The fear of failure can be paralyzing, but so can the fear of already having failed–which is shame. So many people are immobilized by poor self-image, whether it is about appearance or performance. And we experience this sort of trauma from an early age, when people call us names, or parents/teachers/coaches belittle us for doing poorly in school or on the sports field. And the shame feeds on itself, making it harder to overcome.
On the other hand, if we can get past the shame and embrace vulnerability, we can achieve beyond our expectations. And, after all, you can’t win if you don’t play the game.
The title of the book comes from a wonderful quotation from Theodore Roosevelt’s speech “Citizenship in a Republic.” And what I liked about the book is that it isn’t all about feeling better about yourself, which many pop-psychology books seem to be. This book actually offers suggestions for empowering others, including your students, colleagues, and children.