On the tenth day of Christmas, Damn Early Days gave to me...
A reminder that it's not the critic who counts
When you put out anything into the world, you make yourself vulnerable. You give the critics an opportunity to take a jab. That simple fact is what stops most of us from shipping the work of our lives. It's what pushes us to keep playing small.
See, it is far easier to stay quiet – to go unnoticed and to let the world pass us by – than it is to put ourselves out there and potentially be criticized.
For many of us, it's why we freeze up.
This morning, we're dropping a quote that we hit ourselves with each time we want to retract from the world and stay small. Each time we talk ourselves out of shipping the work that we know deeply matters.
It's the kick in the ass we need to remember that if we are being true to ourselves we have no choice but to put ourselves out there and that so many of the critics, speak from a baseless foundation.
Read it. Let it sink in. See how it applies to your life. Then ship the projects you know matter.
"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."