.

We have an ideal; of what we're supposed to be, and many of us end up orphaning the parts of ourselves that don't fit that ideal.

When we orphan the parts of us that don't fit the ideal, we a...

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