På 99U-konferencen i New York i 2013 hørte jeg første gang Brené Brown tale. Jeg har læst flere af Brené Browns bøger, og hendes budskab om sårbarhed er interessant.

På 99U-konferencen fangede hun mig øjeblikkeligt med sine tanker og kreativitet og den rolle, frygt (og især frygten for kritik) spiller i den kreative arbejdsproces (det har jeg som forfatter ingen problemer med at spejle mig i), især fordi hun tog udgangspunkt i ét af mine yndlingscitater, nemlig Theodore Roosevelts tale om The Man in the Arena.

Her er mit yndlingscitat fra Roosevelts tale, som siger noget vigtigt om kritik og kritikere:

“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, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Og her er mit yndlingscitat fra Brené Browns foredrag:

”When we stop caring about what people think, we lose our capacity for connection. When we become defined by what people think, we lose our capacity to be vulnerable.”

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