Why choose to be great everyday? Why work to make a difference? Why chose courage over the comfort? Does anyone else really care?
Brene Brown offered the following insight, first referencing this classic quote from Theodore Roosevelt, as her motivation:
“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 up short again and again, because their is no effort without error and shortcoming.” — Theodore Roosevelt —
Brown states, “I do want to live in the arena. And if your going to live in the arena, the only guarantee is that you will get your ass kicked…. Daring greatly is being vulnerable.” The big question is, “When I had the opportunity, did I choose courage over comfort?”
The arena/stadium is where the game is being played. This is where the plays are called and executed against resistance. This is where talent, preparation, and reasoned adjustments make a great difference. This is where people might get hurt. This is where coaches coach. This is where the score is kept. This is where courage is lived.